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London: Kumar’s Cup of Coffee

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Tale of the Idiot American First, a weather report, especially for my east coast friends:  65 degrees with the sun in and out of the clouds, just cool enough to need a light jacket. Sorry, I had to do that. I returned to the hotel at about 6PM and happened to notice that the coffee […]

London (D3): Soane’s, Surgery, Dr. Sam and a Look at the Thames

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John Soane, Architect My friend David Barbour suggested I see the home of John Soane, a 19th-century architect who lived in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane collected Roman antiquities partly as teaching aides for students when Rome was off limits for military reasons. Today, the house is a museum by act of Parliament. It may be […]

Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Three’s a Party: A Very Lusty Lord

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“I Want to be Led Astray” We Americans have an imperfect and  overly proper view of Brits perhaps influenced by their wonderful way of speaking and all that royal pomp. After all, how could anyone speaking like that be naughty? Well. Lord Sewel, a.k.a., Baron Sewel of Gilcomstoun, helps us understand. The Baron is a bit […]

Guiding: Philip Keeps It Real

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The Old Group Photo One of the joys of guiding, especially 8th-grade school groups, is the apparently mandatory group photos taken in front of Washington attractions, both major and minor. The phrase “herding cats” doesn’t even approach the task of attracting the attention of 50 kids to have them form in some mass likely to […]

On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics

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“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”                                     Justice Anthony Kennedy  Twenty-five years from now folks will look back on this week’s Supreme Court Decision declaring marriage for gays a fundamental right and say, “How could they […]

Guiding: The One That Got Away

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Summertime and the Living is Easy The onslaught called spring break has made DC the land of a million motor coaches just in time for the first legitimate heat wave of the season. I toured last week with eight-graders, mostly boys, on one of those languid afternoons around the Tidal Basin. As we neared the […]

Kathmandu, Undone

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I started visiting Nepal to trek and climb in 1993 and my most recent visit was just two years ago. On this latest trip I was amazed at how the Kathmandu valley had grown to become a densely crowded metropolis. At about 220 square miles, roughly half the size of Fairfax County, it has 2.5 […]

Travel: Kissing Whales

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In search of a warm weather escape with camping, I wondered across a posting for kayaking in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Camping and kayaking turned out to be the least of it. I flew from Dulles International Airport, leaving on a snowy day, through Mexico City, arriving at Lap Paz on an Embraer 190.  Baja […]

All In The Family: “Herald Cheeseburger”

Linda Fillah says: Eric, most of HAS’ staff know what he is all about! The board knows what he is about! You know what he is about! Harold is a contol maniac, that stops at nothing until he gets his way. He is all about character assassination. He doesn’t care how lo he has to go […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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William Bailey
IAFF-MDA: The Shakedown, Believe it or Not
I have no problem with MDA funding the firefighters efforts on their behalf. If I had to raise dues to buy all the posters, stickers and etc, I would think our members would not be as positive about the effort. Frankly, 1.4 million is a good investment given the nation wide success of the MDA…
2015-08-31 02:20:22
Eric Lamar
IAFF-MDA: The Shakedown, Believe it or Not
Hey Marvin, I don't know what Vinny reported in the magazine, but it wasn't 1.4 million. Have a nice day.
2015-08-31 01:57:54
Marvin Wilson
IAFF-MDA: The Shakedown, Believe it or Not
This was reported to the membership by Vinnie Bollon some years ago in the newsletter. NOW... If the purveyors of this information and intended take down of HAS with all the innuendos, I say now, if you have evidence of criminal doings, as a member you can "File Charges" This is called manning up!! if…
2015-08-31 01:38:54
John Crabbe
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
Delusional? Take a look in the mirror Eric. You have come to conclusions without providing solid facts, all you've been providing is rhetoric and hearsay. You say the union is corrupt, you say delegates have no say, well gues what, there is a process which spells out directly how to address such issues, a process…
2015-08-29 15:29:59
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
D- You are right, nobody cares. Where is our own local president on the issue? E
2015-08-29 13:37:02
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