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Life Online: The Breana Effect

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The “Clutch” I have taken to noticing lately how many people, most actually, walk around clutching their “smartphone” (SP) in one hand. It has become so essential to the pulse of life that it cannot be stowed, even for a moment. People will place an infant child in a backpack or carrier but the SP […]

Wheel Chair For Two, Please

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Just in Case You Need It I finished up the week working with a group of eighth-graders from Lamar Middle School, a touch of irony or humor that was lost on both them and me. It was a superb day at Mount Vernon and down at Pioneer Farm it was sheep shearing time, the old […]

Mt. Everest: Dying To Be There

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Last Friday 16 Nepalese Sherpas were killed in an avalanche on the “shores” of Mt. Everest, a stormy sea known for its exacting toll of victims. Sherpas are a cultural group native to Nepal; the word also connotes specialists in mountain climbing. In a team of Sherpas the person in charge is referred to as […]

When The Price Is Right

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  Just Keep It. I wrote the other day about my burglary. The police were called and the Crime Scene Technician did a great including providing a series of helpful tips, like: you will continue to realize missing items. Truer words… I realized they had absconded with my worn and worthless messenger bag that was […]

Irony: Alive and Well at the Holocaust Museum

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have been working these past few years as a Washington, DC, city guide. It’s a bit like working for the fire department.

Travel: TIRE(D)

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  Now, That’s a Workout.   I spent part of this past week near Miami, Florida, sailing on Biscayne Bay. The Bay separates the mainland from Miami Beach where the smart set go to trendy clubs. The Bay is large and full of manatees, dolphins and rays. This time of year the wind is good […]

Travel in Nepal: Farming the Old Fashioned Way

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Stepping Back in Time During my recent trekking trip to northern Nepal we found ourselves well off the beaten track in a world largely untouched by electricity and completely free from mechanized agriculture. Fields are cultivated, sown and harvested using only human or animal power. It’s early 19th century farming alive and well in 2012. […]

Kathmandu FD

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Traffic in the city is horrible and is compounded by the fact that many side streets are unpaved mud paths.

Himalayan Kingdom: Heading to Nepal

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  Half the Fun is Getting There? I am on the way to the Himalayas for a month to trek and spend time in Kathmandu, if I ever get there. This is my fourth trip to Nepal but it’s been sometime and I guess I forgot that it is not around the corner, by a […]

Not a “Trusted Traveler”: Yongda Huang Harris

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  Boston Resident, Returning From Japan, Detained Suit case contents: “Knives, body bags, a hatchet, a collapsible baton, a biohazard suit, a full-face respirator, billy clubs, handcuffs, leg irons and a device to repel dogs” (NYT) (and a smoke grenade.) Yongda, a US citizen, was also wearing a bullet-proof vest and flame resistant pants. In […]

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James Walsh
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
As I sit here and read the various issues surrounding our International I find it interesting the various positions my union brothers and sisters take based on competing influences. Whether it's the issue of ethics or the vote on the conference floor, I would hope our brothers and sisters across the International would want the…
2014-08-27 17:40:54
Mike
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
How and why are you comparing this to slavery? You do a disservice to every hard-working firefighter in FDNY, both white and especially black. It sounds like typical locker room crap. You think they did that because he's black? I'll bet they would have done it to the covering guy regardless of his color. Try…
2014-08-26 02:37:53
Eric Lamar
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
Hi, Greg. Not sure where you are from. New York has a population that is at least 50% non-white. FDNY is about 95% white. Something is amiss and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Thanks. Eric
2014-08-26 01:16:42
Greg
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
This is why our employers have these "no tolerance" policies. The two guys that started this situation have not had their annual sexual harassment and hostile work environment refresher. Anyway the department I just retired from had only three black firefighters out of 110 the whole 21 years I was there. Does that automatically suggest…
2014-08-26 00:12:54
Tim Kash
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
This is not an article it's an opinion.
2014-08-25 22:57:21
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