Archive for category: Fairly Odd Parents-Present

Jeff’s Top 10 Photos for 2013 (+ 6)

26 Dec 2013
December 26, 2013 Photographically, this was a wonderful year for me. I found myself in all sorts of interesting places and situations. And the best souvenir of an experience is either a story or a photograph. The best is when I get both. Yesterday, I began to contemplate the end of 2013. And I started to grimace at all the end-of-year lists of which we were about to be inundated. Suddenly, I thought the best way to combat the nostalgia those lists always bring out in me would be to put together one of my own. Read more [...]

What Becomes a Legend Most? Wait, Let Me Tweet That.

27 Oct 2013
October 27, 2013 What becomes a legend most? I have no idea. I'm not the legend type. But, earlier this week I received my first fan letter. I have had a few brushes with fame—by now, perhaps an hour's worth. But, as always these strange encounters come in fits and spurts and without fanfare I quickly recede back with the rest of humanity. [raw] My Swiss Media Debut: Il Caffè (Click image for larger picture and, if you can read Italian, see how this government shutdown played in Europe.)[/raw] Recently, Read more [...]

China: A Cultural Mishap

05 Oct 2013
October 5, 2013 During June and July 2013 my wife and I took our children, both born in China, back to see where they came from. It was an incredible trip for all of us. For my children it made a very abstract part of their lives real. For my wife and I it completed a circle we began in 1997. This is the fifth post in a series of stories about our trip. But if you know me, you'll know I'm attracted to the fringes of any narrative. That's where the memories are. I won't be giving any interminably long and boring Read more [...]

Furlough: Day 4

04 Oct
October 4, 2013 On Day 4 of my forced time off I woke up to our local Fox affiliate's morning news program. First, a disclaimer. Fox 5 here in DC is not Fox News. Their connection is in name only. And our local Fox station has a much more professional approach to the news. A crew interviewed me last year when I had my ads in the DC Metro and that was one of the first questions I asked. It's clear the people on the Channel 5 morning news like each other and that makes watching them a pleasure, especially when Read more [...]

China: The Search is the Holy Grail

25 Aug 2013
August 25, 2013 During June and July 2013 my wife and I took our children, both born in China, back to see where they came from. It was an incredible trip for all of us. For my children it made a very abstract part of their lives real. For my wife and I it completed a circle we began in 1997. This is the fourth post in a series of stories about our trip. But if you know me, you'll know I'm attracted to the fringes of any narrative. That's where the memories are. I won't be giving any interminably long and boring Read more [...]

China: The Economics of Teenage Shopping

18 Aug 2013
August 18, 2013 During June and July 2013 my wife and I took our children, both born in China, back to see where they came from. It was an incredible trip for all of us. For my children it made a very abstract part of their lives real. For my wife and I it completed a circle we began in 1997. This is the third post in a series of stories about our trip. But if you know me, you'll know I'm attracted to the fringes of any narrative. That's where the memories are. I won't be giving any interminably long and boring Read more [...]
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