'tis the season once again...

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, sapient lifeforms of all ages: welcome to the holiday season. I just wish that it didn't involve so much road rage in the DC metroplex, let alone being greeted with an upraised middle finger rather than a wave of good cheer. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but wasn't this traditionally the time of year to be good to one another (if no other time) and practice random acts of senseless kindness, especially during a season that seems to be blowing through like a nor'easter this time 'round. I think I've had a chance to blink …

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Restaurant review: Jaipur

One of the reasons that I haven't been updating much lately is because I've been doing a lot of running around after I get home from work, usually to take care of errands. Every once in a while, though, Lyssa and I make the time to spend with some friends whom we don't get to see during the week. On Saturday night, for example, we gathered up everyone we could after Mad Scientist Coffee and headed out to Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine (9401 Lee Highway; Unit 105 (at the Circle Towers); Fairfax, VA; 22031; phone 703-766-1111; fax 703-766-1113) for a …

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Last weekend, by this weekend.

Late on Friday afternoon, Lyssa and I hurriedly packed our bags, jumped into the TARDIS, and set course northward once again for southwestern Pennsylvania and the general direction of home. As I've alluded to a few times, we're getting married in October and thus there are many plans to make, things to get, and arrangements to hammer out. In the early twenty-first century we can do many of these things over the net or on the telephone, but sometimes matters require the up close and personal touch. Things like tasting samples of wedding cake and taking recon photographs of the …

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Restaurant review: Red, Hot, and Blue BBQ

Last Friday afternoon, the guys from work and I went for one of our infrequent lunch trips offsite because our PM is leaving for another project in a few weeks, and it's tradition to take the outgoing folks out for lunch sometime before their last day. After some discussion about who liked what, what was within comfortable driving distance, and what kind of transportation was available to us (thank you again to A-, whose minivan carried most of us at the same time). We eventually decided to go out for barbecue at Red, Hot, and Blue BBQ in Alexandria (6482 …

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EDITED: Concert report: Cesium-137, ThouShaltNot, and Information Society at the Trocadero in Philadelphia.

(obligatory disclaimer: Many links reference my Amazon Associates account.)

On Friday evening, our good friend Derek Pegritz drove down from Pennsylvania to visit Lyssa and I and stay with us for the weekend because we had another wacky and amazing adventure all lined up: A trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to see a concert at the Trocadero Center thrown by Dancing Ferret Productions. A veritable trifecta of awesome music would be played at this venerable Philly venue, Cesium-137, ThouShaltNot, and Information Society. This was to be a most unusual show in that it would be recorded for a future DVD release …

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Situation report from Austin, Texas.

Things have finally slowed down somewhat in Austin, affording me the opportunity to write a long-overdue update. Workdays have been long (averaging thirteen hours out of every twenty-four), which is why I've been quiet lately.

From what I've seen of Austin, it's a pretty nice place. I"m situated a stone's throw from the airport, and within visual distance of the highway system, which has been both relaxing (coming from an urban background) and a pleasant change of pace from the places that I'm usually put up by my employers.

Two nights ago Tiffany (co-worker and fellow foot soldier fighting …

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More St. Louis restaurants.

Yeah, more restaurant reviews. I've got a lot going on right now, and this is all I really have time for right now. Hopefully I'll have time to write something more interesting in the next couple of days.

Okay. First up, the Rearn Thai Restaurant (7910 Bonhomme Avenue; Clayton, MO; 63105; phone 314-725-8870; fax 314-725-8809). It's a fairly good Thai restaurant a stone's throw from the hotel I'm staying at, and by fairly good I mean bring one or two friends, order two dishes and an appetizer, and you'll eat well, and not forget soon how good the food is …

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St. Louis, MO restaurant reviews.

First off, expect to pay in the neighborhood of $10us per meal if you're in the St. Louis area. Budget about $30us/day if you'll be here on a trip lasting more than two days maybe $20us if you only eat twice per day.

The first restaurant I went to on my trip to St. Louis was the House of Wong (46 North Central; Clayton, MO; 63105; phone 314-726-6291), a new-school Asian restaurant within spitting distance of the hotel. The waitstaff is polite and attentive, the atmosphere very pleasant, and the food excellent. Our crab rangoon was cooked to perfection …

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Restaurant review: Jerry's Seafood

Last night was another small-group-dinner with the guys from work, meaning that we had a fairly easy time of deciding where to eat. With some trepidation we asked the front desk of our hotel for advice about where we should get dinner, because lately we've gotten bad advice from them. To be accurate, we got bad directions from them. The woman behind the front desk dug around in one of the three-ring binders behind the counter and fished out directions to Jerry's Seafood (9364 Lanham-Severn Road; Lanham, MD, 20706; phone 301-577-0333; fax 301-577-5926), which happened to be as few exits …

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