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  • For the Love of Football, Don't Fumble!

    Football season, lest I mince words, is in the toilet. Perhaps I’m being a tad dramatic, but it’s been a rocky start for my Ravens. Off-field scandals aside, our season took a real dive last week with a disgusting loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Joe Flacco was sacked more times than Lindsay Lohan on a movie set. And don’t get me started on my fantasy football team, which—let me assure you—is not...
  • The Death of the Mall Rat

    God bless the 1980s. I was fortunate enough to be born in 1986, smack dab in the middle of all the big shoulder pads, bad perms and enough Top Gun gems to carry us into the aughts.  It was a simpler time, really. You turned on the TV and everybody knew your name, The Huxtables reigned supreme and an old broad on a typewriter was solving mysteries. Oh, to be 1986 again. Unfortunately, the...
  • The Straight Dope on Marijuana

    No one in my entire life has ever offered me any sort of drug. Like, not even pot. Looking back, I should probably be offended. Apparently I sailed through high school in my own little bubble of board-game loving friends—neither popular nor super nerdy. We were right in the middle and no one really paid any attention to us, one way or another. So not to sound all Laura Ingalls Wilder, but while...
  • There’s No Place Like Home

    By day, I write about ancillary revenue opportunities. By night, I ask for cheaper rent. It’s all a bit confusing. But so, too, is the concept of resident friendly ancillary revenue. And according to Steve Lefkovits, Joshua Tree Conference Group Principal, learning to leverage ancillary revenue without incurring resident ire is key to any successful revenue management program. “Incredible rent...

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