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  • Capitol Update: Congress Returns from Recess to Sequestration; Industry Will Feel Impact

    Happy spring…if indeed spring has arrived in your neck of the woods. Here in the Nation’s Capitol, Old Man Winter is taking his sweet time in departing; much to everyone’s chagrin.  In other news, Congress returns from its annual two-week spring recess this month. This time was likely especially exciting as constituents across the nation share their (a) outrage, (b) thankfulness or (c) confusion...
  • Catching the Apartment Love Bug

    In case the hordes of men having panic attacks in the card aisle of CVS hasn’t tipped you off, today is Valentine’s Day. This cruel holiday certainly makes us all ponder a lot of things. Why, for example, do candy hearts taste like chalk dust? Why do we still eat 40 of them? Why can’t we meet that special someone while sitting on our respective couches in pajamas? We also stop to think about what...
  • My 2004 Laptop: The Little Computer That Could

    My mother is incredibly frugal. She hates to “waste” money on restaurant meals she can make at home, rarely grocery shops without coupons and drove her beaten-up 1996 Ford Windstar until it reached 200,000 miles and died on the side of the road. (According to my father, her side of the family likes to hold onto their vehicles until they “blow up.”)   For better or worse, I am my mother’s...
  • Oregon Trail Could Have Used Some Multifamily Housing

    Back in the day I used to sit in my elementary school’s computer lab, playing the game Oregon Trail. Originally developed in the early 70s to teach school children about the harsh realities of 19th century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail, the game was a real gut check. Sitting in front of Apple computers the size of coffee tables, my classmates and I each assumed the role of a wagon leader,...

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