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  • Pick Out The Problem Child

    Sometimes it’s best to scoop up a significant other right after they’ve ended a horrible relationship.  But what about all the baggage and emotional scars, you ask? Yes, but what about the seriously low bar this ex has set for you, I say. A month in, you start asking if these jeans make you look fat, forget to return texts and “accidentally” spill all of his secrets during a boozy girls’ brunch....
  • Congress’s Great Awakening Benefits Industry

    I know you are as shocked as I am at the behavior of our Congress before they left for their spring break recess. Just when you thought they could do nothing more to surprise us, to stop us in our tracks, to make us question all that we know and thought we understood about our legislative process, they do something crazy. They actually brought up, debated and voted on legislation! But wait, there...
  • Bottom of the Barrel

    Public apology: I’m sorry for the things that I said. It was winter. See, I don’t deal well with the cold. And I’m not even talking Minnesota cold. I mean Virginia cold. But hey, it’s still cold. This winter felt like a particularly rough one, my only consolation to the below-zero wind-chill presenting itself in the form of a couch and a family-size package of Oreos. Much like a bear, I choose to...
  • Pure Energy: Saving Millions on Apartment Operating Costs

    Take a quick guess at what the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spends 13 percent of its annual agency budget on. Here's a hint: the line item adds up to $6.4 billion. Give up? That's the amount the agency foots for operating costs attributable to energy and water consumption at the nation's public and assisted housing communities. If you think that's a lot,...
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