Clever Homeless Habitat

The Vermont Street bridge, passing over Washington, separates my neighborhood of University Heights from adjacent Hillcrest. It’s not uncommon to see tents below, as some of the area’s homeless seek shelter from the elements. But bright colors make them obvious. While looking over the side, I saw something either new or so camouflaged it hadn’t…

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China's 'Unimaginable Riches'

Along the eight-hundred-and-fifty mile border with China, everybody knows someone who knows someone who has been to China, and has heard the tales of the unimaginable riches on the other side. Barbara Demick For Americans thinking China is a country of poor people, impoverished North Koreans see something else. Americans’ perspective and that of North…

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Wrong Number?

Today, we migrated from Maryland to California phone numbers. The process required what AT&T calls “relocation”, which meant closing one account and opening another. If you know me and can’t reach me, the number change is the reason. AT&T made the process surprisingly easy. One phone call started a process that ended with new SIM cards…

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I’m in San Diego!

There is no way to succinctly describe the last couple weeks. So I won’t. We arrived in San Diego on the evening of Oct. 15. My father-in-law had stocked some food, plastic dishes, and two air mattresses. The apartment is great and now mostly furnished. IKEA sucks. I would never furnish there again. The stuff…

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