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Gregg Bloom
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Attended California Polytechnic State University
Lives in Bothell, Washington
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Bellevue Arts Fair.... There was only one jellyfish more beautiful, but it was huge and cost the same as a new car $29,500). It wasn't hard to settle for its little cousin.

It's made by Sam Hingston. Check out his work here: http://www.samhingston.com/
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I promised my son that I would stop screaming, tonight. I'm so afraid of breaking my promise.

This is going to be very hard, but I'm tired of getting angry all of the time.

I told him to mark the date. July 20, 2015 is my #FreshStart  


#PressTheOffButton   #AngerManagement   #KeptPromises  
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Good, hard, work. Kudos, and support.
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Struck up a conversation with one of my exes, one of the ones schooled me about music. She's been listening to https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/sr/Saint+Vincent recently and ... it's really good!
Free radio for everything you do. Store 50,000 tracks from your personal collection. Subscribe for on-demand access to 30 million songs and offline listening.
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Oh yeah, Saint Vincent is the bomb!
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If I knew I wouldn't get government clearance, I wouldn't have applied and wouldn't have been involved in this mess.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/09/us-cybersecurity-usa-idUSKCN0PJ2M420150709


#IShouldHaveSmokedPot #ThanksObama
Data breaches at the U.S. government's personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, involves millions more people than previously estimated, U.S. officials said on
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I wish I could tell stories of the shit show I've seen...

Also, thanks for being my last remaining Google+ friend! :)
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Doorbell rings

Me, from the family room: It's a package!

I get up and walk toward the front door. Ash follows and outpaces me, waiting at the door. Heather follows by about five seconds. I open the door.

Me: It's a package! (to delivery person) Thank you!

Ash makes an attempt to nose his way outside as I retrieve the package that was left at the step.

Heather: (to Ash) You don't go outside! It's a package. Dog's don't get packages!

I give Heather a funny look and open the package of charcoal dog treats.


#DogIrony
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A cool, rainy summer weekend in Seattle?!

Okay! I'll take it! It's a nice change of pace...
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Almost makes me wish I used Office, but... Nah. I'm still happy with my Google Apps.

Still, I won't judge you for using the tools you're most comfortable with...
 
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I've never seen this one before:

From the UPS tracking page:
"A train derailment has delayed delivery. We're adjusting plans to deliver your package as quickly as possible. / Delivery will be rescheduled."
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Like bad weather at DIA, I suspect this is what happens when a derailment causes a segment of track to be closed. All other trains have to find an alternative route, resulting in delay.
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I just wrote this elsewhere and I'd like to capture it here for posterity:

I know I'll get tagged for Godwin's law for this, but I find a comparison between [the removal of the confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Capitol as being seen as a terminus in the on-going conversation about racial division in the United States today] and German naziism and what the swastika has come to represent. When a large number of Germans who didn't actively partake in the Nazi party had finally realized what their idealistic society had birthed, they were overcome with guilt, so much so that psychologists of the time (no less than Carl Jung) referred to this very common symptom as Kollektivschuld, or "collective guilt".

When I look for parallels with the U.S. civil war, I see a distinct lack of them. Southerners and Northerners alike never accepted the responsibility of having slavery embedded into our Constitution. There was no guilt and there was no reparation. Instead, most people continue to stand by ignorantly or tacitly while the effects of our ancestors policies result in perpetual race division.

Short of convincing everyone that we need to instantly and randomly redistribute wealth and property, I don't know how the problem can be solved, and I feel like by just standing by and acknowledging that a problem exists, I'm still not helping to solve the problem. Every tax dollar I pay to incarcerate another black man so he can have his right to vote removed just perpetuates this.

And I hate that I do it. And I hate that I have no answer. And I know I'm part of the problem.

#Weisskollektivschuld #ForeverGuilty
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I read somewhere that the "truth & reconciliation" process created an opportunity to set the record straight and allow south africa to move on. That never happened in the USA.
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I'm really looking forward to this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRJnkBqwzOQ

I hope it changes the conversation.
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Everyone in my family enjoyed meditating with this soundtrack...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92i5m3tV5XY
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Anyone have any tips on how a U.S. citizen can get a Brazilian business visa in under a month? The earliest appointment to show up in person is in mid-August. The earliest appointment through CIBT is early September...
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Education
  • California Polytechnic State University
    Management Information Systems, 1991 - 1995
  • Canyon High School, Anaheim, CA
    1986 - 2000
  • University of California, Irvine
    1992 - 1992
  • San José State University
    1996 - 1996
  • Cheshire High School, Cheshire, CT
    1986 - 1991
  • California Polytechnic State University
    Master of Business Administration, 1998 - 2000
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Program Management/Consulting/Technical Solutions
Employment
  • Google
    Google Apps Deployment Engineer, 2006 - present
  • Bay Federal Credit Union
  • Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • Apple Computer
  • Pacific Telesis Video Services
  • Surveyor Corp.
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Bothell, Washington
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Woodinville, Washington - Cheshire, Connecticut - Anaheim, California - San Luis Obispo, California - San Francisco, California - Boulder Creek, California - Brookdale, California - San Jose, California - Sunnyvale, California - Boulder Creek, California - Milpitas, California - Atascadero, California - Attleboro, Massachusetts - Niles, Illinois - Bloomington, Indiana
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This little place in the middle of nowhere on a route between Bend, OR and Seattle was the perfect thing for someone who has been struggling to find tasty Greek food anywhere around the Pacific Northwest. Great snacks. The dolmadakias were tasty and had the right balance of meat and rice (which is a rare thing these days). The moussaka had a perfect bechamel. The pastries are also fresh and delicious. Also bought a bag of coffee which I can't wait to try.
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reviewed a week ago
A well decorated but solidly mediocre restaurant. The menu has some unique fare, like Ben's biscuits and gravy, which would have been fantastic if the biscuits weren't so plain and the gravy want so salty. The chainsaw art decorating this place is really well done, however. Whoever put together the saguaro was quite talented! That, alone, is worth the visit.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Called up to find out about small engine repair on the power washer that I (oops) poured oil into the gas tank (thought it was a two-stroke and wasn't thinking). Yes, they can fix that, for an hourly rate of $58.95 plus parts. The person on the phone said that that kind of issue is usually a 1 to 1.5 hour job. I can swing that, it's certainly less than a new power washer and it would probably take me all weekend to figure out how to do it myself. They say they'll have it done in three to four business days. I drop off the engine and Tom has it fixed by the following morning. I come in and am billed for the 1/2 hour of labor he spent on it plus a few bucks for a spark plug, oil, and gas. Was expecting to walk away paying $100 but wound up spending $40. So, in response to the person whose review/criticism was that these people try to take you for all they can, not concerning themselves about repeat business, I say that that's nonsense and request that you provide a better explanation of the situation.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
The burrito bar is one of the best in the Seattle area, with a rotating selection of beans, vegetables, and meat and always fresh toppings! There's a guy at the sandwich bar who puts his passion into sandwich making. Seriously, he makes works of art! I'm not much of a sandwich fan, but his fixin's are a thing of beauty. The pastry chef, the woman who makes desserts, is an evil temptress! There's always something that looks great to eat and not-so-great on the hips available. I succumb to her temptations a couple times a month and they are always amazingly delectable. If you can get in for breakfast, go for a Friday. The biscuits are perfect when covered with a mix of sausage and mushroom gravy. Also, a little known secret: Julia, at the custom omelet bar, will make you the best tasting omelet you have ever, ever had. Again, it's all about loving what you do and putting passion into your work; she could be famous!
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Naka makes delicious, traditional sushi. The rolls are very wide and fresh, and beautiful. True sushi is food art, and this is a perfect example.
Public - 3 months ago
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Having moved from silicon valley and finding a second home at SJ Omogari in San Jose, we had given up on finding good Korean food after relocating to Bothell. When searching, we'd venture over toward Shoreline and Edmonds and find _okay_ food (or good but expensive food), but nothing that made the trip worthwhile. Korea House is like God was listening to our prayers. I'm afraid I'm kind of hung up on dol sot bi bim bap, so that's what I ordered here and it was _perfect_. The ingredients mixed perfectly with the seasoned meat and the rice crisped, all paired with some fantastic side dishes (all of them were as good as anywhere else and their pickled daikon was better than the rest). The service was friendly and efficient. The place felt new and clean, with an eclectic but appealing ambiance. The prices were reasonable... not inexpensive, but I felt like I got what I paid for. Probably not a great place for kids, but you can bet we're going to become regulars.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I'm not a wine aficionado, but I _am_ a "maker", of sorts. I enjoy a good wine and I appreciate the art that goes into making one. Same with beer, whiskey, soap, etc. The winery tour was quite fulfilling; I got to see the bottling process, learned a bit about the Washington wine regions and some of the things that go into the art (seriously, the direction that the rows of grapes face makes a difference!) and the wine-making process. And then I got to taste a few wines, one of which (the 2013 Muscat Canelli) was just extraordinary.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago