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J.D. Benavidez
Attended New Mexico State University
Lives in Seoul, Korea
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I had a good time hiking today! Met three cats!
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"The ghosts in my administration will be multi-colored like the ghosts in Pac-Man."

I looooooove Bernie Sanders.
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I had a great couple of weeks in America seeing family and friends (who I took almost no pictures of, but there are lots of pictures of the areas I was in?). So... enjoy my trip Seoul to Bejing to San Francisco to Albuquerque to Farmington, NM to El Paso, TX to Las Cruces, NM to Ann Arbor, MI to San Francisco.
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Mr. Bowie was an infinitely changeable singer and songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas. He died after a battle with cancer.
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The first day of summer vacation was super fun! We took a bus down to hike Jirisan for a few days. First, we slept under the stars at the base of the mountain. Then it was a nice six hours hiking to our shelter for the next night. We got to explore the temple near the highest peak on mainland South Korea.

I've hiked this before, but that was all at night. It had a completely different feel when being able to see it during the day. Also, there was no ice this time! One difficulty, though, was having full backpacks. I've never done a multi-day hike with all my stuff in my bag. It didn't take too long to adjust to it though.

#jirisan   #korea   #hiking   #nature  
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The first song from the new Dick Diver album, "Melbourne, Florida," immediately caught my attention with its classic power pop intro and guitar solo. Those two sections in particular sound like Big Star or something.
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Three day weekend. I'm just going to listen to tons of awesome music the whole time.

The Slits do such a great job with this Marvin Gaye classic.
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This was the song I listened to the second most last year. It's by far my favorite cut off the newest Wilco album. It's beautiful. And the Song Exploder podcast did a great rundown of how the song was written and created. You should listen to that as well: songexploder.net/wilco

"Everyone wastes my time

Everybody goes ahhhhhh
I'm lonely

I sleep underneath
A picture that I keep of you next to me
I realize we're magnetized"
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Four years ago, I saw the ocean for the first time! 
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This weekend was really fun! We walked around Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul. Part of it was really quiet and peaceful. #korea
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Teacher, music lover, sometime blogger, and millionaire (give or take millions of dollars)
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One time I was walking and somebody tossed me a pen I had lent them earlier. They didn't throw it far enough so I figured it'd hit the floor so I didn't even try to catch it. The pen hit my foot as I took a step, flew straight up and I caught it in stride.
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Seoul, Korea
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Tigard, OR - El Paso, TX - Las Cruces, NM - University Park, NM
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  • New Mexico State University
    Journalism
  • Montwood High School
    1999 - 2003
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John
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
We stopped into Pepper's after hearing some average reviews for it. I was craving pizza and this was right down the street from us. Walking up to it, there were no customers and no lights on. My girlfriend poked her head into the entrance and asked if it was open. It was and we had our choice of seats. We ordered some beers. They are about 50 cents (USD) more expensive than other places. When you consider how much that is in total (less than $2), it really is not a big deal. They have many pizza styles to choose from, most around $10-$12. We ordered one and added about seven extra toppings. Each extra topping was between $.50-$1. The pizza was actually really, really good. It was not the best I have ever had, but it was better than average. With one large pizza, extra toppings and six beers, we paid about $22. That is pretty great price for two people.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
My girlfriend and I walked in on a Monday night after reading a couple of good reviews about The Rooftop Bar and Restaurant. We had been sightseeing all day and just wanted a drink. As we got to the top, we saw a sign that said you could not come in if you were wearing shorts or sandals. She was wearing sandals and I was wearing shorts... The let us right in anyway. Whether that was because they do not really follow that rule or because it was not even close to busy, I do not know. We asked to sit outside and were obliged. The view is incredible. It had been raining and we watched the lightning light up the night sky. As for the drinks, they are very reasonably priced and also tasty. It was a wonderful experience all around. I would definitely go again.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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It is a nice track open all day and night. The lights turn off late, but you can still see from the street lights nearby. I used to run here at around midnight and, even though it was dark, I never felt unsafe.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
My girlfriend and I were moved to Little Hanoi Diamond from Little Hanoi Hostel. At first we were worried, but it turned out to be excellent. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. They joked with us, answered all our questions, gave amazing recommendations (especially on where to go on a date: "This is where I take my girlfriend," he said), and helped us book a great Ha Long Bay tour. We stayed in two rooms. The first was large and great. It had really high ceilings and a nice, large comfortable bed. The bathroom was also huge compared to what we are used to. Breakfast was included and it was not too much, but it was good. The second room was on the sixth floor. It had a balcony, but the bathroom was much smaller. The shower had some mold on the ceiling and on the shower curtain. Really, that was the only negative. The location is great. We were able to walk to every restaurant and local sight that we wanted to get too. The entire experience was fun and easy. I greatly enjoyed by time at Little Hanoi Diamond. If I make it back to Hanoi, I will certain stay there again.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
I have never had a worse experience than at Vuvuzela. First, they made us sit in a separate area because they said the inside was full. I saw empty tables, but that was not too upsetting. I was just happy to have a seat. However, the server proceeded to forget we were there until I had to go ask her to take our order. We ordered some beer and it came relatively quickly. The server left again and did not come back for a very long time. We were very hungry, having only ordered a couple beers for the two of us. When she finally came, we ordered starters, side dishes, and main dishes. The starter came quickly and was good, but the man who brought it simply dropped off the plate and walked away, no silverware, chopsticks, or plates. I finally flagged down the server and she apologized, bringing us some forks and plates. We ordered a different kind of beer (all the beers were good by the way). The sides came and were good. My "rib-eye steak" came, but it look more like what I can only describe as cutlets. This was no way a rib-eye steak. To top it off, they completely forgot about my girlfriend's main dish. By that time it had been already an hour and a half. She asked for the same thing and the server came back and said they were out of it. We were frustrated and annoyed, so we just left. I was very disappointed with the entire experience.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago