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An elementary school in a good German neighborhood. An elementary school in a good California neighborhood. Nuff said.
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+Lane Westlund So is the US's (1.88 children per woman), but that's still quite a bit more than the 1.38 children/woman in Germany. 1.88 c/w is probably high enough that with immigration there's a slight expansion going on.
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Maltron, I hardly knew ye. The venerable original ergonomic keyboard took a tumble. Several of the key switches popped right out of the case. Time to visit the rubbish tip.

I loved the idea of Maltron, a keyboard that not only optimized the key layout for English typing, it reinvented the shape of the keyboard itself. If you're enjoying your Kinesis keyboard today, you owe a debt of gratitude to Maltron.

Unfortunately, as cool as the Maltron seemed in principle, the practice was another thing entirely. The build quality was far below other multi-hundred-dollar keyboards: it's so light and flimsy it skitters across the desk, and the numeric keypad was DOA. On top of that, I just couldn't wrap my Dvorak-trained brain around this similar-yet-alien layout.

Farewell, Maltron. Perhaps we'll meet again.
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Um, no you weren't. I remember you printing out the layout and taping it above your keyboard when we lived at the Barnfel.
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Aero Macchiato

Aeropress brewed on top of frothy milk. Tastes as good as it looks. #homemade #coffee #creamy
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Gardaland loves Halloween! For best enjoyment, wear a costume if visiting in October.
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Dessert

Kids (Abby, 3) enjoy photographing their food, too. #SweetTooth
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Crayons always make eating more fun. I like your style Abby. ;)
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Latte

After four months of learning the coffee machine in this building... #homemade #coffee
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Congrats! I still can't get the machine not to llama spit at me, so I'm very impressed. 😀
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Munich was a touch breezy yesterday: roof pieces blowing all over; streets and sidewalks closed for the safety of passersby; construction cranes swaying drunkenly and dropping sections into the street; trees blown down. The lady in front of me was almost blown off her bike when we emerged from the lee side of apartment houses into the intersection. Yay, spring!
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"a touch breezy" is one way to put it. 
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Yup. Because I didn't want to wait 10 more minutes after just missing the bus, I'm now waiting 20 more minutes after just missing the train. Karma's a birch.
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NJ Transit had "up to 45 minute delays" this morning. PATH was cross honoring, but I chose the delay over the crush.
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My kids love to play "Phone".  A phone is any flat rectangular thing, and you use it by saying, "Ok, Google." Only in direst emergency would you use it to talk to another person. (All right, that's more my attitude than theirs.) They each have their own tablet.  And it drives them batty that the television doesn't do anything when they touch the icons on the screen.

So far, the only negative consequence of this that I have seen, is that the older one watches YouTube videos touting dress-up dolls.  Show me the Barbie Sawzall, and we can talk.
Braden With my Nexus 5, Watching the MLB At Bat app. My children have never known a world without high speed Internet, streaming movies on demand, and a seemingly all-knowing personal assistant, available to answer their e...
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Latte

Just a little something I whipped up to keep away the post-lunch drowsies. #coffee
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Love the ring of sugar on the bowl. Nice pic, Sara!
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Tri-tip

Cooked to specification, with sweet barbecue sauce. You don't go to Ariel's Grotto for the grown-ups, but it's nice that we haven't been forgotten.
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Curious if they had any seafood on the menu...

+Cherie Cincilla - Well she's a "little" unforgettable. ;)
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Dr. Eidenschink and Dr. Scheuerer have been our kids' doctors for the past 5 years, and we've always received excellent care from them. Highly recommended.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
The gelato is wonderful, but more importantly, all the allergens are posted on the wall, and every flavor is gluten free. If you tell the server you have an allergy, they wash their hands and serve you from a special ice cream tub using clean implements.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
Rock Creek was the nearest exit when we needed a potty break, and we decided to check the menu while we were there. What a lucky call that was. The place is way less crowded than the better-known midway spot up the road. The service is cheery and attentive, and the food is delicious and arrives piping hot. I'll be on the lookout for the Rock Creek Cafe for my halfway stop between the Twin Cities and Duluth from now on.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Velo Company is the place to go in Munich for several brands of front cargo box utility and child transport cycles. They have a broad selection of bikes and accessories, and the staff really take good care of you.
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I bought a Nihola Family trike from Velocompany's old store at Barerstraße 74. This is the review I wrote for that location: Velo Company is the place to go in Munich for several brands of front cargo box utility and child transport cycles. They have a broad selection of bikes and accessories, and the staff really take good care of you.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Amazing food, amazing decor, great service. Pretty quiet on this midweek evening. This place is great for a special occasion or an adventure. Next time I come here, though, I'll dress up for it.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
The name says it all. Fresh bagels, boiled (not steamed) fresh in the shop. With yummy cream cheese spread, of course. Just the ticket for someone needing a New York fix.
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