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Rick Umali
Husband. Father. High tech worker.
Husband. Father. High tech worker.

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Panera's Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
Panera's Strawberry Poppyseed Salad is one of my favorite salads ever . If this salad was a baseball player, it would hit for the cycle on a regular basis. If this salad was a poker hand, it'd be a royal flush. If this salad were a movie, it wouldn't be a s...

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Review: Evicted
"Evicted" (Matthew Desmond) is one of those books that I will be thinking about for a long time. The book documents the numerous evictions that eight families endured in the poorer sections of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The book describes the landlords who hold ...

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My Return to Playing Chess
At my office, a vigorous chess tournament started up, and on a lark I joined in. The last time I played chess was in high school in the 1980s! I learned chess when I still in elementary school. My two brothers and I played using a chess set with ornate piec...

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Some Podcasts of Note
I've been on a podcast kick of late. In the entire span of this BLOG, I've only recommended one: In Our Time (BBC). That is still a strong recommendation, but I've latched onto a few others of late that are worth giving a listen. Joe Rogan Experience - Joe ...

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I'm With The Band
I managed to cross off a bucket list item: to play guitar in a live band. My office has an annual company-wide off-site meeting, and the organizers remembered that I had brought in my electric guitar for a Halloween party (I wore a large wig, which complete...

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My 2016 Books and Movies
In 2016, I finished reading 26 books. The list is on Goodreads . I didn't finish a book in December, which surprises me, and as I write this, I'm probably not going to finish reading a book by the end of January either (I'm currently reading Foucault's Pend...

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My book, Learn Git in a Month of Lunches, is half-off today (Jan 28, 2017)! Use discount code 'dotd012817au' at #git

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Take It Easy
In January of 2016, Glenn Frey passed away. He was the founder of The Eagles, the iconic band who brought us "Take it Easy", "Hotel California", and "Lyin' Eyes". My appreciation of this group grew slowly over the years. When I was a kid, I never knew these...

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Spoon and Fork
I grew up eating food with a spoon and fork . I'd wield the spoon in the right hand, and the fork in the left hand. A spoon is the exact right utensil for shoveling mounds of food into my mouth. Plus I could use it to measure out soy sauce, which I applied ...

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My Crown Fell Out!
I have at least five dental crowns in my mouth. Each crown replaced a tooth that was filled with dental filling back when I was an adolescent. When my dentist said some of these older teeth had tiny cracks, I opted for the course of action she recommended: ...
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