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Cynthia O'Rourke
Worked at UMBC
Lived in Longmont, CO
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172 people
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Part Time Faculty, UMBC GES
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behavioral ecology experimental design and data analysis, undergraduate instruction (particularly in ecology, evolution and animal behavior)
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  • UMBC
    Teaching Assistant, 2013
  • UMBC
    Lab Tech
  • Amandla Gardens
    Organic Landscaper
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I remain inordinately interested in the private lives of fish.
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Longmont, CO - Nashville, TN - Huntsville, AL - Gurley, AL - Gaithersburg, MD - Catonsville, MD
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I finally made it by here a few weeks ago, with the intent to pick up a cherry tree, 7 blueberries of varying ripening times, and maybe some huckleberries as under-cover. I left with 7 different high-bush blueberries - and that didn't even exhaust their range of *high-bush* blueberries, much less the rest of the blues - 2 huckleberries, 3 lingonberries, a triple-grafted cherry, a rhubarb, and a pomegranate (!?!). All of that in gallons and larger for $105, which is ridiculously cheap if you know anything about plant prices. All of the plants were in great condition. The blueberries and rhubarb have transplanted nicely, with some new growth coming in on a few of the blueberries. Everyone else is waiting their turn to go in the ground, and I'll be back soon for some paw-paws and whatever else I don't succeed in talking myself out of. These guys are great - very knowledgeable, with wonderful stock and stupid good prices. If you have any interest at all in growing perennial food in your Oregon yard, go to here!!
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Can you give six stars? I'd really like to give six stars. I'm in the process of selling a house on the east coast while living and working on the west coast (I don't recommend that), so everything I need to do towards that end is extra stupid complicated. One of the things that I needed to do was take care of a list of fairly random FHA-required repairs - paint this window sill over here, paint this door jamb over here, install some railing right here, etc. It wasn't a lucrative big job like a kitchen renovation, but rather a short list of annoyances. I must have contacted ten companies in the process of trying to get this work done. Three of them got back to me. Of those two, one was super ridiculously flaky, another didn't get back until a week later, and the third was Handyman Matters. Rosemarie was incredibly understanding and professional, responding with all possible speed to my inquiries and special requests (e.g., lockbox access), and she and her team had the full job done in plenty of time for the re-inspection. As a bonus, they charged me about 75% of the estimate, and keep in mind that by this point I was broadcasting "I WILL HURL MONEY AT THIS PROBLEM TO MAKE IT GO AWAY" loud and clear. The house passed re-inspection smoothly, so while I haven't seen the work, I know it must have been done right. So there you go. They took a very inconvenient customer and worked with that person to get the job done quickly, well, and for an extremely reasonable price. Just imagine the amazing things that they could do for you, person who actually lives within 3000 miles of the job site! Seriously, hire these people. You can't go wrong.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
This place has absolutely everything you could want in a gym, and none of the crap you don't. There are two cardio equipment rooms with a few ignorable TVs, there's a warehouse-sized room full of free weights and manual machines, there are two clean locker rooms, there's a small mat space next to a garage door (open in nice weather), and there's a parrot. Finally, the staff are friendly but not aggressively so. Finding this place has been the second-best thing about having ACL reconstruction.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I've been training at Renzo Gracie Academy Portland for just shy of a month, but I have a broad background against which to compare the experience; I've been training elsewhere across the U.S. on and off again for 13 years. When I moved to Portland, I investigated the local options carefully before choosing this academy. Aaron's grappling and instructional skills are both excellent. While one of those things are true of many people, both of those things are true of few people. His BJJ pedigree is similarly outstanding: Danaher. If you're new to BJJ, you should Google John Danaher. In addition to excellent instruction, Aaron's managed to preserve the Renzo culture here in Portland, which is to say an environment promoting an informal and yet dedicated love of BJJ. Classes are split roughly 50/50 gi/no-gi. Techniques are kept relatively simple and therefore effective. That said, Aaron does seem to be keeping up with and keeping his students up with the cutting edge of grappling. I like that he's spending all of that time learning new moves and selecting the ones that work, so that I don't have to. BJJ is inherently a rapidly evolving art, and I don't have the time to personally track its evolution. A good instructor and good classmates are crucial for that, and Renzo Portland provides both. The aforementioned "Renzo culture" shows in the student body, which is diverse in personalities, skill levels, and physiques (big, small, muscley, wirey, male, female), but very friendly and welcoming across the board. While the school itself is new, a number of upper belts have been attracted to it, creating an environment in which advanced skill sets are unusually diverse in style. Often academies have a certain core skill set, e.g., aggressive guard passing and arm attacks, or yoga and crazy rubber guards, or MMA-friendly basics. No such rut as yet exists at Renzo Portland, and thanks to Sunday city-wide open mats, with luck no such rut will develop. Sunday open mats are amazing and are a great chance to come check out the school. Many of the people on the mats are (yay!) not from Renzo Portland, but roughly a third or half are, so it's a chance to get a feel for the culture of the school. Feel free to come by for a normal class, too. Aaron doesn't do the hard contract push, so you're at your leisure in checking things out. If you're interested in trying out BJJ, you couldn't start at a better place than Renzo Portland.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I haven't actually had a chance to hire Milton (yet), but I wanted to leave a review regarding his response time and general professionalism. I'm in an awkward situation where I'm on the west coast, trying to sell a house on the east coast, and I have a bunch of minor repairs that need to be done before the date of the closing. One of those repairs is a pest treatment for powder post beetles, and I'm having an insanely hard time even getting other companies to answer my calls or e-mails - including the company that performed the original inspection and estimate! Milton answered my call from inside an attic, and followed up via e-mail within a few hours. He's been beyond understanding with regards to my extremely tight timeline, and the quote he gave me was quite reasonable. Unfortunately (well, sort of unfortunately), my realtor has in the meantime found and scheduled another company to come in and do the work within 12 hours. Milton's turn-around time was more like 24-48 hours. In normal circumstances, that's a stellar turn-around time, but a looming house sale makes even 12 hours matter. If for some reason things fall through with my realtor's selected company, I'll get back in touch with Milton. It's extremely reassuring just to know that a company as professional as MTB exists, and I strongly suggest that you hire them for your pest-control needs.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
These vets are one of the best thing about living in Maryland! Dr. Manning, Eidel and Koelenmeyer (sp?) are all particularly great. I took my cats and dog to them for over ten years - never a bad experience, and many that far exceeded expectations. My dog is now a healthy 14 years of age, and you'd never know that my cat is FIV+ and completely inbred. That's thanks to them!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Yesterday I drove here to pick up the worms I ordered and, on a whim, an 18 pack of what turned out to be assorted "Easter egg" chicken eggs. The worms were (and are, so far at least) outstandingly healthy and the eggs are as delicious as they are pretty. The farm is clean and Doug is very nice and very professional. Get your worms here! And apparently also your eggs.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago