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October 24 2017

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‪Heathrow Airport has fast, robust, free WiFi and tablets for travelers. I hope more airports in the USA follow suit. 🛫📶‬

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The Holy Grail of transatlantic travel in economy plus: an empty row of seats! I might get 3, perhaps even 4 hours before I wake up in Heathrow and have to navigate English railways.

Keeping calm
and hoping to
Sleep on (at Washington Dulles International Airport)

October 21 2017

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My daughter asked me to dress up as Darth Vader for Halloween. With some help from a friend, I will — and she can have some fun playing an elite storm trooper at parties with me ahead of the big night. The Force is strong in our family this year.

October 13 2017

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This is what a protest zone on Pennsylvania Avenue outside of the @WhiteHouse looks like in October 2017. Freedom to assemble, inside tape.

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Unusual Irish coffee. Tasty.
#latergram (at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab DC)

October 02 2017

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After a long day at work, cycling home past the Trump hotel, IRS, FBI, The Justice Department & the US Capitol, thinking about institutions.

September 25 2017

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I could get sea urchin guts for free in Maine. I’d eat them if you paid me $25.

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Hello there, funny solar bike. Care to share?

September 11 2017

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‪Enjoying some sunlight in the Senate office building today, discussing social media, the Internet, and the future of political advertising.‬ (at Hart Senate Office Building)

August 20 2017

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‪I’m back in DC after a much-needed vacation in Maine, reading Sunday papers 📰 at @EasternMarketDC. Big week ahead. Watershed moment behind.‬ (at Eastern Market)

August 18 2017

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Last day in Acadia. We hiked Jordan Pond, ate popovers and lobster stew, and are settling down to tea, books, and (gulp) cleaning and packing.

As is true every visit, I’m not ready to leave this place yet.

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Picture perfect, sparkling summer day in Maine for a sail on the Margaret Todd. The wind was strong, the sun was warm and the massive sailing ship was a delight to ride around Frenchman’s Bay.

August 17 2017

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We visited Great Cranberry Island for the first time today. http://cranberryisles.com We walked, picked blackberries and blueberries, picnicked, combed a cobblestone beach, chatted with the locals, visited the museum, and even went swimming in the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As day trips go, outstanding.

August 14 2017

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We transitioned to a new vacation base camp this weekend, moving up from Downeast Maine to Acadia on a rainy Saturday. We’re safely ensconced in a lovely (modern!) post-and-beam home built upon an old farmhouse foundation, sitting upon a knoll above a cove on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island. It’s not at all the same as being right on the water, but it’s fundamentally lovely in its own way, inside and out. It’s a new house, built to fit into this place 25 years ago, combing ancient elements with modern convenience.

I’m thrilled to be cooking with gas again (inside) and in close proximity to a dishwasher, a microwave, and a good chef’s knife. The electric grill, heat pump and Swedish laundry appliances are all foreign but accomplish their purposes admirably. I love the coffee scale, grinder and maker.

The baby grand piano, standup bass, viola, lute and spotting scope all left to fiddle with all feel like gilding the lily, but that’s just fine on a summer vacation.

August 12 2017

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This week, I grilled burgers, turkey, bacon-wrapped scallops and a roast. We boiled Forbidden Rice and a lobster, steamed local long-necked clams, and rendered more than a pound of bacon. We pan-roasted broccoli and kale, scrambled eggs and fried sausages.

All of that glorious cooking and vacation eating had consequences, though, measured in a pile of glasses, utensils, dishes, pots and pans …and there is no dishwasher in this little cottage other than the humans staying here. The lease even warns tenants about their dishwashing responsibilities!

So, last night before bedtime, staring down our impending departure this morning, I handwashed all of it and put them away. Whew!

Sayonara, galley kitchen. You and your electric stove and double basin sink served us well this trip to Maine. I would not be sad to see you again.

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Last day on Cape Rozier in Downeast Maine, before we head north to Acadia. We enjoyed the bay in the morning and visited Blue Hill in the afternoon, hiking up and down Blue Hill Mountain in the warm sun. http://bluehillheritagetrust.org/blue-hill-mountain/ I know there are wonderful adventures ahead, but it’s going to be hard to leave this place in the rear view mirror tomorrow.

August 11 2017

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Sand dollars are hard to find on Maine’s rocky shores, but we’ve discovered a few.

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I’m sore today, after yesterday’s paddle, but I’m still feeling exhilarated. On Thursday, we kayaked out to Pond Island, down the cape and out into the Penobscot Bay. Visiting the salt pond and sandy beach of the island is one of the iconic memories of my childhood summer vacations in Maine. Returning decades later with my wife and daughter to find it as pristine and beautiful as ever resonated deeply with me.

We beachcombed, paddled into the interior channel with the tide, picnicked, and swam in the (warm!) outflow of the pond, floating in the current in the sun. We paddled home easily, without incident, ate clams, fresh baked cookies, and had dance party.

I’d been thinking about making this trip for months. When I saw that it was 2 mile round trip, I knew that it would be doable in calm weather.

I’m proud that we pulled this of, for all of us. There are few perfect days in life, but this felt like one of them.

August 10 2017

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First light

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This strawberry pie was so good that I forgot to take a picture of it before we ate it.

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