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nomadic dan
washington, d.c.
u.s. foreign service - the life of a diplomat
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"Why is my coffee cold?" I pour a fresh cup of hot java, take a sip, then set it aside for a few minutes. The next time I take a sip, there's a noticeable drop in the coffee temp. I'm... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at
A clear view of Cotopaxi mocking my heavy-breathing morning dog walk. For more info on Cotopaxi Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at
Camino Antiquo a Nayon This magnificent view overlooks the back of my neighborhood and the city valley below. You can see the steep inclines leading up to the apartments. While breathtaking to look at, it's also breathtaking to walk. My... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at
My new neighborhood No, I didn't leave the Department of State, but I did leave Virginia for my next assignment overseas. I've arrived in Quito, Ecuador and started the next chapter in my life. Adapting to change is a prerequisite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at
The showers of May have passed. But by last weekend, the heat of summer had slipped into Virginia. But not before I took my Harley 48 out Saturday morning for a long ride. I've been wanting to see how it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at
Upgrades for the summer - New Vance and Hines grenade exhausts and a Roland Sands air cleaner. And finally a mesh jacket to help beat the summer heat. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at
The entire project has taken over two years to complete but it was well worth it. The hardest part was the just gutting the basement, letting contractors replace the water displacement system (sump pump and drainage), and then waiting a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at
Thanks to a giagantus pot hole in DC, my old Italian buddy and commuter partner has been decimated beyond repair. That's right, my Aprilia Scarabeo 250 has traveled it's last trek via a tow truck trailer to its final resting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of shoe molding and pneumatic-nailers but of miter saws. A journey into a wondrous land whose baseboards are that of imagination. That's the sawhorse up ahead-your next stop, the Perimeter Zone!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at
The day finally came for me to hand over my project to a third party contractor. Instead of taking it one step at a time, I decided to have them do all twelve. (Ba-dum-bump..crash) So I go from this fine... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at
It took back to back weekends along with every weekday in between, but I was able to finally finish laying down all the engineered hardwood floor from Lumber Liquidators. The color is gunstock oak and is 3/8" thick and 3"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at
Nothing says you're almost done with a remodel, like being ready to paint. Unfortunately I tend to forget about what's left to do, such as: flooring, baseboards, trim, stairs, and a backsplash tile job that's still waiting in the wings.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at
I still haven't picked out paint colors yet, but I didn't want that to hold up my project. So I decide to go ahead with tiling the floor in my side room and in front of the exterior door. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at
Its almost two years since the "new" drainage system was installed in the concrete floor perimeter. No leaking or moisture has shown up anyway in the basement besides the crawl space where the new sump pump pit is. So it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at
.. since I smoked. Feels fantastic. Who knows where I'd have ended up if I kept smoking. Albuquerque, NM? Here's the benefits to a 3 year old non-smoker. err. I mean, someone that hasn't smoked in three years, not a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at
With the arrival of cold weather, my running days were put on hold as I jump-started my basement remodel. I've made great progress since we successfully completed the drywalling. And it's caused me to learn more about carpentry and tiling... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at
I remembered this song from The Big Lebowski but never realized the connection. Who knew Kenny Rodgers and the First Edition had put out such a funky LSD PSA? Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at
This is what happens when twelve people band together for two days of non-stop relay running. We started in Cumberland, MD on Friday morning at 630am. 12 people run 3 legs each for a total of 36 legs covering 200... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at
North Face Challenge -50km completed! I had set my alarm for 4am the night before. But nervous anticipation made it hard for me to get any sleep until after midnight. Fortunately, I had laid out all my running gear and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at
After running a marathon, I wanted to try something a little different. This year, I signed up for a 50km trail run. (That's 31.1mi for those metrically challenged.) I thought what's so hard about doing another 5miles. Plus I get... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at
When you know you've watched to much DIY channel. Over the last 2 years I have gone through a minor war with my basement. But over the last few months, the battle slowly turned in my favor. When I purchased... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at
The days of hauling buckets of rain water around the yard were finally over last spring. I installed a new system for it that included: a solar panel, 12volt marine battery, and 12volt water pump. The results were better than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at
My first marathon came and went last week. I'm excited to say I completed it without injury, other than calves that felt like lava pools and feet that felt like cinder blocks. B was my one person support team and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at
I'll be finding out if it's safe this weekend when I run the 38th Marine Corps Marathon. Fortunately the forecast calls for sunny skies and no chance of diamond smuggling germans spoiling the day. I was hoping to blog more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at
Like many other State Department workers during the govt shut down, I continued working with no break in service. It was odd after a while, because every other federally employed friend I knew was furloughed. I was starting to feel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at