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Visiting Broad Branch Distillery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Although I love visiting distilleries when I travel, it's nice sometimes to have a "home game." I had toured Broad Branch Distillery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina once before, but when my family was visiting from California recently I visited again. We didn't get a full tour the second time, but distiller Joe did take us … Continue reading Visiting Broad Branch Distillery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Visiting Half Moon Bay Distillery, Half Moon Bay, California

Craft distilling is where it's at, so it was exciting to be able to tour the Half Moon Bay Distillery in my childhood home town. I especially appreciate owner Ulli's giving us a tour on a Monday afternoon (their regularly schedule tours are Friday-Sunday). The distillery currently is tucked away in the working part of … Continue reading Visiting Half Moon Bay Distillery, Half Moon Bay, California

Merging My New Year’s Resolutions with My “To Do” List

I know people have differing views of the value of New Year's Resolutions, but I always do them. They give me a moment to reflect on the previous year's aspirations, successes, and failures, and to articulate some new (or, often, continuing) aspirations for the coming year. One problem, though, is that I don't often revisit … Continue reading Merging My New Year’s Resolutions with My “To Do” List

Battling the Cell Phone Menace in Class for a Decade Now

Facebook's wayback machine ("On this Day" app) reminded me this morning that I have been battling students using their cell phones in class for a long time now. I know some professors don't care if students use their phones in class. Fine by me; their class, their rules. And some are just unaware. Many Wake … Continue reading Battling the Cell Phone Menace in Class for a Decade Now

Verizon Wireless’s Fool-Proof Plan for Losing a Customer

Final Update: Somehow "Brandon" in the corporate office got my blog post yesterday. He apologized on behalf of Verizon and said he would call financial services on my behalf to get me taken off "cash only" status. Thus resolves my 2 month issue. As compensation for my trouble, Verizon waived the remaining $240 I owed … Continue reading Verizon Wireless’s Fool-Proof Plan for Losing a Customer

Pilgrimages to Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps and Isolation Centers

This page collects all of my previous posts about the interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and provides a home for my (hopefully) growing list of pilgrimages to the sites of internment camps and isolation centers. Previous Posts Discovering Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps Historical Background to the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII … Continue reading Pilgrimages to Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps and Isolation Centers

Directions to Leupp Isolation Center (World War II Japanese-American Detention) Site

As noted in my previous post, there is no official historical marker for the Leupp Isolation Center for Japanese-American detainees during World War II. Nor is the location marked on Google Maps (though I submitted a request that Google add a marker). For anyone wanting to go see the site, here are the directions I … Continue reading Directions to Leupp Isolation Center (World War II Japanese-American Detention) Site