Road Life Reality Check

first_img363 days ago, I was giving away furniture, cramming my belongings into boxes, and, it should go without saying, freaking out.Why? Because all of a sudden, I was a 20-something-year-old with a job, yes, a supportive network of family and friends, yes, but any sense of routine or normalcy? — absolutely not. The question of laundry became not a matter of “when” but “where.” Eating out wasn’t for special occasions anymore, but almost standard fare. While friends were off getting married and buying cars, I was now living out of mine. And though the idea of living out of my minivan had always appealed to me in the past, I was clueless as to what the reality of that lifestyle would actually entail.There’s a lot of hype right now behind the “road life” movement. It’s trendy to be a dirtbag, cool to live in your van down by the river. But truth be told, road life isn’t all drip coffee and hipsters-in-flannel.When someone asks where I’m based out of or what I do for a living, I typically get one of three responses. Some may scoff, ask when I’m going to get “a real job,” whatever that means, and dismiss my adventurous spirit as an act of laziness. Others admire my determination to roam free, yet only connect to my experience vicariously. But there are those who just get it. They get me, and more importantly, they get what it means to live on the road. It’s these people that keep me sane amid the uncertainty and assure me that (and yes, I’m quoting The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel here), “everything will be alright in the end. So if it is not alright, then it is not yet the end.”As I hopped into the Jeep (provided by Brown Automotive Group) last week headed south for my first event of season two, Tuck Fest at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, I had a lot of time to reflect on my first year of road life. From day one there were wrong turns, long hours behind the wheel, lonely nights in towns I didn’t know. But as time went on, I didn’t get lost so much, the drives became my time to think, and I began to take quiet pride in flying solo. As I opened up to the challenges of road life, road life opened itself up to me. I discovered beautiful places outside and within and met some of my closest friends to date, many of whom just get it.For the most part, I’m still that 20-something-year-old who dreams big then freaks out when those dreams come to fruition, but the fact of the matter is that ditching my apartment to live out of my car gave me an unexpected reality check on life, adventure, and the pursuit of the open road. Here’s to seeing what’s around the bend for season two!_MG_8776Your car is not clean.At least by most people’s standards. You may have just spent the entire weekend cleaning out the interior, but if you live out of your car, it’s going to look like you live out of your car, no matter how organized you think you are.No. It can’t be easy.If you wanted things to be easy, you wouldn’t have started living out of your car in the first place. So when your roof rack falls off while you’re driving, or you lose your keys for the upteenth time in a day, or you run out of stove fuel as you’re whipping up dinner 30-some miles from the nearest Walmart, well, that’s just part of it. Embrace the struggle — it makes for a good story.GoogleMaps is not your best friend.Spotify, however, most certainly is.Homesickness is real.The only cure for it, short of going home, is to find a Cracker Barrel, especially one in the South, where “hill” sounds like “heel,” the staff calls you “honey,” and the biscuits are free (if you act nice and tip well).Holding your pee doesn’t make you stronger.It actually makes you weaker, as in your bladder becomes a breeding ground for bacteria which can then cause infections throughout the body. And who wants that?Laziness is measured in miles.Like, how-many-miles-can-I-run-on-empty-before-I-absolutely-have-to-pull-over-and-get-gas lazy.Fast food restaurants are good for nothing.Except bathroom breaks and ice cream. And even then…Gas station coffee isn’t that bad.Said no one ever, unless you’re willing to suffer through the heartburn and/or diarrhea that ensues.You are not invisible.Like when you’re dancing behind the wheel (DBW) at a stoplight. People see you.The saying “patience is a virtue” exists for a reason.Sometimes you’re the driver zipping down backroads like a local, sometimes you’re the out-of-towner going 25 in a 55 and making false turns three times before you actually turn. Road rage does nothing…except make your face red.Sleep is not overrated.Sleeping stuffed under your steering wheel on the side of a busy highway is. So get those ZZZzzzs and sleep before you drive!###Coming soon to a town near you! Stay connected with my Live Outside and Play road ramblings this year by following me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.last_img read more

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Ban Ki-moon Thanks Uruguay for Contribution to UN Peace Missions

first_imgBy Dialogo June 17, 2011 On 15 June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked Uruguay for its contribution to United Nations peace missions and committed to resolving the delay in payments to the country, at the conclusion of a brief visit to the Uruguayan capital. “Uruguayans have made great sacrifices in the name of the global good. They have shed their own blood in the name of global peace. Twenty-seven of your finest young people have paid the highest price for the cause of peace, security, and human rights,” Ban said in a speech to the legislative General Assembly, at the end of a twenty-four-hour visit. “Over the years, more than 25,000 Uruguayans have served in twenty-one different peacekeeping missions. Right now, more than 2,400 Uruguayans serve under the blue flag of the United Nations. Uruguay, a country with a small population, contributes more troops per capita than any other member state in the world. (…) I thank you very much for that commitment,” he stressed. The secretary-general – who visited the Peacekeeping Operations Coordinating Center in the morning – also expressed his commitment “to solving the payments issue.” “We are working hard – very hard – to find a solution. I will not relent,” he affirmed. Uruguay has expressed its concern about the delay in payment for its services in the form of United Nations ‘blue helmets.’ One in three Uruguayan military personnel is estimated to participate in peace missions abroad, in this small country with 3.4 million inhabitants. Currently, Uruguay is participating in eleven peace missions, but the majority of its personnel are concentrated in the missions underway in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.last_img read more

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Judges bill becomes law without Bush’s signature

first_imgJudges bill becomes law without Bush’s signature J udges bill becomes law without Bush’s signature Governor contends the 55 newly created judges should be appointed, not elected Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The bill creating 55 new county and circuit judgeships for Florida has become law without the signature of Gov. Jeb Bush.In a June 9 letter to Secretary of State Sue Cobb, Bush said he was allowing the bill to become law because the state needs new judges, but he thought the legislature acted unconstitutionally in not allowing him to fill the new posts by appointment.The bill, HB 113, specified that voters will elect the new judges this fall.The Senate sponsor of the new judges bill, however, disagreed with Bush’s assessment.In Florida’s mixed merit retention-election system for trial judges, vacancies that occur at the end of a term are filled by election, while those occurring mid-term are filled by gubernatorial appointment. Traditionally, when the legislature created new judgeships, it specified whether they were to be filled by election or appointment.Bush noted that voters amended the state constitution in 1996 to provide that when trial judges are appointed, they must serve at least a year before facing voters. That, he said, changed the way new judgeships are handled because they are effectively appointed to unfinished terms.Since that amendment, “courts have consistently held that all judicial vacancies must be filled by appointment, creating an exception only when an existing seat had been vacated after the elective process for that seat already had begun. Advisory Opinion to the Governor Re: Sheriff and Judicial Vacancies due to Resignations, SC06-668, 2006 WL 1173133 (Fla. May 4, 2006); Advisory Opinion to the Governor Re: Election or Appointment of Judges, 824 So. 2d 132, 136 (Fla. 2002); Pinckett v. Harris, 765 So.2d 284 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000),” Bush wrote. “The extension of the appointive term beyond the next immediate primary and general election cycle has been construed to mean that in all other instances, judicial vacancies must be filled by appointment. Pinckett, 765 So. 2d at 288 (‘the 1996 amendment supersedes these earlier cases and materials, and it is now the “dominant law of the subject matter’”).”Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, who sponsored the Senate’s bill requiring that the new judges be elected, had a different view than the governor.According to a spokesperson for the senator, “Sen. Crist respectfully disagrees.” He quoted Crist as saying, “While I’m not a constitutional attorney, I did work with those who are and I have been advised it was within the full rights of the legislature” to require that the new judges be elected. July 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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4 essentials to effective board succession planning

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union Board succession planning is a white hot topic in our industry right now. It’s essentially setting the coordinates for the direction of your credit union for the foreseeable future. So we thought we would invite somebody on the show who deals with Board succession planning almost on a daily basis — and that would be DDJ Myers Vice President Peter Myers. continue reading »last_img

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10 reasons being rich is harder than it looks

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We see you rolling your eyes right now. But it’s true: Being rich isn’t all wine and roses. Lazy kids, needy friends, constant lawsuit threats and other concerns plague wealthy people on the regular. Here are the top reasons being rich is harder than it looks — straight from the mouths of people who make millions, or billions, or manage those who do.1. Your Kids Might Grow Up to Be SpoiledBeing wealthy can have a downside for your kids. One wealthy respondent to a study conducted by Boston College’s Center on Wealth and Philanthropy worried, “Money could mess them up — give them a sense of entitlement, prevent them from developing a strong sense of empathy and compassion.”“From my experience, the worst consequence for a wealthy family are the inept, non-self-reliant adult children,” said a wealth advisor* from a large and well-known national financial services company. “Many are not contributors to the betterment of society, and are entirely dependent on their family’s money for their survival and that of their offspring. It’s an unending vicious cycle.”“In one case, we have a client with adult kids who are all living off of his investments,” added the advisor. “This man is up early every morning and trades stocks to cover his kids’ — who are all adults with families of their own — rents, luxury travel and living expenses.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Arsenal submit second bid for Celtic star Kieran Tierney but remain short of Bhoys’ £25m valuation

first_imgTierney is open to leaving Celtic (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has just £45m to spend this summer after the Gunners’ failure to qualify for the Champions League for a third successive season.AdvertisementAdvertisementNevertheless, they’ve submitted a second bid for Tierney but the Times claim it will not be accepted by Celtic.The bid is said to be substantially below the club’s £25m valuation of the player and Arsenal risk losing out to rivals if they continue to hardball.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBoth Everton and Napoli are said to be interested in Tierney, who is open to leaving Parkhead this summer.Neil Lennon wants to make as much as six signings this summer but is unlikely to be given a substantial chunk of the fee received for Tierney.MORE: Manchester United open talks with Leicester City over £40m Harry Maguire transfer Metro Sport ReporterSunday 23 Jun 2019 9:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link432Shares Kieran Tierney is a target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal look set to fail with a second bid for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney after refusing to meet the Bhoys’ £25million valuation of the defender.The Scottish giants immediately refused an opening bid of £15m from the Gunners, who are keen to replace Nacho Monreal this summer.Arsenal are believed to have offered a number of players in part-exchange for Tierney but Celtic would prefer an upfront cash deal that reflects the Scotland international’s status.Celtic’s record sale remains the £19m they received from Lyon for Mousa Dembele but they’ve lost the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama in recent years for fees that have looked marginal after a season in the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Arsenal submit second bid for Celtic star Kieran Tierney but remain short of Bhoys’ £25m valuation Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mikel Arteta accuses Arsenal of losing their identity under Unai Emery

first_imgMikel Arteta accuses Arsenal of losing their identity under Unai Emery Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Dec 2019 7:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Mikel Arteta was confirmed as Unai Emery’s replacement as Arsenal head coach on Friday (Picture: Arsenal)Mikel Arteta reluctantly admits Arsenal lost their identity as a club known for its attacking brand of football under Unai Emery.The 37-year-old came agonisingly close to pipping his compatriot to the role of head coach 18 months ago following Arsene Wenger’s decision to stand down.Emery showed some initial promise after the Arsenal board handed him the job, but results deteriorated towards the end of last season and he was eventually sacked last month following a run of one win in nine matches.The former PSG and Sevilla manager’s pragmatic approach and constant tinkering with personnel and tactics meant he never truly endeared himself to the club’s fans.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta, meanwhile, who has spent the last three-and-a-half years absorbing the wisdom of Pep Guardiola as his assistant at Manchester City, has vowed to commit to the style of play that won Arsenal so many admirers during Wenger’s heyday. Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/everton-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2074552/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked directly if Arsenal had lost their identity, Arteta told Arsenal.com: ‘Unfortunately, yes. That’s my feeling.‘That’s something we have to recover. We have to make little adjustments. Now the timing for training is not a lot, so visually the players have to understand the ideas I want to bring to them.‘You will see some changes where we want to head on. The direction is going to be very clear and it is not going to be negotiable.‘We need the players to be on board with the right attitude and the right commitment.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Step by step we will be improving to find the right identity for us.’Arteta was in the opposition dugout last weekend as City romped to a routine 3-0 victory at the Emirates and he admitted he sensed sadness both on the pitch and in the stands.Arsenal’s new head coach will take a watching brief at Goodison Park on Saturday but he hopes he can gradually restore the feelgood factor and rebuild the connection between supporters and the team.He said: ‘Please, we need them (the fans) so much.‘I was in the bench next to it the other day and I felt bad when you see the disappointment and the faces in the crowd.‘I understand we have to be the ones that are able to transmit our idea to them, to engage them because we need them.‘We have to connect those powerful cables together to become what this club deserves to be. At the end of the day we play football to enjoy the fans. They make sacrifices to watch us and they suffer. We have to understand it is our responsibility.’MORE: Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointmentMORE: Ray Parlour identifies Mikel Arteta’s ‘hardest job’ as Arsenal head coach Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Releases Statement on Death of Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells

first_img Non-discrimination,  Press Release,  Statement The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs released the following statement on the death of Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, a transgender woman:“With sorrow and anger, we note the untimely passing of Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells in Philadelphia. Dominique was a beloved friend to many in Philadelphia, where she made her home. We hold her memory close as we mourn this loss and celebrate her life. Her kind smile will long be remembered by her friends.“Dominique lived without statewide discrimination protections, as our General Assembly, uniquely among its area peers, has yet to provide such protections to the LGBTQ+ community. In a month when we are under attack by the White House, it is bitter to remember that we could be protected under state law but our lawmakers have chosen to withhold these basic protections. In 1975, Pennsylvania led the nation by becoming the first state to ban public sector employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Where has that legacy of leadership gone in the legislature?“We also stand in sympathy and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community of Ohio, as they mourn the passing of Riah Milton, who was lost to an act of violence. Unfortunately, neither Ohio or Pennsylvania protect their transgender citizens from the ‘trans panic’ defense, allowing those who take our lives to claim that our transgender identity somehow excuses or mitigates their murderous behavior.“As we celebrate Pride Month, we remember that many of the leaders who began the righteous riot we call Stonewall were Black trans women. We also mourn the 49 people killed at the Pulse Nightclub Massacre on June 12, 2016. We must stand together as a community to insist on full rights for transgender people and for an end to discrimination against trans people and all people of color.“Remember her joy. Celebrate her life. Say her name.”In a joint statement, Commissioners Ciora Thomas, Celena Morrison and Naiymah Sanchez added:“Waking up in a world that does not want us to exist is horrifying, even more, horrifying while doing the important work to service our trans and nonbinary communities of Pennsylvania.“Dominique did not deserve to lose her life. She deserved to live, thrive, and be prosperous in this world as do every transgender and nonbinary person within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.“In Pennsylvania, we have already lost so many black and brown trans people due to violence and transphobia, and, make no mistake, these are hate crimes and should be categorized as such.“Trans people have been facing genocide across this country and within this state because we are born into a cistemic system that is intentionally set up for us to fail and fall by the hands of others or ourselves. While we mourn another loss in the trans community, I want to highlight the importance of continuing to be unified and not going out alone.“Our society is collectively responsible for every death in the Black trans community, and we must continue to demand to be recognized, to be protected, and to have these hate crimes against our community eradicated.”Ver esta página en español. Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Releases Statement on Death of Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 15, 2020last_img read more

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Industry

first_imgGermany: GE Capital Services has agreed to purchase Cargowaggon GmbH from Brambles Industries Ltd and Danzas Holding AG. Retaining its present name, Cargowaggon will become the first European component of GE Capital’s Railcar Services business.Great Britain: Construction group Miller has set up a specialist railway company called Miller Rail. It will aim to lift rail-related turnover from £10m a year to £25m over the next two years.Hungary: Adtranz Hungary has increased its shareholding in MAV Adtranz Dunakeszi Wagon Manufacture & Repair Ltd to 64·9%, following an agreement with Hungarian State Railways signed on August 22 .Italy: Door systems manufacturer HP Srl has been acquired by Westinghouse Air Brake Co for US$5·6m.last_img

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Chefs’ Secrets, Revealed: How They Get Their Food to Look So Good

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle Chefs’ Secrets, Revealed: How They Get Their Food to Look So Good by: – October 5, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share 60 Views   no discussions Photo: ThinkstockPros share their tricks for beautiful lattes, straight-edged brownies, perfect hors d’oeuvres and other drop-dead gorgeous dishes.Chicken That Glistens You could finish off a whole roasted bird with a drizzle of its own juices…or you could make a beurre monté by whisking cold butter into the liquid, giving the dish extra richness and gloss. In her new book, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all, Virginia Willis explains how to dress up classic Southern dishes by doing just that. First, remove the chicken to a warmed serving platter and tent it with aluminum foil. Heat the sauce (or juices; there should be about 1/2 cup) over medium-high and boil until it’s reduced by half. Remove the pan from the heat and, using a whisk, swirl in 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter. Taste and adjust for seasoning with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper; then pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.Photo: Magnolia BakeryCupcakes with Mile-High FrostingAt New York’s Magnolia Bakery, which has six shops and just opened in Chicago, icers spend anywhere from eight to 40 hours learning the perfect way to slather and swipe buttercream into submission, says chief baking officer Bobbie Lloyd. Here are the basics: Start with a flat-topped cupcake; they’re easier to frost. (If you are using a boxed mix, which almost always mounds while baking, you’ll want to slice off the top.) Using an icing wand (like this Duff spatula), stir the buttercream vigorously in a plastic bowl to remove air bubbles. Scoop up a teardrop-shaped 1/4 cup (which is a lot, but Lloyd says it’s necessary for a deep swirl). Pat it onto the cupcake and then swipe down the edges on all sides so the frosting is shaped almost like a pyramid. Pat down the top with your wand and then spin the cupcake itself so the tip of the wand flattens the icing a bit while giving it a swirl. Finally, pull up, imparting a tiny curled edge.Photo: ThinkstockPancake-Flat Strips of BaconWhen you heat this cured pork—which has an almost 50-50 meat-to-fat ratio—the fat melts away and shrinks at a different rate than the meat, which explains why some pieces can look like curlicues. If you want a perfectly flat strip—say you’re going to be cutting it into one-inch squares for a layered hors d’oeuvre—weight it down under bricks, says caterer Peter Callahan, whose new book, Bite by Bite, shows how he makes even pigs in a blanket look fancy. You can cook bacon under a brick (wrapped in two sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil) in a frying pan or in the oven, and since the brick conducts heat, there’s no need to flip the bacon. One more bit of advice: Use thick-cut bacon; it’s much easier to flatten.By Lynn AndrianiOprah.comlast_img read more

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