The old warbirds of World War II

Every year for a few years now, the Collings Foundation has been bringing some World War II planes to the Westminster, Maryland, airport. This weekend, they brought three planes: A B-17 and a B-24 bomber, and a P-51 Mustang. After breakfast with my wife, where we discussed everything from my doctoral thesis proposal to what we’ll be doing in 2016, I headed over to the airport to take some pictures. There was even a random blimp and lots of private planes taking off and landing. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Days of a pandemic

I found these pictures in one of my hard drives today. They’re from the very early days of the 2009 influenza pandemic. I was the influenza surveillance coordinator at the state health department at the time. I decided that I was going to document as much of those days as I could. I didn’t have a good camera or good phone with a good camera. But I managed to take these candid shots. Enjoy…

A walk through East Baltimore

I joined a group of fellow students for a walk around East Baltimore with the Baltimore City Police Department. We got to see the neighborhood to the east of the Johns Hopkins University campus. There was a mesh of cultures and social strata. Next to dilapidated buildings were refreshed and renewed homes. Whereas some people were out enjoying the beautiful day, others were out because they had no place to call home. Baltimore is so much more than what “The Wire” made it out to be.

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A day for the dogs

[quote cite=”Josh Billings”]A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.[/quote]

A friend and colleague of mine and his wife brought over their white lab and we all headed out to the lake to have the dogs swim. The dogs had a lot of fun while we roasted in the summer heat. Afterward, we came back to the hacienda, had some burgers and hot dogs, and watched baseball on television. It was a great, all-American day.

So here are some pictures:

Races of days past

I started running back in 2002, and I’ve run a lot of races. Here are some pictures from the past races I’ve been in. The most fun ones were, by far, the ones I’ve run with my brother. Our back-and-forth banter during the race makes it very enjoyable, making the pain less and the suffering none. Here are some pictures of those races.

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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Trip to The Bahamas (2012)

[section][row][span size=’5′][slab_h5][slabtext]”A vacation is [/slabtext][slabtext]what you take when [/slabtext][slabtext]you can no longer take[/slabtext][slabtext] what you’ve been taking.”[/slabtext][slabtext] – Earl Wilson[/slabtext][/slab_h5][/span][span size=’3′][h4_style]Ah, The Bahamas![/h4_style]My lovely wife and I took a quick vacation to the Bahamas in 2012. It was only three days, but the memories will last a lifetime. The weather was nice. The people were great. And the food was delicious. However, what we both have agreed was the best part of the trip were the naps. We had a room deep in the belly of the cruise ship. The white noise from the engines and the lack of traffic outside our door made sleep divine.

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Early Spring Snow

[section][row][in_span size=’5′][slab_h5][slabtext]”In the Spring,[/slabtext][slabtext] I have counted 136 different[/slabtext][slabtext] kinds of weather[/slabtext][slabtext] inside of 24 hours.”[/slabtext][slabtext] – Mark Twain[/slabtext][/slab_h5][/in_span][span size=’3′][h4_style]Crazy Weather![/h4_style]It was March 25th that we got about four inches of snow overnight and into the morning. The only one enjoying it was the dog. I had to clear the driveway, sidewalk, and stairs to our door. Let me tell you… Clearing snow is a workout![/span][/row][/section] Continue reading