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  1. "Accidents at Amazon: Workers Left To Suffer after Warehouse Injuries" by Michael Sainato on theguardian.com It's getting harder and harder for me to justify having anything to do with Amazon. I have a co-worker who worked in an Amazon warehouse through college. He goes out of his way to avoid using Amazon and has dozens of stories about how badly people injured or even killed on the job with zero repercussion to Amazon. It's a above the law company that is buying its way into a bigger and bigger share of the media market.
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    Seems pretty true to our experience from 3 years ago. We say bonjour/bonsoir to everyone that we interacted with, and I cannot recall a rude interaction from the trip. It seems like civilized way to behave. We reserved at most places when we can. Most restaurants we went to are quite small compared to American establishments. We did get a table at Frenchie (reservation was impossible even planning 2 months out and constant monitoring) while trying to get a seat at the ridiculously crowded, loud, and hot Frenchie bar a vins. I don't think we were even given any non pre fixe options at any restaurants we went to, other than at wine bars. Parisbymouth has a list of restaurants that are open in late December. High travel costs and musuem closings would make a Christmas trip challenging, the potential of a heat wave with no AC is sufficient incentive for me to stay away from Europe between June and September, and avoidance of ravenous tourist hordes is a bonus.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Garden peach is the fuzzy one and Azoychka is the yellow beefsteak. The big dark strippy beefsteaks is Girl Girl's Weird Thing. The other 2 dark beefsteaks are African Queen and Spudakee. The smaller dark tomato is Tasmanian Chocolate.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    PS - for the tomato tasting, I want to clarify that the point is taste all the tomatoes first without anything masking the taste. You can add whatever you want to the leftovers, but please taste and judge ALL the tomatoes on their own merits first.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    How is the mosquito situation in DC. Do we need repellents?
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Any last minute supply needs? I am making a Costco run on Saturday afternoon, so I can help with last minute bulk needs.
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    Venice, Italy

    We really liked our dinner at Ristorante Alle Corone about 2.5 years ago. Not too pricy for Venice.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I've updated with my contributions. If things get really desperate, I'll bring a bottle of Kirkland brand vodka.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I should be able to bring 15 to 20 tomato varieties to the tasting. Just started to get a few ripe large tomatoes this week, but next week should bring a good selection. My basil plants are also going strong. Cherry whisky will also be brought, along with a locally made apple pie liquor. We won't be able to stay for the full time, however. My high school reunion picnic is on the same day, so we will check out early to attend that.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    No. I usually eat tomatoes undressed, or cheat with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Almost all the varieties are new to me. I am particularly excited to try some of the purple and black varieties. I had a few excellent Large Black Boar tomatoes last year and Pink Berkeley Tie Dye is supposed to be even better.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Everyone is welcomed to bring tomatoes to the tasting, though please record the variety name.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I am fond of the CA Olive Ranch oil sold by Trader Joe's. I will bring basil too. Growing Thai, Italian, lemon, and lime basil this year.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Alrighty! Tomato tasting will be happening.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Would anyone be interested in a tomato tasting? I am growing about 50 varieties of tomatoes this year and I am seeing fruits on most of my plants. So most should have ripe fruit by end of July.
  15. Provence and Cote D'Azur? Basque/Catalan parts of Spain? Portugal? Nice weather, nice beaches, walkable cities, great food, drivable if you want to, and relatively easy to get around. Speaking for myself, I would push for Rome in a less busy month like January or February. Celebrating two momentous birthdays in the Eternal City just seems fitting to me. Plus I utterly loved Rome when we went in February 2016. The weather was pleasant and crowds mostly tolerable. I would probably have hated the experience if we went during a hotter busier month.