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  1. If you operate a restaurant(s) or a local business(es) I would suggest this survey is a “must read” for “best practices” to getting best and most productive visibility in google search. 2018 Local search ranking factors . It is a compilation of the perspectives of those who spend their time in this area and study search optimization efforts and results. (For transparency I’ve been a participant in this annual survey for all but this year and one other year). (It’s probably better this year without me but in reading summary statements it does highlight some of what I’ve been seeing). Much of what is suggested is not at all technical or that complicated or difficult to do
  2. John Dean, WH lawyer during Nixon’s presidency, involved in the Watergate coverup, became a witness for the prosecution, pleaded guilty to one count and had reduced jail time b/c of that is a “commentator” on today’s situation. With the latest news he just said Nixon wouldn’t go as far as Trump Of course Woodward and Bernstein are newsworthy these days. Thanks to Trump it’s Watergate reunion time.
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    Large Group Lunch (80 people)

    Maybe not the right locations but The Occidental, Oval Room, and Carmine’s can all accommodate a party of 100
  4. Food Safety Alert - There is a threat with regard to E Coli.
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    Bagels

    Interestingly...on Sunday morning I stopped at the new Bethesda Bagel location now open in Rosslyn. NO LINE. NO WAIT. Actually quite stunning. OTOH, on a weekday morning as people were going to work there was a very long line--an unusual reverse customer phenomena for a bagel place.
  6. Break them up is the suggestion. Sounds like the way to go. The team has plateaued and the overall teamwork on offense and effort on defense is just not there.
  7. On its own, now well over 40 years old, the Watergate scandal is interesting history. Beyond that it has so many elements that are similar to today's environment. That makes it more interesting with possible lessons to be learned. One interesting facet has to do with the rise and fall of Richard Nixon's popularity. He became President in January 1969. He resigned from the Presidency in August 1974. In November 1972 he utterly trounced George McGovern in the Presidential election with the most dominant electoral vote ever and a percentage of the popular vote that was just shy of the record, and so overwhelmingly better than all but one election in modern American history. Here is a view into Nixon's popularity during his presidency according to polls. From peak to valley it is unprecedented.
  8. Ooooh. At least 35 years old. I recall it as a place where I had some lusty times. Oh yeah, the burgers were pretty darn good and the beer was cold. Adios old friend.
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    Hummus

    Thank you. Really appreciate the experience and advise above.
  10. I also watched and read as much as I could...and I loved seeing the evidence mount against Nixon. Some perspective: ‘72 was the first election in which I could vote. I was in college and working and switched my location to Md to make voting local and easier. In early ‘72 Muskie, the Dem primary favorite dropped out due to a damaging report and his reaction. It turned out to be a faked report by the GOP operatives. The Vietnam war was clearly winding down. The economy was strong and unemployment was low. During early ‘72 Nixon had strong leads against any potential election opponent. We didn’t know it at the time but in early ‘72 the GOP planned covert wiretapping of Dem election offices at the Watergate. By mid Spring into early summer McGovern won the Dem nomination for Pres. He couldn’t get a running mate. Meanwhile the Watergate breakin occurred and the perps were captured. McGovern chose Sen Thomas Eagleton. In less than 3 weeks Eagleton was off the ticket as he hadn’t revealed prior electric shock treatment for depression. Meanwhile McGovern got the devastating moniker/ descriptor of being for “amnesty, acid, and abortion. Sargent Shriver of Md, and husband to a Kennedy sister replaced Eagleton. McGovern was getting slaughtered in the polls. Slaughtered. He was the political left wing version of Goldwater in 1964. McGovern was the extremist. Meanwhile there were small pieces of news attaching the Watergate burglars to the Nixon campaign and the WH. That news was light and had no traction. By August Nixon was crushing McGovern in the polls. In September one of my college apt. mates, a good friend but an annoyingly brilliant political type became “the college representative to the Shriver campaign”. I don’t think he did anything substantive but did shmooze and hang out at the Md campaign offices for Shriver. He did bring back news of private polls: Nixon-Agnew was crushing McGovern-Shriver—same news as the Gallup polls. The election occurred and I was in the 40% minority voting for McGovern, while convinced Nixon was a crook. The Watergate investigations went on and the evidence mounted against the WH. Meanwhile it was discovered that Agnew was a crooked money extorting politician. He left office. I loved Watergate (and felt vindicated). Today’s environment is so similar. It is surreal.
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    Trader Joe's, 16 Area Locations

    Thanks for the suggestion. It works well in many ways
  12. Don: There was "something" that bothered me in this analysis. On a general basis I never saw Carmelo described as the "team changer". Others yes. Carmelo no. It took a good bit of research about the Nuggets to pull up all the details: Some review: As noted in his first year Denver made the playoffs and had a magnificent improvement from the previous year: from 17-65 to 43-39. And they made the playoffs. It was accomplished in the Western Conference, the tougher conference--wherein the majority of their games were played against the better 1/2 of teams in the league. IMPRESSIVE Compare them to Cleveland that drafted Lebron James in the same year. Cleveland had a significant improvement in their team. The year before they were as miserable as Denver with a 17-65 record (in the weaker division) and improved in their first year with James to 35-47 and didn't make the playoffs (in the weaker division). Anthony scored more points, gathered more rebounds, played in more games during the season and led his team to a better record than did James (In a tougher division!!!) Yet James won the Rookie of the Year award over Anthony. Those who voted that year serve as a clue to whether Anthony "carried" the team or not. I went back through the data. I watched so much basketball in those days, but my memories are weak and I clearly didn't watch Denver much. But the data shows something interesting: The '03-'04 Denver Nuggets were Completely different at every position than the '02-'03 Nuggets. That is unusual. Every position. There was one carryover guy who was primarily a starter in both seasons--but his position switched, Nene Hillario from Center to Power Forward in '03-'04. But essentially the team was 100% different at every position during the bulk of the season. Good teams don't turn over much. Bad teams can and should turn over a lot--but 100% on the starting five...I think that is unusual. Camby started at Center for the bulk of the year. The previous year he was injured and out for the majority of the season. Nene moved from Center to power forward and played that position for the bulk of his time. Anthony of course was the starting small forward and hadn't been there the year before. The guard positions completely changed in the 2 seasons. Andre Miller was picked up as a free agent. He was relatively young, established as one of the better (if not all-star quality) point guards. He was new to the team in '03-'04. Additionally in later years Miller was essentially traded for Alan Iverson, who was later traded for Chauncey Billups. Picking up Miller in '03-'04 translated into the Nuggets having potent point guard play during Anthony's entire stretch during his stay in Denver. (when Anthony forced the trade to the Knicks Chauncey Billups went with him). Lastly the Nuggets had completely different shooting guards with Voshon Leonard and Earl Boykins backing up both Leonard and Miller. None of the Nuggets guards had been on the '02-'03 team. (btw I used basketball-reference.com for all this detail) Then you look at one of the advanced metrics for basketball, win shares. In that first year several of Carmelo's co starters had higher Win Shares than Carmelo. You go through other advanced metrics and it points to the fact that a host of teammates contributed to that big change in record. Obviously the scorer was Carmelo. But there is a lot more to the game...and during the years Carmelo was at Denver he received a lot of help in pushing the Nuggets to a positive record. The point is simply that the enormous gains by Denver in '03-'04 were not recognized at that time and subsequent research suggests that he was not the single person responsible for the improvement. Undoubtedly though, with that improvement--Carmelo Anthony was the scorer. What about the Knicks? The above research frankly took too much time and I won't replicate it for the Knicks. Suffice it to say Carmelo Anthony, an aging Chauncey Billups both joined still tremendously potent new Knick Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire and Anthony were a high scoring potent offense. They were later joined by true big Center Tyson Chandler, who was in the midst of his best years. With those players the Knicks turned potent, got into the playoffs and even won one round. Again, I don't recall "experts" giving all the credit to Carmelo Anthony, and I don't recall seeing him as an entire franchise changer. Actually, being a franchise changer is one of the rarest of qualities; hundreds of noted scorers, rebounders, etc. but few get identified as franchise changers.
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