David Gaines

David Gaines

David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.

The Cuckoo's Egg By Clifford Stoll
By David Gaines On Monday, January 16th, 2017
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The Cuckoo’s Egg by Clifford Stoll

Maybe it’s because I work in the IT space. Or I’m fascinated with those burdened with protecting us from cyber crimes [or those who leverage it against our enemies]. Or maybe it’s because More...

By David Gaines On Friday, December 30th, 2016
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Everything Else About Our Visit to Kenya

When we go to Kenya, we go for two weeks, which may seem like ample time to really relax — that times flies. As soon as you land, it’s time to pack up to go back home. Over the course of those two More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
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Visit to Lake Magadi Where They Were Harvesting Salt (Or Is It Soda?)

After the long ride south, we finally made it to Lake Magadi.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, not really understanding how you can harvest salt our of a lake, but it didn’t take long to get More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
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One Long and Very Hot Journey Through The Valley to Lake Magadi

For the day’s day trip, we headed south to Lake Magadi. Lake Magadi is the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks, north of Tanzania’s Lake More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, December 25th, 2016
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Hanging Out In Kitui With Family Before Hitting The Night Scene

After our trip to the coast, as usual, we had plans to go to Kitui, Kenya, and visit Nduku’s extended family.  This was my third trip out there, every two years, and boy was I in for a surprise. During More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
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Killing Time On a Glass Boat Off The Coast of Kenya

With some time to kill with the kids at the pool with the other grown folk, Nduku and I hoped on a glass boat and took a ride out to the coral reef. Nduku patiently waiting More...

Nduku and Najwa entering the Slave at Shimoni Kenya.
By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
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Our Trip to Shimoni Kenya and a Visit to the Slave Caves

As we usually do when visiting the coast of Kenya, we like to pick a destination off the beaten path to explore. When we were at Temple Point a few years ago, we visited the Gedi Ruins and explored Watamu More...

Najwa and Nduku at Leopard Beach Club
By David Gaines On Monday, December 19th, 2016
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Leopard Beach Club Located on the South Coast of Kenya

This was our third trip to Kenya as a family, and each time, when we land, we head out to the coast for a few days. Previously we stayed in Mombasa at the Severin Sea Lodge, where we also visited Fort Jesus; More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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Time For Our Every-Two-Year Trip to Kenya By Way Of Morocco

As the winter storm warnings were saturating the news, we were escaping to Africa on our every-two-years trip to visit Nduku’s family in Kenya. Just as everyone was preparing for freezing temperatures More...

Najwa makes Principal's Cabinet at DC Prep
By David Gaines On Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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Najwa Makes Principal’s Cabinet, Explains Why She’s a Hero

For the third consecutive time, Najwa made Principal’s Cabinet at DC Prep. Proud. Proud. Proud. Nduku and I went to the breakfast ceremony where the high achieving students were asked to explain why they’re More...

Why you shouldn't eat Najwa
By David Gaines On Sunday, November 13th, 2016
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If She Was A Turkey, Najwa Explains Why You Shouldn’t Eat Her

As part of their homework, DC Preppies had to write why they shouldn’t be eaten, as if they were a Thanksgiving Turkey.  More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, November 13th, 2016
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Najwa Builds Her Very Own Camera

Maybe we’ll be going to Spark!Lab more often, where kids are encouraged to invent and build stuff. My desire is to see Najwa stay in STEM, become an engineer, a scientist, a builder of some sorts. And as More...

By David Gaines On Friday, November 11th, 2016
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Najwa and Grandma in Fayetteville, NC

We took a trip to Fayetteville to visit Grandma.  More...

Najwa and Alani at Side Yards in Washington DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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Trabants, Wonderplace, Spark!Lab, National Mall, Capitol Riverfront, Side Yards — One Long, Adverturous Day

Today was dedicated to the little ones. I wanted to get Najwa out the house, spend the day away from all the devices that Najwa gets glued to when we’re at home. I was going to need some help, so More...

Najwa - Halloween - PG Plaza
By David Gaines On Monday, October 31st, 2016
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Najwa as Mal for Halloween at PG Plaza

The original plan was to do an outdoor trick-or-treat. But with the temperatures a bit chilly for Nduku’s equatorial blood, we headed back to PG Plaza Mall. I wasn’t impressed last year, with More...