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.

By David Gaines On Sunday, October 1st, 2017
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New Hobby: Cycling

When my dad was stationed in Germany, it was common for all the kids to have bikes.  Driving wasn’t really an option for high schoolers, and everything was relatively close enough where a bike was More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
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Delaware Children’s Museum

After visiting Fort Christina and exploring the Kalmar Nyckel Museum, it was time to turn our attention to something for Najwa.  The scavenger hunt at Fort Christina was fun, the life-size replica of being More...

Kalmar Nyckel in Wilmington, Delaware
By David Gaines On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
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Exploring the Kalmar Nyckel Museum in Delaware

Around the corner from our visit to Fort Christina Park is a museum, featuring the Kalmar Nyckel, but also a tribute to world exploration by boat.  The Kalmar Nyckel is the ship that first brought the More...

Fort Christina - Wilmington, Delaware
By David Gaines On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
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The Swedes Had a Settlement in America?

Since we were only staying one night in Wilmington, Delaware, once we checked out the hotel, we had to maximize our time before heading back home.  We did a quick search and found out about the first Swedish More...

Wilmington Delaware Skyline
By David Gaines On Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
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Day Trip To Wilmington Delaware

Before the summer ends, and since it’s a three day weekend, we decided to get away for a couple of days.  Instead of the normal destinations, we chose to go a bit off the normal beaten path.  We More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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Deer Enjoying Fort Circles Park in North Michigan Park

Whenever we tell people we live in Washington, DC, most of the time people say they can’t live in the city.  It’s too noisy, crowded, urban.  We try to explain that DC is 60+ square miles More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
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Eat More Spinach

Recently, I’ve made some effort to eating healthy.  Well, healthier than before.  Whereas I used to drink several bottles of Mountain Dew every day, it’s being replaced by water.  I got a More...

Washington Valor game
By David Gaines On Saturday, July 29th, 2017
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Our First Washington Valor Indoor Football Game

A few weeks ago while at the Giant BBQ Festival, we stopped by a booth with information about the Washington Valor, DC’s indoor football team in the Arena Football League.  Curious, I looked them More...

iFly Virginia Beach
By David Gaines On Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
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iFly Skydiving Simulation in Virginia Beach

Directly, literally, across the street from the hotel we were staying was an iFly.  I was intrigued with the idea of giving it a shot, but it was more a passing thought.  Najwa, having watched other kids More...

Najwa playing miniature golf in Virginia Beach
By David Gaines On Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
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Playing a Midnight Round of Miniature Golf

It was an eventful day at the beach.  We spent several hours in the sun and sand.  We went to the amusement park; albeit a small one.  We watched a street performer.  Very entertaining; funny guy.  We More...

Flaming Ginger - Virginia Beach
By David Gaines On Friday, July 21st, 2017
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The Surprisingly Hilarious Street Performer Flaming Ginger

We were on the way back from the amusement park when we saw a street performer setting up for a show.  So, why not check it out. I’ve seen many street performances.  They juggle.  Sometimes juggle More...

Flying Bobs at Virginia Beach amusement park
By David Gaines On Friday, July 21st, 2017
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Virginia Beach’s Mini Amusement Park

In the distance we saw the Ferris Wheel, which means amusement park.  So, we hiked the blocks down from the hotel to check it out.  It’s not a really big park, but does have your common rides.  Gravitron, More...

Virginia Beach
By David Gaines On Friday, July 21st, 2017
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Weekend Trip to Virginia Beach

Learning our lesson of going to the beach on three day holidays, with the other hundreds of thousands of people, we took a mid-summer trip to Virginia Beach to get in Nduku’s craving for sun and sand. More...

National Museum of the American Indian
By David Gaines On Sunday, July 16th, 2017
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Trip to National Museum of the American Indian

For our trip to the National Museum of the American Indian, we went to Union Station to grab a bite to eat then walk to the National Mall where the museum is.  On the way there’s a little oasis in More...

Junie B. Jones
By David Gaines On Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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Najwa’s Meets Junie B. Jones, Her Favorite Book Character

Ever since Najwa was born, we’ve been buying her books.  She has hundreds of books, an entire bookcase in her room full of books.  Most of them, of course, are those books written for toddlers. More...



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