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 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...

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...

Najwa and her grandpa
By David Gaines On Friday, July 7th, 2017
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Najwa and Grandpa

It has become an annual event, my dad coming to visit us every 4th of July.  I grew up not knowing my grandpa, either of them, or my grandma, either of them, so it never really occurred to me the importance More...

BBQ Festival - Washington DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 24th, 2017
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Keeping Najwa Entertained at This Year’s BBQ Festival

It’s the middle of the summer, which means BBQ Festival time in DC.  This year’s sponsor is Giant, though we keep calling it the Safeway BBQ Festival.  It’s all semantics; everything More...

Praying Mantis Mantid
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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The Egg Cases Have Hatched My Mini Army Of Pest Destroyers

One day I was telling the lady of the house how much I love the convenience of Amazon.  You can find virtually anything; they deliver to your door in no time; and the reviews, albeit bias and sometimes More...

Around the World Cultural Food Festival - Washington DC- 2017
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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Food Festival, Butterfly Garden, Sculpture Garden To Start Off Summer Break

With the heat index breaking into the 90s [humidity sucks] and a threat of a thunderstorm, we decided to head out to the Around The World Cultural Food Festival anyway.  We parked somewhere in Penn Quarter More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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Reptiles, Books and Just Playing Around at the New Woodridge Library

Najwa and I took a trip down the road to check out the new Woodridge Library.  I had planned on coming here eventually, but with live reptiles for the kids, this made for the perfect reason. I More...

Truck Touch DC 2017 at RFK Stadium
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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Touching Trucks

It’s been a couple of years since we first went to Truck Touch, somehow missing the date last year.  But because of Najwa’s swimming lessons, we only caught the last couple of hours of this More...