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 Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
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Eliminating Triclosan To Remain At Least 10% Human

Looking for a book to read the other day, I decided to go off the beaten path, onto a path I’ve been down before.  I wanted to get a book not about some country’s history, a memoir about a More...

Astronomy Festival
By David Gaines On Friday, June 2nd, 2017
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Viewing Jupiter, The Moon, Otherworldly Stuff at the Astronomy Festival

When Najwa was a lot younger, I had her saying she wanted to be an astronaut.  Almost had her wanting to dress up as one for Halloween.  I put glow in the dark stars on the ceiling of her room, got her More...

Najwa at Hemingway's - Kent Island
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 27th, 2017
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Day Trip to Kent Island for Memorial Day Weekend

For Memorial Day, we wanted to get out of town, but nothing more than a day trip.  So, we headed out to Kent Island just on the other side of the Bay Bridge.  Being just a day trip, and not able to leave More...

By David Gaines On Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Building Biceps With Wide, Shoulder or Close Grip?

For the first time since getting our weight bench, I hooked up the preacher curl padding to do some preacher curls.  I’ve neglected my biceps [for 40+ years!] so I wanted to add some bicep work into More...

National Arboretum - Najwa, Alani, Aiyanna
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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An Unplanned Visit to the National Arboretum

The plan for the day was to go downtown for the Asian Street Festival with Najwa and a couple of her friends.  Which we did.  Only there was no festival.  Apparently it was postponed; until next year. More...

By David Gaines On Friday, May 19th, 2017
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Najwa Awarded Best in Mathematics and Principal’s Cabinet

As much as I want to take credit for this, I have to give it up to mommy for making sure Najwa does her homework every night, reads her book for reading log, gets her dressed in the morning, rushing me More...

Walkway on the side of the house
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 6th, 2017
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Growing Grass Where The Sod Failed Last Year

On the north side of the house, where there’s no much direct sunlight, it’s essentially a dirt path.  The plants are doing fine, but the ground is in dire shape.  Last year I had this idea More...

Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree
By David Gaines On Friday, May 5th, 2017
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Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree Not Looking Very Healthy

When I first started planting plants, I had no idea what I was doing.  I didn’t understand the difference between alkali and acidic soil, which plants needed tons of direct sunlight versus those More...

DC Prep field trip to the National Air and Space Museum
By David Gaines On Thursday, May 4th, 2017
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Field Trip Back to National Air & Space Museum

Of all the museums of the Smithsonian, the National Air & Space Museum seems to be the most popular.  Maybe it’s the wide open area for the kids to run around in, or the How Things Fly exhibit More...

Yellow Twig Dogwood
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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Another Dogwood, Sort of, For The Backyard

There’s this corner in the backyard, on the north side of the shed, at the base of an ancient oak tree, where there’s direct light for not very many hours a day.  Because of the oak tree, there More...

Ever Red and brick grill
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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New Plants By The Old Brick Grill: Ever Red Fringe Flower and Concorde Barberry

There’s an old brick grill in the back corner of the backyard.  It hasn’t been used in years and won’t ever be used again.  Actually, the plan is to get it knocked down, one day when More...

Coral Bells
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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More Coral Bells, Finally

When I first started building the, well, I’m not sure what to call it.  It’s a retainer wall, or a raised planting area; whatever you call some years ago.  It’s a small, delicate-looking More...

Making cotton candy
By David Gaines On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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Making Homemade Cotton Candy

Nduku ordered Najwa a Cotton Candy Maker, and I just had a hard time believing all you needed was sugar.  Najwa and grabbed a recipe off the internet, went to the store to get the granulated sugar, as More...

Math Festival DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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A Festival Where Math is the Highlight and Source of Entertainment

It’s interesting how you can take any subject and make it a festival.  When you think of festivals, you think of fun and games, clowns, music and food.  The festival we went to this weekend, though, More...

African Marigold
By David Gaines On Monday, April 10th, 2017
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Marigolds Finally Planted in the Planter Boxes

A few years ago I read that mosquitoes don’t like Marigolds.  So, naturally when one doesn’t like mosquitoes, I built a force field of Marigolds on the back deck.  This year I was about to More...