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Based on custom mixes made by "Freestyle fans" on their smart devices. (According to Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine)
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    Vanilla Coke + Orange Coke
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    Coke + Dr. Pepper + Fanta Peach
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    Diet Coke + Lime Diet Coke + Diet Dr. Pepper
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    Orange Sprite + Vanilla Sprite
We don't want to be helicopter parents, but are very anti-smoking & risk-averse when it comes to the baby we're expecting. Fortunately this only applies to one unnamed relative. We got most of these from a recent infant care class plus some brochures and online research. Please feel free to comment if we missed anything or got something wrong.
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    Any smoking must be done outside, away from any doors or windows
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    A jacket or coat should be worn while smoking and removed when re-entering the house
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    Change into a fresh, clean shirt
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We've fostered many dogs for out local Humane Society and had the opportunity to name several. We like food themed names so we've been keeping a running list. Will keep adding to this as we remember / think of more. Asterisks for names we've already had a chance to use
  1. Mocha* and Meatball*
    First-time fostering experience. We got to name two adorable little puppies waiting to get old enough for they neutering.
  2. Porkchop*
    The biggest of a litter of 8 born in our house to foster mama Kylie
  3. Curry*
    The one beige puppy in Kylie's litter of 8 mostly black and brown pups. Originally and temporarily named "Beige", which our friend @bridgetharris finds hilarious. Cut us some slack, it 2am and the puppies were coming fast!
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All of the jobs I can recall aspiring to at various points in my life. Roughly in the order in which they came up.
  1. Jedi Knight / Crew Member, Millennium Falcon
    After seeing Star Wars Episode IV, a New Hope, I was enamored of light sabers and what a bad ass Han Solo was. At the time it was just called "Star Wars"
  2. Mall Traffic Control Officer
    Much to the chagrin of my grandfather, during a trip to the mall I pointed to the guy guiding traffic in the parking lot and announced "I want to do that when I grow up!". I'm pretty sure it was the combination of the whistle and flashlights with the orange glowing attachments. Kind of like light sabers (see above)
  3. Asian Cousin, Dukes of Hazzard
    Also around this era I wanted to be Fighter Pilot, Battlestar Galactica; Ninja (Snake Eyes-style), GI Joe; and Earth Defense Force, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Clearly TV was an influence.
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Here are some Japanese cities I've visited (and some still on my wish list) that you might want to consider. Will start in descending priority but after the first few it's really up to your preferences. Here's my list of Japan travel tips including the JR rail pass that's a great deal to get to these cities: https://li.st/l/3nnW2iVLZGrEk20vUXTB0p
  1. Tokyo
    Big and interesting enough that I'll try to create an entire list for Tokyo itself. Lots of options spanning historic to futuristic. Neighborhoods are defined by their local train station and each has its own culture and attractions. Will paste the link of Tokyo attractions here if/when it's done
  2. Kyoto (close to Nara)
    A must if you have the time. Beautiful temples, historic neighborhood, lots of history and caters well to tourists. Their hop on/off bus program is great and day/multi-day passes can be purchased at the Visitor Center in the main JR train station. If I had to pick, the Gold Pavilion (Kinkakuji) is the must-see.
  3. Nara (close to Kyoto)
    Struggled with where to put this on the list, but it's very close to Kyoto so if you go there you might as well stop here. The ancient capital of Japan is home to a giant Buddha and is also known for the deer that freely wander the grounds of the temples. You can buy crackers to feed them but be careful, they can be greedy and aggressive! I've seen kids get knocked down for their crackers and women screaming and trying to get away from hungry deer.
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Basically anything with Ls and Rs, but other letter and sound combinations can get mangled when converted to the Japanese phonetic alphabet, including the addition of extra syllables. So in that SNL skit, "J-Pop America Fun Time Now", when they "speak Japanese" by adding "-duru" to the ends of English words, they're not that far off!
  1. I feel like I should post videos on YouTube of how Japanese people would say these names - the Japanese pronunciations of some sound AMAZING
  2. Larry
  3. Ronald
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I am by no means an expert outdoorsman. However, during the multi-night hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu I realized that I know a lot more than I realized and some of these tips might be helpful to novice campers and hikers. Not all tips will apply to all trips.
  1. Bring a headlamp or flashlight
    Especially useful for bathroom breaks in the middle of the night, which is also when the hands-free headlamp trumps the flashlight. It's easy to forget how much man-made light surrounds us when we're not in the wilderness
  2. Start cheap and consider renting gear
    If you're not sure camping is for you, rent gear from REI or other outdoor supple stores before committing to an investment. Tents (the biggest ticket item), sleeping pads, sleeping bags, backpacks, and stoves can all be rented. If you decide to buy, expensive is not necessarily better for the casual camper - most of the premium is for smaller, lighter gear you don't necessarily need.
  3. Pack something to flavor your water
    Especially helpful if you'll be boiling or treating drinking water as you go. Most people are savvy enough these days to know to treat their water before drinking it. But killing/filtering out bacteria and contaminants doesn't address the taste. My friend Craig's travel packet of Crystal Light saved me when I was dehydrated but couldn't down another mouthful of boiled mountain water that tasted terrible.
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Lived in Seattle for eight years until 2015, still visit often. Will be missing some of the latest and greatest but this should still be a solid list. Will keep adding to the list as more come to mind or we visit new places.
  1. Maneki (International District)
    Hands down our favorite place for Japanese food - Nishino in Madison Valley comes close but the prices and vibe at Maneki put it over the top. Although for sushi we favor Tsukushinbo right nearby. But the other menu items at Maneki are delicious and their broiled black cod is amazing and a great deal.
  2. Salumi (Pioneer Square)
    The waits at this place are nearly as renowned as their sandwiches. Their porchetta sandwich is incredibly good. The line forms outside and can be quite long so get there early with a friend on a nice day and have a nice chat while waiting to order.
  3. How to Cook a Wolf (Upper Queen Anne)
    Favorite among all the great Ethan Stowell places around town. Pork belly (which was a special) and pastas have been consistently good and they finally started taking reservations a few years ago.
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Portland has great food at very reasonable prices. Per capita and per dollar I'd put it up against any city I've visited or lived in. Here are some favorites...
  1. Screen Door (E Burnside)
    Great brunch, also open relatively late. On weekends get there by 8:30 so when they open at 9:00 you can be part of the first seating. Otherwise you're waiting until tables start to turn. Tasty food and generous portions
  2. Le Pigeon (E Burnside)
    Great option for a nice dinner or the foodie in your life. If booked try their sister restaurant Little Bird Bistro in SW Portland.
  3. Jim & Patty's (3 locations) or Coffee People (PDX airport) Black Tiger Milkshakes
    Expensive but worth it. Milkshakes made with their black tiger ice cream which is like chocolate chip but with shredded up chocolate-covered coffee beans. Jim and Patty used to own Coffee People before they sold it and returned (presumably after some non-compete ended) to open Jim & Patty's. Of the Coffee People locations, only the airport shops remain but at least two of them serve black tiger milkshakes.
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I was born in Japan and have visited many times since then. Here are some suggestions to help you have a great time visiting an amazing country. Adding a link of my list of cities to visit in Japan: https://li.st/l/72BZiF08gdiZkI6UGCvHwq
  1. Get a JR Rail Pass
    If going for more than a week and visiting more than one city, this is an unbelievable deal. Can be used on all JR lines within and between all Japanese cities, including booking Shinkansen (Bullet Train) seats. MUST BE PURCHASED OUTSIDE OF JAPAN then redeemed for the actual pass in Japan at any JR station "green window". Can even be used for the train ride to/from Narita International Airport.
  2. Have cash (Yen) but beware pickpockets
    Acceptance of credit cards has increased greatly and will work at most hotels, chain/department stores, and larger businesses. But Japan is still a cash society to a surprising extent, especially when it comes to restaurants, tourist sites, and smaller Mom & Pop shops. Fortunately, Japan is also relatively safe with low rates of violent crime but pickpockets are not unheard of.
  3. Don't tip
    Japan does not have a culture of tipping. Memorably, during the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, some restaurants put tips that customer had left on their tables in their "lost & found". It's usually policy for hotel staff to have to decline tips as well and cab drivers and restaurant staff do not expect tips
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