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Camel Talk Smoking room, Santo Domingo Airport

Smoking has taken a beating in the United States. Most smoking in America has been banned from public buildings. All tobacco packaging has to contain true warnings that tobacco products are not good for your health. Tobacco is taxed at an exorbitant rate. Television...

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Watch out above Getting wet on a dry day

I'm walking, minding my business, on a cloudless day.  Water pours down like someone is pouring a bucket on me, which they are. In the Zona Colonia, water used to mop balcony floors, or spilled when watering plants, is exited through a piece of PVC stuck through...

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Hand rolling cigars in DR-Video In the Zona Colonia

The little room entered through a small corner tobacco shop in the Zona Colonia has four men inside. One is reading the paper, another is watching the cigars being made, two are working - making cigars, by hand, one at a time.  " He is muy rapidio, " I remark. "...

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Calle Estrellita In the neighborhood

Yes, there is trash on the too narrow to walk on sidewalks. Yes, you have to watch your step because the entire neighborhood is a work in progress. Yes, people live close together with no yards,few garages, a myriad of empty buildings waiting for bank money and...

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Shoe Problem Impossible to clean

These are a pair of Scott's work shoes from when he used to work hard. Instead of being covered with paint, which was Scott's income when public school teaching became intolerable,one of these shoes has residue from floor tile adhesive on one toe. Not fussy about work...

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Mr. Postman utility bill delivery system

There is a Postal Service in the Dominican Republic but it is either not used, not trusted, or not helpful to the citizens in this old colonial neighborhood.  In the United States, our Post Office is maligned with carriers driving expensive Post Office vehicles,...

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