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” The Fountain ” – Video Fountain Hills, Arizona

” The Fountain ” – Video Fountain Hills, Arizona

  This morning, the Fountain goes off at nine sharp, the same time as all the local businesses open. Ducks cruise past it like little feathered boats as a steady geyser of water is propelled several hundred feet into the air.  I film the eruption from...

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Camel Talk Smoking room, Santo Domingo Airport

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 scientific warnings that tobacco products are not good for your health. Tobacco is taxed at an exorbitant rate....

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Watch out above Getting wet on a dry day

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 of water on me, which they are. In the Zona Colonia, water used to mop balcony floors, or spilled when watering plants, exits the upstairs balcony through a...

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Hand rolling cigars in DR-Video In the Zona Colonia

Hand rolling cigars in DR-Video In the Zona Colonia

The little cigar making 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 men are working - making cigars, by hand, one at a time.  " He is muy...

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Shoe Problem Impossible to clean

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 its toe. The issue is wearing...

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Mr. Postman utility bill delivery system

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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Mama Juana Mixology

Mama Juana Mixology

When I remark that I have a cold, Yuri asks if I want some " Mama Juana? " " I don't want marijuana, " I answer. " No, " she laughs, " Mama Juana. It is a local drink, good for colds. " Berluis shows me a jug which looks like it is filled with bark off a tree, which,...

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Talking Man Newerk Airport

Talking Man Newerk Airport

We listen to a lot of talking heads but this guy actually makes sense. As an employer, you don't have to pay his wages, retirement, medical benefits or deal with his personal issues that cost you money. Fred stays where you put him and does as he is programmed. He...

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Tumbling Tumbleweed/Albuquerque-Video looking for home

Tumbling Tumbleweed/Albuquerque-Video looking for home

From Wikepedia- " A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of a number of species of plants, a diaspore, that once it is mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem, and tumbles away in the wind...." "Tumbleweeds" is also a Roy Rodgers cowboy...

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