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Portillo’s In Fountain Hills, Arizona

At closing, Portillo's, in Fountain Hills, is almost empty. The eatery specializes in Chicago food, hot dogs, polish sausage and Italian Beef. The restaurant is gleaming and has checkered tablecloths, old style movie posters and employees dressed in sporty uniforms....

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Greg’s Trio at Fountain, Arizona Pizza IS EXTRA

The occasion that brings us to Arizona is a live jazz performance. Escaping Chicago in the winter months, Greg and Judy rent a Fountain Hills house, from a musician friend, and play every Saturday night at a close by Fountain Hills eatery. They are joined for the gig...

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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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Street Empanadas One street over from Calle Estrellita

Every time I pass, I see customers at this little empanada stand - ordering, sitting in these plastic lawn chairs,visiting, stopping a moment in life, standing, moving away, replaced in moments by someone else. It is all very random. The process is like those parts of...

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Dirty Laundry four blocks away

Dirty laundry catches up with all of us. Only bringing a carry on suitcase this trip, and looking at my pile of dirty clothes on the bed, I am down to my last clean socks and shirt. I could have brought a bigger suitcase but I wanted to travel as light as I could....

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Trip to Sanoa Beach From Santo Domingo

Those going on this day trip from Santo Domingo to Sanoa Island start at the Pizzerelli Pizza Palace at six forty five in the morning. There is no one on the street this morning when I walk to our assigned pick up point, but, at the pizza place, there are five of us...

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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 its toe. The issue is wearing...

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Fixing a Leak Plumbers are needed

The main water supply line from the street to the house is accessible from the sidewalk. You lift a little metal door in the sidewalk and quickly find a leaking coupling that joins the city part of the water line with the homeowners part of the water line. This...

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Police Band Zona Colonial Plaza Santo Domingo Event

The last police band i saw was in Cuenca, at a celebration for ex-pats and foreign business development in that Ecuadorian city. This Santo Domingo events aim is to support women and fight domestic violence in Latin America.This police band provides some of the...

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Men at Work Santo Domingo, Zona Colonial

For those who have trouble putting up a shelf on the wall, someone had to built the house you live in, the car you drive. Someone had to educate your kids, grow the food you eat. Someone in the background has to mow your lawn, do your tax forms, listen to your heart,...

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