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Two triumphant and ironic films – “Brooklyn” and “Trumbo” 


My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing two outstanding films over the past weekend. On Friday night, we bicycled to the charming Bijou by the Bay Theater in downtown Traverse City and watched Brooklyn. This beautifully crafted and … Continue reading

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Super-SIZED suburbs of the USA and Canada by land area


The following is a list of the largest suburbs in the USA and Canada as measured by land area (square miles). The minimum population for inclusion in the list is 10,000 residents. Three former suburbs that have become a core … Continue reading

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USA city names with each letter in alphabetical order


Here’s a list of nine ten cities and towns I came up with, of cities in the United States where each letter in the city name is presented in alphabetical order. Any oversights from the USA or others known elsewhere are welcome. For … Continue reading

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Geography of Costco logistics in North America: UPDATED


  Below is a list of Costco’s distribution centers (they refer to them as depots) in North America and their square footage. Following the list is a weblink to a map created which shows how there are dispersed across the continent. Many … Continue reading

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Putting Humpty Dumpty Cities back together again


  Some may wonder what in the world this nursery rhyme has to do with cities. Well, it’s essentially a metaphor for those cities that were devastated by freeway construction in the 1950s through 1980s. Much in the way Humpty … Continue reading

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Heavy/precious metal cities and towns


Here’s my list of those cities and towns that are either named for metals or with the name of metals included as part of its name. As the photo of beautiful Copper Harbor, Michigan shows, some of these communities are … Continue reading

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Most innovative USA metros: 2000-2011


Below is a list of the twenty most innovative metropolitan areas in the United States, based on the number of patents issued between 2000 and 2011. Most surprising is the absence of the Research Triangle of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina; … Continue reading

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Why Americans drive and the Dutch bike


I am in midst of reading the illuminating and intriguing book entitled In The City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Bicyclist by author Pete Jordan. If you ever wanted to know the bicycling history of this great European city, Mr. Jordan’s … Continue reading

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Duplicative college town/city names


Below is my list of duplicative (or repetitive) college city and town names.  I was actually surprised how many there are, but the list is likely incomplete. If you know of any additions, please feel free to pass them along. … Continue reading

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Pony express tales, tall and true


I just finished reading the book, The Pony Express Trail: Yesterday and Today, by author and historian William E. Hill last week. The book is an informative read that provides a snapshot history of this famous cross-country courier service and a … Continue reading

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