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Never Thought Being A Coffee Snob Would Be This Difficult

If you have found yourself turning into a coffee snob – and if you live in Ashburn, it’s almost a requirement – you may have found yourself purchasing a Chemex.

I found a number of number of people – led by journalist Salena Zito – discussing on Twitter one day how a Chemex will allow you to brew the perfect cup of coffee. So many people piled in to agree with this that whether it mattered or not, I had to have one. In my world, the person with most culinary toys wins, and a Chemex was not in my collection.

The Chemex was easy to acquire for about $50, but the special coffee filters for the Chemex were not. A lot of places carry them, but for the last three months, they weren’t available at local stores. Usually when that happens you go to Amazon, but when you went there, the filters that should be $9.95 or less were selling for $22 a box and higher. Turns out that a few assorted clowns realized a lot of people get them for Christmas, so these entrepreneurs went around and bought up all the available inventory, then resold them on Amazon for a much higher price. Judging from comments I read online, this was going on just about everywhere.

Places like Chemex sold them online for $9.95, but unlike Amazon, where if you buy $25 of more freight is free, Chemex does not offer this. So by the time you add in freight, it’s about $22.

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This Tweet Had Me Saying "Hot Dog"

In browsing through Twitter this morning as I always do (I’m @dullesdistrict), I came across a tidbit from Washington Post blogger Scott Allen that said “I’m at the Nats’ ballpark media tour, where one of the biggest pieces of concessions-related news is Nathan’s is Nats Park’s new hot dog supplier.”

My immediate thought was “be still, my heart.”

This is because I take sports concession stand food seriously. So much so, that over the years, I have purchased many of the items you see at a ballpark concession stand so I can replicate the experience in my own home. I have the hot dog machine you see above (I cut the cabbage for the cole slaw a little too thick so that’s why it looks like lettuce), a deep fryer, bun steamer, griddle to replicate a flat top on my stove, mini crockpots for chili, cheese sauce, etc., and of course I cook. From wings to nachos, I like to make stuff from scratch (and if you follow this site, you will too because cooking is going to become a regular topic) and consume it while watching games on multiple televisions in my study.

But of all the items you can consume, the hot dog to me is a mandatory staple. Every town seems to have a different version, from the Jesse Jones hot dogs smothered in mustard, chili, slaw and onions at Martinsville Speedway, to the crisp snap of a natural cased hot dog with mustard, onions and sauerkraut you only find up north. I have long annoyed my wife in that wherever I go, I always want to stick my head in a grocery store to see what different brands they may have.

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It's Still The Most Iconic Washington Nationals Moment Ever

The season hasn’t even started, and the Washington Nationals have already made their first error.

Scrolling through Twitter, it appears the Nats have removed the mural of Jayson Werth jumping for joy and crossing home plate after hitting the game-winning home run of Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series played on October 11, 2012. I am going to assume since this is the first season Werth is no longer playing for the team, that’s the reason it is being replaced.

Well, Nats….um, no. E-marketing.

The play still represents the most iconic moment the team has ever had. Ask any Nationals fan to rank their most memorable moments since the franchise came to Washington, and No. 1 by a landslide is Jayson Werth hitting that home run. It isn’t close. It’s the high point of the decade-plus the team has been here. Werth doesn’t play here any more? Well, Stan Musial isn’t getting a lot of bats in St. Louis either and they have a statue out front. Iconic moments are iconic moments. Want to replace the mural? Come up with a better moment.

Even the radio call is historic. This is the transcript of Dave Jageler and Charlie Slowes calling that last at-bat:

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Coming Face To Face With Facebook

Have you ever known something was going on, you knew it wasn’t good, but you just didn’t want to know? Like calling to get the results of your physical when you knew you’d been eating like every day was Fat Tuesday? Or going online to see just how big the balance on your American Express was a few days after Christmas?

Well, that’s sort of been my deal with Facebook. I strongly suspected that they weren’t exactly being on the up and up with most of us in terms of what they were doing with our information. But I didn’t really push because I knew if I did it wouldn’t be good. But last night during a break between basketball games in the NCAA Tournament, I did.

Facebook allows you to download the information they apparently are selling all over the world like an ice cream vendor on a hot day at Myrtle Beach, which I did. At first, I didn’t think it was such a big deal. There were folders and folders of pictures I had posted since 2009, and it was sort of nice to have them all in one big place if I ever wanted to find one. Over time, thanks to the advances in cameras on our phones, I’ve accumulated a lot of great pics and they are spread all over multiple computers and devices in my home. The good ones, I thought, are in this Facebook folder.

But then I started looking at the folder marked “html” and clicked on “ad.htm”. There were about 35 ad categories Facebook determined I should be part of. There was a history of every ad I’d ever clicked on. There were advertisers who were sold my contact info, many of whom I had never done business with and never will do business with.

Click on your profile info, and it’s the same as you’d see online. Click on contact info, however, it’s the email addresses of every person in your personal contacts. I must have early in my Facebook history approved an app that accessed my contacts and they are all there, probably sold to other companies.

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