Sample ZIP Codes from All 50 States (and more)

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I needed sample ZIP codes from all 50 states, so that I could test a website feature I’ve been working on. There are many sites that allow you to look up a ZIP code by city and state, but I was looking for a quick reference all on one page.

I couldn’t find one right away, so I built my own. I thought it may be useful to someone else, so I’m posting it here. Continue reading Sample ZIP Codes from All 50 States (and more)

Get on the Bus

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Riding the bus in Charlotte, NC

Bus Stop SignI was lamenting to my family and co-workers that I wished it were easier for me to take the bus to work.   I work a few blocks outside of downtown, and I thought I would have to go all the way in on one route and back out a little way on another, which was not very appealing . Then, I started thinking, “If I really had to, what would I have to do to take the bus every day?”

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Top 10 Reasons I’m in the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies

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I suddenly noticed that the old T-shirt I was wearing around the house lists “Top Ten Reasons I’m in the Societies”. That’s the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are so faded now that I can barely read them; so, I thought I would preserve them here for posterity. Some are timeless, some are funny if you were in the Societies in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and some I still don’t get.

  1. A happening thing to do on Monday night
  2. Oldest student organization
  3. Looks good on a résumé
  4. We have all the cool Alumni
  5. Because it’s when they stop talking you worry
  6. The December is in November
  7. Circus peanuts are free
  8. You can’t go home again
  9. Love that bad wine, bad poetry
  10. My God! How they talked!

By the way, my wine of choice is still Lambrusco.

A New Favorite Author

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I have a new favorite (living) author, John Scalzi. His writing reminds me of John Updike, Douglas Adams, Jerry Pournelle, and an eight-grade class clown, all rolled into one.

I just happened to come across a recommendation for his first book, Old Man’s War, a little over a year ago, and I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve read the first sequel, The Ghost Brigades, which, while not as groundbreaking as the first, had several new and different themes–and twists–to make it worthwhile. He has already published other sequels that I’m looking forward to reading.

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