Category: Musings: Lists + Docs

What are the best things to do on weekends as a student at the University of Maryland?

Live like a local! Or, have a great time spending money and/or time in your own community. Here’s my list, but Maryland Milestones has a whole set of brochures to answer this.

  1. MilkBoy ArtHouse for brews and drinks and live music
  2. Franklin’s in Hyattsville, Pizza Paradiso or Chez Dior for dinner, and boutique shops in the Gateway Arts District
  3. Hop between Vigilante Coffee and Board and Brew
  4. Head to local mainstay pubs and grubs like Hard Times Cafe or up north, Old Line Spirits or the numerous international restaurants in Beltsville
  5. Go see real theatre and music at The Clarice
  6. Go see real art at the UM Art Gallery, Stamp Gallery, Driskell Center
  7. College Park Airport Museum, Rhode Island Trolley Trail, and Lake Artemesia
  8. More earthy? UM is an arboretum, no really. Start your tour at UMUC opposite the soccer fields off Lot 1/Z
  9. Find the small town-within-a-college-town: Berwyn, and align your chakra at Smile Herb Shop
  10. Find another hidden Town, University Park, an idyllic Stepford-meets-Princeton residential town, South of College Park, just opposite Hyattsville’s Prince George’s Plaza and Riverdale Park Station.

Digital Platforms

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Oh these internet devices.

Lyrical Thoughts

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Lyrical Thoughts

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The Male Brand for the 20-30 something?

I browse Pinterest and often stumble across masculine accessories and design schemes, but if you apply that principle to search engines, then I’m done. I need to go to bed. Why? Well, I’ve stumbled across a website called ManCrates.com. It hurts. “Gifts for men.” I give them props and must admire them for the concrete identification of masculine goods and how to present them. But oy vay…for me, this epitomizes the notion of men who want designer can openers but can’t open cans nor actually go camping. Now, I get it’s a thin line between function and form compared with when an individual actually wants to use an item versus their lifestyle, but it’s all a bit heavy on the image of ‘dude’/’man’/’guy’ items and less the items’ purpose itself.

I’ll dig up my post on male v. feminine form for decor, gifts, etc. – Seems only fitting.

I’ll note this isn’t new to me, and I’ve seen this before; especially because the average American male in their 20-30s normally wouldn’t even care about the ‘image’ of the item, let alone paying for a crate of them, but it’s a thing I’ve seen more and more of lately. I get the audience is women shopping for gifts for men. I get it’s folks with money. I get it’s a growing subculture of customized goods. Alas, in my quest to be decor-oriented and stylish, there’s a fine line between taste and tasty.

Too much salt here for me.

Urban Planning and residence thoughts

I sit at Tastee Diner in Silver Spring, Which I’ve known exists but stupidly did not visit when I lived within walking distance. Regrets! Today I drove to see Jacob after picking up Ashley from her place then off to Owings Mills and back again. On route we visited Maple Lawn in Fulton, a urban style suburb with large homes and rowhomes and townhouses and probably some condos. Here’s my thoughts:

 

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Tips on how to measure art for a wall

Measure the full w&h of ur wall. Then, from the flr measure 2 the ctr line of the height.

Then measure ur ctr pic’s slot on its back to the ctr line of the wall. put it up on the wall & do the same 4 each

Haha, I’ll find the next flight!

Justin on: Gardening

So the summer sun has come, and with it my plants have begun the slow sad process of dying…unless I actually water them and research what to do with them! I can’t let dem marigolds die! No mama no!

Last night, at the “Walking Off the Artistic Cliff” event at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, I spoke with a woman about my potted plants. She said they’d die faster if they stay in pots, because they won’t have the same access to water and nutrients. Alas! Things I know but haven’t quite decided if I care or not. So, after a number of days, and seeing my housemate McKenna had watered my pots, for days now I’ve watered my plants and watched as they’ve come back to life. The lady recommends I buy portulaca, that it’s good for ‘desert sun.’ Hmm.

Coincedentally, my two new housemates Danielle and Will, have taken to hacking and conquering our weedy lawn, and so voila–maybe I will move my plants into the ground. Maybe the house can look nice for the last two months I’ll be there…OR, maybe I’ll say goodbye and let the house look the mess it is.

Random endless thoughts.

In any case, here’s a fun article on raised garden beds and how to make ’em.