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A short monograph on Triangle traffic; or, my Wednesday-afternoon trip to the airport

July 31, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com July 31, 2017 I’d planned on taking a trip the week that ended on Saturday, July 22. But I hadn’t planned on leaving on Wednesday the 19th, and I hadn’t planned on flying. However, an urgent situation arose, and it seemed best that I book an evening flight. That afternoon, I […]

Disaster preparedness: Getting ready for Florence

September 24, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 24, 2018 As mentioned in my previous post, Hurricane Florence largely spared the Research Triangle. But up until Tuesday, Sept. 18 (if memory serves), the projected track showed the storm heading directly for our area. I was determined to be ready for it. In the very early hours of […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 3-0 Stanford

September 21, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 21, 2018 Thankfully for those in the Research Triangle, Hurricane Florence had its strongest effects elsewhere in the Carolinas. I wound up listening to the first half of the UC Davis–Stanford game on the Internet on a rainy (but not spectacularly so) Saturday afternoon before driving to James Joyce […]

That was the championship that was

April 8, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com April 8, 2016 Going into Monday night, it had been an entire year since a team from the Research Triangle — the cities and surroundings of Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh — had won an NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship game. The top-seeded University of North Carolina Tar Heels hoped to end […]

Coffee shop, SHOUTY LADY: Recent locally sourced eavesdropping

February 3, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Feb. 3, 2016 As is only proper for a 21st-century college town, Durham has a number of fine coffee shops, and as I wrote recently, one of my favorites is Respite Cafe. But man, was I ever taken by surprise on a recent visit to Respite. Just the other day, when I […]

From spring to winter and back again: Wild weather swings over the last few months

March 2, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com March 2, 2014 Today, residents of North Carolina’s Piedmont enjoyed a beautiful spring day. The skies were clear, the sun was out and the mercury rose into the high 60s. Today is Sunday, March 2, 2014. Tomorrow, the high will be in the mid-50s. (These temperatures are all Fahrenheit, natch.) […]

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December 24, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Dec. 10, 2013 I grew up outside of New York City, the progeny of two honest-to-goodness city kids. Not only was I raised near what seemed to be one of the most dangerous places in America, it coincided with perhaps the most crime-ridden periods in the history of our nation. […]

Non-adventures in dog-sitting, part 2

June 29, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 29, 2017 Late Tuesday afternoon, I showered, took the dog outside and set out for Sterling, Va., which is a 20 or 25-minute drive from where I’m staying. I was going to — well, let’s call it Massive Marvin’s, a dining establishment that a pair of Internet websites assured […]