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  • Obrigado!

    April 18, 7:39 pm
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    Obrigado! For those of you familiar with Portuguese, you know that this word – obrigado – means “thank you.” For those, like me, who have had little to no exposure to the language, well, now you know one word in what is the official language of Portugal and Brazil – and Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, Cape

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  • In like a lion…out like a small lion?

    April 3, 5:04 pm
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      I’m writing this blog on March 30, in overcast, chilly D.C., as I prepare to head to Salvador, Brazil on April 1, to participate in the UTC America Latina (UTCAL) annual summit. I’m hoping that, when I return on April 8, the lamb will have made its appearance because I’ll be used to sunshine and warmth after a week

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  • March Madness

    March 17, 2:58 pm
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    March Madness March 17, 2017 No, this will not be a blog about the NCAA tournament, especially since my alma mater, Vanderbilt, lost in a heart-breaker in the first round.  But, I got your attention, right?  Also, did I mention that my husband went to UK, so at least I can fall back on supporting one of the greatest college

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  • From Region 7 to Capitol Hill, with Birthdays and Candy Hearts In Between

    March 1, 5:29 pm
    From Region 7 to Capital Hill

    It is February 28, and I am in the Atlanta airport en route to Chattanooga for the UTC Region 3 spring meeting. The weather has been so warm in the mid-Atlantic and South that thunderstorms are creeping in like it’s April or May. Not that I am complaining (although complaining about the weather is kind of fun and could even be

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  • Super Kickoff to the UTC Winter/Spring Meetings

    February 10, 5:43 pm
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    It is February 8, and I am on the plane heading back to D.C. from Reno via Dallas. Reno, Nevada has been home to the (in)famous Utilities Telecom Forum (UTC Regions 8, 9, 10 combined) meeting ‎for lo these many years. It was my first time at the event and my first time staying in Reno. I had flown into

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  • Inaugurations and Fire Alarms

    January 24, 7:00 pm
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    It’s January 23, and we are three days into the new Trump Administration.  Here in D.C., one result is that the monster traffic from road closures we experienced last week (or the just plain not being able to get to the office at all) has returned to plain old horrible traffic.  Woo hoo!  In all seriousness, as a long-time Washington-area

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