A-Wandering Up The California Coast

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I just got back from a road trip to San Francisco to attend a friend’s wedding, and I wanted to share some of the shots I got on the drive home. I just didn’t have the time to stop at every wonderful place I saw along the way, and oh there were SO many, but I managed to squeeze in a few choice stops. I’m not totally happy with the editing on some of these, but I’m nursing an old back injury that has been aggravated by three nights on lousy hotel mattresses, so it’ll just have to do. Enjoy! 🙂

My friend’s wedding was held at a palatial villa on a forested hilltop, and it was just stunning. I haven’t had a chance to ask him if he’d be alright with sharing pictures from the wedding, so I will leave those out. I can, however, share a photo of…

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The walking Wallenda

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As far as I know we don’t yet have the technology or government program that allows us to determine the secret motivations of television viewers. So there’s no way of knowing what people actually wanted to see if they watched Nik Wallenda walk across a gigantic canyon near the Grand Canyon on Sunday night. How many tuned in because they’re avid fans of his? How many had never heard of him but stumbled upon the show? How many watched his Niagara Falls walk and wanted to see him do it again, this time over dry land and without a harness? How many watched to see if he’d plummet?

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Senate Faces July 1 Deadline for Student Loan Reform

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Over 7 million college students will see their subsidized student-loan rates double on July 1 if Congress can’t reach a compromise to avert the hike. In the meantime, House Republicans — having acted first this time — are using the issue to bludgeon Democrats.

With federal subsidized Stafford-loan rates set to spike from 3.4% to 6.8%, House Republicans passed a bill on May 23 that would tie the rate on the popular loan to the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. The move partly mirrored a plan put forth by President Obama, who also proposed to tie lending rates to market forces. But despite the similarities between the President’s proposal and the House GOP plan, the White House threatened to veto the GOP bill, claiming that it “would impose the largest interest-rate increases on low- and middle-income students.”

Obama’s plan calls for rates to be pegged to the 10-year Treasury note at the…

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