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Ragland Road Irish Pub

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

The last stop during my trip to Orlando, was dinner at Ragland Road Irish Pub, located in Downtown Disney. Getting there required a ride on the free shuttle busses run between Disney properties; a ride complete with a vomiting kid who apparently overdi…

Social Media Update, 2014 Edition

Syndicated From: O'DonnellWeb

The last time I thought about my social media set up for long enough to bother writing about it was in 2012. I’m still using the same services, although the way in which I use them has changed a bit.

Facebook is still Facebook. It’s 100% personal for me. I don’t really do anything business related on Facebook. I’m pretty sure that I have less FB friends now than I did in 2012. I’ve thinned the herd a bit. I don’t use FB for photo storage at all. Other than mobile shots when I’m out and about I generally don’t post many photos on Facebook. I’m not happy the corporate America and the NSA are mining my Facebook content for who knows what, but since everything I post there is stuff I consider public, I don’t stress over it too much. I have all push notifications turned off. If you need to get in touch and time matters text or call me. My mobile number is on my profile page.

Online photo sharing is a constant source of agony for me. I’ve bounced back and forth between various self-hosted options, Google+, and most recently I’ve gravitated back to using Flickr. However, I post on average a couple of pictures a week, if that. I’m not life streaming so it probably doesn’t really matter that much.

I was sick of Twitter back in 2012. I’m sort of back on the Twitter bandwagon. I use it mainly for amusement, it’s sort of short form blog for me where I share interesting stuff, and snark among friends. I feel no obligation to follow anyone back on Twitter. If you follow me I’ll peek at your profile. If anything grabs my interest I’ll follow back. I’m constantly amused at the people with tens of thousands of followers that follow me, then unfollow a week later when I don’t follow back. Twitter is not a numbers game, it is a communication tool. If you want me to consume your content you have to say something interesting. However, I’m not thrilled that it seems to more and more like Facebook with every update.

I’ve given up on Google+. I’m allegedly in 800 circles, yet most updates that I post there get no interaction, not even a plus one. It’s not like I need to be adding to the Google dossier on me anyway.

LinkedIn is annoying, but kind of required for professional purposes. I have made some friends in two groups that I participate in, so there is that.

I’ve never even set up an account with Snapchat, or Pinterest, Instagram, or anything that came after Google+. A new social network is going to have to be damn compelling to get my interest.

And then of course there is this website which as been online since 1995. It’s my original, and still favorite social network.

I chose not to chase today given that the best setup for doing so is well east of where I would consider going. But…I was out and about the Roanoke valley this morning and got to experience the cold frontal passage. Here’s what it looked like ~10:40 …

Big River Brewpub

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

As I strolled the Disney Boardwalk, looking for someplace to have dinner, I happened upon the Big River Grille & Brewing Works. I could see the brewing equipment from the street. Wow, two interesting finds in one evening! A line of people outs…

Tax Day

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Hat tip to MSgt B.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


Syndicated From: Fredericksburg Real Estate

Stunning home inside and out! Great Location View the Property Details, More Photos, Map & School information here at the updated Single Property Website! Beautiful and stately home in a fantastic location! Absolutely awesome amenities inside and out, including,a huge new deck, overrsized shed, fenced backyard that creates a virtual oasis, wide plank hardwood flooring […]

Tax Day chase?

Syndicated From: Storms-R-Us

April 15th is notorious as Tax Day but could it also be a chase day in 2014? I haven’t been impressed with the model solutions for my chase region altho’ the SPC is calling for a 5% chance of severe storms over the far western Piedmont of Virginia:I’m …

Selling your home? Price it Right!

Syndicated From: Fredericksburg Real Estate

The housing market is recovering nicely. Prices have increased nationally by double digits over the last twelve months. Competition from the shadow inventory of lower priced distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) is diminishing rapidly. Now may be the perfect time to sell your home and move to the dream house or beautiful location your […]

Sundays at the Range

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Lately, it seems to be how I end my weekend. Not that I’m complaining. The days are getting longer, and there’s still time to shoot after most folks have left the range for the day. The last couple of trips out I’ve been getting used to my new eyeglass…

Good Beer Sighted in the Hotel Lobby

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

I had to be in Orlando for a few days on business and I had low expectations for craft beer at the resort hotel. As I headed out for dinner the first evening, I peaked over at the lobby bar and spied some familiar beers on display; Great Divide Colette…


April Fredericksburg Business Forum Event: How to Write and Publish a Book!

Who: If you are a business owner, business development professional, or just interested in what it takes to write and publish a book, this event is for you! What: I have written two books which have generated substantial returns for my business. This session will detail the process that I used to get those books […]


Fredericksburg Business Forum

The Fredericksburg Business Forum is a group of business owners in the Fredericksburg area who want to take their business from good to spectacular. Its purpose is to give business owners the opportunity to network with their peers in order to form relationships and gain knowledge that will allow them to grow their businesses. Each month, […]


Hardywood Park Arrives in Fredericksburg

“Finally.” That was the common refrain heard at Tuesday’s Hardywood Park Brewery release party and Steal the Glass event at Capital Ale House. The Richmond brewery’s beers have been available around the Richmond area, and I even saw them a couple weeks…


Fredericksburg Brew Fest

The first Fredericksburg Brew Fest took place this past Saturday at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds. I picked up a couple friends early and we arrived to claim our place near the start of the line before the gates opened. Once in, we picked up our shake…


Blue & Gray Oktoberfest

Colleen was out of town this weekend catching up with friends from college, and our son was spending Saturday with friends doing airsoft. So what’s a guy to do when left to his own devices? The 11th Annual Fredericksburg Oktoberfest at Blue & Gray …



Rappahannock Political Forum 09

Local bloggers are coming to the rescue of local politics again this year in the form of the Bloggers Forum 09. Yours truly is one of several panel members participating in this event to showcase those running for Stafford and Spotsylvania VA superrvisor positions. For more info, click the banner to the right of the [...]


Local Bloggers Pass 4,000 Posts!

Today marks a milestone of sorts. Actually it’s more of a surprise. I was checking some stats and has logged more than 4000 posts from local Fredericksburg, VA area bloggers. Way to go team!
As we grow together, I’m working on changes to the website to group blogs.  You’ll all still end up in the [...]


City Taxes Going UP-UP-UP

For those of you that vote in Fredericksburg VA, here’s who you can thank for higher real estate taxes.
Councilwoman Greenlaw made the final motion to raise the rate to $0.705 of every $100. That’s almost 26% percent. It was seconded by Vice-Mayor Devine.
Councilman Kelly put forward an alternative $.68 of every $100. It was seconded [...]


A few blog changes

First, a new addition. is a photographic view of Fredericksburg, with a bit of history about those places appearing in the shots.
Death of a blog, that’s what happens when things start getting out of hand when ‘friends’ take posts in a direction not intended.  Of course I’m talking about the Fred Vegas Chronicles.  Fredericksburg’s very own [...]


Kindle Mania! Fredericksburg Hits the Big Time

Now get the area’s hottest news delivered direct to your Amazon Kindle! tries to bring together a diverse set of blogging content, and it is now available in more formats than ever.
Hopefully they will drop the price to make getting the local inside story more affordable.