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Gregory Catangay

Gregory Catangay

Home Institution: University of San Diego
Internship Site: Office of the Public Defender, Montgomery County
Program: Law and Criminal Justice

Operation: S.H.O.P.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

With  this summer coming to a close, a lot of things must be going through the minds of my fellow interns. What will I pack or throw away? What do I need to do to get ready for the new school year? Where are my pants? Lately, I have not focused on such issues because it is much more fun to worry about what gifts to give people (it helps that my friends and girlfriend's birthdays are close together). So, if you are in the spirit of giving like me and still have time to explore D.C., here is my gift to you: a Beltway shopping guide to find the perfect gift for anyone.

An Urban Safari

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Not everyone has the funds (or guts) to travel around the world and see firsthand the natural diversity of planet Earth. Accredited institutions like the National Zoo serve a twofold purpose: to bring the world's flora and fauna closer to home and to

It was a dark and stormy Wednesday. Well, I guess I wouldn't call it "stormy". Drizzling? Maybe. Anyway, in keeping with my lack of a social life I went out by myself to go watch a movie. I wasn't really digging any of movies that were playing, but I eventually opted to see the comedy flick Horrible Bosses. The movie is about three guys who are tired of dealing with their respective bosses, resulting in their desire to kill them.

I've been an artistic mood lately so this post is going to be a little different. After weeks and weeks of traveling through the Red Line on the Metro you can't help but notice the little moments and strange quirks of it. With that in mind, I feel like channeling my inner Kerouac to bring you little snippets of life on the Metro. Preferably the more memorable moments.

My Little Pizza: Thick Crust is Magic

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I love pizza. It is perhaps the perfect meal for any and all occassions. On one hand it is completely customizable, seeing as how I have beared witness to interesting dishes including (but not limited to) "sausage and banana" and "peanut butter & jelly & egg salad" pizzas. On the other hand, it can be eaten alone or in groups and, if properly loaded, can represent a balanced meal (provided your topping of choice to compliment bacon is "more bacon"). And since D.C.

It's time to get a little serious, folks. As supporters of marriage equality celebrate the upcoming unions in New York and passage of civil union legislation in Rhode Island and Hawaii, they must not forget that much work still needs to be done.

A Lonely Guy's Guide to D.C. (Part 1?)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

In my personal experience, D.C. is a horrible place to  be single or (in my case) not have the company of your significant other. At some point you realize just how big and lonely this city could be,  whether it is by wading through the legions of couples, openly declaring "table for one" without dying just a little on the inside, or especially in those little moments that you know they would share a laugh with you. So what's a guy to do?

Red, White, & Bluegrass

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Now usually I'm not the type to waive flags and sing songs about "Old Glory" and whatnot. Don't get me wrong: I understand the privilege of being born in this great country and the sacrifices of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, it

Origin stories seem to be all the rage in Hollywood these days. Thor, Captain America, the X-Men, Green Lantern, you name it! Suddenly people are interested in just how and why larger-than-life characters reached the point that they are in their lives. If you ask me, a superhero truly deserving of an origin story would be Snowbird, who has the power to transform into any animal native to northern Canada:

Press START!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hello, world. Here I am, fashionably late to the party as always. But now I am finally able to speak my mind to all you happy people out there. Namasté! こんにちわ!Kumusta ka? My happiness at being able to say hello to you all transcends this little corner of the Maryland that I now call home.  I figured now would be a good time to give all of you a proper introduction. I'm Greg. I am twenty years old and hail from sunny San Diego, CA (I swear we only get two kinds of weather there: sun and slightly inconvenient drizzle).

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