buzzfeed:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta (pictured above) is removing the military’s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.
The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

buzzfeed:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta (pictured above) is removing the military’s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

unortho-dox:

erickadelrosario:

Seattle, Washington and New York City

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My two favorite cities!

unortho-dox:

erickadelrosario:

Seattle, Washington and New York City

My two favorite cities!

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Last night DC

I played in front of Dupont Circle escalator again, but this time later (around 7).  It started to drizzle while I was playing so I had to stop after around 45 minutes.

But get this!!  I walked through the park to look for somewhere else to play and there were two guys busking there.  I stopped to listen to them play, then asked them some questions about where they were from.  It turns out they go to the same school as my asshat ex-boyfriend and I met one of them in passing at Bonnaroo!  After I left, he then proceeded to ask my ex for my number, which I find humorous and satisfying, and got in touch with me.  Now if I want to go back to DC before I head to New York I will have somewhere to stay.!

After that, I went on to buy some doughnuts at Krispy Kreme (because screw Dunkin’ Donuts, other than that one guy that gave me the free doughnuts, and I’m finally back in the south so I might as well enjoy the one good thing, besides, of course, Bojangles and airplanes, that North Carolina has given to the world) and headed back.  I’m now in Richmond, and I’m going to play in Carytown later this evening.

I love how small the world is!

Gross earnings for the day: $19
Gross earnings so far: $2046 

DC

D’awww, look what I got to come back to today!

Today I could only last about an hour…it was a hundred degrees and my cousin and I walked around quite a bit before I started busking.  I played in front of the giant escalator in DC near Dupont Circle for less than an hour because I was so hot and dehydrated.  I got so spoiled in New York that it’s hard for me to play for people who won’t look up now.  Plus, I think D.C. people are a little more angry than elsewhere, but perhaps I was just looking through the “I’m really hot and need to earn some money” lens.  One person stopped and said hello (almost missed his bus, too!), but when it comes down to it, I earned an OK amount for just an hour.  I was just being a brat.

I was thinking about quickly setting up in front of the White House and trying to snap a picture before the cops got to me, but somehow I can see them tackling me with the notion that I have some sort of grenade launcher in my guitar case.  Hey, it could happen!  So I just got one holding my case.

Gross earnings for the day: $25
Gross earnings so far: $2027 

Here’s what I noticed about Baltimore

Everyone is either reeeeally nice or not very nice at all.  I didn’t find a lot of in between.  While I was there, though, the guy working at Dunkin’ Donuts gave me a bunch of free doughnuts one night, and one of the cute buskers I met gave me a pendant he made, and the guy at Common Ground (which is an excellent coffee shop—I noticed while I was in Baltimore that most baristas there are kind of rude, and that was not true at Common Ground) gave me a discount on my sammich and his address!  I was writing a letter to someone I had stayed with in New York (because I always write letters to people I grow close to on my trip) and he noticed I was doing this.  I am excited to get letters to Baltimore!  I need to be quick because if I get behind I will get back to school and have no time to finish.

Anyway, I’m currently in Arlington and will be heading into DC today to check out the busking atmosphere!  I’m staying with my awesome cousins and I’m pretty much living in a lap of luxury.

Baltimore

Despite what the benches say (“Baltmore: the Greatest City in America!”) I’m going to have to beg to differ.

I am in Washington, D.C. now (well, technically Arlington) and I’m going to head in tomorrow and see how well I can do.

Handsome man that asked for my picture in Pike Place Market outside of the first Starbucks.

Handsome man that asked for my picture in Pike Place Market outside of the first Starbucks.

My last day in Seattle

I woke up and spent the whole day with these two absolutely delightful young men:

Went to the Chihuly exhibit:

Saw a parrot on the roof of a car:

Went to Fremont, had general shenanigans.  I felt like crying when I left.

There is so much I could say about Seattle

But I’m not ready yet.  I arrived in Boston this morning and went to sleep at my cousins’ house in Cambridge until the evening, so I haven’t really started here yet.  I don’t know if this is possible but I’m feeling homesick for Seattle.  But I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter of my trip!

Seattle, July 1

I can’t believe I’m leaving Seattle tomorrow!

Today was an okay day.  I’m becoming more and more dependent on coffee again, and today I was just feeling really low energy which is not a good way to busk.  Fortunately I still did well monetarily, and I still had an okay time so that’s good news.  I had a little bit of a shorter fuse than usual but kept it bottled up, which is the healthy way, right?

I received a pear from the lovely fruit boys again, and a super tasty smoothie from Isaiah, the one who left me the poem.  The other buskers and I are getting along well, and it seems like we’re all tired today for some reason.  One of the other buskers has a sign to himself that says “Be NICE to the tourists.”  

I only played for about an hour and a half because I was so exhausted and my voice isn’t sounding very good, so that’s that.

Gross earnings for the day: $97.25
Gross earnings so far: $1862.57 (28 days)