Victor’s Vines

Victor Pope Jr. can make you laugh in six seconds. That’s how long his comedy videos are on Vine, an app that lets users upload six-second clips of everything and anything from music performances to rants to comedy sketches. I met Victor for a late lunch in Arlington, Texas earlier…

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Dining With Dave

Dave Hindman is a man of many careers. From the Air Force to work as a University of Maryland (UMD) lab technician, and from a stint teaching classes on car repair to his current work doing environmental permitting for federal agencies, major companies, and others, he has plenty of interesting…

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Tales From The Town Crier

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Listen to the tale of Michael Wood! He’s an award-winning town crier, keeping that ancient tradition of public proclamations alive. He’s traveled across England — and even to Hollywood, California — to share his unique art, as he told me during a dinner interview late last month….

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Cycling Through America

Ines Verbeke is cycling through America. She was born in America but raised in Belgium, and long yearned to explore her country of birth. Taking a break from her career, she’s finally getting to see the States. Earlier this year, she flew across the Atlantic with a vague plan of…

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The Swiss Ambassador

Martin Dahinden is the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States. He’s also the 83rd stranger to dine with me for this site. His staff at the Swiss Embassy were incredibly generous to arrange an evening meal last week for Martin and me, taking place at the gorgeous Swiss Residence…

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Night Of The DC Dead

Vaughn Irving wants to scare you senseless. He’s one of the creative minds behind DC Dead, a temporary attraction for Halloween. Groups of people sign up to enter an abandoned building and must attack — or in my case, more likely run screaming from — hordes of zombies that have…

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The Immigration Attorney

Amber Murray‘s work can be stressful, but she sticks with it. She’s an immigration attorney currently specializing in asylum seeker and human rights cases. Amber has countless stories of people she’s met who are living in devastating conditions, persecuted by their government, trapped in a country where they’re in a…

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After The Storm — Part II

Sometimes I stay in touch with the strangers I meet. During the Labor Day weekend, I traveled to New Orleans to reconnect with three former strangers to find out what they’ve been up to since we dined together. Zydeco dancer teacher Mary Burns, cover band member Buzzy “Beano” Langford and…

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After The Storm — Part I

Last week I was back in New Orleans for the Labor Day weekend. On that Saturday, I was honored to get the chance to reunite with three people who have in recent years featured on Dining With Strangers. We gathered at the fine dining restaurant Antoine’s — which has been…

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Young At Heart

Barbara Crocker knows how to stay young at heart. She recently turned 62 and told me during dinner at Le Diplomate in Washington, DC, that she feels younger than ever. Her life is packed with activities ranging from fundraising for Georgetown University to trekking to the top of some of…

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