I have had several close calls in the mountains and never have I thought it was any of the mountains' faults. There was the time in Utah we climbed to ski the Pipeline and took a shortcut that led us across a 40-degree slope that we cut a 4-foot-deep trench through because it had been baking in the sun all morning. I don't know why that snow didn't avalanche on us. Another time, we climbed Mount Rainier and got to the summit at the same time a raging whiteout did.
Did our ancestors leave the world a better place for us? It is a question that the high school French teacher asked us at last week's parents' back to school night. Discussing this was a different way to spend the allotted 20 minutes that is normally used for teachers to describe their classes to parents and go over syllabi to help us understand what our kids will be doing all semester. We already knew they go to his class to learn French, so what more could he tell us?
You head through Slovenia in hopes of getting a photo in front of the sign outside a village that is supposedly where your family is from and you end up accidentally meeting a third cousin. It's all in a day's vacation. Nobody can predict what might happen during a family vacation. It's why we carry baby wipes in the glovebox and keep the credit card handy for when the drink cart comes by, just in case.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".