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Vegas #2: How to Assimilate in Vegas

Vegas #2: How to Assimilate in Vegas

I did not assimilate in Vegas. I didn’t party, I didn’t gamble, I didn’t do anything crazy. The wildest thing I did was drink a mimosa at 10:00 am in the morning (to be fair, that wasn’t my last pre-noon mimosa of the day). I did, however, enjoy the people watching. Here are a few […]


Vegas #1: The Roulette Story

Vegas #1: The Roulette Story

I just got back from a weekend-long trip to Vegas. It was my first time there, and I have a lot of thoughts about the city and the experience, so this week I’m going to devote an entry a day to Vegas (within the constraints of the normal categories of this blog: guy talk, management, […]


If I Could Pimp My Ride…

If I could pimp my ride, I’d retrofit it to be the ultimate long-distance vehicle. Prior to last year, I was horrible at long-distance driving. I’d get stiff, bored, and tired after about 2 hours in my Camry. But last year I had a long-distance relationship that resulted in several 8-hour trips to West Virginia. […]


The Greatest Bookstore in the World

Before today, I just assumed that the greatest bookstore in the world was Powell’s in Portland, Oregon. It has all the press, it’s huge, friends recommend it, and I enjoy their e-newsletter. Powell’s may be amazing, but thanks to alert reader Frank W., I learned about a new bookstore today. My friends, I present to […]


The Seven Best Cities in the World for Writers

The Seven Best Cities in the World for Writers

(Note: The original list was for five cities, but the list has grown thanks to alert readers. If you have a city to add and the data to back it up, let me know. Also, I’m connected to an independent publishing company called Blank Slate Press, so if you’re a novelist or a reader of […]


The Infamous Iguana

The Infamous Iguana

So I was going to post a survival entry about how to survive an iguana attack, but as I was writing it, I realized that most people probably don’t realize that iguanas are scared of people. You need to know that or you won’t get the joke. In fact, I was asked by a friend […]


WBC Yeah You Know Me

Puerto Rico lost to the U.S. 6-5 today in the World Baseball Classic. But last Wednesday, they were primed through a run through the international tournament after a 5-0 win against the Netherlands. I was at the game. The first round finale was played in San Juan at a fairly nice stadium that reminded me […]


The Best Bartender in the World

The best bartender in the world works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His name is Thomas. He makes exactly three drinks a day, one of each of the following. Cuba Libre (rum and Coke): “Not Pepsi, not RC Cola, only Coke.” Daquiri (rum, lime juice, and sugar) Mojito (rum, lime juice, fresh spearmint, and sugar) […]


10 Fun Facts About Puerto Rico

10 Fun Facts About Puerto Rico

I had the pleasure of vacationing in Puerto Rico last week. I’ll have a few PR-themed blog entries this week, but I thought I’d start out with a general overview of some fun facts about Puerto Rico. It’s not a foreign country! That’s right, it’s a U.S. commonwealth, like Virginia, my home state. That means […]