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10 Fun Facts About Memphis

10 Fun Facts About Memphis

I spent the last weekend in Memphis, Tennessee for a bachelor party for a good friend of mine. I learned a lot about Memphis during my time there, so I thought I’d share some fun facts about the city. I hope I can think of ten of them. The food is delicious but quite unhealthy. […]


Vegas #5: Travel in Packs

Vegas #5: Travel in Packs

How well do you travel in groups? What conflicts have you experienced in group travel? What’s the ideal number of people to travel with? When I’m dating someone new, I consider the first road trip or flight together a good test for how the relationship is going. It’s a great way to see someone else […]


Vegas #4: The Things I Shouldn’t Tell You

Vegas #4: The Things I Shouldn't Tell You

I went to Vegas this past weekend expecting a relatively calm weekend. I’m not a partier; I like to drink, but I generally avoid the crowds at clubs and crazy bars. I guess strip clubs are an option in Vegas, but again, not really my thing. I did, however, discover something that I didn’t know […]


Vegas #3: A City of Indulgences

Vegas #3: A City of Indulgences

From a business perspective, Las Vegas is one of a kind. It’s a city built with the money of people who came there to get lucky. It’s a place where people convene with the common desire to indulge. Not one restaurant, not one retailer…an entire city built on this concept. On my last day there, […]


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 […]