Travels

As Seen in Kansas Part 1: Hedge Apples

Introduction to the “As Seen in Kansas” Series When you get used to a place, you forget the fantastically weird things happening all around you. Once in a New York park, I watched a couple of...

Things to Do in Salem Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts has a Halloween-based economy: buttressed by Wicca-tourism and eye of newt sales. Though the city’s slogan is “Still Making History,” Salem is really just hell-bent on conjuring up its spotty past of persecution for...

A Tale of Two Flagships: Nintendo and Sony in One Day!

New York is famous for flagship stores like Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue and Macy’s on West 34th Street. But as a nerdy child of the 80’s, I was interested in visiting two other flagships: Sony Wonder...

The Incredible Shrinking Steamboat

We reached a stoplight in the epicenter of Chattanooga, Tennessee on a bustling Saturday night, just in time to observe a sweatpants-clad paunch-bellied local pick his butt crack three distinct times while he crossed the street....

Fun Ideas for a 30th Birthday

I had to turn the big “3-0″ on the road — isolated from friends and family. To make things special, Rachel challenged me to a buffet of 30 objectives to complete. From “Get Wet” to “Visit...

Eerie Antique Lamps in New Orleans

If you boiled New OrleansĀ  to its essence — you’d have a gumbo of musical oak trees, drunken pot holes and fried smoked meats. This delicious dish would be romantically illuminated by the gas lamps that...

The Mardi Gras Indians

From the moment I heard about the “Mardi Gras Indians,” I knew I had to see’em. And I’m glad I did, because photos can’t capture it. Mardi Gras Indians are dressed in meticulously handmade costumes, covered...

Mardi Gras Costume Roundup

So, going to Mardi Gras without a costume is like forgetting to bring your bucking bronco to the rodeo. Rachel and I dressed up and perused the Quarter looking for other like-minded lunatics. We would have...

Mardi Gras Do’s and Deauxnt’s

Mix the best of St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween into one holiday, and you’ll get a New Orleans Mardi Gras. It has a bad reputation for being a low-brow, over-sexed Bacchanalian “boobs, beads and beer”...