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California Gold Rush Country – Day One

I like having things to do on trips, but I’m not one to draw up detailed itineraries. Rigidity kills the spirit or at least throws a wet blanket over its head. Though initially planned as a research outing, I was bringing my wife along to California Gold Rush country. Her interests are not my own. I didn’t want to be …

Lanes Lane

The two-lane highway stretched and dipped over the barren landscape, snaking every few miles. Creosote plants, shrubs of Mormon Tea, and the occasional dilapidated house were the only breaks in endless sand. It was close to noon on a hot June day, 1997. Sunbeams were bouncing off the metallic-blue ’74 Plymouth Duster. Two white pinstripes raced down its sides and …

Philly Trip Teaser

A full report of the trip coming soon…soon being highly relative with NaNoWriMo around the corner. -Phillip

"Where is beatbox32?" redux

I’m back home. Toronto was hot. Like, really hot. I grew up in the Mojave Desert region of California where in the summer, the mercury often threatens to punch through the top of the thermometer around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. But it’s typically, as we say, a dry heat. Not so this previous week. I’m just glad I packed enough clothes …

meet the new york, (not quite the) same as the old york…

In between the odd working hours and sightseeing, I’ve found some time to pop out an “I’m alive” post. The weather in New York has been nothing short of amazing for this time of year. To think back of the blizzard a couple of years ago, it’s a huge contrast. I had to take off my jacket a few times …

cause i'm leavin' on a jet plane…

February 25th is when I’ll be back again. I’m heading out to New York for the opening of the new office that I set up last month. At the advice of my wife (my newest blog reader by the way), this time I’m equipped with a better jacket and I’m not forgetting my beanie! I’m really looking forward to the …

doomsday, NE…

As I recuperate from my travels and stew over my next story, I thought I’d upload some photos I snapped in Omaha (not the greatest quality since I used my cell phone). The town has a very interesting feel. During the weekdays, it was as if everyone stayed inside to avoid certain death. The streets were practically empty. Folks would …