The Shopping Gene

One of the reasons our marriage works so well is that we have different skill sets that complement each other. For example, I can make instant decisions and buy something on the spot. Whereas Sara will shop in 27 countries and find the best price on the same item,...

The Acceptance Speech

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the First Annual Dinner of Crossing Guards United. And now that the dining portion of the evening is over, we come to the moment you have all been waiting for – the announcement of the Crossing Guard of the Year. It’s my honor to...

The Five-Star Motel From Hell

With the car packed, we began our two-day trek from Sarasota to Ramsey, NJ. Unfortunately, after a delayed start, we left at 11 am. Driving 18 hours on I95 can only be described as boring. So, we look to play mindless games to occupy our minds. On this trip, we...

Traffic Congestion Unraveled

Whenever we travel the I95 corridor through the Middle-Atlantic states, we try to factor in the timing of our drive through Washington, DC. Gridlock in Congress pales to gridlock on the roads around this terribly overcrowded city. I once drove all the way to a hotel...

Happy Hour at Whole Foods

Across the street from the very successful Fresh Market on University Parkway sat a tract of land that was undeveloped due to its ‘Wetlands’ designation. This full-featured swamp was the home of a multitude of endangered, mud-loving creatures. Here you could find...

The City of Lights

We went to Paris by rail, leaving from Bordeaux. The high speed train blew into the Paris station traveling at 175 mph, with the countryside whizzing by us. And that was the last time we experienced speed in any manner. The streets were gridlocked, the sidewalks...

French Quarter

After we completed the Greek portion of our adventure, we arrived in one of the vast wine regions of France. Our home for five days was was a magnificent chateau that was well over 150 years old. Rumor has it that the palatial estate was originally built by Marie...

Observations – Greece

Driving in Greece  In order to get a Greek Drivers License (for those who actually drive with one) you must do two things, spend a year driving in Bangkok to learn how to overlook every driving rule, as they are only suggestions. You’re then required to attend the New...

The Wizard

When we left Athens, we told the taxi driver to take us to Marina Zea in Piraeus. From the map the marina looked huge and capable of docking scores of boats. My concern about finding the right dock was allayed by the fact that we were looking for a 110 ft. yacht,...

The Greek Islands

My visual image of these famous islands was a collection of about 50 lush, green mountains rising out of the sea with dense villages in large clusters, bathed in warm sunshine and gentle breezes. In reality, it turned out to be the opposite. Literally, thousands of...