Mt. St. Helens, east Portland.

Overheard: Moving to Memphis

By     |    Jul 10, 2013
Posted in: Oregon     |    2 Comments

Overheard this exchange in a bar the other day: “Memphis? Didn’t you get the memo?” “I know, I know. I’m supposed to be moving to Portland.” “Everybody that moves away from here moves to Portland!” “There’s no music scene in Portland. It’s much better in Memphis.” “Really? Most people here are under the impression that everything is better in Portland.” Fittingly, I’m reading A Good Place to Live: America’s Last […]

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Other bars take note: THIS is a view.

Getting a Beer in Salt Lake City, Attempt #2

By     |    Jun 28, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Utah     |    1 Comment

Last time Lisa and I were in Salt Lake City, we had trouble finding a local watering hole. We ended up at Uinta Brewery in basically an industrial park. The beer was good, but the vibe of the city rubbed us wrong. Too bad, too, because there are a lot of reasons to love this town. Anyway, I found myself serendipitously back in Salt Lake City. Well, more accurately, I […]

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A few months ago when the stack of papers grew taller than a wine cork.

State of the Union: 1H 2013

By     |    Jun 18, 2013
Posted in: Travel     |    No Comments

While we’d once wrangled it into near submission, time has really started to roll lately. Here’s what we’ve been up to. Book: Done (almost) We’ve got a few people looking at the last draft of our book. As soon as we go through one more round of revisions, it’ll be available on Amazon. We’re pretty excited about Amazon’s publishing platform — it’s very slick. Still not ready to share the […]

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Green chili cheeseburger: perfection in New Mexico.

National Burger Month Suggestions

By     |    May 7, 2013
Posted in: Food     |    No Comments

Well, according to the internet, it’s National Burger Month. According to me searching on Google, that designation may be a bit dubious, but pretty much every news outlet is ready to play along. Whatever. We’ll play too. Burgers are yummy. Need a burger? Up for a drive? Check out our middle-of-nowhere best burger list. Everything from the Jalama Beach Burger to the Adirondack Larry Burger, 2,500 miles east of Jalama […]

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The perfect New York fish fry from Doug's To Go.

This is How Your Fish Fry: Doug’s To Go

By     |    May 1, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    No Comments

The New York fish fry tradition is strong enough to warrant a mention on Wikipedia. Upstate New Yorkers love their breaded and fried haddock sandwiches. Lisa’s favorite? Doug’s in Cortland. Problem is, we’re never in Cortland. Luckily, there’s Doug’s To Go, a traveling fish fry-mobile that sets up all around the area. We tracked them down one day and this is what it looked like:    

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Portland, Maine.

Portland, Maine Has a Homeless Person Problem

By     |    Apr 23, 2013
Posted in: Maine     |    No Comments

Portland, Maine wasn’t what I expected. I expected a cute, sea-side city with quaint shops and streets and seafood shanties. Granted, that’s exactly what Portland is and what it has, but it has a lot of other things going on, most noticeably, homeless people. There are cute shops and great restaurants and fun bars, but they’re all located behind an overwhelmingly visible population of street people. I haven’t seen this many […]

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Google Fiber’s Next, Next Stop: Portland, Oregon

By     |    Apr 18, 2013
Posted in: Oregon, Texas, Utah     |    No Comments

If you follow this blog, you know I’m a bit of a nerd, so I read about things like Google Fiber. The big news lately has been about its expansion to Austin, TX, a city we didn’t exactly fall in love with. Now the news is that it’s expanding to Provo, UT as well. We were even less fond of Provo. There’s a pattern here and I can read it […]

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J's Oyster lobster roll.

J’s Oyster in Portland, Maine

By     |    Apr 10, 2013
Posted in: Food, Maine     |    No Comments

Ever since moving out of Chicago (and away from Half Shell and Fish Bar), I’ve been searching for great seafood shacks. My current favorite is in Florida near the Appalachia Bay. I’m also fond of Washington’s  Willapa Bay oysters. I’ve found another spot to add to the list: J’s Oyster in Portland, Maine. It’s wonderful. J’s Oyster is basically Half Shell moved above ground and put on a pier (Half Shell is […]

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Bow down to your new false idol.

Shake Shack vs. Five Guys (vs. In-N-Out and Culver’s)

By     |    Mar 27, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    2 Comments

In New York, we dined at Shake Shack, and when I say ‘dined,’ I mean we fought bitterly for a table to balance our drinks on while we shoved our food into our faces as fast as possible to escape the too-crowded restaurant. But some people love it. And then there’s Five Guys, another East Coast favorite. Could these guys compete with the Culver’s and In-N-Out? It’s time to find […]

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The view from my Caribbean island.

Phantom Travel and Wanderlust

By     |    Mar 21, 2013
Posted in: Travel Itch     |    1 Comment

Paul was gone for four days. Driving home from work Sunday night, my head was full of ideas. Ideas about where I could go in four days. I didn’t want to go back to our apartment…I wanted to go somewhere else. Let’s see… I could drive to Florida! It’d only take 20 hours. I could probably do that straight, right? I could camp on the beach for two days before […]

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