Paul, concerned temporary citizen of Watkins Glen, NY

Golden Retriever: Retrieved | Dispatches From Watkins Glen, NY

By     |    Oct 6, 2011
Posted in: Local News Dispatch, New York     |    No Comments

Ultra-local papers are the best. They are a window into the soul of a town and its residents. Our first dispatch comes from The Daily News (no website, sorry) of Watkins Glen, NY. We grabbed a copy while eating at Glen Mountain Market and Bakery.   No Thursday Wing Night at Bleachers Sports Bar and Grill Sorry, there’s a private party tonight at Bleachers. Maybe stop at Valero for the […]

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Lake Geneva, WI in fall

Lake Geneva, WI to Cleveland, OH; Cleveland, OH to Cleveland, NY

By     |    Oct 5, 2011
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Yesterday was our first big-miles day (420 miles, Rocky kicked ass).  We don’t want to do too many of these, but we’ll have a bunch over the next couple weeks as we crisscross between New York and Wisconsin.  It was odd passing through Chicago, but it felt good.  We love Chicago, but we didn’t feel sad passing by the Fullerton exit (the road to our old neighborhood).  Our time in Chicago […]

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Rocky, our Toyota Sienna

Meet Our Toyota Sienna, Rocky

By     |    Oct 4, 2011
Posted in: Adventure Prep     |    5 Comments

This here’s Rocky. He’s a slate Toyota Sienna. That there’s not an RV. Rocky is originally from Massachusetts by way of Japan. He’s 3(ish). He’s run 1,379 marathons so far, and he’s itchin’ to jog a few more. Rocky hasn’t always been a vagabond – he used to have a family. But he gave it all up to be with us. I guess he just got sick of the chewing […]

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Turn in your badge and weapon.

Looks Like Somebody Has a Case of the Mondays

By     |    Oct 3, 2011
Posted in: Adventure Prep, Reality     |    7 Comments

Monday … that’s a work day, right?  It hasn’t sunk in yet that it isn’t.  This Monday, there will be no riding the Brown Line, no $2 coffee at the Merchandise Mart, no elevator rides, badge swiping, revolving doors … no commute.  And no lunch at the desk, conference calls, Outlook reminders … no cubicles.  But there will be no after-work beers, lunches with friends, office jokes … direct-deposit paychecks. […]

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The office

Never Going Back Again

By     |    Oct 3, 2011
Posted in: Adventure Prep, Reality     |    2 Comments

Quitting my job wasn’t as satisfying as I thought it would be.  It was more bittersweet than sweet.  But why? Well, everyone’s nice when you’re leaving.  People buy you lunch, dinner, drinks.  People tell you how awesome you are when they’re never going to see you again.  They thank you at meetings and in passing and they buy you cards and chocolates and flowers.  And you let things that normally […]

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Holy Shit, It Worked!

By     |    Oct 1, 2011
Posted in: Adventure Prep     |    3 Comments

We’re at about 2 hours to go before our departure from Chicago.  Can’t believe it — we’ve lived here for nearly a decade.  What started out as a crazy idea 20 months ago is now happening.  We get to live in a van! It’s all come together … we sold our condo, saved some funds, sold our boat, got rid of everything we could, put the rest of our stuff […]

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Our Last* Dinner in Chicago

By     |    Sep 29, 2011
Posted in: Food     |    2 Comments

We can’t keep this pace up.  Since Saturday, we’ve been enjoying our last dinners in Chicago.  My goodness. Saturday, we had our last* dinner with our friends Mark and Kathi.  It was our last gelato-themed dinner with Gelato Vero.  It was our last dinner at Kathi’s coach house (they’re moving).  But it wasn’t our last dinner with our good friends. Then Sunday, we were in the mood for Thai.  We […]

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Old Malt Cast Ardbeg 1992

The Best Whisky In The World Is Yummy | Old Malt Cask, Ardbeg 1992 (Bottled 2004)

By     |    Sep 26, 2011
Posted in: Mission Whiskey     |    2 Comments

Some journeys start at the bottom — you play tee ball growing up, then graduate to baseball, maybe playing in college, then the minors before finally going pro and hitting the majors.  Other times you start at the top.  You hit your high-note early and spend the rest of your life chasing that early peak. This is one of those.  We’re starting at the top, and we’ll work our way […]

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I Will Be The Best Mayor The Black Rock Pub Has Ever Seen!

By     |    Sep 24, 2011
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc.     |    2 Comments

Sure, Rahm’s got the big gig, but I’m gunning to be mayor of the Black Rock Pub on Foursquare.  We’ll see.  Probably need to go there tomorrow.  And maybe the next day too. And if I could just stop quick today … Then I’ll extend my reign to the Tavern in the Adirondacks and the Rough Rider Saloon in the Grand Canyon.  There will be no stopping my power!!!1! photo credit: […]

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Home Sweet Homes

By     |    Sep 23, 2011
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Thanks to a couple great friends and a brother’s conveniently timed trip to China, we didn’t have to resort to living in a hotel by the airport and commuting into the city like suburbanites.  Instead, we’ve been able to thoroughly enjoy our last month in Chicago and save about $1600 at the same time. Right now, we’re staying at our friend Mark’s place while he and his girlfriend Kathi prepare […]

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