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Our Sailboat is SOLD; Can I Still Wear Boat Shoes?

By     |    Jul 1, 2011
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We just made it over our second biggest hurdle — we sold our Merit 25 sailboat.  It took months, and it’s done.  We are no longer boat owners … so can I still wear boat shoes?  This is a question I must now answer. Here’s how it went down: The engine went first to a J/24 owner in the northern suburbs.  He wanted something with reverse for his boat.  The most […]

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How Raoul Duke Would Explain Our Trip To a Naysayer

By     |    Jun 28, 2011
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I shouldn’t have to say this, but this is Raoul Duke. Goddammit man, don’t you hear yourself talking like a prostitute?  Can’t you hear the lies you’re spewing?  Don’t you see that’s all a salary is — a damn bribe for a job you wouldn’t do normally?  You’ve been bent-over, turning tricks for so long you can’t even stand up and see the world for what it is anymore.  Or […]

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The Best 2 Bedroom Condo Deal in Chicago

By     |    Jun 24, 2011
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The realtors we’ve met with agree on one thing: our place is going to be a screaming great deal for somebody.  Why do I know they agree on this?  They want us to list low, they know the market is terrible, and they see that the only places that are selling are the ones priced the best.  So that’s what we’re competing with.  We’re OK with that, because we think […]

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Crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the Queen Mary 2 [VIDEO]

By     |    Jun 21, 2011
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Awesome video of the Queen Mary 2 traveling around the Atlantic.  Looks like the weather wasn’t always cooperative. Queen Mary 2: Atlantic Timelapse from Adonis Pulatus on Vimeo. Thanks to Gadling for posting this.

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Five Sounds I Can’t Wait To Hear More Of

By     |    Jun 17, 2011
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My days are filled with overheard conference calls, keyboard clacking, iPhone and Android bleeping reminders, phone ringing, and mouse clicking.  I’ve had enough of that.  These are my 5 favorite sounds that I’m looking forward to hearing more of: The pop of wine corks Hands down one of the best sounds ever.  Living cheaply doesn’t mean living poorly.  We will drink wine.   I remember arriving early to a Champagne […]

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And this is what I think of every time I see a Massachusetts license plate

By     |    Jun 14, 2011
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Peter Griffin from Family Guy performing The Spirit of Massachusetts … is the spirit of America. photo credit: sardinista | I’ll tell you what it’s not for, son. And when I do, you’ll understand why I can never go back to Sea World.

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Mexican Food In Vermont

By     |    Jun 13, 2011
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Honestly, we didn’t do a great job rooting out good tacos and tamales in Vermont during our recent trip to Burlington. However, through both experience and research (and reddit), here’s what we learned: Burlington, VT: Miguel’s On Main — We bailed on this place after walking past and getting a whiff of scorched oil.  May not have been from Miguel’s, but the Yelp reviews are not overly positive.  However, plenty […]

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It’s Time For More Time

By     |    Jun 11, 2011
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It’s 3:02PM and we have eight minutes to make the 3:10PM train to Chicago.  We knew it would be tight — we were planning to take the 5:55PM — but we’re headed home and we want to get there so we’re hustling and fretting and trying to make this work.  We could be home for dinner if we get lucky.  No time to waste. Four days earlier we were leaving […]

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Three Needs: The Best Bar In Vermont?

By     |    Jun 8, 2011
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So, yeah, it’s a good bar.  It’s got a great selection of beers on tap, you can borrow playing cards from the bar and play poker at the tables, you can read a textbook here if you’re a student, or do Sudoku and have a pint if you’re retired.  And you can watch seemingly endless episodes of The Simpsons on the TV above the bar or play a game of pool in […]

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One If By Land, Two if By … The Best Way To Get To Downtown Boston From Logan Airport

By     |    Jun 7, 2011
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It’s hot and we’re holding onto plastic straps to stay upright.  Every curve brings new squeaks and squeals as our train resists all forms of bending and turning.  It’s hot.  The guy behind me seems focused on his iPhone, but I’m pretty sure he’s eyeing Lisa’s purse.  I’m watching him.  But there’s a duffel bag between my legs throwing my balance off.  If something happens, I’m most likely to trip. […]

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