Author: Paul

Chipping Away the Marble that Doesn’t Look Like Adventure

Chipping Away the Marble that Doesn’t Look Like Adventure

The topic of complexity came up a lot during my last few weeks of work. I shared my opinions on why things took longer than they should and how they could be streamlined. The solution, as I saw it, was to remove complexity, to subtract, …

Retire Early, Retire Often

Retire Early, Retire Often

Well, here we go again. A decade ago, we were prepping for trip #1 — stepping off our career paths and roaming around the US in a minivan. Now we’re on the cusp of trip #2 — we’ve quit our jobs, bought a new vehicle, …

And We’re Back…ish

And We’re Back…ish

Well, hello! It’s been a while. Where were we? Chicago. Right. We’re not there any more. We were there a little over three years. We had hoped to pull off a bit of a gravitational slingshot maneuver — swing through the metropolis one more time …

Back to Chicago

Back to Chicago

Nearly four years ago, we sold our Chicago condo, piled into a van, and started driving around the country. Then we pretended to be London residents, moved to wine country, then moved to Wisconsin and made a bunch of wonderful friends. Now we’re headed back to …

2015 Travel Plans

2015 Travel Plans

We have a New Year’s Eve tradition — we plan out our trips for the year. This year, we’re a little foggy on what’s going to go down.

What To Do, What To Do?

What To Do, What To Do?

It’s been a while since the end of our trip. It’s now been three years since we moved out of Chicago. We’ve lived in Upstate New York and Wisconsin — like really lived in these spots, we’ve signed leases plural and held jobs plural. A few weeks …

La Crosse Oktoberfest: Beer and Car Flipping

La Crosse Oktoberfest: Beer and Car Flipping

La Crosse’s Oktoberfest is a big deal. There’s music, a parade, carnival games, brats, and fried cheese curds along with beer, drinking games, a golden keg, debauchery, and destruction. Destruction? Yes. Cars get flipped. It’s a tradition. There seems to be some agreement that the …

This Is How You Taco

This Is How You Taco

We’ve had an awesome run of Mexican food lately. We even returned to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to get some of our favorite tacos from our trip. All this good food has made us wonder: Why do some places serve terrible tacos when great ones are …

Mr. Coleman Can’t Compete With @momofuku Ramen

Mr. Coleman Can’t Compete With @momofuku Ramen

We recently discovered Mind of a Chef on Netflix. The show is great, but there’s one big downside of watching it — it leaves you wanting to eat food you may not have easy access too. We don’t all have a noodle shop down the street …

Overheard: Moving to Memphis

Overheard: Moving to Memphis

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 …

State of the Union: 1H 2013

State of the Union: 1H 2013

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 …

National Burger Month Suggestions

National Burger Month Suggestions

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 …