Xcel Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program – How to enroll

Tweet Enroll in Xcel Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program now (click for email address)! Minnesota has the largest community solar garden capacity in the country for residential use and it’s growing fast. It’s available to anyone with an Xcel account, even for condos and renters. Here’s a recent WCCO report…

MinnesotaCare’s dysfunction nearly bankrupted me

Tweet On March 5th of this year, after ignoring an unpleasant stomach ache for 24 hours, a level-11 pain bomb exploded in my abdomen. Bent in half, I staggered to Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) emergency room under my own power. After several more hours of the worst pain I’ve…

What to expect when you’re not expecting appendicitis

Tweet When I staggered into the emergency room, bent in half and moaning in agony with every breath, I was met with a completely empty desk. No one in sight except for a handful of patients in the waiting area chairs. I figured someone would hear me and come out…

One Hundred Twenty Years of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Tweet The landmark novel, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” has proven to be as immortal as its vampire antagonist. May 26, 2017 marks the 120th anniversary of the novel’s publication, during which time it’s never been out of print, sparking a wildly prolific, vampire-fixated century in literature, stage, cinema and television. Eventually….

Watch the trailer for BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA!

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My first book, BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA, is on Amazon!

Tweet It is with enormous satisfaction and pride that I announce the publication of my first solo, book-length project, a Romania travel memoir called Backpacking with Dracula. Honestly, so many nights and weekends have been dedicated to working on this project for the past year and a half, I guess the…

10 years of Killing Batteries

Tweet I swear this is the last blog anniversary/reminiscing post I write – unless this thing is still up and gasping along after 20 years, in which case I’ll do whatever I damn well please, so shut up. On February 17, this blog turned 10 years old. This makes me…

Juggling wackiness – November 2015

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IMPORTANT NEWS regarding the latest US immigration protocols

Tweet Since 2010, in addition to many fine programs, the fledgling Brand USA (aka the Travel Promotion Act), “dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States,” has spent untold millions of dollars making their immigration procedures quicker and simpler. While this effort should also ease things for US…

The 10 best Lonely Planet articles of all time (that I wrote)

Tweet Why yes, this is a full-tilt, vanity listicle, shamelessly basking in personal achievement. You wanna make something of it? All right, then. I’ve already forgotten how this got started, but for some reason I was cataloging all the Lonely Planet articles I’d written from late-2010 to early-2015 and figured…

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