Hotel reviews on TripAdvisor and Booking.com are (still) useless

tl:dr The existing flaws are dizzying and likely beyond rescue. I’ll preface this post by saying that I have no new hard evidence to present here. There’s no conclusive DNA test, no bloody murder weapon, and no one caught red-handed with 12 kilos of heroin shoved up their butts or…

Air travel for tourism can’t go on (can it?)

tl:dr It’s bad, getting much worse, and it’s going to dramatically change tourism, but ultimately tourism is not the problem and it’s long past time the industry demanded change. I’ve been suffering some weapons grade cognitive dissonance about air travel for tourism for quite a while now. At this stage,…

What I learned about climate crisis perceptions while knocking on doors – Spoiler alert: we’re fucked

Extrapolating information from the current climate crisis predictions—which seem to worsen every other week, but we’ll work with the current snapshot of abject doom—it’s conceivable that some or all of the following will occur in our lifetimes: A decade from now (A.K.A. 2029 – how old will you be then?…

MinnesotaCare’s dysfunction nearly bankrupted me

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 experienced…

What to expect when you’re not expecting appendicitis

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 to…

One Hundred Twenty Years of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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. [Large…

Watch the trailer for BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA!

I’ll just leave this here.

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

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 prevailing…

10 years of Killing Batteries

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 the…

Juggling wackiness – November 2015

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