Things are getting biblical in Minneapolis

I slept far better than I thought I would last night. That’s about the beginning and the end of the good news. I live only a couple blocks from where the downtown protests were being held yesterday and I had steeled myself for a long night of sirens and angry…

Coronavirus tourism survival and recovery

This shouldn’t be news to anyone by now, but tourism and hospitality stand to be the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and, to add injury to injury, probably face the slowest recovery. All accommodations with the exception of the most robust hotel chains will hear a near-death rattle at…

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Wash your hands coronavirus t-shirt

I spent a few hours making this topical/evergreen “Wash your hands” coronavirus t-shirt design and it turned out great. It’s been suggested that people might like to *buy* my little project. So! I’ve designed two shirts: One with the “Wash your hands” multilingual design on the front and a second…

An analogy between the coronavirus and the climate crisis

Here’s something I hope people will consider after the coronavirus pandemonium calms down. About half the people I talk to about switching to solar power for their homes decline to do so, because they won’t save money and/or it will cost them a little extra money per month ($2-4). In…

Climate crisis inaction – 9 reasons why otherwise intelligent people are ignoring certain doom

In truth, all these reasons can be summed up in one statement: “A baffling lack of understanding about the situation.” Sorry to call you out like that smart people, but unless your inaction is due to climate change denial or undiagnosed head trauma, this is the only other explanation. You…

How climate change will change tourism and how to prepare

tl:dr – If you work in travel and tourism, and are younger than 50, these issues are going to affect you sooner or later. You’re going to want to be proactive, not reactive, if you want any hope of your business/destination surviving and maintaining a career in this industry until…

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…

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