A reading from my book BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA

Since its release in late-2016, it’s become a welcome tradition that I do an in-bookstore reading from Backpacking with Dracula each year around Halloween. That’s not happening this year, due to the U.S. transforming into a belligerent, failed, plague state, so I decided to do a reading via my very…

I applied for The Onion’s fellowship and there’s no punchline

I decided it was time to start writing humor again and applying for The Onion’s 2020/2021 fellowship seemed the perfect jump-start. Spoiler alert: It was.

Fortnights playing Fortnite – Notes from quarantine

How’d this happen? I made it eight weeks into this never-ending, pandemic self-isolation hell before I had to find something, anything, to distract me from social media and whatever awful thing “President” Little Finger had done lately. Did I learn a new language? No. On the contrary, I’ve been steadily…

The (real) death of travel writing

I recently turned 50 years old. That’s right, I made it. Now that I’ve reached AARP eligibility, I feel I’ve earned the gravitas to espouse the old adage, exclusively disseminated by old people, that with age comes a practical wisdom that no amount of genius, schooling or Googling can provide….

Coronavirus tourism survival and recovery, addendum

Hi all, This is possibly the first of many addendums for my “Coronavirus tourism survival and recovery” post from back in April. I encourage you to read or re-familiarize yourself with the original piece as well, since few if any other people appear to be writing or talking frankly about…

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…

Virus shirt for sale

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…

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