Wine Camp: New Rules
Jul31

Wine Camp: New Rules

Anyone who is on my Facebook feed knows by now that the latest iteration of Wine Camp did not end well. So horrific was the outcome of Wine Camp 2015 that the post about it received over a hundred comments before I took it down. But private messages continued to come in from people begging me not to close Wine Camp because “my kids would love it and I guarantee they will behave well”. Even more messages came in from people...

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The Hanging About Tour of London
Jul11

The Hanging About Tour of London

I think London will always be my favorite tourist destination. I stand in solidarity with Samuel Johnson who said, “No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” But it’s not London’s many attractions that make me love it. It’s the fact that I don’t have to see any of them if I don’t want to. Let me backtrack. I’m an...

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Iceland Agenda
Jul04

Iceland Agenda

Looking back on our whirlwind visit to Iceland, I think, for spending only three full days there, we got a good taste of the country. Which I find amazing because we based ourselves in Reykyavik and only took daytrips out. Iceland, like America, is really all about its natural beauty. So, to me, camping out in Reykyavik, was like staying in Fresno and just taking quick day trips to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Well,...

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Iceland from the Air
Jul02

Iceland from the Air

I’m not a good air traveler. I have increasing travel anxiety in inverse proportion to the size and amenities on the aircraft. In other words, with a full bar, dinner service and a good selection of films, I can just about relax. (Although I can never sleep on a plane, in case I need to leap up at a moment’s notice and put on my oxygen mask.) Needless to say, small puddle jumper commuter planes have me gouging holes in the...

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We Come from the Land of the Ice and Snow
Jun30

We Come from the Land of the Ice and Snow

At just about 24 hours into our whirlwind trip to Iceland, we’ve already seen a lot of it. Of course, it helps that the sun never really goes down at this time of year, so you can pretty much see everything at all points of the day or night. In fact, I woke up at 4AM to bright sunshine and almost tried to convince Andy that we should hit the road out of Reykjavik and start seeing the natural wonders. That goal was quickly...

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The Temple of Science
Jun28

The Temple of Science

I always hit a few museums whenever I go to London. And since I’ve been going there nearly every year since I went to Junior year at University of London, I’ve visited pretty much every museum there is to see — from the famous to the obscure. At some point, I reached a level of familiarity where I could just run into any given museum, see my favorite items and whatever special exhibits were on offer, then move along....

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The Happiest Place on Earth
Jun11

The Happiest Place on Earth

I don’t know how Uncle Walt does it. Which is surprising because I’ve visited the excellent Disney Family Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio. If you haven’t been there, go, but don’t take the kids. Because the museum is all about the technology and business struggles and triumphs of Walt Disney, who, if anything, was the Steven Jobs of his day. But also the ultimate graphic designer who pretty much...

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Disney Retro
Jun09

Disney Retro

Well, here we are back in Disneyland nearly a year to the day from when I took Goddaughter Amelia May for her first visit. On one hand, it seems excessive to make two trips this close together. On the other, time is running out. I mean The Magic Time, that time when Disneyland isn’t just a great amusement park, but a fantastic world where Princesses and Fairies and talking mice and animals all live and are REAL. My brother, my...

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Tree Follies
Jun01

Tree Follies

Our construction project for our eventual home in Sonoma continues apace. What? You thought we were going to continue to live in a loft above the barn or out in the tent cabin? No, we are working on an actual house, although it’s taking a long, long time. One of the issues is that we may or may not be on a ridge line. After some ill-advised monster homes were built, Sonoma County got serious about preserving the natural look of...

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Going to See the Mouse!
May22

Going to See the Mouse!

This summer is shaping up to include more traveling in three months than I’ve done in the last year. In addition to my long-planned epic Western roadtrip, a sudden opportunity arrived to glom on to one of Andy’s business trips and fulfill a long-standing bucketlist item: visit Iceland. So why not make it a trifecta? And if you are in California, where is the happiest place on earth? It’s Disneyland, set to pull out...

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