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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Ice, Iceland, Baby!
May07

Ice, Iceland, Baby!

I just found out I’ll have the chance to cross a huge item off my Bucket List. I’ve wanted to go to Iceland for decades. Just this year, since I’m making a concerted effort to achieve some travel related list items, I’ve been telling Andy that I wanted to glom on to any business trip he has in Europe and take the short flight to Iceland while he works to keep us in terriers. Well, that trip has shown up on the...

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What a Drag It Is Getting Old
May05

What a Drag It Is Getting Old

There’s a certain age, and I guess I’ve reached it, when, even if you still feel pretty good, you start to worry that you are kind of at the last point where you can easily get back in shape. Did I say “easy”? No, there is no easy at this stage. In my twenties, if I wanted to lose five pounds, I skipped dessert one night and walked three miles. Not quite that easy today. No, not easy at all. In fact, I’m...

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General Custer and My Dad
Apr10

General Custer and My Dad

My late father was the living embodiment of the adage: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It didn’t take long for everyone in his family and all his acquaintances to learn that when he said, “Well, I don’t really know him very well”, he meant, “I can’t say anything nice.” I think in all my life, I only ever heard him speak harshly about two...

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