Humor

Strange times we are living in. Many people, being forced to spend more time in their homes, are finding their lives completely disrupted. Some are responding better than others, and many couples are finding out things they may not have necessarily have wanted to know about their relationships. For my wife and I, perhaps the biggest revelation of the past six weeks is how little our lives have changed. Our income sources are unaffected, we can still get out and...

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I received a lot of emails after my post on the Queen movie and my reminisces on playing in local bands. Much to my surprise, people wanted more band stories. So here we go, by popular demand, a look back at one of the most dreaded events in any amateur musician's life - that nerve-racking procedure know as the audition. It is a well-known fact that the only thing harder than keeping a band together is putting a band together....

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There's a moment of clarity, just before you begin, when you think calmly to yourself, "Why am I doing this?" Then the calm is shattered by sheer terror as you are flung out over the abyss. Now your brain is screaming "WHY AM I DOING THIS?!" This was my experience with the "Casa del Arbol" in Baños, Ecuador. Sometimes called "the Swing at the End of the World", this site was made famous by a 2014 photo taken for a...

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I could feel the urge building over the last few weeks, and then this Sunday, it finally happened. I woke up with a raging gumbo-ner. I just had to make my favorite New Orleans meal. Gumbo is not something to be taken casually. It is not one of those "one pot" dinners that you can "whip up". To do it up right, you really need to dedicate the whole day to preparing one meal. Sure, there are "quick and easy...

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Living in Ecuador, we have a big money problem. Or rather, we have a problem with big money. The sad truth is that the cost of things like cabs, buses, fresh produce, lunches, haircuts, and so on are so low, that no one likes to break large bills. Taxis frown at anything over a $5 bill, and trying to use anything larger than a $20 anywhere but a major chain store or restaurant is almost impossible. So here in our...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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