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Don’t Pull the Finger at the Great Pyramids

Last year, a few months before I visited the Holy Land with my parents, I was on the phone to my mother discussing our plans for the trip. “We’re going to Alexandria and Jerusalem, and, let’s see,” she said. “I think Gaza is on the trip.” “Gaza?” I laughed. “I don’t think Gaza will be […]

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My Titicaca Troubles

Do you remember the story about Horst on Koh Samui? The one about great Thai food poisoning? Didn’t we have fun? In Peru it was my turn. Grab a Mate de Coca tea, pull up a floating reed island and join me as I revisit Lake Titicaca on the border between Peru and Bolivia. You’ll […]

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A Waiter Knows Best

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, please reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) __________________________ Having worked in the restaurant business for twelve years back when I had longer hair and all the Eurythmics albums, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the beauty and wonder of humanity at its hungriest. […]

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My AAA therapy: Germany

As most university freshmen in the US do, I started waiting tables to pay my way through school. By the time I started my master’s degree in English, I was managing the best restaurant in Nashville: Then The Cakewalk, now Zola, owned by my friends Ernie and his wife Debra Paquette, deservedly an award-winning chef. […]

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It’s a London Thing

Every love story has that moment when one lover gazes into the other’s eyes and says, “You’re getting fat.” In my love affair with London, this moment came when the ceiling collapsed in the house we were renting in Clapham. The house in the picture to the left is not the house we rented, but […]

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More Than I Bargained For

For weeks I’ve been looking for the humorous slant on this story. I know I put it somewhere. Do you know the saying “It’s always in the first place you looked”? Well, it wasn’t there. So I’m warning you on this one: this might get serious. I generally consider myself lucky — I won a […]

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Horror in Paradise or From Hovel to Hospital

Are you ready for Thailand and the island of Ko Samui? This is not so much a hotel horror story as a classic example of Schadenfreude—taking pleasure or seeing humor in someone else’s misfortune. Yes, I’ll be the bad guy laughing and pointing near the tail of this tale. Let’s start our story in a […]

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