Notice: Trying to get property 'term_id' of non-object in /var/www/html/wp-content/plugins/sharethis-share-buttons/php/class-minute-control.php on line 374

Lessons From a Wise Sky. How to Behave Poorly on a Plane: a Primer

Anyone can behave considerately on a plane, but it takes real talent and a will of steel to make an ass of oneself in such a controled environment. If you follow these simple guidelines, however, you’ll have no problem–but you’ll certainly cause a few. 1. Piss-poor comportment on a plane begins even before the plane […]

Read More…

Expat Author Interview with James Claffey

James ClaffeyJames Claffey, originally from County Westmeath in the Irish midlands, has lived in the US for almost 20 years. At present he lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria California, a coastal town south of Santa Barbara. In the Olde World he was a professional racket stringer and worked at Wimbledon for a number […]

Read More…

Gluten-free through Southeast Asia?

I had such good intentions. I was going to print off dietary-requirements cards available free from Celiac Travel to use on our trip through Singapore, Thailand and Bali. I was going to buy a bottle of gluten-free soy sauce. In essence, I was going to turn over several new leaves: I was actually going to […]

Read More…

STRIPPED

Late in 2011 I was stoked to have a story included in STRIPPED, a collection of anonymous flash. The concept underpinning the collection was that the stories–which all deal in some way with gender or how the roles we play as men and women affect our writing or our writing style–would be genderless. The reader, […]

Read More…

Bali is Adorable

Bali is adorable. As long as you stay away from the beach. Most people who visit Bali book a beach holiday in Kuta. They hang around the pool and drink cocktails, listening to bad renditions of “Raindrops Keep Failling on My Head” and “My Heart Will Go On” droning from the speakers in the bar. […]

Read More…

Not So Pretty in Patong

We have now been to Phuket and Patong beach–a tourist mecca for Who-the-Hell-knows-why–three times. To get to Patong from the airport on Phuket, you have to take a taxi for almost an hour with the final hurdle of a mountain that is the bane of many a bus driver. One of our bus drivers was […]

Read More…

From the Top of Singapore

The Pool at the Skypark atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel __________________________ I’m writing this post while my laptop imports the pictures from our trip to Singapore, Thailand and Bali (with an unexpected detour to Kuala Lumpur), and I’m sure I’ll be done with this post before the import is done. Even after I deleted […]

Read More…

Three Things I’m Thankful for

Things don’t always go as planned. Four days ago, I got up in the middle of the night to let the guy upstairs know that his domestic problem really didn’t need to become a hotel-wide problem: he was banging and banging on his hotel door presumably because his traveling companion had locked him out, and […]

Read More…

Another Day on Phi Phi Island

Traveling in Southeast Asia right now. It’s hot, it’s buggy. We have at least 10 species in our bungalow on Phi Phi Island right now, but we also have a gecko and a mosquito net. Despite these little saviors, we also have plenty of bites. Ko Phi Phi Don is a haven for party-ers, mostly […]

Read More…