Category Archives: North America

A Pirate Took my Bicycle, and other Scavenging Stories from The Move

I am moving to Maryland. Yup, all the way across the country! I got a new job. I am very excited about this: it’s in my original field of study (astrophysics and applied math) and it’s a chance to contribute … Continue reading

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Never Smile at a Crocodile

I had a neighbor once who spent his teenage years dealing cocaine and watching a man shot dead in the Everglades. After the shooting, he made a break for it, running for his life, and spent a few years namelessly … Continue reading

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Magic City

Sometimes you need to start over. For me, anyway, this is that time. On New Year’s Eve, the last day of a terribly challenging year, I put myself on a red-eye flight out of California due to land at dawn … Continue reading

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Remember the Alamo

On hearing that expression, a lot of non-Texans think, “Huh? Why?” Not having had that much education in history, I wondered the same. I mean, I knew there was one hell of a fight in Texas somewhere along in their … Continue reading

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The Great State of Texas: Cotton Fields, Pecans and Barbecue

It’s not like me to run through the airport, but it’s been happening more and more. Moving fast with luggage is an emerging theme. First Norway, now Dallas. We’re not even going to discuss that train station in Paris. No … Continue reading

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Not So Clear Clearwater

This post finds our writer on a short visit in the vicinity of Tampa, Florida. Specifically, Clearwater Beach and a little time in St. Petersburg. The Tampa/Clearwater area is a strange place. It’s not bad, but it’s different. Well, okay, … Continue reading

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Down East in Bountiful Maine

I think I may have found concrete evidence of divinity. Here it is. In Maine in July, it is lobster season, raspberry season and blueberry season all at the same time. Wow. I think I am going to gain a … Continue reading

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From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli

Before you get to wondering, I did not go to Mexico or Libya. I went to Boston. I spent time on the vessel that fought in the Barbary Coast war and was on standby for the Mexican war – both … Continue reading

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Hot Child in the City

Summertime on the East Coast is a bear. There are some people who like humidity. I bet these are the same people who don’t like chocolate. Obviously, I like dry heat. So when I found out I’d be going to … Continue reading

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Keep Moving or they’ll Catch you: Back in Toronto

After a long slog from Copenhagen, arguably the world’s fanciest airport, I arrived in Toronto around mid-morning. After a little nap, I was up and hurrying to meet my friend at the nearby small airport in town. I made sure … Continue reading

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