Foolproof crackers

ABOUT A YEAR ago, Sherry and I were in a small town in Minnesota staying at a Residence Inn. It was your typical chain hotel with nondescript rooms. But this place had quite the happy hour. It wasn't the friendly service or copious amounts of alcohol that impressed us the most, though. It was the …

How to travel like a germaphobe during a pandemic

The hoarding is getting a little out of hand. If you know what magical powers toilet paper possesses, please enlighten me. While I think the pre-apocalypse hoarding is rather ridiculous, I do think that social distancing and taking extra precautions to minimize germ spreading is warranted. Right now, germaphobes have the right idea. Decontamination and …

99 Miles From L.A.

If this title does not evoke a melody in your head, well, then thank your lucky stars you missed the schmaltzy tunes of the '70s. The only thing worse than Art Garfunkel chirping away at this song is having it on auto-replay in your brain as you are crawling through the megalopolis of greater Los …

Water Sports

Every morning and even some evenings, unsuspecting travelers are involved in an activity of high risk. It is a game that has reached epidemic proportions. It must be stopped. It is a game I call: "Shower Roulette." Perhaps even you, dear reader, have unwittingly participated in this endeavor. You step into a shower at a …