Brotherly love

I had to make a decision involving one of the most basic of human needs: use the bathroom now or chance a long ride? We -- my siblings and our respective spouses -- were on the upper northwest side of the island of Oahu, about to make our return to our vacation rental, a fair …

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 …

City of Fallen Angels

Los Angeles is a city of contrasts. It’s where the arid desert meets the rolling ocean waves. There is incredible wealth, and absolute poverty. The superficial vs. the serious. As the heat waves roll up from the pavement of a nondescript strip mall near LAX, the pristine San Gabriel mountains, blessed with a crown of …

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 …

This is Africa!

After a week's worth of competition with other tourists to capture the ideal photo of all the scenic sites in and around Cape Town, we decide we need a vacation from our vacation and take a day off to go to the beach. In Cape Town, you have the unusual choice of three oceans: Atlantic, …