Monthly Archives: July 2011

RTW: Odd Couple — me and LA roomie ‘Felicia’ Ungar

In order to tell the story of how I ended up in the Hollywood Hills, I have to explain how I got there: my temporary roommate. I wanted to finish my RTW trip in L.A. because I felt like visiting … Continue reading

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RTW, Hollywood: Slight brush with celebrity above Sunset Strip

How I ended up at a place I’d never been despite a decade of working in L.A. TV news. (It’s a big deal if you’re of a certain age.) A what-am-I-doing-here moment. Details, if you can stand it, coming up.

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RTW: An Amtrak ride Northeasterners can only dream about

If you’ve ever been on an Amtrak train anywhere along the route from DC to Boston on a weekday, you know the drill. Crowded, rushed, commuters glued to their laptops and cell phones, working, working, working.  Or on the way … Continue reading

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RTW: A B&B room’s friendly ghosts

As the saying goes: “If these walls could talk .”  They can’t, of course. Or so I thought. Until I stumbled onto something during a stay at a B&B in San Diego. The Little Italy Inn has a long history. … Continue reading

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Let’s Paws: Who wouldn’t love this dog?

Wherever I travel, even if it’s from one floor to another at home, I always take time for some creature comfort. I have a soft spot for beasties, especially dogs. I’ll be sharing a special encounter every week, and look … Continue reading

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RTW: Peggy Sue’s, an oasis in the desert

You can see it coming a mile away. And dozens of miles after that. Some idiotic joint along the interstate, letting you know well in advance your life will just not be complete if you don’t stop there for whatever … Continue reading

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RTW, Vegas: Rue de la Paix (and pay and pay) in Paris

It’s astonishing to me that you can be driving through a place that, if it’s not as hot as hell, comes pretty close. With negligible civilization for hundreds of miles. Then suddenly, springing forth from the same miserable terrain  is … Continue reading

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RTW: Tryin’ to get the feeling again with Manilow in Vegas

To understand why I drove almost 700 miles in two days to see Barry Manilow perform in Las Vegas, I offer this clip from Family Guy: So to recap: Four macho men of a certain age sitting around feeding their … Continue reading

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RTW: Vegas virgin does Seine City at the Paris

I can’t claim credit for Seine City. Stole it from the marketers at the Paris Las Vegas, the fantasy land on my Fourth of July weekend calendar. I was stoked. I had a ticket to see Barry Manilow. I was … Continue reading

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RTW: Sizzling Paris

No, not Paris Hilton. She’s far from sizzling, IMO. Fried is more like it. And not the one in France. The one that requires navigating an ocean of desert. In 100-plus temps. My very first trip to Vegas, ever, with … Continue reading

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