Category Archives: TV shows

RTW, Hollywood: Celebrity brush, Vol. 2: Meeting Mrs. Sitcom

My roommate invited me to a gathering of songwriters. Said there’d be people there who were once big deals. I put on my best pants (too-snug black jeans) and souvenir Indian bangle, and off we went in her Batmobile. So-called because … Continue reading

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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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Hobart, Tasmania: For all you Curb Your Enthusiasm fans

Couldn’t help but think of Larry David ordering the Fish Frenzy on Curb Your Enthusiasm, when I saw this in Hobart: Ya know what, Lar, ya smartypants — as Susie Essman’s character might say — except she wouldn’t put it … Continue reading

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Hyderabad, India: Gupta lives on

Goodbye, Gupta from **Outsourced.  Sorry you were canceled. Hello, real Gupta, in Hyderabad. **This aside on outsourcing: When I got my India visa, I had to deal with a private company.  That’s right: India outsources U.S. visa applications to a … Continue reading

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Hyderabad, India: Versions 1, 2 and 3

While the rest of Hyderabad struggles with summer power outages, the very helpful folks at the resort I’ve staying at (a popular retreat with locals) came to the rescue with one of those power-surge protection thingies. I think. Uh-oh, just lost the Internet … Continue reading

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Pray, pray, pray … that I don’t end up in the hospital

Or “in hospital,” as they probably say in the places I’m headed to. When I was young, I never gave travel a second thought. Whatever shots I needed I got, without incident. I wandered everywhere; was foolishly friendly with strangers; thought nothing of sharing bathrooms with … Continue reading

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