“In the eye of a hurricane at sea, the ship is pitching, rolling, yawing and surging, so it takes awhile to realize the wind isn’t howling anymore. In fact, it’s stopped completely. You have the momentarily hopeful thought you’ve moved out of the storm. Then you realize only the wind is quiet, but the seas are not getting any smaller, you’re about to get your ass kicked in the very near
Preface I can recall the exact moment when pen met paper; my first entry on the first page of my first journal. Since that day, many years have passed and the vast majority are well documented. I say that so you know this is no work of fiction. Every emotion, action and conversation are born of truth. Time often bends memories to fit our own narrative, but ink is the
While recounting all of the countries we’d lived and visited, a good friend asked me, “From or to?” Unsure I’d heard him correctly, my reply was, He laughed and repeated his question very slowly, enunciating every word like I was the village idiot. “FROOOOM, OOOOOR TOOOOO?” I believe, “Negro, no more alcohol for you!” was my response. He explained his
Reservoir Dogs, directed in the 1990’s by Quentin Tarantino, was a game changer for me when it came to movies. The disjointed timeline style had me so captivated that as soon as the film ended I went out and bought another ticket to the next showing. For a teenager with not m
When I lived in Madrid, Spain years ago I used to have a point and shoot camera. Smartphone cameras have made them almost obsolete now, but then, the investment was worth it. My first year living in Berlin I forgot it at the Sony Center Original Version cinema and never saw it again. Pretty standard result for cameras I've had. One was stolen in Costa Rica, another left in a black cab in London an
This is not a typical travel blog. If you are expecting to find a list of hotels or restaurants to visit, this isn't the place. I figure TripAdvisor or Booking.com can give you a wider selection and in-depth reviews. I also don't want to visit every single country on the planet. I have a lot of respect for people who want to do that. While accomplishing that would be an impressive feat, I wouldn'