17 10, 2023

Daughter, 20, intends to carry on for her aging father

By |2023-10-10T23:36:20+00:00October 17th, 2023|Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

OKEECHOBEE, Florida — Aubee Billie couldn’t miss this occasion. Her father was celebrating another birthday, and she needed to be here for it.“Seventy-nine never looked so good,” she told the 125 or so well-wishers who joined her on this warm Saturday.They all knew what Aubee Billie knew, which was her father, Jim Billie, didn’t have a 50-year plan.At 20, she

13 10, 2023

Playing the ‘Invisible Man’ is an unforgettable experience

By |2024-01-19T19:18:48+00:00October 13th, 2023|Travel|

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — I guess the appeal of working and texting is universal, because even here, in this world-class capital overflowing in riches, you see that men and women under 30 are tethered to their iPhones. Perhaps I wouldn’t have been surprised had I gone to Malaysia with more research behind me. Instead, I played the clueless traveler; I

20 09, 2023

20 years of memories go into the dumpster

By |2024-01-19T19:24:45+00:00September 20th, 2023|Commentary, Travel|

It’s difficult to let loose a sidekick that followed you around the world. From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, it had been with me all the while. Like most things, it outlived its usefulness. So I said farewell this morning to my MLB.com duffel bag. The internet company gave each of its writers one. Some never used theirs; I used mine,

9 09, 2023

Kev, I’m a winner like you in the Stupid Game

By |2023-09-09T12:39:16+00:00September 9th, 2023|Commentary, Travel|

TOKYO — I’m amused whenever I hear people who should know better tell stories about a stupid thing they did. Put me among those storytellers. While abroad, I thought about the stupid things I’d done after I read what Kevin Hart, a 44-year-old comedian who ought to know better, did last month in his tango with stupid. Hart bet his

16 08, 2023

Try trains, and leave the travel to them

By |2024-01-19T19:21:12+00:00August 16th, 2023|Commentary, Travel, Uncategorized|

Two of my closest friends are world travelers. Their passports look like a bulletin board at Tri-C — stickers plastered everywhere. Now, I’ve lapped my friends in the number of countries visited, but they remain ahead of me in miles logged on trains. I plan to catch them. When I do, it won’t be because I rode the rails in

17 12, 2021

50 states down, and now none to go

By |2024-01-19T19:28:53+00:00December 17th, 2021|Commentary, Travel|

OK, so what’s the 50th state in the Union? I know what y’all thinking. You got Hawaii on your mind, right? To most people, yeah, but my answer differs from theirs: I say New Mexico. What? Well, I bestowed that designation on New Mexico because it was the only one of the 50 states I hadn’t visited. When I did

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