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

25 07, 2021

Oh no … I did leave home without it

By |2021-07-25T05:34:39+00:00July 25th, 2021|Commentary, Travel|

I made a mistake: I left the United States without my iPhone. I felt like the emperor with no clothes. With no my cell phone while abroad, I was, practically speaking, stark naked. Look at how I use mine: for directions; for flight info; for calling an Uber; for staying connected with traveling companions; for making reservations at a five-star restaurant,

27 06, 2021

Last rodeo for my MLB duffel bag

By |2024-01-19T19:36:16+00:00June 27th, 2021|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,

30 12, 2019

More than 13,000 miles

By |2024-01-19T19:48:48+00:00December 30th, 2019|China, Travel|

On the minibus from Beijing, I spotted The Great Wall of China, long and winding against a backdrop of greenery, miles before I stood at its base. Jumping out of the minibus with the tour guide, I noticed a decidedly American institution in front of me: Subway. American companies have a giant footprint in China, and they can hardly afford

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