A demanding Labor Day weekend in Ahwatukee

Kathryn and I tend to be somewhat contrarian in our getaway planning. We’re often home when everyone else is away and away when everyone else is home. This Labor Day weekend is no exception. While millions of families have taken to the road to enjoy the last long weekend of summer, Kathryn has a petsitting … Continue reading A demanding Labor Day weekend in Ahwatukee

Old City Hall, an architectural landmark in Richmond, Virginia

I’ve reduced my social media footprint considerably over the past several years, but I do occasionally post photos on Instagram. It makes my wife happy, for some reason. Most photos I post on Instagram have already been published here on this blog, but once in a while I find an exception. For example, this morning I … Continue reading Old City Hall, an architectural landmark in Richmond, Virginia

The peaceful Trump event last night in Phoenix

If you’re watching CNN or one of the other fake news channels this morning and seeing what happened in downtown Phoenix last night, you may be thinking to yourself, at least Curt and Kathryn weren’t crazy enough to be there. Hmm. Actually, we were downtown for about five hours last night if you include all … Continue reading The peaceful Trump event last night in Phoenix

Thirteen relatively short years for me in Arizona

The date most commonly associated with Arizona is February 14, when Arizona became the 48th state in 1912. For me, though, August 3 is Arizona Day. It’s the date when, in 2004, I first arrived in Arizona for what was supposed to be a relatively short stay while I figured out what to do with … Continue reading Thirteen relatively short years for me in Arizona

Hertz, fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again

To paraphrase the great philosopher-president George W. Bush: fool me once, shame on you; fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again. Take note, Hertz. January 2016: Hertz charged us an administrative fee for a supposed moving violation in South Africa. To this day we haven’t seen a citation from the local authorities. I … Continue reading Hertz, fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Waterloo, Illinois

A photo of the altar at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, Illinois. Kathryn and I attended Sunday Mass here this morning with our cousins and their family. After Mass, we witnessed the baptism of their youngest daughter at the baptismal font just to the left side of the altar.

Make your own bed at Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport

I’ve traveled quite a bit. I’ve spent months at a time backpacking through Europe on a tight budget, and I’ve stayed in some real dumps along the way. But I’ve never had to make my own bed in a hotel … until last night. Thanks, Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport. You didn’t just lower the … Continue reading Make your own bed at Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport

Can you spot the mistake on this sign at El Bravo, Sky Harbor?

I saw this sign at El Bravo Mexican Grill, across from Gate B8 in Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Thousands of people pass this sign every day. Can you spot the mistake? I mean, other than the fact that $7.29 is way too much to pay for a cheese quesadilla. This is … Continue reading Can you spot the mistake on this sign at El Bravo, Sky Harbor?

Purchasing a first-class upgrade comes with a catch

For the first time in six-and-a-half years, we were offered a reasonably priced upgrade at check-in today. However, unbeknownst to me, what used to be known as a first-class lounge is now a private club. Apparently they would have let us in if we’d had an international first-class ticket, which had been the case with … Continue reading Purchasing a first-class upgrade comes with a catch

Bronze matador statue in front of the arena in Nîmes

I don’t generally follow the news over the weekend. When I scanned the headlines this morning, I discovered that Pamela Anderson had stirred up a bit of controversy late last week in France, at least enough to merit an article in a regional newspaper. She had posted a photo of herself on social media, posing … Continue reading Bronze matador statue in front of the arena in Nîmes

El Cosmico: Three nights of almost glamping in Marfa, Texas

During my recent trip to Marfa, Texas, I spent three nights at El Cosmico. To call El Cosmico a campground would hardly be accurate, as it’s clear the bulk of its revenue doesn’t come from cheapskate self-campers like me. In fact, the property is often listed as a hotel in tourist publications. It’s better known … Continue reading El Cosmico: Three nights of almost glamping in Marfa, Texas

Prada Marfa is not a Prada and not in Marfa

One of the objects most photographed by visitors to Marfa, Texas, is Prada Marfa. Intriguingly, Prada Marfa is not a Prada store, nor is it anywhere near Marfa. Erected in 2005, Prada Marfa is a modern art installation along U.S. Route 90 a few miles northwest of Valentine, Texas, making it about 40 miles away … Continue reading Prada Marfa is not a Prada and not in Marfa

Yes, I was at the ZeroHedge symposium in Marfa, Texas

I figure it’s about time to admit where I was three weekends ago. Long story short, I drove to Marfa, Texas for a gathering of ZeroHedge readers. I’ve been reading ZeroHedge regularly for over five years. Honestly, I still have trouble describing the site, but maybe the following example will help: Every month, when new employment … Continue reading Yes, I was at the ZeroHedge symposium in Marfa, Texas

Alone in a strange place, wondering if I’m crazy

Thursday morning last week, I woke up alone in a two-star hotel by the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere. The hotel was at least superficially aspiring to a third star, but a fresh carpet, a thin coat of paint, and a waffle iron can only hide so much. Its two-star standing … Continue reading Alone in a strange place, wondering if I’m crazy

Brief update from wherever I am

As a brief update to my friends and family, so far this undisclosed event I’m attending has exceeded my expectations. I’ve heard from four speakers today who expressed some rather non-conventional ideas, and I’ve learned a ton. Then, by chance, I ended up sharing drinks with two of the speakers and their spouses at a … Continue reading Brief update from wherever I am

Rise and shine, a gorgeous Friday morning

It’s a gorgeous Friday morning where I am. I slept rather well. It’s at least 30 degrees cooler — by the way, that’s degrees Fahrenheit for those of you who aren’t ‘Murican — than when I set up camp yesterday afternoon. Much like Tom Brady’s balls, scientific laws explain why my air mattress felt somewhat … Continue reading Rise and shine, a gorgeous Friday morning