Category Archives: Travel

Flavorless

Only a few US states have official snacks.

South Carolina has boiled peanuts. Texas chose chips and salsa. Lucky Illinois has popcorn and Utah has Jell-O.

yogurtYesterday Governor Andrew Cuomo named the official snack for New York as…

YOGURT

Now, I know that New York produces a lot of dairy products, and that yogurt is a healthy snack choice.

But that is the most depressing official state snack ever.

New York isn’t smooth and creamy and vanilla and boring.  We’re every color of the rainbow and loud and crunchy.  You’d probably break a tooth on a snack that really represented our state.

Yogurt?  I mean, seriously…that’s embarrassing.

I may have to move.

Horse sense

chicago horse carlaIf you need another reason to visit beautiful Chicago, think

HORSES

Actually, think about the Cows on Parade art installation that started in Chi-town back in 1999 and traveled the world.  To date, it has raised close to $25 million for nonprofit organizations.

The horse statues currently on display around the city are also individually sponsored and beautifully decorated by local artists, and have been designed in the likeness of Chicago’s Mounted Patrol Unit horses. Each is named for a fallen police officer, and all monies raised will provide financial support to injured Chicago police officers and the families of those killed in the line of duty.

I hope Lexington, Kentucky is on the national tour because these beauties would be right at home in the Bluegrass State.

Am I right, #BBN?

 

Getting in the short line

TSA preYesterday I made a special trip to the Newark Airport to conduct my in-person interview for TSA Pre.

It seemed like a good idea when I signed up a couple of weeks ago.  Interviews are only conducted at Newark and JFK — not my usual LaGuardia — so I opted for Newark since I can get there easily enough by train.

Then the heavens opened up.

It was raining cats and dogs yesterday morning.  The trains were all delayed.  Even the tram at Newark was stopping and starting due to the weather.

So, needless to say, I was about seven minutes late for my interview, and the TSA doesn’t wait for anyone.  They would only interview me if they had another ‘no-show.’ (Thankfully, that happened within 30 minutes.)

The interview itself took about five minutes, and I was approved — woo hoo!  But if you see my ID, I won’t look happy about it.

The TSA doesn’t allow you to smile.

The other Cup

Okay, patriotic sports fans.

It’s time for you to hurl your alcohol-soaked national pride at one of my favorite sporting events — a sport that dare I say more people watch year-round (instead of once every four years):

RyderCup2014Logo.svgGolf’s Ryder Cup, which pits the United States Team versus The World — that’s the entire world, people — kicks off tomorrow in Scotland.

I’m giving you an entire day to prepare.  Gather your buddies. Pick your bar and drink of choice.  Warm up your vocal chords for the vigorous screaming that will commence.

If you’ve never experienced golf on television before, I invite you to watch these world-class players representing their countries going head-to head.

ryder cup celebrationI think you will be surprised to see how truly exciting it is.

You just might find yourself screaming, beer or not beer.

 

 

Somewhere, a monkey is smiling

A good friend of mine — a Chicagoland native — recently moved to the South, and relayed an experience on Facebook that made me smile.

He was looking for a banana and asked a woman at a fast food counter if they had any. Her reply?

banana pudding doughnut “We have a banana pudding flavored doughnut.”

Now, it took my friend’s non-Southern brain a while to process this bit of information, but the banana pudding lover in me was PSYCHED.

Banana pudding is one of the greatest desserts on the planet.  (They attempt to make it where I live now, but you have to go to the deep South to get the real thing.)

While I’m not the biggest fan of doughnuts as a rule, COME ON –

Ya gotta appreciate their ingenuity!!

Hello stranger

It’s Friday night, and I am parked on the couch.

There’s no place I’d rather be.

nyc montageIt feels like I have spent the past two months on the road.

A week in Japan.

A long weekend in Kentucky.

Another week in Boston with Rory Dog.

Don’t get me wrong — I enjoyed all my trips, even the days and nights when I had to work. But I have missed my apartment and my adopted hometown.

When I moved to New York City eight years ago, I wanted to live in my favorite place to visit.

Time to play tourist right here at home!

A leg to stand on

I fell today on a Boston city sidewalk that was under construction.

sidewalk closedBoth sides were torn up, and only one side was closed to foot traffic. So pedestrians were walking through the debris on the other side.

Of course, I was the one who tripped and fell.

In a suit.

Wearing black pants.

A member of the crew immediately rushed over to make sure I was okay. I was more concerned about the state of my pants, so she returned lickety-split with water and towels. And when she realized I had cut and bruised one leg, she insisted on driving me to my class at BU.

She was thought I would sue the city.

That didn’t even cross my mind…until she told me the crew shouldn’t have torn up both sides of the walk at the same time. And they should have closed the sidewalk that everyone was walking on (and that I fell on). And she represented the city, and the crew didn’t always listen to her rules and regulations.

I don’t know — maybe my leg hurts more than I realize!