Monday was my 21st Caliversary…that’s right, I’ve now lived in California for more than half of my life. DID I CELEBRATE?! You know it! First, I worked my butt off because living in California, especially in the Bay Area, means you gotta hustle to pay those bills – BAM! Next, I put a few more […]

Woe are you, summer is over…right? WRONG! Sorry for shouting, but I don’t want to see you fall into the mindset of thinking all is lost now that Labor Day has come and gone, which somehow, somewhere along the line, some jackass interpreted as meaning the end of All Things Summer, therefore causing a chain […]

Walking into a clear, cool mountain lake is a baptismal experience – especially if I can see, and very well probably swim to, the other side. I haven’t been baptised in this way enough in my life; and I couldn’t be. I mean, can you imagine me one day looking back from a lake shore […]

Not to be dramatic or anything, but I had a very unexpected life-changing experience in South Lake Tahoe. Who knew this was even possible?! The trip started out in a pretty lackluster way. I woke up at 5am to get some work done, then spent five hours driving to Tahoe (unenthusiastic ‘yaaaaaaaay’), this time catching […]

Detroit just does not get enough love. I say this as someone who grew up a couple hours away and was taught to be afraid of it, much like I was taught to be afraid of food involving leaves, and making left turns across more than one lane of oncoming traffic. Luckily, I became an […]

When given an opportunity to check out someplace completely new, I jump at it! Hahaha, I’m totally kidding! I first have to weigh whether or not I’m ‘feeling it’ versus how I’ll feel if I let the moment go and therefore perhaps waste my one chance to (fill in the blank). Sometimes I pass up […]

Based on the advice of one of our older and wiser friends, we took a beautiful detour along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta on our way back from an otherwise nondescript trip to Sacramento, and spent a couple of hours in the teeny-tiny historic town of Locke, in California. This is a town which was […]

You guys, I’m going to Tuscany! What should I do? Where should I eat? Can you put me in touch with your great uncle who has a villa there so we can crash his 24/7 party? Locals love playing tour guide to awestruck tourists, right? When I say “I’m going to Tuscany,” I really mean […]

Bonaire, a desert-heavy island in the southern Caribbean, is one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations with gorgeous, well-preserved reefs teeming with exotic sea life as far as the underwater eye can see.  Or, so I’ve been told.  I don’t actually scuba, so what do I know?  When I dickishly decided to invite myself […]

Kona Side

Jun 25, 2018

Like Paulie, I want to fit in when we’re traveling. This is why I prefer sitting at a sidewalk cafe, sipping a beverage with my book nearby and butting into the conversations of locals around me, rather than climbing the steps of whatever touristy landmark others might be seeking. I always try to learn at […]