Don't everyone thank me at once.

October 14th, 2008 @ 7:47 am
An Evening in Savannah

We took a trip to Savannah, Georgia last week. I had to visit Cleveland, GA on business on Monday and Tuesday, so after that we took a beautiful drive down to the city made famous by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. One of the many highlights of our time there was a […]

October 13th, 2008 @ 11:16 am
Visiting Atlanta

Last Sunday we had lunch with the Tobers at Six Feet Under in Atlanta. I had a terrific fried catfish po’ boy and about six gallons of sweet tea. You just cannot get sweet tea in Los Angeles anywhere, so it was a treat. Then on Tuesday, before the presidential debate, we had dinner at […]

August 14th, 2008 @ 11:33 am
Where Have I Been?

Some of the “Tools for Travelers” at World66 are pretty nifty. You can make neat maps displaying all the countries and states you’ve visited. I feel like I’m forgetting a few states, and I definitely need to see more of Earth.

July 25th, 2008 @ 9:02 am
Mile High Music Festival 2008

Last weekend I hopped on a flight to Denver for my friend Bob’s 36th birthday party. His wife spent months planning “Bob’s Amazing Race 2008“; we spent Saturday as six teams of four people roaming around LoDo, barnstorming bars and looking for clues. It was a total blast. The event was conveniently simultaneous with the […]

July 22nd, 2008 @ 8:11 am
Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen

I read Carl Hiaasen‘s comedy Skinny Dip on the flight from Denver to Vegas to Los Angeles on Monday morning at the suggestion of a friend at work. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story, but it’s basically about an idiot who attempts to murder his wife, who was the captain of […]

April 29th, 2008 @ 7:25 am
Heading for Alaska

The awe-inspiring Jennifer A. Gagne, my little sister, is en route to Alaska with her friend, Alicia. They are going to work for the Summer as rangers at Denali National Park. How friggin’ cool is that? (They’ve created a website to record their travels, of course.)

May 31st, 2007 @ 7:02 am
Authentic Israeli Paratrooper Briefcase

For some reason you cannot find one on their website, but you can still get one of these from Banana Republic. I’ve seen them for sale in both the Santa Monica and the Studio City stores, and I’ve seen dozens of people carrying them over the last two decades. But yours just will not be […]

May 22nd, 2007 @ 8:00 am
Samsonite Black Canyon Duffel

Major bummer: The Samsonite® Black Canyon 22″ Wheeled Duffel that I ordered last week is out of stock and won’t arrive for at least two more weeks. My dad’s got one of these and I’ve been hunting for it online since early last year. I finally found one and was hoping it would be here […]

February 20th, 2007 @ 7:56 am
The Other Wine Country

On Saturday morning I ran a quick 7 miles at 6 am, came home, and told my girlfriend to get ready for an adventure. We packed the truck and headed for wine country (photos). The President’s Day traffic was brutal so it took us almost 3 hours to go what should have only taken an […]

January 27th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm
Vegas, Baby

Postings will be sparse for the next few days. I’m in Vegas with my dad. We golfed today and will be golfing again tomorrow … and the next day … and the next day … This is my third or fourth trip to Las Vegas since I moved to LA in 2000. I’m not much […]

November 18th, 2006 @ 12:40 am
Around the World

Tonight I’m in Phoenix, AZ at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains. My dad is here for a business convention and I am quite happy to be his golf partner for the weekend. (Apparently the UCLA Bruins football team is staying at this hotel as well, which is odd because we’re not very close to […]

October 25th, 2006 @ 9:21 pm
False Authority Syndrome

Once again I found myself in trouble at the Los Angeles International Airport, and once again it was (arguably) my own damn fault. Last Thursday I flew Southwest to Providence, Rhode Island to testify in court on behalf of my dad, who was in the midst of a textbook “frivolous lawsuit”. I detest being late […]

August 23rd, 2006 @ 7:54 am
Learning to Golf

So it took me 33+ years, but I have finally started golfing. I am a complete and total idiot for not listening to the dozens of friends that have been trying to convince me to play for the last ten years. It is amazing fun and paralyzingly addictive. I played for the first time in […]

April 15th, 2006 @ 12:26 am
White House Easter

Let’s see … What can I do for Easter this year? I know! I’ll hop on a G4 and jet on over to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I’ll attend Sunday’s service at the National Cathedral and then hang out with GW for the Easter Egg Roll on Monday. My girlfriend manages Aly & AJ; they’ll be […]

June 17th, 2005 @ 8:36 am
Aloha, Señor

My girlfriend and I spent most of the last week in Mexico. One of her best friends got married at the El Dorado Royale resort in Cancun. Almost five full days of tequila and sun makes for a pretty good time. The place was terrific and the wedding was lovely. I’d love to say more, […]

March 24th, 2005 @ 9:45 am
Vegas, Baby

Yesterday I cut out of work a bit early, hopped on a Hawker 800 with my girlfriend and her family, and flew to Las Vegas to catch Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio. Except for a quick trip to the Green Valley Ranch last year, this was actually my first trip to Vegas since […]

February 18th, 2004 @ 8:08 am
San Francisco Breakfast and Dinner

Forget what you may have heard elsewhere — the best breakfast in San Francisco is served at Caffe Delucchi Italian Resaurant. And if you’re trying to find a good steak in the city by the bay, look no further than MacArthur Park. I had a mouth-watering NY Strip that forced me to go into the […]

September 18th, 2003 @ 7:22 am
New Zealand

Chris O’Brien‘s Top Ten First Year in New Zealand Facts This has been the hardest and most stressful year of my life. NZ teachers couldn’t teach a fish to swim. It is harder than you could ever imagine to be this far from friends and family. Even though everyone thinks the US is wrong all […]

April 30th, 2002 @ 9:56 am
New Orleans Flood Control

I’ve been to N’Awlins several times in the last decade or so. It’s one of my favorite cities. Part of its charm, I think, is that you can feel the Mississippi River’s omnipotence no matter where you are. Even as you walk along the streets, with the water far from view, you know it’s there. […]

December 30th, 2001 @ 8:51 pm
San Diego

The Bucs won. I had a good time. Chris and I played Teras Kasi and MTV Snowboarding and argued at length about logic, infinity, nanophysics, the soul, “dark matter”, and relationships until 4 am. Then we watched the Simpsons. Chris is doing well. He has a really cool girlfriend named Al. She burned me a […]