Category: Stuff I Like

Amazing Encounters

Yes, I know, normal people drive a few hours to relax at a beach house for vacation. I simply don’t fit that mold, which is why I just returned from a stay halfway around the world in the Timbavati private reserve section of Kruger National Park in…

Allow Me to Tempt You…

In just a couple of weeks, the December issue of Yachting magazine will be on newsstands. One of the features includes my take on the latest must-have toy for superyachts: the personal submersible. I descended to more than 500 feet below sea level in…

My Favorite Boating Article in a Long, Long Time

The August issue of Yachting magazine, out this week, contains my favorite article in a long, long time. I got to write the story of a couple’s travels aboard their 54-foot sailing yacht—which they have cruised some 38,000 miles around the world since the…

My Two-Week Hurricane Sandy Blackout

That was me that you saw on your television, or at least somebody whose life looked an awful lot like mine after Hurricane Sandy hit my home state of New Jersey. Ironically, you saw the devastation before I did. My power went out on…

Apparently, I Go Gaga for Celebrity Chefs

My sister’s Christmas present to me this year was two tickets to Mohegan Sun Winefest—specifically, to Winefest on the day that a number of Food Network stars were scheduled to give demonstrations and sign cookbooks. Now, I’m happy to admit that I watch the…

Citi Cards Fraud Protection: Creepishly Effective

I received a robo-call around 6 o’clock last night from the computer at Citi Cards fraud protection. It said the company had seen some unusual activity on my credit card account and asked me to call immediately. I dialed and got to a human…

Thanks, American Tourister, for a Disgusting Job Well Done

If you, like me, have a dog, then you, like me, occasionally have to deal with some pretty disgusting stuff. Yesterday, I had a doozie. A Realtor was en route to show my house when my 15-month-old dog Blue started to vomit. I’m not…

Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program

I flew home last night from a 10-day business trip in the Caribbean. My day started around 6:30 a.m. on Antigua, and by the time I walked into the immigration area at Newark airport, it was nearly 7 p.m. I was tired. I was…

If Life is a Highway…

After 13 years and nearly 200,000 miles of togetherness, I parted ways last night with my chili-pepper red Jeep Wrangler. Sure, the seat belts were still gnawed from that day five years ago when my pointer/pit bull mix got bored in the back seat….

“The Lost Dogs” is a Treasure Found

Last month, I told you I couldn’t wait to read “The Lost Dogs” by my friend Jim Gorant. My copy arrived on Tuesday, and I turned the last page just before midnight last night. I could not put this book down, except for the…

A Book I Can’t Wait to Read

It’s no secret that I’m a dog lover. I’m sure you saw me crying into my keyboard when I wrote about the death of my 15-year-old beagle mix in April, and I’m sure you can see me smiling at the keys this summer every…

“Gasland”

I am becoming numb to the nonstop reports about the BP oil spill in the Gulf and the broader implications regarding the oil-drilling industry. It’s sad to say, but I feel beaten down by the whole ordeal. I almost want to just close my…