Day 363. Bloody Brilliant

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I don’t know about you, but when I travel outside of North America for any length of time, at some point I crave a taste of home.  Once, on a three-week vacation in Europe, by the last few days all I wanted was a tuna sandwich.  I went to bed craving one.  I woke up wanting one.  And nothing I ate, no matter how delicious, satisfied me.

It was the first thing I had when I got home.  Before I’d even unpacked my bags.  I can still remember how good it Continue reading

Day 260. Good Morning

Read, in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, about the troubles over at the Today Show.  Falling ratings, anchor problems, the very messy ouster of Ann Curry,roomservice etcetera etcetera etcetera.  Embarrassing as it is, I must confess I was only vaguely aware of it.

And only because it was mentioned on a show I was watching.  Maybe Bill Maher.  Honestly, I don’t remember.  I wasn’t really paying attention, because horror of all horrors, I don’t watch breakfast television.  Or whatever it’s called.

Morning TV??

Beats me.

I know a lot of folks who can’t start their day without it.  Not me.  Although I don’t know why.  I’m up early Continue reading

Day 110. Happy Guest

Okay.  I admit it.  I’ve made it through twenty-three letters of the alphabet and I’m finally stumped.  Or was.  I wasn’t even bothered by ‘u’.  But “X”.  That stopped me dead in my tracks for a minute.  I have never been one to give up easily, though.

Oh, I could have copped out and taken the easy way and written about x-rays.  But I’ve never taken the easy way out in my life and I’m not about to start now.

I may have been momentarily flummoxed, but it didn’t last long.  I love a challenge anyway.  So determined to do the letter “X” justice, I googled interesting words that start with it.  There was more than I expected to find, but one stood out.


Does anyone out there know what it means?  I sure didn’t.

Well it means love of hotels.  Who would ever have guessed that?  But it suited me to a “t”, because I do love hotels.  The photo, by the way, was taken in the lobby of Continue reading