Monday, November 14, 2011

Trying to Tumbl

I resisted its charms for awhile, but just starting to Tumbl on Tumblr. Still figuring out why. See the madness here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Travel's MVP, the Sandwich

More sandwiches. Last week, in tribute of National Sandwich Day, I shared my sandwich map, which prompted to write this: why the sandwich is travel's MVP for my column with the Daily Oklahoman.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Top 10 Travel Knock-Knock Jokes (Part 2)

We did it before: assembled an astonishing from-scratch list of Top 10 Travel Knock-Knock Jokes, and this time we're upping the ante.

1. Knock knock
Who's there?
French Guiana
French Guiana who?
French Gu-iana mad hunt for some tight-fitting jeans out here. You have any?

2. Knock knock
Who's there?
Ecuador who?
E-cuador can't even buy a pack of gum these days. Can I bum a fiver?

3. Knock knock
Who's there?
Bhutan who?
Bhutan some mustard to this sandwich! It's a bit dry!

4. Knock knock
Who's there?
Iceland who?
I-celandered your neighbor when I said his doorbell was broke. It's actually working!

5. Knock knock
Who's there?
Eurail who?
Eu-railly indecisive about opening your door. This is the fifth time I've knocked, 'bro!

6. Knock knock
Who's there?
Mediterranean who?
Med-i-terran-ean a tunnel and sure had to reverse my course mighty quick. Shouldn't a been walking on the train tracks.

7. Knock knock
Who is it, kindly?
Adriatic who?
A'driatictionary move to a knock is opening the fricking door. C'mon man!

8. Knock knock
Yes, who is, please tell?
Passport who?
Pass-portland, to the west, and you'll find excellent gold-sand beaches -- and less hipster annoyance.

9. Knock knock
Who's there?
Atlas who?
At-last! I've been knocking for hours!

10. Knock knock
Who is it?
Colorado who?
Call-a-rado surfer by his name-o, Mark Richards

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sandwich Map

Lonely Planet recently published a book on travel infographics, How to Land a Jumbo Jet. I submitted a full-on 'sandwich map,' which was supposed to make it but unfortunately fell through the cracks based on intra-continental communication techniques. Alas.

But here it is. History and lore of sandwich-making, just in time -- a day late actually -- for National Sandwich Day.

While on the subject, I also visited Sandwich and talked about sandwiches.

Here's an excerpt:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Secret to 'local travel': SPORTS

Several years ago in Guatemala, a couple shirtless sweating guys were hanging from a fence shaking their fist at me: the lone foreigner in the crowd. And that was a good thing.

Here's my column for Oklahoma City's Daily Oklahoman on why going to sporting events -- pro, amateur, high school -- is a great way to 'get local.'