Napa for a Novice

“A hint of fig and oak with a finish of tobacco at the back of your throat.” I don’t even know what that means. In fact, I really can’t tell the difference between Welch’s and the finest box of wine...

Gubernatorial Surprise

Earlier this week, I was in the Raleigh airport snagging a flight to New York for a couple of days of meetings. While I was waiting to board, I glanced up from my notes and noticed a familiar face. Not...

Wintergreen Fall

I was in Wintergreen, Va. early in the fall. It was beautiful. Nothing much happened, but I thought I’d post a couple of pictures of the early morning.

Death Defying Zips

Never one to shy away from a challenge – or attempt to impress someone – I agreed to go zip lining. All I know about this event is that it sometimes leads to flesh eating bacteria infections. Although I hate...

Camping Fail

A few weeks ago, my friends invited me to go camping. Since I didn’t have any gear, I visited Wal*Mart. And, because I figured a tent was a tent, I bought based on price. Turns out “Junior Tent” means it’s...

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

A friend’s wedding called me to Central Virginia over the weekend. Not only was it a chance to grab one-too-many with some old college friends, it also presented the opportunity for a a short, three hour drive from my home....

Natural Bridge, Va.

My only regret about my trip to Natural Bridge, Va. is that I missed the Christian Light Show called the “Drama of Creation.” I mean, anything that Calvin Coolidge dedicated as President (and that’s still running) is pretty impressive. After...

Canadian Geography

During my last trip to Canada, I met a regular Rand McNally. He greeted me by saying, “Hey, you’re American. Can you name all of the Provinces?” “No, I’m afraid I cannot. Can you name all of the states?” “All...

London

During my recent trip to the United Kingdom, I tacked on an extra day in London. I love London. It’s a better city, I think, than New York. The accents are so much more appealing. Plus, the history is incredible. Speaking...

Americans in the United Kingdom

Now, I’m proud to be an American (where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the . . .) Sorry. Anyway, I already shared my personal guilt about being obnoxious in another country, however we Americans do...