Do you remember that game Mousetrap that you played as a kid? There was that little ball and the stair steps, and the spiral and the see-saw and the basket and all of those other contraptions to make your mousetrap work. I don’t think I ever owned it but one of my friends did and […]

Part Three

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So, as we contemplated becoming an angry mob (led by my man D who was absolutely fuming) complete with torches and bloodhounds in search of Lil’ Whyte-T, I was in laughing-to-keep-from-crying mode. I was amused that somebody that so rarely gets “took” in any part of […]


The sirens, sweltering heat, the rumbling of the B, D and #4 trains and street level conversations at 174th and Walton awakened me at about 10:30 on Sunday morning. Rather than try to fight it, I practically jumped up off the air mattress in the middle of the living room like a kid on Christmas […]


It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
Really, in a nutshell, that sums up last weekend for me. Yes, that’s right, I said weekend. This was that rare personal trip for me, which means a) It’s not company sponsored so, b) I’m trying to make like Rachel Ray and […]

Surviving Columbia: Part Two

Only a few blocks from my hotel in Columbia is the breathtakingly beautiful, tree-lined, Parque de la 93. It has wonderfully lit fountains, vibrantly colored flowers, and is surrounded by restaurants equipped with outdoor seating options. If the food doesn’t brighten your day, as it has for me amidst all this rain and wind, […]

Surviving Columbia: Part One

No se preocupe, yo soy seguro (Don’t worry, I’m alright).
“Señoras y Senores, por favor sujetan sus cinturones de seguridad y por favor coloque sus asientos en la posición vertical…” (Ladies and Gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts and please put your seats in the upright position).
That’s what I heard as I nestled into seat […]