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Burning Man 2000: Weather, Mr. T, and MSG

Burning Man 2000 is my third Burning Man. My tale of Burning Man 2000 is thankfully not on the same theme as the first two. It is not ONLY about being woefully unprepared. I was somewhat prepared, this time, it being my third time. This time, I’m ready to be there for a week and Read More

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Revenge Porn

Drunk and plotting revenge porn. As one does.  Rejected by Mirror. Not only rejected, avoided. Doesn’t even want to be my friend. Fine then.  Not sure why damaging myself is the solution to getting rejected, but it does seem that getting piss drunk is often my recourse when someone says no. Good thing almost no Read More

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Getting into Bulgaria: Travel from Bucharest to Sofia via Paris

A week before my flight from Bucharest to Sofia on Qatar Airways, Bulgaria reclassifies Romania as a red country with regards to Covid, meaning that I will not be allowed entry. This is a flight I’ve already rescheduled once because I decided to prioritize a hot Bulgarian coworker above time spent in Bucharest. Not going Read More

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Baltic Vodka and “Cognac”: The Mission Continues in the Baltic Former SSRs

Why Baltic vodka and cognac? Of course you follow my work and have noted my noble mission to try a local cognac and a local vodka in every former Soviet Socialist Republic. For a Turkmenistan heavy view of seven of those successes, see my post: Drinking with Russians and Other Bad Ideas It is on Read More

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Bourbon, Scotch, and Tasmanian Whisky: At the end of the world just before the end of the world

Here are some thoughts on Tasmanian Whisky, Scotch, and Bourbon… but not in that order. Bourbon In the Beginning, there is Bourbon. My friends offer to take me on the Bourbon Trail when I am passing through Kentucky for the first time. Though I have never really been a fan of whiskey and know nothing Read More

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Crush (Part 3 of 3): Working Crush at a Winery

“Crush” is an excerpt about crushing wine grapes and cleaning wine vats for a winery from my first book, Down and Out in California. This is part 3 of 3. Read Part 1 of Crush Read Part 2 of Crush The next day after I clean the augur of doom they show me slightly more respect Read More

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Crush (Part 2 of 3): Working Crush at a Winery

“Crush” is an excerpt about crushing wine grapes for a winery from my first book, Down and Out in California. Here is Part 1 of Crush Here is Part 3 of Crush Part 2: Finally, there are grapes, but just for a day. I learn to hook the giant metal bins of grapes from the truck Read More

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Crush (Part 1 of 3): Working Crush at a Winery

“Crush” is an excerpt about crushing wine grapes and cleaning wine vats for a winery from my first book, Down and Out in California. This is part 1 of 3. Read Part 2 of Crush Read Part 3 of Crush I’m drunk when I apply for the job. It’s the last time I ever get wine Read More

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Drinking with Russians and Other Bad Ideas

I stand on the inside of the fence at the edge of the fire crater, because there are no real laws here at the Turkmenistan Gates of Hell, specifically. Because Turkmenistan is binary. Either it’s boxed or it’s wild. He stands on the outside of the fence and we pass the bottles back and forth Read More

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Zwack Unicum and Family Legacy

I am fascinated by the story of Zwack Unicum. One of Hungary’s most prized national drinks, its signature bottle graces every bar in Budapest.  The stories behind alcohol are often the stories of how our world was built. The old USAmerican judge with the jug of XXX white lightning on his stand, taking a nip Read More