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“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” ― Cormac McCarthy, The Road

June 17th, 2022

Cormac wrote The Road with his son John in mind.
This quote rings true with me however small however hidden.
There is always hope.

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A bit about me

April 26th, 2021

A second cousin is putting together a bit about the family, he asked for my bio, this is all I’ve got.

Things I’m good at – Making Messes

Things I’ve done:

Traveled to 67 countries; goal of 100+

Have a thing for travel to islands in the middle of nowhere including Easter Island, Cuba, Bali, NZ, Tasmania…

Danced with Gene Kelly (so memorable)

Been to the Oscars, Emmys, and Cannes Film Festival

Worked on the precursors of both Siri and Netflix

Landed my mom a credited role in a Carl Reiner film.

Worked with Rob Reiner et al, at Castle Rock in TV Development (we had a little show called Seinfeld)

Have been in 3 major earthquakes (9.2, 7.1, 5.9)

3 superbowls (one for fun, one for work, one I crashed!) 1 World Series

Worked on a bunch of tv shows and a couple of films. Edited scripts for Harpo Productions (Oprah Winfrey) 

Attended Midsummer Night’s Dream party at Playboy Mansion West 2x 

Got stranded in dead-end tunnel in Belgium Metro

Lunched with Dick Clark at his home in Malibu, dined with Quincy Jones at his house in Bel Air

Worked with MacArthur Genius Award winner Dr. Stephen Schneider on a tv show about climate change (was with Steve in NOLA when he was notified of his win…) 

Got clocked skiing at 63mph in 2020

Did one year in National Ski Patrol – both my knees and I survived.

Barely Survived building a house in Santa Fe 

Dined at Rick’s Place in Casablanca

Election Poll Worker in 5 elections

Volunteered over 1000 hours with various organizations

Decent cook – (my soufflés are legendary and I’m now allergic to eggs!) 

Have flown close to 2 million miles

Hiked the Powell Nanokweap trail in/out of Grand Canyon at Marble Canyon

Once checked-in for a flight to Narita only to find out my ticket was to Nagoya (blonde moment) but enjoyed the trip anyway! Enjoyed Fu No Yu – View Bath at Nagoya Airport

Summited Half Dome in 2010 was scheduled again in 2020 but pandemic

Summited Mt. Fuji 

Gave talks on travel hacking and took a month-long international trip on points!

Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at 10K ft.

Spent a summer river rafting 

Performed a stand-up comedy routine at The Comedy Club in LA

Survived a pandemic  – so far

Really want to go to Antartica, Africa, and Argentina; have been to Andorra, Austria, Australia, Antigua…

Had this bio put into narrative by a 5 time Emmy award winner friend

Have fabulous friends, and thousands of twitter followers

I can swear in 7 languages, Blyad! (make that 8… )

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Gaia Theory – Earth will kill what is killing earth

September 15th, 2020

One of the last projects I worked on in Hollywood was called “The Fire Next Time” Filmed in 1991 it took place in 2017 – around the “tipping point.”

Worked on this project from inception research to filming for the Executive Producer / Writer (who got fired 1/2 way thru filming, so I never appear in the credits.)

In the years of research I did with the likes of Dr. Stephen Schneider, NOAA, NCAR, and NASA, they all agreed on one thing – there are too many polluting people on earth. Fuck fosses fuels, fuck the people who have sacrificed the planet for money. We knew better and did nothing.

I’m so sorry for future generations.

Side note: My parents came to visit me on location in Louisiana and ended up lifelong friends with actor Richard Farnsworth.

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Pandemic Travel – an oxymoron?

August 13th, 2020

Speaking of morons, wtaf is Trump doing to solve this pandemic in the US? Not enough, not nearly enough. Speaking of Oxymorons, what is your favorite? Plastic Glasses? Jumbo Shrimp? Relative Stranger? Family Vacation?

I miss traveling, I kinda miss travel planning, I totally miss visiting new places. Can’t wait to travel again…

So, what do you think? Barbados for a year? Immigrate to Spain? Portugal?

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May 24th, 2019

Silence Breakers

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May 6th, 2019

The most important thing happening in the world is climate change. I knew this back in the late ’80’s, I know it now. The tipping point happened; expect climate acceleration. We will see climate migration and dissolution of communities, industries, livelyhoods. The Gaia Theory as interpreted by Elizabeth: The Earth will kill what is killing it.

We knew better, and we failed. Homo Sapiens will not outlast Neanderthal time on earth.

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Santa Fe, Oh, Santa Fe

March 25th, 2019

Ski Santa Fe 2019

no filter
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My heart is breaking…

January 15th, 2019

My love affair, and now breakup, with cookbooks is devastating. I am crying while purging my cookbooks –
literally the recipe of my life. Hard media vs. memories.

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escape Lounge – Oakland Airport. Good, Bad, and…

January 15th, 2019

So my first beef with escape Lounge is that ‘escape’ is lower case, and Lounge is uppercase. You are not cool, escape Lounge; fire your marketing people now. right Now.
Second is that if you are going to promote top of the line beverages, don’t serve bottom of the barrel house brands and then upcharge for it when customers pay $45 bucks to get in.
Which brings me to lousy ‘pretty’ food and mediocre service.
But hey, good soft seating and staff warmed the screaming baby’s bottle.

I know there is a connection to AMEX Platinum lounges, but this is a disaster. Save your $45 bucks; go to an airport table-serve, sit-down restaurant, grab a corner table, food, drink, and wifi. Unless, you want to drink a lot of free cheap liquor.

The Good:
Convenient to Southwest Gates even though it’s in an adjacent terminal.

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3 years, three lessons

January 15th, 2019
  1. When you can’t help, stop trying (I struggle with this everyday.)
  2. Live your life. (It’s just that simple.)
  3. If it hurts, stop it.
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