Category Archives: On Travels and Adventures

Four days in the Finger Lakes

I’ve been in love with New York’s Finger Lakes region pretty much ever since we moved to New York in 1981. My first sight of any of those lakes came that first summer. We moved here in June, I think–pretty … Continue reading

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Tony and Patsy

Two giants of my early eating and drinking life, Tony Marra and Patsy Collins, died in 2021. Patsy ran a bar. Tony ran a restaurant. Patsy’s bar was called The Burton Hotel, or The Burton for short. It’s located on … Continue reading

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Rainbows, Moonbows, Sunsets, and the Stars: Adventures beneath the Hawaiian sky

So much of one’s time in Hawaii is spent looking up, or out. Up to the sky, or out to where the sky meets the sea. And there’s a rainbow almost every day. In Buffalo, I might get to see … Continue reading

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“I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right”: A MAGNUM geek visits Paradise

Longtime readers may remember that I was a big fan of the show Magnum PI back in the day. That is, the original show, the one that ran in the 1980s, and not the new reboot show that is running, well, now. … Continue reading

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Hawaiian adventures

Our trip to Hawaii was…amazing. Just amazing. In fact, it was quite nearly perfect. My mother dreamed all her life of going to Hawaii, and at some point after she had safely seen her two children off to lives of … Continue reading

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“And I’m so worried about the baggage retrieval system they’ve got at Heathrow”

UPDATED and CLARIFIED below! So, the trip home from Hawaii was supposed to go like this: December 23: Board plane at HNL, about 12:30pm. Arrive LAX, around 8:00pm. Depart LAX for DTW (Detroit), around 12:00am. Arrive DTW, around 6:00am. Depart DTW … Continue reading

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Cloudy Days in Paradise

Only two days remain in our Hawaiian adventure. This morning we woke up for the first time to cloudy skies. Since gray skies tend to be the norm for Buffalo in winter–a season that I find beautiful in many ways, … Continue reading

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Writing (and a cheeseburger) in Paradise

To justify the Jimmy Buffet reference, here’s the cheeseburger I had the other night. And here I am, writing. Both of these things happened in Paradise. Some writers are insistent about doing their work in their preferred environments–their home offices … Continue reading

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The sea and the sky above it

“It’s hard to tell the difference between sea and sky, between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart.” –Haruki Murakami I wrote the other day about the somewhat overwhelming nature of the sea here in Hawaii. … Continue reading

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“I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams”

It is, Red. It is. I didn’t want to blog about this until we were at the very least on the plane (I felt like I was jinxing it by even pre-scheduling a Daily Dose of Christmas post obliquely referring … Continue reading

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