Category Archives: random adventures

Lubbock: The donut city, West Texas, part 4

In the fourth and final of a series of posts about West Texas, I explore Lubbock, Texas “suburbs” and downtown. Learn what what Lubbock a donut town inside and out.

Lubbock: The donut city, West Texas, part 4

In the fourth and final of a series of posts about West Texas, I explore Lubbock, Texas “suburbs” and downtown. Learn what what Lubbock a donut town inside and out.

Midland’s skeletal skyline, West Texas, part 3

In the third of a series of posts about West Texas, I explore the Midland’s significantly skyscraped, but vacant downtown. Learn why this small town has so many vacant skyscrapers. Bonus: A look at the town’s amazingly vibrant and unrefurbished 30-year-old mall.

Midland’s skeletal skyline, West Texas, part 3

In the third of a series of posts about West Texas, I explore the Midland’s significantly skyscraped, but vacant downtown. Learn why this small town has so many vacant skyscrapers. Bonus: A look at the town’s amazingly vibrant and unrefurbished 30-year-old mall.

Abilene + BBQ matrices, West Texas, part 2

In the second of a series of posts about West Texas, I explore the the former cowboy town of Abilene, and the barbeque that has blossomed there. Learn why bars on windows are important for a quality barbeque experience and why desserts don’t matter.

Abilene + BBQ matrices, West Texas, part 2

In the second of a series of posts about West Texas, I explore the the former cowboy town of Abilene, and the barbeque that has blossomed there. Learn why bars on windows are important for a quality barbeque experience and why desserts don’t matter.

Roscoe wind farm–the big one–West Texas, part 1

In the first of a series of posts about West Texas, I explore the world’s largest wind farm. Learn what happens when you hang out with over 600 wind turbines.

Roscoe wind farm–the big one–West Texas, part 1

In the first of a series of posts about West Texas, I explore the world’s largest wind farm. Learn what happens when you hang out with over 600 wind turbines.

Haunting vacant retail stores

When I was kid—oh so long ago in the 1980s and 1990s—my mom made us costumes. Yes, she actually sewed them. And if you didn’t have an inexplicable master of the sewing machine, (my mom’s a chemistry-loving pharmacist whose other

Haunting vacant retail stores

When I was kid—oh so long ago in the 1980s and 1990s—my mom made us costumes. Yes, she actually sewed them. And if you didn’t have an inexplicable master of the sewing machine, (my mom’s a chemistry-loving pharmacist whose other

N.C. and Ohio: the license plate debate

As I walk and drive around observing the oddities of everyday life, I can’t help but look at license plates and try to make out what they mean. Some are more obvious like “CTRL Z,” “HI UGLY” and “IDIOT.” (Yes,

N.C. and Ohio: the license plate debate

As I walk and drive around observing the oddities of everyday life, I can’t help but look at license plates and try to make out what they mean. Some are more obvious like “CTRL Z,” “HI UGLY” and “IDIOT.” (Yes,

eliminating the phonebook plague

Every spring, summer, and fall they appear. To make matters worse, my downtown neighborhood is plagued by them for weeks at a time. Locusts? No. Zombies? No. Worse. Blue body bags filled with phonebooks? Bingo. They line the stairs and

eliminating the phonebook plague

Every spring, summer, and fall they appear. To make matters worse, my downtown neighborhood is plagued by them for weeks at a time. Locusts? No. Zombies? No. Worse. Blue body bags filled with phonebooks? Bingo. They line the stairs and