2017

Reasons I liked 2017: Rehabbed elephants Thai sunsets Dragon boats Street food Singapore in the rain Toronto Colorado hikes Ethiopian dancing (yo yo yo yo yo!) Storms in Agadez (and late night drinks in Niamey) The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Lagoon pools in Bahrain Canyoning by the Dead Sea Crowdsurfing at anime cons Diving the reefs off Roatan’s West Bay …

White Sands

You don’t have to share an industry to be inspired by someone. I mainly tell jokes and I write, but I make sure my social media input is full of more than just authors and comedians. I follow comic book artists, rockstars, base jumpers, novelists, rappers, boxers, divers, painters, DJs, chefs, and photographers for inspiration. It was a find on …

What Are You Mad At?

Who is Walter Palmer? Don’t Google him, just run him through your memory’s filters and we’ll get back to it. We live in a culture of outrage.  In my line of work, one of the things I have to do so deftly is walk the tightrope between empathy and calling out bullshit.  Socially, humanly, I have an obligation to stand …

Afghanistan

Journeys can be about a lot of things. The destination, the road, the purpose, or in this case, the people. It’s hard to describe what a tour like this is like. The pace is intense. We took a 15 hour flight into Dubai, caught a handful of hours of sleep, and then went straight back to the airport the next …

Ready Player One

Ready Player One.  I stole the title. It’s a book by Ernest Cline, soon to be a Steven Spielberg blockbuster.  Still, I couldn’t think of a video game reference that fit better. I find myself intrigued by people’s purposes. Their motivations. What makes some people more successful or more happy than others, and how those two things are often have …

Buy What You Need

The whole world is selling you something. It’s in IKEA floor plans and checkout lines and the way they herd you past impulse items.  It’s in the way the lead character in your favorite show sets his glass down with the logo facing you. It’s in every Facebook post. Buy me! It doesn’t matter if it’s a desk lamp or …