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 …

When in Rome

A hard drive crash left me heartbroken that I’d lost these shots. Fortunately I’d already uploaded them to Flikr as a backup and forgotten. Anyway, I usually have a billion words for the places I go, but this time I feel like the pictures speak for themselves. It was Rome at night, tiny villages, the hills of Tuscany, plus Michelangelo …

The Morning Sun

My nerd roots run deep. I was a video gaming, comic book reading, fantasy fan way before it was cool.  Sometimes those proclivities collide with my love affair with travel. Romania. Everything I know about the country, I know from Castlevania.  It was one of my favorite video games growing up. Simon Belmont and his whip walked through Wallachia, cracking …

Roll With It

I get asked all the time about my tours performing for the military. Since 2001, I have been collecting memories and scratching countries off my list, while getting to do something that I feel actually makes a difference. One of the biggest reasons I get offered so many of these is that I bring a crew of comedians who not …