Category Archives: On the Road

Podunk on Special Assignment Encore

I find myself in western Michigan for an extended stay, and I’ve stumbled upon one pleasant surprise after another. First, after a summer of wildfires in the West, I am appreciative of Michigan’s oxygen. The trees and the humidity create a jungle-like effect, and the trees help block the view of no mountains. Michigan has […]
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San Diego in Podunk-sized Pieces

I’m adjusting to urban life by breaking this big city into little places. An urban friend once told me that neighborhoods in cities functioned a lot like small towns. I think this is a little bit true. I also have continued to explore the familiar, and that means breweries make the list. People who drink […]
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Podunk on Special Assignment

I often find myself wondering, how did I get here? I mean just generally, in life. And then specifically, when I’m lost in the backcountry, or front country, or city. During Coronavirus Weirdness, I tried to apply myself to baking bread and improving my Spanish. I think I earned a solid C+ in the baking […]
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Podunk in Texas

I can’t explain why I get stuck in places, but I do. I am currently, for instance, stuck in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport area, which is a little on the urban side for my comfort level. The advantage of being in an urban metropolis is transportation options abound. My new best friends are Lyft drivers […]
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Re-entry

My sidekick Lucy and I used to be obsessed with agent Sydney Bristow in Alias. Sydney would have these impossibly difficult assignments, sometimes get a little bit tortured, like having her teeth pulled without the nice laughing gas. No matter what, she would still have to show up to class, or her job at the […]
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The Argentina Adventure — Episode 16

Flying across the country yesterday was an eerie experience. I have no idea how we got so lucky, but we ended up in Bozeman, Montana, pretty much on time. Keep in mind, our route took us from Miami at 7 am to Newark back to Orlando to Denver and finally Bozeman at 9:30 pm. And […]
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The Argentina Adventure — Episode 15 1/2

Ok, now that we’re back in North America and making our way back home, someone has some splaining to do. We haven’t even been gone for 3 weeks, and a few things seem off. First, who was supposed to be feeding and watering the stock market? Not cool! Second, someone shrunk the wine bottles. This […]
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The Argentina Adventure — Episode 15

We arrived in Miami after the 10 pm curfew, so hungry dreams of Cuban takeout turned into a hotel convenience store Lean Cuisine, and a faceplant into the soft American bed. Chef had found us a way to get back to Bozeman Saturday night but it meant an early start. I was too tired to […]
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The Argentina Adventure — Episode 14

Normally I would be worried that my airline didn’t have a computer…. … but today, I’m good with it. Well, gentle reader, Podunk is about to get on an airplane with a few hundred hangry, tired fellow travelers. Chances for peanuts and the international beverage cart seem slim, but I’m grateful nonetheless! Thanks for all […]
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The Argentina Adventure— Bonus episode