In the Navy: Travels on the USS Fort McHenry

Navy Ship USS Ft McHenry flight Deck

I never considered going into the military but I’ve nevertheless saw the US Navy as my ‘armed service of choice.’ My dad served a couple years, and finished his tour of duty a few months after I was born — at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. So that sort of makes me a navy brat, right? Recently I got the chance to … Read on

Does posing for photos ‘kill’?

Rolf Potts, travel writer and Kansan, wrote an interesting piece on how digital photography has changed travel for him (though I think he crossed a line by posting some very personal candid photos from a brief encounter met on the road). I particularly enjoyed peeking over his shoulder as he rifles through his old travel snapshots and reviews his successes/failures taken with old … Read on

Why Cleveland Rocks

Cleveland has the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame for a couple reasons. One, the term ‘rock and roll’ was first applied to music by DJ Alan Freed there (Record Rendezvous owner Leo Mintz had suggested it to make R&B have more appeal to white kids). And two, Cleveland was the only candidate to put up the many millions of dollars necessary to build it. … Read on

How to see the Olympics

Watch the latest video at <a href=””></a> I spoke with Jonathan Hunt on on tips on seeing the Olympics, something — to be honest — I’m not sure is worth the price. A flight to Delhi, for the Taj Mahal, is about $100 more from New York this summer. I’d save London for calmer, cheaper times.

Top 76 Unanswered Rock’n'Roll Questions

If Jim Morrison were alive, would he regret saying ‘do it, Robbie, do it’ before the guitar solo in ‘Roadhouse Blues’?  Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy knew there was going to be a jailbreak, but did ever figure out a more precise location for a jailbreak than ‘somewhere in this town’? Do the David Bowie/Mick Jagger wink-wink rumors have anything to do with … Read on