Back to Nature

Moving into a new home always takes us a few days. Day one we just load everything inside, and then Ali spends a couple days finding a place for everything. About day four she starts pointing out projects for me to do. And by day five we’ve got hooks hung, … Read More

Up in the Air… Airstream.

Long about the middle of our recent stay in New York we decided that renting places to stay in for a month at a time wasn’t going to work for us. We enjoyed visiting new places, but we didn’t enjoy the places we were living in. In New York our … Read More

Columbus Day

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks. We visited D.C. in a bit of a whirlwind, because Ali had to fly back to MN for a few days to take care of some family stuff. I spent that time hunkered down to do some other work. Then our latest foray … Read More

Touring D.C.

There aren’t many things more cool to a five-year-old boy than a truck that turns into a boat. After a couple days of museums, he earned it. We toured the Natural History museum, the Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Spy Museum, The U.S. Capitol, the … Read More

Washington, D.C.

D.C. is kind of like New York for us, in the respect that it is chock full of things that we’ve seen our entire lives, but never in person. It’s nice to finally see these places with our own eyes. Washington is an exhausting place to see on foot. It’s 2 … Read More

Lucy the Elephant

We had a few quiet days in Ocean City on the Jersey Shore. Clouds rolled through, the boardwalk more or less closed up, and restaurants in town were nonexistent. After the hectic pace in New York, this was just about right. Then the sun came back out. “Yeah, yeah, beach, … Read More

Ocean City

Ocean City. Do you know how many towns are named Ocean City? I don’t either, but I’ll bet it’s a bunch. We’re in the one in Jersey, for a bit. Our friend, Charlotte, whipped these drapes up for us right before we left. Makes leaving the back of the truck … Read More


We went to the Yankees game on 9/11. I suppose I was expecting something interesting or memorable—or maybe we were just there because it was an afternoon game on a Sunday. Instead of a flyover from fighter jets, we got a PA system playing “All You Need Is Love” by … Read More

Bloody Brooklyn

In our unintentional quest to go places that make native New Yorkers laugh, we took the tram across the East River to Roosevelt Island. I’d never heard of Roosevelt Island, or the tram, but hey, kids love a good tram ride, and it’s part of the transit system, so we … Read More

Staten Island

Since we’ve been here a while we’ve been able to go off and visit a few places that probably aren’t really at the top of anyone’s New York City to-do list—like take the Staten Island Ferry, and actually get off of it on the Staten Island side. We did, and … Read More

A Political Parade

We saw that the West Indian American Labor Day Parade (that’s a mouthful) started at 11 a.m., and we thought, “Perfect.” We’re so gullible. We got there at 11 and found a place right up against the fence. “Perfect.” The parade kicked off at eleven. “Perfect.” And then, for the … Read More

Coney Island

Coney Island on a late summer day. What could be better if you’re an Italian kid from Brooklyn? Or, if you’re not in a movie, then what could be a better day than this, just before the rain and winds from yet another hurricane/tropical storm/whatever show up from somewhere in … Read More