Local Boogeyman — An L.A. store that’s really SCARY good!

A few weeks back, I was visiting Los Angeles. I was tracking something down with google Maps. It sent me in the wrong direction, which, while frustrating, actually turned out to be a good thing. I was in the Echo Park area on Sunset Boulevard. Traffic was crazy and when I realized I needed to … Continue reading Local Boogeyman — An L.A. store that’s really SCARY good!

Europe 2019 Part 17: Inside the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the long voyage home

I woke up that Monday morning. It was April 15th. It was my birthday. I didn't expect anything special since we had celebrated the occassion at Makai Surf & Tiki Bar the night before. However, when I emerged from my room, I was delighted to see that there was a small gift from Erich and … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 17: Inside the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the long voyage home

Europe 2019 Part 16: The Bone Church, Catacombs, and…a Tiki Bar!?!

This day was going to be one of gruesome and somewhat morbid adventures. Erich and I were going to go on a tour. Ricki wanted no part of this tour. Why? Aside from being toured out, the places we would be investigating were all underground and most had to do with death in one fashion … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 16: The Bone Church, Catacombs, and…a Tiki Bar!?!

Europe 2019 Part 15: Exploring Rome–The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and More!

The day after the crazy, uber-crowded trip to the Vatican and its museum, Ricki wanted to spend the day shopping on the Via del Corso. I had no interest in shopping. However, the Via del Corso was near several touristy things I wanted to see. Erich was fine doing both. So, off we went via … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 15: Exploring Rome–The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and More!

Europe 2019 Part 14: Be It Ever So Humble, There’s No Place Like Rome!

On the morning of April 11th, we trudged back to the breakfast room of our hotel in Naples. The buffet was basically the same as the day before, except this time we noticed the huge mold stains on the ceiling. Special. After breakfast, we had the hotel call us a cab. I so wish I … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 14: Be It Ever So Humble, There’s No Place Like Rome!

Europe 2019 Part 12: See Naples and DIE…and then go to Herculaneum

It was early the day we were to leave Florence for Naples. I was up before everyone else and took some pictures of the apartment we had been staying in. Although we were all packed and ready to go, someone had to make a last-minute run to the garbage and recycling bins a couple of … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 12: See Naples and DIE…and then go to Herculaneum