The Small Town of Willcox and the Future of Southern AZ Wine

So we drove an hour and twenty minutes south-east of Tucson to visit Willcox, its 3,551 souls, and 20 plus tasting rooms. If this seems like a disproportionate number of wine tasting locations for such a small town, I would agree. But the folks who live in the town and surrounding areas of Willcox have the kind of optimism, determination, work ethic, and vision necessary to make exquisite lemonade out of the driest of lemons.

Home Improvement Saved My Sanity During the Pandemic

What do you do to keep sane during an endless year of quarantines, masks, and COVID mandates? If you are like me, you find a project (or 20) to accomplish.

An Ode to the Barcelona Metro

On this 4th of July I have a wide range of thoughts on travel and I promise I'll share them, but first a bit of an apology. I know I've been gone for a while. My wife and I went to Spain for 3 weeks. The day after I returned my employer of 14 years … Continue reading An Ode to the Barcelona Metro

Observations of a City – Seville Spain

I'm trying to capture some of my impressions of Seville, Spain before we move on in our trip. The Wife and I have wandered around here for almost four days, encountering the people and culture in various settings. If, like us, you prefer to explore a destination by foot... peering into windows and catching glimpses … Continue reading Observations of a City – Seville Spain

The Food of Seville Spain

Food is an interesting way to explore the culture and people of a particular place. You can learn a great deal about the hospitality ideals of a locale from the way the hotels there serve an international client base. In places where hospitality is a primary consideration, a hotel breakfast bar will convey the welcome … Continue reading The Food of Seville Spain

Skipping the Line – Facts & Fallacies

The fact is, there is no such thing as "skipping the line". There is only guaranteeing you will get into the venue... eventually.

Jet Lag in Barcelona

I'm a big fan of stepping right into the new time zone. Wasting time during a business trip, or worse, a vacation - calculating what time your body "should" think it is, is an utter waste of time. I keep the curtains/blinds raised so the sun can tell my body when to get up, drink … Continue reading Jet Lag in Barcelona

Destination – Refuge Day Spa in Carmel Valley California

If you live in the Central Valley of northern Californi, Refuge spa is probably your best bet for a relaxing soak and a terrific massage.

An Expat Retirement – Perhaps Not For Us

By now I've established that - while I like to plan ahead, I clearly don't have all the answers (about anything, if I'm honest with myself,) but retirement most of all. As a result, The Wife and I have spent the last few years pondering how we want to live our lives when we hit … Continue reading An Expat Retirement – Perhaps Not For Us

An Ugly American Retirement

The more I think about the idea of retiring... the less I understand. Is retirement about not working? Or is it about not working at the same job you've been doing for a Very Long Time. Am I leaving an employer, a lifestyle, a way of defining who I am in the world? What the … Continue reading An Ugly American Retirement