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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

ELECTION LORE 2020

BALLOT BOX STUFFING! The executive-in-chief favors one candidate; a sex toy retailer favors another! The incumbent gracefully withdraws, even before the election begins! And everything turns out okay.  In what … Continue reading

November 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

BESPEAKING DURING A PANDEMIC

SAVILE ROW, LONDON’S legendary street of bespoke clothiers, is caught in a Covid-19 bind. Even if not locked down, it’s difficult indeed to tailor a custom suit while social distancing.  … Continue reading

November 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT! (NO KIDDING….)

A recent topic was “The World’s Most Dramatic Airport Approaches.” Here are tidbits on three of the article’s eight that I’ve actually experienced, together with comments about my flight simulator … Continue reading

November 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

HEALTH RESORTS—JUST IN TIME PART 2

YESTERDAY, COOK’S HANDBOOK to the Health Resorts of the South of France, Riviera and Pyrenees offered advice, albeit most appropriate for the year of its publication, 1905. Today, in Part … Continue reading

November 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

HEALTH RESORTS—JUST IN TIME PART 1

IF EVER I’VE needed a health resort, it’s now, right?. So I turn to my Cook’s Handbook to see what meets my fancy. It’s a 1905 edition? Whatever.  This particular … Continue reading

November 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

1939 GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION—A TREASURE OF AN ISLAND

INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS OFTEN have special features that remain after the expo itself has ended. Seattle’s Space Needle, built for that city’s 1962 World’s Fair, is such an icon. Brussels’ Atomium, … Continue reading

October 1, 2020 · 3 Comments

POMPEII—95 OR 1941 YEARS ON

THIS DUAL DATING, almost a century or nearly two millennia, has logic: Pompeii was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and my primary source for this … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN INSPIRATIONAL OPERA INDEED

OPERAS CAN INSPIRE—but enough to create a country? Yes, the history of Belgium is woven into the obscure La Muette de Portici, The Mute of Portici, an 1828 opera by … Continue reading

September 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

SWEDEN, 1923 PART 2

THOUGH IT’S ALMOST a century old now, my Cook’s Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, 1923, is a fine means of catching up with this Scandinavian country. Yesterday in Part 1, we … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

SWEDEN, 1923 PART 1

WHAT WITH its less than orthodox, and perhaps less than successful, response to the world pandemic, Sweden is much in the news these days. I’m encouraged to learn more about … Continue reading

August 3, 2020 · Leave a comment