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“B” is for Boots & Bakersfield

A-Z Blogging Challenge

As I tentatively enter the A-Z blogging challenge for 2016, let me admit two things: I have not written with any regularity since I completed this challenge in 2013, and, true to form, today I skipped A and went straight to B because I’m already running behind. Judging by the calendar, April 7 should be letter F at least. The point is: Don’t expect me to come flying out of the gate with guns ablazin’. After a long absence from writing, it may take me a while to get back …read more

“W” is for West Coast Haunt Convention

Traveling always produces writing fodder. Always.

Let me begin by saying that I did wash my hands this trip. First time readers may find this a disturbing way to begin a blog post, but my regular audience will understand that my cleanliness has never been called into question–just my travel planning and memory. I have a love/hate relationship with airports. I love them, as they represent adventure, but I also hate them because my presence at airports often scrambles the TSA security team like NFL players over a fumbled football. “Get her!” they might say. “It’s …read more

“U” is for Un-believable!

Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

No, this blog entry will not be about gratitude. As we make our way to the end of April and the culmination of the A-Z Blogging Challenge, I see that I somewhat failed in my attempt to write one blog post per day due to my traveling schedule. Not one to let trivial things like sleepless nights and day-long bus tours smite me, I am going to finish this challenge, beginning with where I left off… “U.” It will not come as a surprise to my regular readers that I …read more

“S” is for Snuggly Seatmates, Seasickness, and Screwdrivers

Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

Yes, I thought I’d blow right past “S” and move on to “T” today for Travel, but that was before boarding my flight from San Francisco to Dallas. See, San Francisco was just a layover. The rest of my trip takes place in Dallas, where I am attending HauntCon — a national convention and trade show for haunted house owners and Halloween enthusiasts. But first, my travel follies, Part 2. It didn’t take long to know I’d be writing an addendum to my earlier post on Travel when I stepped …read more

“T” is for Travel

Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

Oh, sure. For those of you keeping track, I missed “S.” But as I sat here in my airline seat, ruminating on a suitable “S” using just the brain power available after two hours of sleep, I gave in. If I miss only one letter, though, do I still win the A-Z Blogging Challenge? Who cares. Today, “T” is for Travel.   I love travel. As many of you know, funny things happen when I travel, so with anticipation of inevitable follies I look forward to my trips. My day …read more

Travel journal

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Of Terrorists and Sparkly Jeans           I don’t travel a lot, but if you’re reading this blog, you might beg to differ.  By evidence of the frequency of travel posts, it appears that I fly more than I write.  That isn’t so.  Anyone close to me (or anyone who used to be close to me before my new business venture) knows that I hate flying—more specifically, taking off and landing—so I do it as infrequently as possible.  However, for whatever reason, when I do fly, stuff …read more

Flying at 10,000 feet?

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The random diaries of a frantic traveler To kick off my annual summer travel blog, let’s begin with my travel agent’s decision to fly Southwest Airlines—the friendliest little (and recently only mildly dangerous) airline of them all. Southwest Airlines does not fly out of Bakersfield, so instead of a 5-minute drive to BFL, my day began at 4:30 a.m. Driving to LAX is never easy, but given the choice of flying at 7, 9, or 10 a.m., my travel agent decided that I’d get more sleep if I took the …read more

Adult beverages in the main cabin

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Travel follies with Dana, Part One To friends and family who read this blog, it may appear that I travel a lot – at least more now than ever. After Major League Baseball’s easternmost team drafted my son two years ago, I’ve had little choice but to get on airplanes and fly all day just to see his face. Yet when compared to people who travel for work, I really don’t fly that much. But when I do… I notice things. I notice that whether I am flying out of …read more

Bluefield Diaries – Family Edition, Pt. 3

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           Before I get into more vacation shenanigans, let me tell you why we’re here when it feels like I just left.  Besides watching Jarret pitch, the main reason we all flew back to Bluefield this month was to help Jarret celebrate his 21st birthday.  I know some of you can still remember the little preemie I brought home in 1989, the jaundiced peanut who grew quickly into a 30-pound infant who hung limply from my hip and caused a permanent hitch in my step.  You …read more

Bluefield Diaries – Family Edition, Pt. 2

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          Good to be back near the Appalachian Mountains, although I thought until today that they were the Blue Ridge Mountains (thank you, Google).  In any case, I now feel much closer to the “Heywood Family,” the fictional characters that haunt our local attraction,Talladega Frights, whose story I wrote last year.  They are a clan of hillbilly killers living in the Appalachian Mountains who prey on unsuspecting travelers. (Que banjo music.)             Sweet Tea.  We made it to Bluefield despite the “sweetea” (as my …read more

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