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Who Let the Loonies Out? – Talk Radio in America

I’m growing a bit concerned about the folks on talk radio in the USA. We’ve had ol’ Limbaugh for quite some time, but recently I’ve...

Process for Acquiring a Russian Tourist Visa and Invitation Letter/Vouchers

Okay folks, this visa process is a bit more in depth than any of the other visa applications for any other country we have visited. Since...

The 2010 Census and Traveling Insignificants

I don’t count. I simply do not exist nor do I count to the American government. Ten years ago I was overseas and wasn’t counted. As it...

Life in a Simpler Time– Michigan’s U.P

We’ve spent a few weeks in Michigan’s UP, the Upper Peninsula surrounded by great lakes. It is a beautiful, if not rugged landscape...

Why I Hate Wal-Mart and the ‘temporary culture’ of America

You can’t consider yourself a long-term thinker if you shop at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, or any other major chain in the United States. Here is...

Seven Thoughts on the Oil Spill in the Gulf

I don’t mean to launch into a diatribe, but its my blog and I feel like ranting about the so-called ‘disaster in the gulf.’ 1. This...

Marketing Versus Bashing People on the Head

Traveling for the past year has been quite an enlightening experience. We left our home in Shanghai on May 1st, 2009 and are still on the...

Pictures from Across America

We’ve been in America for quite a few months now, and that has yielded some amazing photographs that we’d like to share with...

Drinking Cultures from Around the Globe

There is something very strange about the way humans approach booze, and how each nation address alcohol both politically and culturally in...

Blogging in America

In recent months I’ve come to realize what my psychology (and statistics) professors meant by ‘Negative Response Theory.’...

Abandon the Cube in the Media

Abandon the Cube has been extremely fortunate to be featured across the web and in print media while in the USA. Below are some of the...

The Redwood National Forest in California

I’ve always wanted to go to the Redwood National Forest in Northern California.  While we were out in the Pacific Northwest, we...

The Oregon Caves and the Mystery of the Greyback

After a great two days in Eugene, we packed up the old trusty mini van once again and decided to hit the road and head south. With all four...

Eugene Oregon and the Best Accident

We packed up the minivan and decided to head south to see two longtime friends and adventurous souls who live in Eugene, OR. The drive was...

Ten Reasons Why the West Coast is WAY Cooler than the East Coast

Here we go! Just the FACTS about why the West Coast is literally a billion times cooler than the East Coast: 1) Movies about the West Coast...

Washingtonians Believe in the End of the World

What better way to spend the Armageddon, then waiting it out safely underground? Apparently I’m not the first person to think of...

Mt. Rainier National Park

From my family’s home in Washington State you can see Mt. Rainier. It’s one of the most majestic sights on the West Coast at almost...

While not Traveling – Fixing up your Home for Cheap

When you are on the road, you occasionally find yourself in between places or in limbo waiting for the next leg of your trip.  That is...

Why I Dont Own a Cell Phone

This isn’t one of those hippy diatribes about the body corporate, or a quasi-scientific spiel about the plausible connection between...

Across America by Land

Not many people make backtracks like we do! To make my point, our trips inside America in the last several months have been hectic,...

The Empire Builder

Recently, I’ve taken the Empire Builder from start to finish a total of three times, that’s around 6,600 miles! Traveling by train is...

Sweet Home, Rockford IL

Although still listed as the 14th most undesirable place to live because of the crime and unemployment, I’ve been lucky enough to...

The George Bush Presidential Library

A  recent visit to the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas revealed a deeper look at the man, the President and the...

Remember the Alamo!

Remember the Alamo! This saying had little meaning to me until recently, when we visited the Alamo in San Antoino, TX. This was a prime...

Palo Alto and the Mexican-American War

If you live or vacation in Southern – Central Texas, this is especially important to all the winter Texans, take a short drive North...