Newcastles of the world

July 27, 2015

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 27, 2015

A funny thing appeared in my inbox this morning.

NewcastlesoftheWorldThe email’s subject read, “Newcastles of the World,” and asked if I was interested in learning about other towns and cities that share the Newcastle name.

Attached was a newsletter entitled “Newcastles News,” not to be confused with our Newcastle News.

Newcastles News chronicles happenings at Newcastles across the globe. With a simple perusal, I went on an international tour of Newcastles and learned some really fascinating things — for example: Read more

Laughing all the way — Grounded

July 2, 2015

Most of our friends are world travelers, people who fill up their passports and have to get fresh ones before their expiration date, folks with high-six-figure frequent flier miles who go to Singapore for a weekend of shopping and lead tours to Italy, Argentina and South Africa to enjoy food and wine. These friends have family abroad, think nothing of flying over the pole and visit Kenyan orphanages after starting nonprofits to benefit them.

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On the other hand, The Sainted One and I are quite excited about our summer vacation. We’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and my 65th birthday with a road trip through Eastern Oregon and Washington, with stops at the Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds and a microbrewery festival in La Grande. We’ll spend two nights in Joseph and our last night in Wenatchee. As our virgin passports gather dust at home, we’ll be making dust of our own, following thin dotted lines on maps in search of something interesting, visiting small town bars and chatting with the regulars, searching for geocaches, and because we’re Vacation Book Bingers, plowing through two or three books apiece. Read more