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It’s 19º degrees in New York City! BRR! But we’re making do in the 50s right now in Florida, looking at a Christmas high of 75. I sent Cool Mum and the Bros down on a plane last week, and then made the solo drive from NYC to Florida last weekend.

Highlights of the 20-plus hours on the road included stopping for lunch at a popular roast beef place outside of Baltimore and having lunch with the guy I asked a recommendation from. And then I made a waffle at the motel’s breakfast bar for some fellow New Yorkers making the drive. And then there was the time I stopped at Zaxby’s as a welcome meal to the South. Basically I’m food-obsessed.

Which will make this an excellent Christmas as we split meals between the two sets of Cool Grandparents.

Here’s wishing a Merry and Blessed Christmas to all Cool Readers, every one!


Cool Boy getting his exercise over the Arkansas River.

Once upon a time, we took a road trip that put 3,000 miles on our loyal car over the course of 20 days. That was over a month ago and I need to finish blogging about it so we can all move on with our lives. This story ends NOW. Or at least after I get in a few hundred words.

After upending the sleeping arrangements at my friend Trey’s house for a few nights, we headed south to mythical Austin. I say ‘mythical’ because it’s a promised land of sorts among some friends in New York, a more affordable Brooklyn sans blizzards and crowded, delayed subway trains.  Continue reading


After taking the Cool Bros to see Lucius last month, I wanted to take the boys to see one of their faves, The Lone Bellow. We could only do an outdoor concert since any venue would be at least 18 and up. However, with festival season winding down, we only had a couple of chances left this year.

The band played a homecoming show at Prospect Park on the 20th, but we were out of town for most of the day. Our last shot was Sunday evening’s show at Long’s Park in Lancaster, PA, a 3-hour drive from us.  Continue reading