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Innsbruck Cafe

23 Feb
Austria, you are not real life.

Austria, you are not real life.

The cafe is a cramped, chairs line the bar, leaving a narrow pathway to the back where it briefly expands to allow tables. The arched stone ceiling leaves little excess room, forcing the staff to crouch through the pantry door. Continue reading

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24 Hours in Milan

22 Feb
Meep Meep!

Meep Meep!

After traveling all night, we touch down in Milan at 8am. By the time we clear customs, pick up an Italian SIM, and board the train, it’s after 10am. We drop our bags at our apartment just around the corner from Piazza Duomo and quickly make our way to a lunch of pizza and beer in a basement, it was like high school, but better, much better. Forget that shredded bulk “cheese” and freezer burned sausage (that’s probably mostly soy anyway), these melted mounds of mozzarella and halved balls of sweet sausage are what pizza is all about. Where was this when I was in high school? Why did they let me eat that frozen crap?

We stumble down the road a little further to Pasticceria Marchesi where, drunk on exhaustion, we order two cappuccinos, an espresso macchiato, and latte macchiato. The caffeine jolted our bodies to function, but our minds remained in a fog. Continue reading

Visiting Turkey was kind of like being drafted as the Doctor’s companion.

2 Jun
Homes along the Bosphorus.

Homes along the Bosphorus.

The thing that makes stories like Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland, Stargate, and all that vampire crap so wonderful to the viewers is that they offer you the idea that there is something more to this world, something magical, beyond your office, beyond your daily commute, beyond life as we know it. They offer the viewer the possibility that maybe someday The Doctor, Lieutenant General George Hammond, or Dr. Allison Blake will come knocking on their door. My first trip to Istanbul was that magical.  Continue reading

The coast, DJM, DJ Martin Gore, hot tubs and crab claw Bloody Mary: My first road trip in a decade was kinda amazing.

18 Dec
Come on, how cute is this flyer?

Come on, how cute is this flyer?

Our pal Douglas McCarthy (who has a new album that’s amazing, it’s like if Townes Van Zandt’s cousin from the apocalyptic future made an album) told us he was DJing an event with Martin Gore to raise money for a pretty stellar group called Notes for Notes.

I’ll give you a minute to get through all those links.

Good?

Good.

Anyway, I’ve never been to Santa Barbara. That I know of. I have been on tour a couple of times and stopped off in random cities along the West Coast that I never really saw, so in all fairness, I could be wrong. But I jumped at the chance for a road trip filled with great company, beautiful views, and brilliant entertainment. Continue reading

Taking the Batmobile for a spin

12 Jun

So there I am, arriving home after my little brother’s graduation/military send-off gathering and I get a ring on the phone from one of my best friends in the world, the fabulous Miss Lynda Kay. She wants me to join her and her pal Brett Barris for lunch. Nobody in their right mind would say no to an offer like that that! So, I hopped in my Fiat 500 and zipped on over to Barris Kustom.

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