I travel a lot for both business and pleasure. I enjoy seeing different
places and different things and I love to meet new people. I have many
stories to tell from my travels, so this page has a
few of those stories and links to some of the places I
I think I can trace this desire back to the mid and late
80's when I took a couple of trips to see some concerts. The
first trip was to see Van
Halen play one of their first shows with Sammy Hagar as their
(then) new singer. It was a spur of the moment trip: my
buddy and I were talking about it one night and the next
morning we were on a flight to Florida. Then about a year or
two after that trip, some friends and I rented a mini-van
and drove to Florida and followed Aerosmith around.
Much of the idea behind this web page started one night when my
co-worker Eryk and I
were at the bar of a Holiday Inn in Washington, DC and we were comparing notes
about where we've been in our travels. We used bar napkins
to scribble down the states and
countries to which we've been. The list has grown from
Highlights from my travels:
I've been to more than 68 different
Hooters. I keep track
of them here.
I have ridden
in 14 different
states. Some of them include: Busch Gardens & SeaWorld
in Florida and Virginia; Six Flags in
New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, and Houston;
King's Dominion; Adventure
Lake Park; Disney and all
their fun parks in California & Florida;
in Florida & California; and Cedar Point.
I have been to more than 37 states and in various countries
in North America, Central America, and South America. I
have also been all over southern Italy and Sicily.
In Canada, I have been to
City a few times each.
In Mexico, I've been to
times and to Cozumel
and Cabo San Lucas.
Elsewhere in Central and
South America, I've been to Cartegena, Columbia; Costa
Rica (where I took a boat trip thru a rain forest
and ate bananas and raw cocoa fresh from the trees);
and Panama (where I sailed about 1/3 of the way
into the Panama
I've been to the Bahamas,
and to the Cayman
Islands (where there is a town called
the Post Office there to mail stuff postmarked from
I have been to many
Hard Rock Cafés. I don't really remember where or when it started,
but it has become a bit of
a quest because I now collect glasses from each one I go
to. My collection includes Nassau, Cabo San Lucas, Rome,
Tijuana, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland,
Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Key West, La Jolla,
Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville,
New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia,
Sacramento, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
Some other tourist traps
I've been to while traveling include Jimmy Buffet's
in Key West and New
Orleans; House Of Blues
locations on the Sunset Strip, Las Vegas, New Orleans,
Orlando, and Cambridge; Planet Hollywood
locations in Las Vegas, at the Mall Of America, New York
City, Orlando, Washington DC, and I am sure there are
others that I am forgetting about.
I go to Daytona Beach just
about every year around Bike Week and
Spring Break. My mom
lives there in the winter so I kinda have no choice...I have
to go to Florida every winter. :)
In 1995 in Florida, I saw
Van Halen again, went on a private behind-the-scenes
tour of Cape Canaveral and the area around the
Center, and I went on a Carnival Cruise (in
the pic over to the right, Kathie Lee was on the ship docked next to mine...she's
in the one on the left).
I spent almost the entire first six months of 1997 on
the road in Philadelphia
and in Washington, DC. I was home for Easter and Father's Day but
away the rest of the time.
During the calendar year 1997-1998, there was only one
month that I was not either on a plane or a train
In November 1997, I went to Las Vegas and among
other things, went on an airplane tour that buzzed the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. I felt
like I was still flying on the Manhattan Express at New York, New York
and on the Big Shot at the
Stratosphere...a ride that shoots you up 160-feet on a tower
that's already over 1000-feet above
ground-level, and you do it in only a few seconds at 4-G's!
Had a very magical dining experience (literally) at Caesar's
Went back to Vegas in 1998
for the opening of the Star
Trek Experience, which is soooo cool...one second
you're standing in a small square room, and the next
second you find that you've been beamed into the
Transporter Room of the Enterprise...truly amazing! I've
been back there several times since then and still
cannot figure how the hell they do that!
In Dallas in 1999, I saw the place where JFK was
shot and I went to the Southfork Ranch which was made
famous in the TV show "Dallas" (the place where JR and the
In June of 1999, went to
Cleveland, rode some rollercoasters, went to Hooters and
the Hard Rock Cafe, and saw the Rock
And Roll Hall Of Fame. I scheduled my return flight
with a four-hour layover in Baltimore so I could go to
the Hooters and Hard Rock there.
various trips to Hollywood during the 90's, I was in the
audience for Married
With Children, Herman's Head, and the very short-lived Chevy Chase
Show (remember that? it was a late-night talk-show). And in New York City, I've been to the David
Letterman show twice (you can see me in the audience in the pic to the
right and I am also in a few pics on another
I spent most of the first five months of 2000 on the road,
mostly in the Minneapolis and Denver areas. There was
also a week in San Francisco and some time in Daytona and Orlando.
The steak at Manny's
melted in my mouth. Dessert there was a brownie sundae thing that
cost $14. The waiter described how big it was so I asked him if it
was enough for me and my date to share. He said it would be enough
for six people to share. When it came to the table I quickly
saw that he was not exaggerating too much. This thing was HUGE. It
was dessert that night, as well as breakfast the next day, and
lunch, and a midday snack.
Also in Minneapolis is my favorite place
for Sunday Brunch: the Pickled
Parrot. They have all the typical breakfast and lunch stuff with
carving stations and omelet stations, but the coolest thing about
this place is the make-your-own-Bloody-Mary-bar! They give you the
vodka and you do the rest. They have all kinds of mixers and
ingredients and since you make it yourself, you can be as
adventurous as you want.
No trip to the Twin Cities area would be
complete without a visit to the Mall
Of America, the largest mall in the USA. This place is enormous!
If you spent 10 minutes in each of the shops, it would take more
than four days to do everything.
In the Denver area...
I tried Rocky Mountain
Oysters for the first (and last!) time. I had
NO idea what they were!! (no, they are NOT seafood and
no, they do NOT taste like chicken, and I have no desire to
eat them again). I was told that they are a local delicacy, but my friend
would not tell me exactly what they were until it was too
I went on several road trips while based
in the Denver area. We drove up to Nebraska and Wyoming, went out to the real neighborhood of South Park,
and in a 19 hour day I drove out to Arizona, New
Mexico, and Utah. There is a monument where Arizona and New Mexico and Utah
all meet with Colorado, so you can literally be in all four states
at one time. This whole drive was very pretty and scenic.
I went to the world's largest hot
spring water pool in Colorado's Rockies. Millions of
gallons of this spring water comes out of the ground at
122°F and they chill it down to 90-something for use in
the pool. On the way back home from there, we stopped off and had a pizza at Beau-Jo's. Bring your appetite when you
go there because their specialties include a five-pound pizza. But
that pales in comparison to their "Challenge", which is 12-to-14
pounds! If two people order the "Challenge" and eat it
in one hour, they get the pizza for free, $100, and a T-shirt.
In July 2000, I took my mom to New York to be in
the audience for
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and
& Kathie Lee. Regis is one of the coolest guys in the world. While at
the taping of the Millionaire show, I told him that Mom & I wanted to see
him in the morning with Kathie Lee, but we were unable to get in because it
was Kathie Lee's last week and there was just too much demand. But Regis
later came back to me and asked for my name and said he'd try to get us in
the next day, even though it would be difficult. But it all worked out and
Mom & I got in the next morning (as you can see in the pic on the right,
Kathie Lee does not like getting her pic taken when she has no makeup on and
her hair isn't done). We also met Dianne Sawyer and Joe Thiesmann on this
trip, both of whom are very nice people.
In October of 2000, went on
a mini family vacation to Las
All together in 2000, a total of 19 different states
(some for the first time, some not for the first time).
Went to New Orleans in
Stayed in the French Quarter.
Partied on Bourbon Street, where many happy-hours
stretch from 11am until like midnight or so...and you
can take your beer around with you from bar to bar in a
to-go cup. Hadda have Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's.
Lunched at Emeril's restaurant,
went to the Camellia
Grill for breakfast, and had one of the best
burgers in town at the Clover
No trip to New Orleans would be worth it
without a stop at the Central
Grocery and one of their Muffalettas...a sandwich
that's almost as wide as a Frisbee and four times fatter,
with three types of imported cheese, lots of Italian
cold cuts, and a special olive salad spread...mmm...
Later in 2001, I spent considerable
amounts of time both in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach.
One of the coolest things to do in Lauderdale is the Water Taxi which
will take you around town and drop you off wherever you
want to go eat or drink or shop or whatever...all by
boat. Very cool. In Miami Beach, I stayed a few blocks
north of South Beach, where it's models galore and the
parties and the night-clubbing do not end until 5am
every day (after three weeks of that, I am almost
surprised that I made it home alive).
In October 2001, it was back
to Cleveland for more roller-coaster riding and two more Hooters.
I am too busy -- um, ok, too
lazy to keep updating this page so I started a
new page that's easier for me to
access when I am on the road.