Shoulder Season: The Most Wonderful Time of Year for Sports Fans

Michigan Wolverines

On every sports fan’s bucket list? Attending a major college football game.

Shoulder season. The time of year when it’s okay to wear a wool dress and thong sandals to work.
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Travel For Thanksgiving? Shoot Me Now.

Here’s one from the archives, originally published in 2012. My sentiments regarding holiday travel remain exactly the same since no one’s invented a way to breach the time-space continuum…yet. Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. The Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend lacks a moniker. Let’s try ?#$% Sunday because everyone who visited Grandma’s house hits the highway at exactly the same moment causing monumental traffic jams.

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Postcards from the Palate

Some places you remember for the sights. Others, for the people. And then there are those you swear you can still taste. NYC is renowned for the depth and breadth of its cuisine. The term farm-to-table truly comes alive on plates in California where simple, fresh meals can be had everywhere, every day. And then there’s New Orleans, where eating is a cultural obsession and the answer to every problem is, “Have another beignet.” Continue reading

Need a Special Valentine’s Day Gift?

shutterstock_93777649IMG_1061There’s still time to enter my giveaway for this great commemorative Super Bowl XLVIII official volunteer cap. Requirements are minimal; click the link to a Rafflecopter giveaway
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A Football Season Ends, But a Giveaway Begins!

I always get incredibly sad on Super Sunday because, as the pre-game shows drag on, I gradually come to grips with the realization that another season has ended and I won’t be getting my weekly football fix for another 6 months. Thank heavens we have an Olympics this year to help fill the void. I forget how much I enjoy speed skating until it returns to television.

My Saturday volunteer shift in Times Square was a wee bit busier than Wednesday night. The dense crowds shuffled down Broadway between exhibits like extras in The Walking Dead. But everyone was in a very festive mood, enjoying the day and the excitement leading up to the game.

This NYPD mounted patrol was the subject of many tourist photos. The officers kindly allowed little kids to pet their horses.

Win this great, commemorative Super Bowl cap!

Thank you for sharing the excitement of the past few weeks with me. As a thank you, I’m running a Rafflecopter giveaway. The prize? Part of my official NFL volunteer attire. Continue reading