Leap of Faith

My passport expires in November. With no international trips planned in the next 4-6 weeks, I took a deep breath and completed form DS-82. Then I went down to the Photo Shoppe and had my picture taken. “Does this look like you?” the clerk asked. Yes, sadly, it does. I start humming “Sixteen Tons” and shuffle my ten years’ older and deeper in debt self out of the store.

My first passport photo - starry-eyed, tan, and young.

My first passport photo – starry-eyed, tan, and very young. A bit of a Liza Minella/Kirk Cameron hybrid. Who doesn’t miss the ’80’s?

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Back to the Garden: A Visit to the Museum at Bethel Woods

@The Open Suitcase LLCGroovy.

It’s the adjective that kept rolling through my head as I toured the Museum at Bethel Woods. As in, “Man. Dig those go-go boots. They’re groovy.”

Unless you’ve lived under a dome, you’re familiar with Woodstock, the legendary music festival that took place in upstate New York in August 1969. Despite its name, the festival was not held in the town of Woodstock. And it wasn’t held in the original planned location of Wallkill after promoters lost that site one month before the concert. But sometimes happy accidents occur and Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel became the perfect setting for “The Woodstock Music and Art Fair – An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”. How the improbable concert came together and its relevance to the turbulent climate in America are explored in colorful and entertaining displays in the museum.

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A Hearty Thank You…

…to everyone who participated in my recent giveaway. The winner, as chosen by Rafflecopter is…

Chris Mooney!  Chris happens to be one of my original “followers” (the good type, not the creepy kind as in the Kevin Bacon series) so it’s nice to see him recognized for his loyalty. The Super Bowl XLVIII baseball cap will hit the post in the next day or so, weather permitting.

Enjoy the upcoming holidays – got any interesting travel plans? I am putting some distance between me and Old Man Winter and, if California’s as pleasant as I recall, I may not return!

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
then select one or more of the entry options: like The Open Suitcase Facebook page, follow The Open Suitcase on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway or leave a blog post comment. Just be sure to go through the Rafflecopter link to officially enter. Good luck; the contest ends Monday night!