a small tour of american chain restaurants

I posted about this on Instagram, but I wanted to put it somewhere more permanent than stories. Because of a recovery conversation where I learned that Trav has never eaten at Olive Garden, we have decided to go on a tour of major American chain restaurants. We’re four in so far, and I’m going to…


This post includes a lot of frank talk about physical illness, invasive surgery, poop, more poop, recovery, and feelings of anger, grief, and frustration regarding physical illness, so if that is something you shouldn’t read, be warned. Oh sometimes everything hurtsFrom your bones to your furBut you kick and you jokeAnd smile through it Superchunk,…

life list: edition outer banks stuff

101. Visit every US National Seashore. (Cape Hatteras National Seashore) 26. Take a photo of sunrise at every individually-named beach in North Carolina. (Frisco, NC) Two for the list! We had glorious sunrises every morning. The clouds made them unreal. I don’t post much these days but I am still working on the life list.

100 foods in 100 counties: scotland county

Scotland County – Laurel Hill: Mamie’s Drive Inn: Burger and Fries Stop at Mamie’s Drive Inn for the atmosphere and the chili! This is a fantastic little road side dive – in the best way – on US 15 near the SC border.

hot dogs everywhere: doss’ old fashioned ice cream

Where: Doss’ Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Kernersville, NC What: 2 chili cheese slaw dogs With whom: Trav Why: there was a botanical garden down the street Grade: B/B+. Buns toasted in grease, excellent chili, traditional red NC hot dogs. Good, not exceptional.

hot dogs everywhere: bob’s dogs, oak island nc

Where: Bob’s Dogs, Oak Island, NC What: a Chili Cheese Dog, and a Gator Dog, and an Oak Island Burger With whom: my Mom Why: there was a lighthouse I wanted to take pictures of. Grade: A. Good chili, real shredded cheese, excellent shoestring fries, amazing homemade lemonade.

that’s what the torch committee’s for

Justin at links.net says the first post of the year should be thus, and so it is. 1. tales of new year’s festivities Spaghetti and meatballs, good wine, football, bad kitten cuddles, bed well before midnight, the end. 2. accounting for some unfinished business when did being a decent human being become political 3. envisioning…

explore your state: asheville in december

Because of how the holidays fell this year, Trav and I were unable to spend the actual week of Christmas with either of our families; instead, we’re seeing my folks in a few weeks here in Chapel Hill, and this past weekend, we met his parents in Asheville, for a long weekend centered around Christmas…

100 foods in 100 counties: buncombe county

Buncombe County – Asheville – 12 Bones Smokehouse: Baby Back Ribs Another entry for my 100 foods in 100 counties project! The fact is, I am not a Ribs Person. Generally I find them too much work for too little payout. That is not the fact at 12 Bones Smokehouse. They are well worth the…

christmas mix: something to hope for

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years CDs, and finally, in the digital age, many years of downloadable zip files and now the last four years have been…