Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a geologically interesting place, 418 meters below sea level (approx. 1250').  Fresh water flows out of the Sea of Galilee, down the Jordan River and into the Dead Sea, where it is trapped and dies ... unable to support life of any kind.  Its 32% salt content is nine times that of the … Continue reading Dead Sea

Shabbat

I learned a lot from the bartender at Jerusalem's Grand Hotel Bar.  After a full day of sight seeing, I went down to the bar for a beer.  It was 5:58 PM on a Friday; I figured the place would be rockin', you know, TGIF and all that.  The place was deserted. The bartender ask me … Continue reading Shabbat

Happy Hour

About a year ago, we were sitting on the beach of our condo in Sanibel Island, Florida enjoying a beverage while watching the sun go down.  Today, our friends from the Boston area are hunkered down in six feet of snow ... with more on the way.   Uggh!   The Midwest isn't exactly balmy, … Continue reading Happy Hour

Ladies’ Night

If that don't beat all, ladies playing pool in the small-town bar.  No, not just playing, but shooting pool and competing.  Whenever I'm in central Nebraska around meal time, I stop to eat at Ole's Big Game Steakhouse in Paxton.  Ole's is an oasis along I-80 in the middle of the state where fertile cropland … Continue reading Ladies’ Night

Petanque

Petanque?  "What the heck is petanque?", I asked the chap at the bar during a mid-afternoon break of touring Bath, England.   He and his mates were getting very worked up over opening night of Bath's Petanque League.  Between fight songs with his petanque team mates, he tried to explain it.  It sounded something like … Continue reading Petanque

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Like the song goes, "Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,  full of soda and pretzels and beer", nothing beats a rope swing over the water for good clean summer fun.  Where did the summer go?!  The kids are back in school, college football is here (nothing wrong with that), days are getting shorter and … Continue reading Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer