Up on Craggy Pinnacle. Art by Helen Nagan.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

100 Days

Kade went up to the Serenity Insight Meditation Center  - near the Blue Ridge Parkway, just outside Asheville - for a ceremony to remember her sister, Nantana Topratheep.  It was marking 100 days since her death. According to Kade, days 7, 50 and 100 are very significant in Buddhism.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Night on the Town

There are a handful of hotels being built in Asheville at this time - maybe more.  One just opened its doors: AC Hotel.  Kade and I decided to check out the terrace, bar and rooftop patio.  The rooftop patio needs at least another week to get ready.  But the terrace and lounge were off to the races.  And the bar was packed!  The hotel is in the heart of the city, and in the distance you can see the lovely mountains.  Maybe in the Fall we will stop back by, after some of the kinks get worked out.

After AC Hotel and a sushi dinner not far down the road, we walked inside Diana Wortham Theatre - my first time - and took our seats.  The main event for the night was the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival. It was closing night, and stand-up acts from all over the country showed us their best stuff.  I was impressed!  It exceeded my expectations.  And I needed all those laughs!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

In The Moment

Bill Murray is asked what he wants that he doesn't yet have.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

T-Rex Needs Refill

I rarely go out for coffee anymore unless I am meeting somebody for a chat.  The city, though, has plenty of fine coffee shops, including this one in West Asheville, where I stopped by yesterday.  The T-Rex mural is quite impressive!  Check out Spoon University's The 8 Best Coffee Shops in Downtown Asheville for a flavor of what else is brewing.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Picturesque Sunday Afternoon

One of the best things about Asheville is that you can get on the water very easily - workdays, weekends, whenever it suits you.  You can do lazy floating (in pic), paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting.  And I'm sure I'm missing something!  I do things here and there, but mainly I like to just see what's happening on the river.  I can live vicariously that way!  In the image, up and to the left on the opposite bank of the French Broad River, is New Belgium Brewery.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Checking Them Off

A couple of weekends ago a friend and I stopped by Archetype Brewing Company in West Asheville. It happened to be their grand opening.  After that, we went down by the French Broad River to Wedge Brewing Company, which has been around for a while.  I ordered the Julian Price Pilsner. Not sure what my friend got, but we sat outside and enjoyed the evening.  There was a Korean taco truck and some games.  Fun environment.  And the beers at both places were good.  Still working on my goal to drink a beer at all Asheville area breweries.  I am more than halfway there!

Breweries knocked out:

Wicked Weed
The Funkatorium
Thirsty Monk
Ben's Tune-ip
Catawba Brewing
Altamont (now Upcountry)
One World
Asheville Brewing
Twin Leaf
Green Man
Oyster House

Many more to go!

Click here for a list of Asheville's breweries.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Rising over Town Mountain
Asheville, NC

Saturday, August 5, 2017


a little bit of a throwback

Friday, August 4, 2017


In March this year, Kade visited several old friends in Bangkok.  Two of them had adorable babies.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Kade's Treat

One of the best things about being married to Kade is that she really enjoys cooking and baking. And I like to eat!  What makes it even better is that she's very eager to try new recipes.  And I like variety!  A couple of weekends ago, when my sister Leslie was in town, Kade made a Swiss Cake Roll with Lemon Curd and Whipped Cream, every bit homemade.  We had it back-to-back nights, and I think most thought it was even better night two.  It certainly complemented the delicious meals my brother served.  Leslie texted us when she got back:  "I can tell Kade loves to bake by the way she talks about it!  We loved that cake roll, and I want to get the recipe.  It was so light and refreshing."  The lemon curd recipe was Ina's (Barefoot Contessa).  It's here.  The sponge cake recipe came from one of Kade's friends, and can barely be deciphered, since it's scribbled down.  In fact, it's mostly just in Kade's head now.  In time, I may try to add these to recipes to Kade's cooking blog, which you can find a link for in the right sidebar.  One other little story regarding this cake roll:  Kade had it done, but seemed a bit panicky because it was bigger than depicted online.  We laughed a bit.  But then we figured it out. Kade had put more filling than was actually called for.  I told Kade, "One thing Americans and my family don't mind is a little extra filling.  It will be better this way."  Sure enough.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

All I Wanna Do is LaZoom, LaZoom, LaZoom

This is a video I made in 2012.  Got the nun to say my cousin's name and War Eagle.

And click here for an ABC news story on LaZooom Comedy Tours.