Travel: Grey Dog Treats

  • Paul Gerald
  • February 15, 2012
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I won’t lie: I love the Greyhound bus. Or at least, I used to. I’m 45 now, and I hear it’s changed a little, doesn’t go to so many small towns anymore, everybody’s just on their headphones, and so on. But many of the travel articles I’ve written for the Memphis Flyer were inspired by…

“How Was Your Trip”?

  • Paul Gerald
  • February 10, 2012
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I really kind of hate that question. It’s nice that people ask, I suppose, but it cannot be answered, and really, they don’t want you to. All this was on my mind when I wrote this piece for the Memphis Flyer. How Was Your Trip? Struggling with the question no one wants you to answer….

On Paying the Idiot Tax

  • Paul Gerald
  • February 7, 2012
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Since I’ve completely lost my blogging groove lately, and life is swirling around very rapidly, I have decided to “get something out there” by digging into my Memphis Flyer travel archives and sharing some old pieces I wrote. This time around it’s one I did on the concept of the Idiot Tax, which I explained in…

Back From Retreat

Whew. I just spent three days and nights off the grid, and coming back is a rush. I won’t go into too much about what the retreat was, except that it was all about being alone with me. No phone, no podcasts, no book, no music, certainly no computer. The idea was just to remove…

Blown Away by Broder

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 17, 2012
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I was so wrong about Broder. I said in my book that I didn’t think the food was that great. I guess I was “right” in that I was honest about my feelings. It’s just that I went back recently and, well, the food is great! Not sure what I was thinking before, but I’m…

Mini Sledgehammer Writing Contest

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 13, 2012
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The other night I tried something new: I went to a writing contest. It’s called Mini Sledgehammer, and the idea is you meet at a wine bar and you get 36 minutes and four writing prompts, then you write a story. (There is a regular Sledgehammer with 36 hours to write.) Normally, we would then…

Breakfast Review by “Lovely Assistant”

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 12, 2012
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Last summer I met this lovely young woman named Elisa, and long story short, she wound up doing some writing for my breakfast blog. And this week we have the last of those pieces, since I’m cutting costs in this department. Financially speaking, I’m trading her in for a podcast, but that sounds harsh, doesn’t…