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Travel Theme: Play

  The city I grew up in, Grand Rapids, has got a zombie walk that happens yearly around Halloween.  Or, at least it happened yearly when I lived there.  Several years away and I’m not sure if it still happens. It began by the efforts of local public events coordinator Rob Bliss.  In an attempt…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

On a spur of the moment trip I couldn’t back out of due to Priceline having my credit card, I made the short trip from Grand Rapids over to Windsor, Ontario. My friend Jeff was supposed to come with me, but after over 20 minutes of pounding on his door, bedroom window, and calling his…

Humans, the Lonely Gods: An Essay on Our Artificial Oversoul

I slide my phone shut as the track finishes downloading and look around.  Airports.  At times, perhaps even more than cities, they are the symbols of the material center of the modern world.  Here is perhaps the greatest display of the best and the worst of humanity.  Paranoia and tensions mix with impatience as each…

Visa Run, Chicago

American TESOL Institute Series Pre-Thailand Chores; Informations and Vaccinations Visa Run, Chicago Back to Bangkok – the American TESOL Institute (ATI) American TESOL Institute Review – Pre-Course Experience American TESOL Institute Review – In-Course Experience American TESOL Institute Review – Post-Course Experience American TESOL Institute Review – Overall Moving to Work in Thailand First Day…

Pre-Thailand Chores; Informations and Vaccinations

American TESOL Institute Series Pre-Thailand Chores; Informations and Vaccinations Visa Run, Chicago Back to Bangkok – the American TESOL Institute (ATI) American TESOL Institute Review – Pre-Course Experience American TESOL Institute Review – In-Course Experience American TESOL Institute Review – Post-Course Experience American TESOL Institute Review – Overall Moving to Work in Thailand First Day…

But Home In Nowhere

“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.” – Simone Weil And so the decision came to leave Grand Rapids as there was soon going to be little concept of home left for me there, with the exception of my immediate family. After my grandmother’s death,…

Grand Rapids Coney Dogs – A Complete Guide

Most every city seems to have its own token snack food. In my home city of Grand Rapids, that tends to be chili dogs. There are enough Coney dog places around the city to rival even Detroit, with it’s distinguished Coney scene. Within the last decade or so, the Coney scene around Grand Rapids has…

Downtown Grand Rapids

Although the city’s population declined almost 5% since 2000, downtown Grand Rapids, unlike almost any other part of Michigan, is a growing place. Within the last 15 years, nearly all of the downtown area has undergone extensive renovation and expansion, almost the inverse effect of what is happening to downtown Detroit. Although the most noticeable…