"Women are the guardians of continuity. If the hearth moves, they move with it. Remember, it is the gypsy women who keep their men on the road."

~"Boomerang Love," Jimmy Buffett

About the Blog

Throughout my life, I have fantasized about jobs including: cartoon animator, comic book writer, orchestra player, university professor, Next Food Network Star. My dream job would be the owner of a dive shop/bed and breakfast with a yoga studio, ice cream shoppe, and a random office where I can engage in academic pursuits completely unassociated with the other positions. Needless to say, the plans are a bit hazy. Still, no matter how often I change my plans, traveling always finds a way to sneak back into my life, like that ex-lover you just can’t say no to.

For this reason, I have decided to dabble with travel blogging in hopes of someday becoming a published writer. Embarking on this project is not something I take lightly. On the contrary, I spent quite a bit of time researching the field and the medium in order to make this site as marketable, valuable, and interesting as possible. For more information about my approach to this blog, please see my entry on The Method.

The purpose of this blog is to share some of the memorable moments and experiences from my travels. I was thinking long and hard about title and theme for the blog, when I picked up Tales from Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett. It is a collection of stories that spotlights various locations along the Gulf coast (both exotic and close to home) seen through the eyes of delightfully quirky, idiosyncratic cast. The recurring theme is the quest, that ongoing search for life's greatest intangibles (meaning, happiness, success, redemption, love). It embodied the essence and spirit of what I wanted to capture in my own writing, namely that regardless of location, there are always universal elements of a shared humanity. For more information about what drives this blog, please see my entry on Margaritaville. So in the words of my new hero Jimmy, I extend an invitation:

“So join me, if you will, on the real and unreal voyages to and from Margaritaville, wherever the hell that is.”