Saturday Night Live Airport Sushi at Laguardia Airport

David Byrne’s “We’re On a Plane to Nowhere” on SNL

As funny as it is epic, John Mulaney’s Saturday Night Live lavish musical about analyzing the health-risk limits of corner store bodega items returned this week with “Airport Sushi” – A journey into what happens when you order the pre-made sushi at Laguardi Airport. While the song and dance number is hilarious, the arc de triumph is when David Byrne…

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Kenya and Ethiopia – Part 9: Lalibela Rock Churches and the Amazing Market

We woke up early, had breakfast at our hotel, and then met our guide, Haliu.  We rode into town in a tuk-tuk while he gave us the history of the churches.   – There are 13 churches.  They are divided into groups.  There’s the northern cluster, which we were going to visit in the morning.  In the afternoon, we would explore…

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Kenya and Ethiopia – Part 7: Mercato and Half Day Addis Ababa Tour

Mark’s main interest in life is food.  He is a big-time foodie, spending nearly every evening watching cooking videos, thumbing through cookbooks, and perusing cooking blogs.  When we go into a bookstore, he visits one section and one section only: the cookbooks. There is a travel video blogger named Mark Wiens who makes videos which are a perfect mix of…

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Kenya and Ethiopia – Part 5: Rough Trip to Mombasa

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya after Nairobi, and it’s on the coast.  There’s city stuff to do, and beach stuff to do. In all of the guidebooks that I had read, they recommended staying at a beach hotel and NOT in the city proper, as there are potential safety issues for tourists.  Diani Beach was the recommended…

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Mittens

Mittens Obituary

Mittens    2005 – 2020 On Thursday night, January 16th, my dear cat Mittens lost her short battle with colon cancer, two months shy of her 15th birthday.  My history with cats is long and wonderful, and this ends another touching chapter in that personal history book. Next month will mark 20 years that Mark and I have been together.  When…

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Kenya and Ethiopia – Part 3: Kissing Giraffes and Touching Elephants

Our first full day in Nairobi was a memorable one.  We woke up early, grabbed breakfast at the hotel, and then Uber’ed it to another hotel, the Kenya Comfort Suites, in downtown Nairobi.  It was the meeting point for our tour. On tap this day was a tour of the Giraffe Center, followed by the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. About seven…

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De Poezenboot, KattenKabinet, and “The Last Pet” at Tot Zover, Amsterdam

I’m in Amsterdam, up to my neck in Dutch vocabulary, learning the language. Although free time this trip isn’t plentiful, I did manage to slide in several engagements. SEE ALSO: ALL ABOARD THE POEZENBOOT Popped by KattenKabinet hoping there’d be a resident cat or two. There was indeed. SEE ALSO: PREVIOUS VISIT TO KATTENKABINET Went to a very interesting exhibit…

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Mittens

Mittens

Two weeks before Mark and I were scheduled to leave for our trip to Africa, our cat Mittens developed some diarrhea and vomiting. She had been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease 8 years ago and has been receiving medicine for it ever since, and has done amazingly well. Her main symptom has always been vomiting; diarrhea was something new. I…

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