Thursday, February 28, 2019


OK - If you travel a good bit, you know and I know that you can't ever fit EVERYTHING you need in your Carry On or your Checked Bag. So today's important information is delivered to you courtesy of  Travel & Leisure Magazine entitled You've Been Rolling Your Clothes All Wrong. Here's the Correct Way to Do It.  Just click and watch the video and you will become an overnight packing expert.

It may take a little extra time to roll everything the way the T&L experts say, but, think about how cool it will be if you can get it all in and, when you get to your room, your stuff isn't wrinkled.

We are getting to Springtime, so it's time to get out the Bucket List, plan and just go. We've already planned a three day sojourn to a winery/hotel/spa only four hours  from God's Country in late March. I'll report on what appears to be an amazing winery, hotel and spa in North Georgia when we return. So, in the meantime, get packing and save yourself some time and wrinkles using the expert advice from T&L. Otherwise you may end up like this guy - Non-Vagabond Way To Pack.

Happy Trails and Remember - Travel To New Places Makes It All Better!


Saturday, February 16, 2019


This quick post is for people within an easy drive to the capital of God's Country - Tallahassee, Florida. I have to share this alert to cool people, foodies and people who will not settle. February 14, 2019 - Valentines Day - I took the love of my life to eat at a great little restaurant that we were impressed with  some months ago. And all I can say, beyond any shadow of any doubt - If you want a great, romantic meal then put this small boutique restaurant that serves passionately prepared food and great wine, with incredible service, on your bucket list. Even the name is cool - LUCILLA, a simple bistro with a simple concept - Serve amazing food with great service.

Just to get your mouth prepared here was our menu:

Bread - Incredible bread hot and tasty.
Calamari - Like I have never tasted with a sauce that only a well educated culinary artist could prepare.
Wedge Salad - So big my bride ordered it for her main dish. She is still talking about it. Most restaurants do not know how to make a really good wedge salad, but these guys are pros.
Fried Oysters - I am not an oyster fan, but, Susie is. Her take - Perfezionare!!! These perfect oysters were served with roasted tomatoes & a killer sauce.
Shrimp & Grits - OMG - I have had shrimp & grits from North Carolina to South Florida and they all fall short compared to the delicately fried shrimp and Low Country Grits in Lucilla's heavenly dish.
Wine - It doesn't get any better than a nice French Bordeaux. We took the small amount remaining home and finished it. If that's not to your liking, they have a nice sampling of other great wines to choose from.

And the prices for this great little culinary experience are not too bad, especially when you are trying to impress the one you love or just having a special meal with family and friends

So, don't ponder - Call, make a reservation and enjoy a meal to die for at this very cool little place serving some of the best food you will ever have.

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf

Eat Well My Fellow Vagabonds,


Wednesday, February 13, 2019


It's Valentines Day Week  my fellow vagabonds. And I know that all of the cynics in the world think that Valentines Day is just another marketing ploy to get people, mostly men, to buy stuff for the one they love. Well - Not so fast my friend(s). Valentines Day dates back long before Hallmark and Pro Flowers started making big bucks on this holiday that is celebrated in one of the worst weather months on the calendar. Maybe that's the point. Sharing your love with your soul mate makes you focus on the good and forget about the lousy weather. To keep things simple, here is a quote from Encyclopedia Britannica:

"Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Dayholiday (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century."

There are many questions that couples have to ask and answer for this blessed day and its importance or lack thereof in our romantic lives.

First and foremost. Are you going to take the one you love and go somewhere? It doesn't need to be far or exotic. Plus, there are many other days in the year that lend themselves to  couples going to the next place on their bucket lists. A recent survey for Travelocity said that 56 percent of respondents currently in a relationship believe that travel for V-Day is a good idea. However, it also stated that only 30 percent of those questioned have ever been on a couples only trip. Doesn't sound like they are taking their own advice does it? We decided against going anywhere for Valentines due to weather and other demands on our time. I know, pretty lame. Sorry, I loathe this time of year here in God's country.

Make sure you at least take your one and only to a great place for dinner and show them how much you love them all day and every day. Or have a serious Valentines Night and prepare a gourmet meal at home with all the candles, music and love that your one and only deserves. . I have written four poems to the most amazing creature in my life. The fourth one will be given to her in the morning. We met and fell in love in 1969. She is way above my station. God looked down and said - OK my son, you are NOT worthy, but, sometimes I help those that can't help themselves. And The Man Upstairs hit a home run for sure. I still have dreams about her and what she has meant in my life. We have two amazing kids who, along with dear old dad,  have absolute proof she hung the sun, moon and stars. 

Living with someone through dozens of Valentines makes you understand what true love really is. I know beyond any shadow of any doubt that I am one blessed man to kiss and say good morning to my one and only Susie.

And, of course, with the technology that is available to us today, you can build some serious romantic music libraries. Following are just some of my recommendations to lower the lights and lighten the mood with that special one that you love with all your heart.

Diana Krall - Amazing chanteuse who brings jazz that will move all lover's hearts.
Michael Buble - Today's current carrier of the torch of the greats from the past.
Frank Sinatra - Speaking of greats. 'Nuff said.
Nat King Cole - Another genius from yesterday.
Steve Tyrell - I just started listening to this cross between Van Morrison & Sinatra. Very cool.

Just pull these artists and others up on SPOTIFY and dance with the one that makes your life complete. Music is the best thing to have as a partner when you're loving the most important person in your life.

And remember. As Charles M. Schultz says:

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.