continued from Part 1 I flew out east in October of 2013. A was throwing himself a 70th birthday celebration on Staten Island. His friends and family and all 3 of his children were attending. M and I were flying in from San Francisco and Seattle, N driving up from Delaware with her 4 children […]

My father passed away on 5/1/14 in Staten Island, NY. This is an essay I wrote in December of 2013. Rest in peace, pop. My father is on his deathbed in a rehab center in Florida. He has been dying for a long time. His wife calls me from his room. “He’s not doing well” […]

North Cascades National Park – WA. July 2007.

Continued from San Francisco (part 3) Saturday afternoon, my sister is driving us east on California St toward the Embarcadero so that E and I can check in at the Hyatt. My uncle M is already checked in and at the hotel, having caught the BART from the airport after flying up from Los Angeles. […]

Continued from Part 2 My flight begins with frustation as I unsuccessfully try to check in online at home before leaving for the airport. I bought my flight through Expedia. Expedia says it’s an American Airlines flight but American won’t let me check in because the flight is operated by Alaska Airlines. I go to […]

Continued from San Francisco 2014 (Part 1) I haven’t been to San Francisco in about three and half years, E probably more like five. Though it’s been a while, at times past we’ve been regular visitors to the Bay Area as my oldest sister M has lived in the peninsular city since 1998.  We 1st […]

The seemingly simple act of trip planning is actually an almost boundless vehicle that I use to indulge my increasingly frequent and neurotic tendencies. I sit here at home and plan while I lounge on my couch – one of my favorite places in the world. This couch and my home are a safe place, […]