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Going the Way of the Dinosaurs: Surviving a Mountain Biking Trip to Moab

April 8, 2011

It’s true.  Mountain biking is one of the most exciting, gut-checking, adrenalin-pumping sports there is.  It requires skill, finesse, courage and physical strength.  It also requires a comfortable familiarity with pain, a friendly association with contusions, a nodding acquaintance with exhaustion, and a willingness to get cozy with nausea and dehydration. I tried to explain […]

Learning to Love the Mob: A One Day Vacation in Las Vegas!

March 18, 2011

When Chicago mobster Anthony “the Ant” Spilotro started burglarizing businesses in the Las Vegas area, the federal government and the Las Vegas gaming commission had seen enough.  So had the mob.  Spilotro had been screwing up a good thing, drawing unwanted attention to mob influence in the city.  So they beat him with a baseball […]

Angela from Los Angeles

February 25, 2011

The L.A. Lakers were playing the Dallas Mavericks for the Western Conference Championship.  The game had been on for nearly an hour.  I was sitting at a bar that boasted six flat screen TVs, all in high def.  Two were switched off and the others were tuned to Wheel of Fortune and a rerun of […]

Our Broken Asphalt Heart: Reflections on Route 66 (Part 2)

February 4, 2011

A bright, enchanting New Mexico morning.  I pull onto the interstate, old 66 running beside.  The land slides and yaws like water in a bucket, waves of rolling terrain, an ocean of pale grass flecked with sagebrush and streaked with browns and reds.  The mountains heave themselves up, haughty, and then stop abruptly, ending in […]

Our Broken Asphalt Heart: Reflections on Route 66 (Part 1)

January 21, 2011

It was once hailed as “The Mother Road,” saluted as “Main Street U.S.A.”.  There have been songs written about it, books, movies, a television show.  In our collective imagination it carries us back to a more innocent time, when America was young, when entrepreneurialism was grass roots, before cookie cutter chains and faceless corporations, when […]

Setting Out to Discover America

January 7, 2011

My name is Malcolm Logan.  I travel America. Some folks say they know what America is.  Lots of folks say they know what it ought to be.  I say let’s have a closer look, because America is not so easy to pin down. The only way to get a true sense of this extraordinary country […]