Seoul is a city of spotless cleanliness, nondescript residential towers, and well-dressed people

A few days in South Korea leave me with some observations. This was my first trip to eastern Asia, so everything was new. I stayed at the Signiel Hotel, which occupies upper floors in the 123-story Lotte World Tower–one of the world’s five tallest buildings. What a view of Seoul town! Way down below, the … More Seoul is a city of spotless cleanliness, nondescript residential towers, and well-dressed people

Bored with your self-pity but amused by Patrick, United’s charismatic flight attendant

Please, don’t bore me with your self-pity. I saw a journalist colleague in the hotel hallway. “Hi, how are you?” She told about working just as hard as ever for one-third the money. And a seven-hour flight, sitting near the restrooms and getting no sleep. A connecting flight was delayed.  All frowns. “We’ll have to catch up … More Bored with your self-pity but amused by Patrick, United’s charismatic flight attendant

A close encounter of the airliner kind with Cindy Crawford, whose assistant had no TV

On yesterday’s flight to Los Angeles, my seatmate in Business Class was a young woman—I’ll call her Jennifer—who said she was Cindy Crawford’s assistant. Miss Crawford, Jennifer said, was just ahead in the First Class cabin. Jennifer works for her Crawdaddy Productions, dealing with agents and all those who want the 51-year-old supermodel’s endorsement. They were returning … More A close encounter of the airliner kind with Cindy Crawford, whose assistant had no TV

Hillary lost, singers and strummers proved all too perishable, but it wasn’t such a bad year

Even though my favorite beer is noticeably cheaper at the Publix supermarket, I have to say that visiting Florida makes me so happy to live in California. Florida is flat, featureless, and the Baptists are watching. … More Hillary lost, singers and strummers proved all too perishable, but it wasn’t such a bad year

Southern California’s highest paved road throws some history, giant trees at the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Stopping for gas in Lucerne Valley, California, might show you any number of things: tumbleweeds, bulk haulers coming from the mine, cowboy shirts and hats in the general store. If you’re riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, you’ll also see just how exotic your motorcycle is. One Sunday afternoon in November, I was refueling the … More Southern California’s highest paved road throws some history, giant trees at the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Perfect recipe for a Sunday ride on the Ortega Highway and through the Temecula Valley

A perfect November Sunday: motorcycles, a Southern California mountain road, and a great group of people. It started with a 6.30 a.m. rendezvous at the Motorcycle Industry Council’s office in Irvine. MIC communications director Andria Yu had arranged for “key influencer” Katherine Helmetag (it’s her magnetic personality) and me to ride Kawasaki motorcycles. Katherine loves … More Perfect recipe for a Sunday ride on the Ortega Highway and through the Temecula Valley