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Birthday Road Trip

The Diamond Lounge at Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino was hopping for happy hour, but the bartender quickly served me the 2-for-1 special of the peach moscato that always lures me in.  My companion and I had substantial FreePlay, and blew through some at Horseshoe’s not-as-ample-as-it-used-to-be-but-still-good video poker before heading to happy hour, part two, at Binion’s,… Read More Birthday Road Trip

features, travel

Lost in Queens. And Brooklyn. Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island too.

You just never want to see this sign. I used to fly when I visited my parents in Massachusetts. Three Christmases ago, this trauma even came with a compensation. The flight attendant was a former New York City cop, which gave a special sweetness to the landing announcement: Ladeez an gennulmun, welcome tah Booistun–home of… Read More Lost in Queens. And Brooklyn. Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island too.

culture

A Missing Community

Buried below the fold on p. A22 of today’s New York Times is a heart-rending story of a missing person, the family he left behind, and the community who left them behind. Thirty-five years ago tomorrow, 20-year-old Steven Chait disappeared. The Columbia University student simply bade his roommate “Take it slow,” and vanished, never to… Read More A Missing Community

culture

Image, 1; Character, 0

Miss USA fell down, but kept her crown, as The Donald came to her rescue. Amidst rumors and reports of drinking while under age and failing a drug test, Miss USA Tara Conner was nearly stripped of her title. Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe pageant system, claims that he had expected to dethrone… Read More Image, 1; Character, 0