Saying “no” is every consumers’ most important skill. Don’t worry, you’ll have a chance to practice nearly everywhere you go. One great place to practice: at Jiffy Lube, the ubiquitous oil change franchise. In fact, I’d recommend standing in front of a mirror and drilling yourself in saying a quiet [Keep reading]
American consumers owe less and are paying their bills on time more, the New York Federal Reserve said in a report released Wednesday. The results certainly sound cheery, but debt data is notoriously subject to interpretation. What’s true for you is also true for the country: Some debt is good, [Keep reading]
It’s long been theorized that the U.S. stands to lose the most from a cyberwar. We have the most technology, and our economy relies more on that technology than any other nation on earth, so we are the most vulnerable. The continuing controversy swirling around the National Security Agency and electronic [Keep reading]
I’ve been a journalist since 1990 focused on trying to make the world a little more fair. If it makes you angry, I’ve probably written about it, either on my Red Tape Chronicles blog for NBC News or in one of my four books. I’m an independent journalist and author now. You can [Keep reading]
In Laramie, Wyo., at the Crowbar & Grill. Summer Steak Salad, with grilled strawberries…yes, strawberries. Owner Andy Glines tells me he soaks the berries in a simple syrup first, and adds goat cheese from a one-woman operation called Victory Hill Farms in Nebraska. Flat iron cut. Can taste it from [Keep reading]
Why does it feel better to go West than East? I’ve driven across country as an adult perhaps a dozen times, in both directions, and I’ve tried most of the obvious routes. One thing I know: it always feels better going West than East. Maybe it’s the time zones. It’s [Keep reading]
This drive was like living in a picture. (See all my roadtrip posts — hundreds of pictures!)
If you’ve never been, make a point to go: Missoula, Montana is one of America’s great small cities. A mountain town, a university town, an arts culture with an edge all its own. Missoula reminds you of the hope that is America.
I know that most people look at my pictures, and often read my stories, because of my dog. I’m ok with that. So here’s an incredibly self-indulgent selection of Rusty pics.
I had important business to take care of in Seattle, perhaps one of the most important decisions of my life. But I spent most of the time connecting with friends, introducing Rusty to the yard, and eating well. And I know this: on a sunny day in July, there’s no [Keep reading]