The Motel Life: On Breakfast

I am writing this from Room 26 of the Knights Inn in Brunswick, Maine. It's well-situated – about 20 miles north of Portland; a short drive from all the great coastal places I explored yesterday; a couple blocks from a park and a neat suspension bridge that goes across the Androscoggin River; a block from a brew pub » 7/13/14 8:09pm 7/13/14 8:09pm

A Wendy's In Portland, Maine

I wrote a book a couple years back – a fictionalized summation of the restlessness I started feeling around the point when a lot of my friends started spawning and buying houses and settling into whatever career paths will take them into their sunset years, combined with a sprinkling of what it feels like to be too… » 7/10/14 11:20pm 7/10/14 11:20pm

Roadfood: Eating Lobster At D'angelo

Being on the road all the time means that I am constantly eating out. Because of budgetary constraints, a lot of it ends up being fast food garbage or some buffet place of mostly-dubious quality. Roadfood is an occasional series in which I highlight some of the better (and sometimes worse) options I find along the way. » 7/09/14 9:00am 7/09/14 9:00am

The Motel Life: Should You Book The Handicapped Accessible Room?

The answer's "no". I mean, if you're handicapped, then I can fully understand why you might come up with a different answer. For those who aren't handicapped, though, there's only one word that should have popped into your head before you even finished reading the headline, and that word was "no". » 7/06/14 9:00am 7/06/14 9:00am

Facade Of The Danvers State Hospital In Danvers, Massachusetts

[Or the Danvers State Insane Asylum. It's supposedly the inspiration for the Arkham Sanitarium in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Thing On The Doorstep". That's why I dropped by - a friend of mine who's a huge Lovecraft fan asked me to take a picture of it (I also got a pic of Lovecraft's grave in Providence for him the week… » 7/03/14 7:56pm 7/03/14 7:56pm

I spent two weekends this year at the Rodeway Inn in Fairfax. It's no-frills (no coffeemaker - only some rooms with a mini-fridge and microwave) but that's pretty much expected, and it was definitely the least expensive option in the area. Driving to DC from there will be a pain (as is driving to DC from anywhere… » 6/17/14 3:45pm 6/17/14 3:45pm