Larry’s Corner

Larry’s Corner

Mohammed’s Shirt

The process of haggling is more rewarding than the purchase.I saw him moments after descending from the bus before boarding the boat for the Temple of Philae in Aswan. It wasn’t the white stubble of his beard and close cropped gray hair that caught me. It wasn’t his erect posture in the flowing galibeyah gown

Added on June 03, 2009

Speaking Spanish

Larry gets a language lesson from his daughter in Puerto Vallarta. “Perrrrrrrrrrrrrrrro,” I stuttered, failing completely to roll the r’s as my seven-year-old daughter laughed with glee. “No,” she said, “it’s perro,” in a perfect Spanish accent. “Like this.” She twittered like a bird demonstrating how to do it. “You need to practice.” “Do you think I can learn?” “Yes. Practice all the way home.”

Added on April 06, 2008

Who’s Aging?

It seemed like just a short time ago that I threw a surprise 50th birthday party for a close friend. He wasn’t impressed because he never liked to celebrate birthdays, and turning 50 was more than he wanted to face. But he played along, a good sport, and when it was over got back to his normal life.

Added on June 18, 2007

What Are the Chances?

A friend flew from San Francisco to Panama last week and reported that his flight arrived late in LA, causing him to rush through the terminal and out to the shuttle at LAX worried he’d miss his connection. The shuttle bus took forever to circle the grounds and delivered him to the terminal for his flight on Copa Air to Panama City. It was the same terminal where his LA flight had landed!

Added on March 19, 2007

The Big Lebowski and Great Writing

I got a note from Phil Cousineau the other day saying he had some “cool news” about his story, “The Oldest Road in the World,” from The Best Travel Writing 2006. We reprinted the piece from Phil’s book, The Book of Roads, and liked it so much we used it to close our book. Well, it turns out that the dude who was the inspiration for The Dude in the Coen Brothers’ film

Added on September 08, 2006