They know us by name at the Hotel Pepper Tree. They even know our favorite room. Fellow traveler Misty at the front desk shares an interest in unique lodging, and always kindly asks us about the places we've stayed, making us feel welcome. We wanted to know more about the history of this hotel. What we learned about its not too stellar past, made us love it even more.

Hello friends of Dora and Charlie! I had a brilliant idea, one I should have thought of in April. The idea is this: Post the letters on the date of the letter, that way we feel as Dora did waiting for the next one. To get current, I’ll post this one from April 20, then over the next couple of days, May 9, June 1, then hopefully I can post the letter from June 30th on the 30th, so...

So… does this awesome video of a T-Rex dashing through the background of our Tuesday liveshot make up for the bazillion dummy Latin emails that bombarded subscribers during my latest website rebuild?? Huh? Huh? Does it? I hope so. My apologies for spamming you. I total forgot to turn off subscriptions before loading the new theme. But hey! A running T-Rex makes up for everything, right? And the fact that this wacky incident happened while on the air?? Crazy, man.

Orange County gets a bad rap. While recently chatting with a new friend in the desert, the classic look of disdain crossed her face when I mentioned Orange County—the Oh, I could never live in a bland homogenized community full of Orange County Housewives and zero charm. I get it. I thought the same before transferring to NBC’s OC bureau in 1999. Never did I think the eclectic nature of my favorite Hollywood or Mid-Wilshire districts existed in the OC. (more…)
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