Author Archives: CDB

Chariot of Fire [Burning Sensations]

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I, a fat man, had been circling Portland, Maine’s Back Cove like a dog prepping its bed for most of the summer of 2007. Now intimately acquainted with every pothole, washout and linden tree on the route, I finally turned … Continue reading

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13 Epics of Woe [Hall of Infamy]

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A friend from Outside Magazine, Senior Editor Jeremy Spencer, reminded us of this excellent collection of misadventures he edited four years ago. Featuring the likes of Jane Smiley and Jon Lee Anderson, it’s a ghoulish gallery of murderous hitchhikers, lightning strikes, … Continue reading

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Over The Edge [The Abyss]

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I never thought I had a death wish, but one experience on my recent travels had me reconsidering. I’d been traveling around South-East Asia by myself on a break from my studies to see the world. One day I decided … Continue reading

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Emergency Recession Style [Wardrobe Malfunctions]

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So Tuesday was a big day for me.  Instead of going into my midtown office, I had to travel down to Tribeca to work at one of my firms off-site centers.  I knew where to go, but it’s that same feeling … Continue reading

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Fly The Fiery Skies [Sulleysque]

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[Here's an amazing yarn from our first octogenarian contributor, Bob Nielson, age 86...we're not worthy! —Ed.] Back in 1960 the Toronto Star sent me to South Africa to report black-white violence.  I boarded an American Airlines 6-propeller plane in New York, which crossed the Atlantic and stopped … Continue reading

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Row Or Die [Water, Water, Everywhere]

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What It Feels Like To Row The Atlantic Alone. By Olly Hicks, 24, laborer. [Ed.’s note: In September 2006, Hicks became the youngest person to row the Atlantic Ocean solo. He also has the distinction of making the slowest trip, … Continue reading

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Dive Into Paradise [Wardrobe Malfunctions]

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In March, 1997, I traveled to Puerto Rico with four of my freshman college girlfriends for Spring Break.  After a nasty winter in upstate NY, all we wanted was sun, sand and drinks.  We arrived and after getting a tour … Continue reading

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Because It Might Be There [Off the Map]

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We don’t usually repost from other blogs, but this interview with New Yorker writer David Grann on his new book, The Lost City of Z,  for The Daily Beast is simply too entertaining to pass up. Hats off to Grann, who … Continue reading

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Ski Pants Optional [Wardrobe Malfunctions]

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Growing up, my family would go on an annual spring ski vacation. It was the pretty standard variety: each year we would choose a resort and pack into a condo for a week of skiing and kvetching (my brother and … Continue reading

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Dumbo Strikes Back [Call of the Wild]

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Gabon, New Year’s Eve, 2002: She was about seven feet at the shoulder, with sixteen-inch tusks, and weighed two tons. I used to have zero fear. Zero. I could walk up to any elephant I saw. So when she charges, … Continue reading

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