Coffee Mug of the Month: Road Buddy

The thrill of the refill. Twenty-four ounces of Scoutmaster juice.

This one is for Love’s Truck Stops. I’ve got another for Pilot and Flying J, ready to head cross-country again.



Yachtsman’s Dinner

After a long day on the boat: IPA and iced tea.

Seriously, though, nothing relaxes and refreshes more than a day on the boat.


First World Problem of the Day

Hotel room under the departure path at Lindbergh Field…$266

Dominos dinner delivered after a hungry day…$34

Watching myself eat my salad with my hands because neither the hotel nor Dominos had cutlery…PRICELESS

Note to self: always carry a spork, preferably the titanium one.


Happiness is catching the Fig Tree on a quiet morning at 7:30: coffee, granola, and quiet contemplation.


Coffee Mug of the Month: Six Degrees of Orcutt

One of the redeeming bits about business travel is that it affords the opportunity to discover places to perch. Finding a comfortable, cool little nook or cranny to work, to chat, to read, to write, or to just hang out are the secret joys of travel on the company dime.

I discovered Six Degrees Orcutt in search of breakfast and brew last year. Their overnight oats are superb, and their coffee even better, all in a tiny little line of stores in a village south of Santa Maria.


Grande doppio

You don’t need a doppio espresso until you need one real bad.

I needed one real bad before my meetings in Shanghai this morning.