As a travel writer open and game to exploring the offbeat and oddball within a few hours or one day's drive of New York City (Virginia to Maine), I've stumbled on some pretty bizarre, eccentric and/or downright weird things. Here's just a sampling from this year's explorations.
I'm only advocating for a world in which -- no matter how many new social media portals open before I'm finished typing this sentence -- we recognize that the bottomless pit into which we throw our words does indeed have a bottom.
I'll miss you, Jim. Thanks for shaping the last two decades of my life. Rest in peace knowing you were an absolute success and, with the exception of that one mall picture, you made some excellent, unforgettable movies.
Aside from being a regular fixture on Kevin Smith's Smodcast network, Jason Mewes has been keeping busy as an actor, taking the persona that started as a philosophical dope peddler in Clerks and growing and maturing it in myriad ways.
What began as an innocent attempt by Kevin to enjoy the outdoors with his mini dachshund and get some exercise ended up turning into a crazy encounter with a fan who just happened to be camping in his car with "the longest telephoto lens in the world."
My life will always boil down to two eras: B.C. and A.D. B.C. stands for, of course, Before Clerks -- when I was just a fat guy, not The Fat Guy Who Made CLERKS. A.D. marks After Dante -- the existence I've led since Miramax bought my first flick back in 1994.