Michael Mackie

Barceló Puerto Vallarta: Lush, Luxurious Escapism

Barceló Puerto Vallarta: Lush, Luxurious Escapism

The litmus test for me at any all-inclusive resort is whether or not I feel the need/desire/overwhelming urge to escape after a few hours. That certainly wasn’t the case at… Read more

My Dream Gig

My Dream Gig

The nanosecond I turned 16, I went on the hunt for my first job. I marched my happy, unjaded ass into a nearby Pizza Hut and politely asked for an… Read more

Ring the Bell at Hotel Grinnell! A Former Junior High School Finds New Life as a Boutique Hotel Destination

Ring the Bell at Hotel Grinnell! A Former Junior High School Finds New Life as a Boutique Hotel Destination

Rising out of the Iowa cornfields (and a prestigious nearby Midwest college), you’ll find the Hotel Grinnell smack dab in the city’s picturesque center square. Amidst a quaint coffee shop,… Read more

My (Un)Successful Stint as Santa Claus

My (Un)Successful Stint as Santa Claus

Trust and believe, my general disdain for small children is well-known. Even as a burgeoning kindergartener, I was never a fan of others in my age bracket. I find kids… Read more

The Highlander Hotel ROCKS!

The Highlander Hotel ROCKS!

Funny how the universe works, and by universe, I mean, LinkedIN. A while back I got a message from a PR firm asking if I was, indeed, a University of… Read more

Bianca Del Rio Dishes on Loving Life and That Insane All Stars 6 Lip Sync Gag

Bianca Del Rio Dishes on Loving Life and That Insane All Stars 6 Lip Sync Gag

When I talked to drag superstar extraordinaire Bianca Del Rio in mid-August, she had just returned from a four-night run of sold out shows in Amsterdam. Besides being a wee-bit… Read more

Here’s What I Learned In Santa Fe

Here’s What I Learned In Santa Fe

This year I made a pact with myself: if I’m gonna spend a kazillion dollars traveling somewhere, it’s gonna be to a place I’ve never been before. Given that I… Read more

260?!?!

260?!?!

Welp. The unthinkable has happened. I am officially the heaviest I have ever been. I stepped on a scale today and the number that blinked back at me was 260… Read more

When a Friendship Fades …

When a Friendship Fades …

A year ago this week a friend of mine stopped texting me. And calling me. And reaching out. I was equally guilty of doing the same. There was no wicked… Read more

Thoughts on N’awlins

Thoughts on N’awlins

The last time I went to New Orleans for a hedonistic weekend was in 2011. It was over St. Pat’s Day exactly ten years ago, and, by God, it was… Read more