Top Five Destinations of Lancaster, CA

I’m not sure what it is that makes Lancaster, California seem pretty far away when it isn’t that far from Los Angeles. It’s still over an hour drive there from downtown even with good traffic and with bad traffic it can approach two hours to get... 

Top Five Movies of Brooke Smith

I would have to think that every actor has a role like Brooke Smith’s “Sobbing Prisoner” in “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” I figure if a character doesn’t have a name, it probably isn’t a big part. Another way to check might be whether there’s... 

Top Five Destinations of Honolulu

Within the first year of writing for TSB Mag, I looked at the possible destinations of Oahu. Well, as part of my continuing look at cities and what to do when you visit, I think it is time to revisit Honolulu as it is the major city of the Hawaiian Island... 

Top Five Movies of Imogen Poots

I have to admit that I saw the name Imogen Poots more than a couple of times before I thought to see what she looked like. She’s not a contemporary of Dame Judi Dench or Dame Maggie Smith like I thought from just looking at that name and imagining rings... 

Top Five Destinations of Juneau

The first thing I thought about when I sat down to write about Juneau, Alaska was that it would have worked well in an Abbott and Costello routine. Lou: Hey Abbott, where are you going on your trip? Bud: Juneau. Lou: But I don’t know. That’s... 

Top Five Movies of Kim Basinger

I really thought that I would have the easiest time selecting great Kim Basinger movies. It seems like she’s been around all of my movie life and looking at her movie credits, she has. However, being around doesn’t necessarily mean there are movies... 

Top Five Destinations of Anchorage

I need to return to Anchorage. It has been way too long since I could walk on a city trail and spy a moose around the bend. It gets the blood pumping as you have to avoid eye contact and try to pretend you don’t hear the huffing and pawing as you walk... 

Top Five Movies of Juliette Lewis

I think it’s kind of interesting that the week a woman tried to create the most reprehensible dating profile ever is the week I chose to look at the movies of Juliette Lewis. Let me explain. Wait, that would take to long. Let me sum up. I have two... 

Top Five Destinations of Shreveport

I have to be honest, I’m blank when it comes to the town of Shreveport, Louisiana. It’s close to the borders of Texas and Arkansas, two states where I have a bit of familiarity, but not in that particular corner. Interstate 20 runs through Shreveport... 

Top Five Movies of Julianne Nicholson

Julianne Nicholson has the unfortunate distinction to have starred in the movie that gave me the most physically distressing reaction in a theater ever. No, it wasn’t a horror movie or a drama; it was the “comedy” “Little Black Book.” After... 

Top Five Destinations of Springfield, Missouri

As a native of Missouri, I can’t say that I ever viewed Springfield as a destination. I visited there a few times as I had a great friend that went to school there, but I knew little about the town as I usually went from house party to house party,... 

Top Five Movies of Meg Ryan

I won’t pretend to know what goes on in the mind of a woman as she ages. As a guy, I can look to people like Steve Martin, David Letterman, Tony Randall and Cary Grant and think I can never really get too old to start a family. With surrogate motherhood... 

Top Five Destinations of Oklahoma City

I had taken a bit of time before thinking about visiting Oklahoma City because in the past year it suffered a terrible tragedy when an F5 tornado hit in the vicinity and it seemed frivolous to discuss my ideas on tourism. So, I gave it some time, and... 

Top Five Movies of Aunjanue Ellis

Working at a movie theater intensifies my passion for movies. In 2000, I was working in a theater and “Men of Honor” came out, starring Aunjanue Ellis (as well as Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Robert DeNiro) and it was ok. It was well done. It was an inspirational... 

Top Five Destinations of Amarillo, Texas

I like unique animals. Penguins are cool because they are birds that can’t fly. Platypuses are cool because they have duckbills and lay eggs and are mammals. Orcas are cool because they are jet black and lily white and smart as all get out. (If you... 

Top Five Movies of Miranda Otto

I want to go on record saying that there should be more comic book adaptations in TV and movies. Yes, there’s “The Walking Dead,” and there’s all the superhero movies and TV shows from “Arrow” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” to “Watchmen.”... 

Top Five Destinations of Las Cruces, NM

Back in 2000 or so, I started to order CDs online. I ordered them from a particular site that I can’t remember now and that no longer exists. However, I’m still thankful for one bright marketing idea they had – they sent me “Decoration Day”... 

Top Five Movies of Nia Long

I’m not sure if anyone reading this listens to Never Not Funny, but I highly recommend it. If you do, you will soon find out that host Jimmy Pardo loves him some “General Hospital.” You might also find out that he loved “MacGruber” and having... 

Top Five Movies of Julie Christie

Time to hop back in the TSB wayback machine and let everyone know about a magnificent actress. Julie Christie still does great work (I’d check out “Away From Her” directed by the wonderful Sarah Polley, but stay away from the movie that has he who... 

Top Five Destinations of Grand Junction, CO

Grand Junction, Colorado makes me think of the NFL. My friend Andy used to live there and he invited me to visit in early 2000. He’s a Vikings fan and I’m a Rams fan. So, in that magical Rams season, I watched that playoff shootout between our two... 

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