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New season. New website.

Hey everyone. Thanks for stopping by the website. I’m doing a little spring cleaning. I’m adding in a new theme and while I generally don’t program and design ‘live’ (since it’s a terrible practice), I’m doing so or a few days to monitor the layout of this new theme. I’m restructuring the way this blog works – more about the good stuff: Tech...

That day, 11 years ago

It doesn’t take long for people to start asking ‘where were you when the planes hit’ on any anniversary of 9/11. Today is no different. Unlike prior anniversaries, I’m not hearing the question asked person-to-person, per se, but more tweet-to-tweet. In a series of hash tags, trending topics and concise phrases, Twitter users do their best to say where they were, what they...

Back to school, back to work

I feel like I’ve been transported 20 years back in time. August in Minnesota was always hot and humid. You could sense fall was right around the corner as pro baseball entered it’s final stretch and promos for football flooded the airwaves. It was a time to gets some new ‘duds’ while hitting the back-to-school sales at the malls. It was a time to get rid of the scraggly...

EuroTrip Day 7: Nice is Nice

Refreshed, we pulled into France quite early in the morning. Our first stop was Cannes and Nice. We wanted to get off the boat now that we were fully recharged so we took a bus through Cannes and up to Nice. What a drive. If I had a million dollars, I would probably blow it all in Cannes. The stores were amazing, the views were great. And of course, we saw the main drag where the Cannes Film...

EuroTrip Day 6: Out Cold in Tuscany

We made every effort to get to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We also wanted to tour a Tuscan vineyard and learn how wine was made. It didn’t happen. Wishful thinking, I assume. The lack of sleep over the last few days had caught up with us and it was time to pay the Sandman. I managed to pass out at 6:30A.M. We were hoping to get on a tour bus about 2:30PM for Tuscany. Alarms were set...

EuroTrip Day 5: Roaming Rome

Rome was wild. Literally. If you don’t watch out, you’ll get hit by a car, pick-pocketed, or whisked away into a religious cult that meets for coffee in an underground vault. That’s a bit aggressive, but there’s no shortage of action in Rome. And education? Forget it. It surrounds you. We snapped awake at 3:00AM and couldn’t sleep. So we were going on a pretty big...

EuroTrip Day 4: Naples…Twice.

Rough weather moved in briefly when we hit Naples. We were a little out of it since our sleeping schedules were still messed up, but we managed to see a bit of Naples, but not what we would have liked. But it allowed us to see some neat areas while catching up on sleep, so we were happy with that. The architecture in Naples was a treat to see. The homes and buildings stacked on the bluffs...

EuroTrip Day 3: Day at Sea

It’s amazing what a little sleep does for you. We slept in since our first day was out to sea, and it felt great to be on Europe time. After getting up, we had lunch at O’Sheehan’s, a mid-ship pub that sits in the heart of all of the activity on the boat. After lunch, we took a stroll around the boat – which is pretty massive.  We found the basketball court on the deck and shot some hoops. My...

EuroTrip Day 2: Boat. Sleep. Eat.

Success! We made it to Barcelona (BCN) at about 11:30AM local time. That makes it 5:30AM back in Orlando, and boy, you can feel it. The flight was fine. But there was a lot of tossing and turning. I simply can’t sleep on any plan. Tara says I was out cold for a few hours. How she knew that is beyond me because she was comatose the entire flight it seems. Barcelona’s airport is so nice. Clean...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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