The Earl

Decorum

I act as internet-concierge for a Dominican hotel/restaurant business. Three thatched roofed cabanas on the sand. Each one for rent on any given day. I am the faceless individual that makes contact with strangers from other countries. I do the multiple languages with my trusty laptop and google translate and as much decorum as possible. […]

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Holiday or Vacation

I have come to the conclusion that a month on the beach in the Dominican Republic is not enough, especially when you return to sub-zero temperatures and more snow than when you left. It’s been a hard week. Honey and I returned home at 3 am on Tuesday and were both back to work on […]

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Pizza and Tequila Night

There is a tradition here at the Playa. It is not my tradition per se, but one I wholly embrace and was started long ago by Ginger and The Earl. It has been dubbed with much affection as Pizza and Tequila night. For one night we close the restaurant down and take the entire staff […]

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The clock ticks ever closer to my escape to the beaches of the Dominican Republic. This year will mark the third meeting of The Los Gringos Refugee Club and the first reunion of the victorious forces from The Siege at Los Gringos, as not only will Ginger and The Earl be there but Rock and […]

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News From The Cracks

Last week I read these news headlines… ‘Trump says Canadians are smuggling shoes’ ‘Britain and Europe facing beer shortage during world cup’ ‘Canada passes final reading of cannabis law‘   I know there are more important headlines that have a more of a significant impact on mankind, but if you’re looking for those kind of […]

Booking a trip that requires deciding on accommodations is never as easy as they make it look on television. Just click and go is make-believe. As a traveller you need to make decisions on where to go, how long to stay, and how to get there. It’s never just push a button and you’re there, […]

I promised you the story of Tequila Wendy in my last post but after a week I seem to be struggling with getting it down on paper. So rather than torture myself I thought I would move on for now and come back to it later or never… we’ll see.   I am back at […]

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Thompson Goes On Vacation

I did say that I wasn’t through with the travelling bear. Once again this is a work of fiction based very loosely on actual events. It is another long piece so pour yourself a coffee and enjoy. You won’t hear from me here for a few weeks as I prepare to head on vacation but […]

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2017... The Year That Was

Welcome to 2018. For those of you that are alive reading this, raise your hand if you never thought you would reach this day. Don’t bother raising your hand Uncle Jeremiah, I know that you’re surprised every day to wake up, so I’ll take you as a given. The rest of you can lower your […]

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I Don't Have To Be There To Be There

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I only go to the Playa Paraiso en Magante once a year. I think about the place year round but I only put my toes in the sand for 14 days annually. I plan for this to change but that is in the future and if there is one thing I’ve learned about life, I […]

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