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Learning about the business of bud in America’s highest incorporated town

Learning about the business of bud in America’s highest incorporated town

While budtender Mark “Buddy” Buddemeyer answers the phone, I check out the Dube Tubes, Zig Zag rolling papers, Cheech and Chong lighters, Clear Eyes drops, and other impulse-buy items near the register at Alma, Colorado’s High Country Healing II. A mason jar, which could be part of any county fair’s peach canning collection, holds buds of “Grape Ape,” the marijuana strain that took second place at the 2010 Aspen Cannabis Cup.

9 things you’ll miss after leaving Charleston, SC

9 things you’ll miss after leaving Charleston, SC

1. Oysters from Bowens IslandI am a strong believer in the aphrodisiac quality of oysters, and I have yet to top the sensual experience produced at Bowens Island. This place serves the freshest genital-esque morsels to ever go down your throat (that are not actually human genitalia). If you’re not Kosher and love seafood, you will miss this no-nonsense establishment located en route to Folly Beach.

5 travel lessons I learned from my dad

5 travel lessons I learned from my dad

My father and I couldn’t be more different. He’s conservative and traditional, while I’m a creative “free spirit.” He introduces himself to everyone, and I’m more reserved. I yearn for faraway places, and he’s a homebody.We share a certain stubbornness, which is what kept me from listening to his advice for so many years.

Learn to travel [TEDx talk]

Learn to travel [TEDx talk]

TED Talks are about spreading ideas. It says so right in their tagline: “Ideas worth spreading.” This is what resonated with me — and I think with the audience — the most from Robin Esrock’s TEDx talk in Vancouver (the largest in TEDx history, it’s worth mentioning) about travel. It wasn’t travel advice.

An Israeli story of death, longing, and Gandhi

An Israeli story of death, longing, and Gandhi

Balfour Street seemed to go on and on endlessly. Daniel Reuven, the grandson, I was told, of Gandhi’s physician, Dr. Solomon Abraham Erulkar, lived somewhere off this street.Reuven had mentioned where, but he spoke so quickly it was not clear to me. Somehow I wound up a few feet from the sea in Bat Yam, where the bus driver, hatchet-faced, in the Israeli bus driver tradition, evicted me.

19 signs you were born and raised in the Florida Panhandle

19 signs you were born and raised in the Florida Panhandle

1. You actually know which part of Florida the Panhandle is.Hint: It’s the part touching Georgia and Alabama.2. You’ve heard someone say, “If it’s called ‘tourist season,’ then why can’t we shoot them?”Tourist season is basically all year. Spring break, summer tourists, then the snowbirds flock. They bring in lots of revenue, but they’re also really, really annoying.