Route 53? What ‘s with the name? I am a native San Franciscan who loved the character, Herbie, the Love Bug, a Disney car with a mind of it’s own, while growing up. How much? Well today I drive a New Beetle with the Herbie stripes and the number 53 up and down the streets of San Francisco just like the original Herbie did in the movie back in 1969.
Thus Route53 is a blog about my adventures in Herbie as well as thoughts on other parts of life. I’ve always kept a journal with lots of great thoughts about things in my life. Some thoughts are public and some are private. I think the private thoughts will always stay in my physical journal, but it is time I share some of my public thoughts as many friends have told me I should.
Why would you read this? Well I hope to keep a little travel journal. What makes me so special? Nothing really. As an ex-travel professional who started working in the luxury hospitality business at the age of 22, I have developed a palate for what I like to enjoy in my accommodations away from home. Whether you are spending a business stay overnight in a city half way across the country, a week at a luxury resort in the south Pacific, a boutique hotel in an American or European urban setting, I have always found that my thoughts resonated well with my co-workers who have found my insight useful.
On these pages I plan to show some photos and provide comments primarily on the room and hotel, but also on local eateries, touristy thoughts and my own personal antecdotes. My opinions are simply my own and my tastes don’t always mesh with everyone else’s but hopefully you’ll at least get a laugh as I do get a little adventurous sometimes! When I first started, I kept detailed journals of my travels and experiences thinking that someday I would visit these places again with someone special. I will share some of these thoughts as I visit them and other new places in my life.
Also as a native San Franciscan (a dying breed they say) raising children in San Francisco I have my own perspective on this small part of the world. Currently I am running an affiliate marketing program for Ticketmaster. The world of online marketing runs deep with me and has been my work for the last 10-15 years so I will share some of those business thoughts as well.
I hope to add other parts with photos and ideas as my time allows. Yes, Route 53 is my own journey and my own road. You can backseat drive or sit shotgun with me as I go down life’s journey sharing as much with you as I dare.
Right after I started this, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and it has consumed most of my writing. I will try to insert some of my other topics over time so this just doesn’t become a cancer blog.