Category Archives: Travel

ROUGH ROAD by Peter Nolan Smith

Peru sucked in 1995. The country was under siege. The War of Drugs had replaced the War against the Shining Path. The capitol city Lima was cool, but I had unsuccessfully spent the better part of two days trying to score a bag of cocaine. The airport police fingered me as a user and an […]

MIAMI BEACH BLIND by Peter Nolan Smith

Rain, drizzle, snow, and ice pellets greeted Boston on the first dawn of 1975. Equally foul weather met January’s second morning, but by noon the temperature rose into the 40s and I walked from my Beacon Hill apartment to the Mass Pike in Chinatown. The on-ramp was the good place to start a trip across […]

TODOS SANTOS HORSE RACE by Peter Nolan Smith

In the autumn of 1992 I worked as a diamond salesman on West 47th Street for Richie Boy and his father, Manny. Business had improved under President Clinton and customers from around the USA traveled to New York for a good buy. That Christma Ms. Carolina had bought 2-Carat diamond studs in September. The blonde […]

Cleveland Ho

In April of 2011 I drove south from New York to the Northern Fork in Virginia. Ms. Carolina was recovering from yet-another battle with cancer. Her husband thought my visit might cheer up the blonde beauty. The Potomac River was cold, but I jumped from their dock into the frigid water. Ms. Carolina laughed at […]

Rolling Up the Sidewalks

I’ve been predicting the end of cars for years. My late father debunked my soothsaying with the comment, “You don’t know what you’re talking about. They’ll always be cars.” In the 1930s his father was a country doctor in Maine and drove to his patients in a sled. Only in the winter. The above picture […]