Love Buzzards at the Snout

I have to admit. When I walked into the door of the Snout and heard strains of the Tempations, My Girl, I nearly spun on my heel and walked back out. My expectations had not been high. A band, named The Love Buzzards, does not inspire confidence there was going to be great music to come.

Our Very Own Author

Herein reside seventeen stories (and one poem) written by Peace Corps Volunteers (one of which is Joanna Dane) from across the generations and across the planet. Such writing often brings expectations for a certain type of book (heartwarming, uplifting, nice). Many books give you that experience. And we like those books. They are good books. The world needs those books. This is not that book. Americans Do Their Business Abroad is a collection of stories a little too goofy, a little too personal (and maybe a little too gross) to belong anywhere else. Latrines. Goat eyeballs. Pickpockets. Whimsy. Wisdom. And arson in the name of hygiene. Enjoy.

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Marilyn Manson at St. Paul Excel Energy Center

Marilyn Manson, August 14th at the St. Paul Excel Energy. A night of drama and music. Not to be forgotten. It was a great concert, in a great hall for listening to music. We had a really good time. We had never seen Manson before, though we had wanted to for a long time. The stars had just never aligned for us to work it out. Because we generally only do one or two of these big shows per year, we just never made it. This year, was no exception. With Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pink Floyd just a couple months ago, we decided to go for that third show and it ended up well worth it.


No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

Hunter S. Thompson