Tag: Family

Ten Rules for Being a Good Houseguest (for my brother)

Posted on
Feb 15, 2010
Posted in: Top Ten

My brother just returned to the states (with his wife) from Hong Kong. They currently don’t have an apartment, and my brother is crashing on couches (both in San Diego and in Los Angeles) while looking for a new place. I sincerely feel sympathy for whoever is hosting him, because my brother is not the…

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Travel advice for visiting families

Posted on
Dec 14, 2009
Posted in: Advice

Dear, dear, well-meaning friends, I assume many of you will be traveling this holiday season, off to see older relatives and parents who are part of a generation that, due to fear of war, famine, or Commie takeover, have decided to never thrown anything away. While you are visiting these relatives, cautiously maneuvering through their…

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Why visiting my family is crazier than a David Sedaris novel …

Posted on
Dec 3, 2009
Posted in: Rants and Raves, WTF

Part 1 in an ongoing series … Travelling to see my family is always incredibly educational. Just when I think I know them, I end up discovering something completely interesting – like the specific terms of their probation, for example, or which Eastern European ethnic group “has it coming.”   On this trip, I figured I wouldn’t uncover anything too interesting – after all, I…

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