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Another record year for Derby Home Rental, LLC

Derby Home RentalDerby 2015 was another record year for Derby Home Rental LLC, my business that helps Louisville, Kentucky-area homeowners rent out their homes for Derby weekend. This year 58 homes advertised and 38 of them rented—both all-time highs.

Over the past year, I redesigned the website with a responsive theme that looks better on mobile browsers and devices, installed a SSL certificate to improve the site’s security, took several measures to speed up the site’s load time, commissioned a new logo, and added a Tiny Letter newsletter that informs subscribers when a new home advertises on the site.

In addition, I created or overhauled our social media profiles. You can now keep up with the latests ads via

Derby Home Rentals also was mentioned in an Aol Travel article on the Kentucky Derby.

Thanks to everyone who advertised and rented a home this year. And, remember—the earlier you advertise your home for Derby weekend 2016, the better your chances of finding a renter.

Footage I shot makes its way to U.K. TV

Ballroom dancing in Shenzhen, China
In what sounds like an anecdote from every Thomas Friedman article ever, a Manchester, U.K. TV station used this Washington, D.C.-based writer’s footage of ballroom dancing in Shenzhen, China in a recent segment.

It’s at the 1:07 mark in this ITV segment (sorry, ITV doesn’t allow for embedding video):

“Blackpool Dance Festival to have sister event in China”

And in case you want to watch all the footage of the dancing in Shenzhen, here it is.

National Press Club now includes this guy, right here

National Press Club membership cardLast month I was accepted into the National Press Club, a Washington, DC-based private club for journalists and communications professionals with about 3,500 members.

“It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism,” according to its website.

The National Press Club has been around for about a century. Its headquarters is in downtown Washington, DC, so I expect to be working from there often.

(And, yes, I blocked out my membership number so no one impersonates me and runs up my tab at the bar.)


What the Apple Watch means for hotel guests, if anything (my latest for ‘Condé Nast Traveler’)

Apple released the Apple Watch today. And, because you’re an Internet user, you know that!

There are slew of potential uses for travelers. But, of course, we heard similar hype a few years back about the now discontinued Google Glass.

For Condé Nast Traveler, I looked at what the Apple Watch could mean for hotel guests—and if it’s likely to live up to its hype and potential:

“Will the Apple Watch Revolutionize Hotel Stays?”

‘What travel to Cuba looks like today’—my latest article for Fox News

Even after President Barack Obama’s announcement of a new Cuba policy in December 2014, by law, Americans can still only travel to Cuba if their visit falls into one of 12 categories (and sorry, sipping rum on the beach is not one of them).

But the new rules Obama announced, which took effect in January, made the application process faster and easier, causing more Americans to travel to our island neighbor.

So Fox News asked me to look at exactly what awaits them:

“Snapshot: What travel to Cuba looks like today”