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MapQuest publishes my feature article on visiting Boston child-free

Boston collage

Remember that article I started live-writing in front of an audience? Last week MapQuest published it:

“Enjoy a child-free visit to your hometown: After a four-year parenting bender, it was time for a daughter-free detox in Boston”

Thanks to Mike Yessis at MapQuest for editing it, Molly Kravitz at Connelly Partners for helping arrange my stay, my wife for accompanying me on the trip, and—of course—my folks for watching the kids.

It was a fun piece to research, write, and produce. The writing took me a bit longer than usual, in part, I think, because of the live-write. Writing in front of an audience compelled me to take a different approach than I usually do, trying to make the text readable before it was really ready for other sets of eyes. I’ll probably try the live-write stunt again, but more likely for a shorter piece.

The most-Boston lede ever

Conducting background research (“Googling” to the layperson) for my article on my Boston trip for MapQuest, I came across “Lifers seek new trial in Charlestown case” by John R. Ellement in the “Boston Globe.” Check out this lede:

A father and son serving life in prison for the 99 Restaurant massacre in 1995 are demanding a new trial, alleging that police undercut their self-defense claims by withholding information showing that some of the victims were alleged Mafia members, not simply ordinary North End residents lunching in Charlestown.

Short of references to sports and Dunkin’ Donuts, it seems to hit on every major theme of life in Boston:

  • family
  • the Mafia
  • Mafia murders
  • the 99 Restaurant
  • allegations of police misconduct
  • “ordinary North End residents”
  • “lunching in Charlestown”

kentuckyderbyhomerental.com is now louisvillederbyhomerental.com

Louisville Derby Home RentalAfter discussions with Churchill Downs Inc., the URL kentuckyderbyhomerental.com has changed to louisvillederbyhomerental.com. (For six years, I’ve owned and operated Derby Home Rental LLC, which helps Louisville, Kentucky-area homeowners advertise their homes to rent during Derby weekend.)

For the next year, the old site will have a message directing visitors to the new one. It’ll take a little bit for search engines to digest and process this switch. We had record traffic last year—9,840 visits and 41,108 page views—and I will monitor the site’s search engine status and work to continue that growth.

Relatedly, my email address for that business has changed to zach@louisvillederbyhomerental.com.

Also, at no additional cost to advertisers, I’ve added accounts for the site on

Every home will now be advertised on those networks as well as louisvillederbyhomerental.com. Please follow us on those pages. Thanks!

MainStreet quotes me in its article on overrated travel destinations

Main StreetMain Street quoted me in its recent article:

“The Six Most Overrated Tourist Sites on the Planet”

My answer (you’ll have to go to the last page of the article to read it): Mount Rushmore. I visited when I was 14 and driving cross-country with my family. Afterwards, I expressed my disappointment to my parents, who weren’t pleased to hear it and, if I remember correctly (I don’t always), made me write a journal entry on why I shouldn’t complain about the wonderful trip I was on.

Journal entry or not, 24 years later, I’m still hating on Mount Rushmore.