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‘Inspirato’ magazine just published my final article as a freelancer. That it was about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail will not surprise you. But it will restore your faith in humanity. Or at least good Kentucky bourbon.

Inspirato, Spring 2014

Inspirato magazine’s spring 2014 issue included my final article as a freelancer. Titled, “Kentucky Gold,” fittingly it’s a feature on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Obligatory joke about how fun researching an article on bourbon is goes here ______________________ . Actually, it’s not a joke: it’s damn true.

Anyway, read the article on Inspirato’s website or enjoy the magazine’s hardcopy layout in this .pdf. Or, right now for a limited time, the spring 2014 issue is available for free on Inspirato’s website. The choice is yours.

I also contributed sidebars on Kentucky’s favorite bourbons, bourbon 101, the best pours from the Bluegrass State, and where to enjoy a drink or two in Louisville.

Inspirato with American Express is a private, members-only destination club. Its 180-page glossy magazine is published three times a year. It’s distributed to the club’s members, sold on newsstands, and available for iPads and Android tablets.

And thanks to Chea Beckley and Stephanie Greene at 21c Museum Hotel and Proof on Main for their assistance.

Photo: Courtesy Inspirato

525 invoices sent, 525 invoices paid

Freelancers complaining about not getting paid seems to be a common theme on the Internet, or at least the Internet that I see. So I just wanted to share a little evidence to the contrary*—during my nine-plus years as a freelancer, I submitted 525 invoices. And effective this past weekend, all 525 were paid. And almost all of them in a timely manner. Thanks!

*Possibly relevant tidbit: My job during breaks in college was with a hospital, collecting on past-due accounts from insurers.

Beer, bubbly and Britney: Follow my Vegas trip via MapQuest’s Instagram account

I’m heading to Las Vegas this weekend as part of Starwood Preferred Guest and Caesar’s Entertainment Celebration Weekend.

The itinerary’s jammed with lots of fun activities, like eating, drinking and Britney Spears’s show at Planet Hollywood (which — true confession — I’m a lot more excited about than a hardcore classic rock fan should publicly admit to).

I’ll be posting photos throughout the trip on MapQuest’s Instagram account. So, please, follow along.

Also, I created a Spotify playlist for the trip. So, please, listen along too.