Jane says.

Sorry we haven't posted. I've been out of town doing some serious editing for my serious Texas trip, and we're about to pack for Kenya.

But, I did just stay in a 40 sq. ft. room in The Jane Hotel. What a cool place.

"Completed in 1908, the American Seaman's Friend Society Sailors' Home and Institute was designed by William A. Boring, the architect renowned for Ellis Island’s immigrant station. Originally built as a hotel for sailors with cabin-like rooms, the landmarked hotel was lovingly restored on its centennial in 2008.

In 1912, the survivors of the Titanic stayed at the hotel until the end of the American Inquiry into the ship’s sinking. The surviving crew held a memorial service at the hotel four days after the ship sank.

In 1944, the YMCA took over the hotel from the Seaman’s Relief Center, as the hotel was then called.

During the ‘80s and ‘90s, the hotel was part of downtown New York’s bohemian culture, hosting Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the Million Dollar Club, amongst many other rock-n-roll events. The hotel has continued to house guests with more dash than cash ever since."



Last week I had a bit of heaven when I was in Georgetown, Texas and had one doughnut from Round Rock Donuts.

Which got me craving some fried dough.

Which got me to remembering that there is one of the ten best doughnut shops in America a scant ten miles from us in Saugus called Kane's Doughnuts. And yes. If you were wondering, it does open at 3:30am (!).

So, this morning we piled into the ole station wagon and drove to have some big-as-yer-head balls of dough and check another of the great American stands of our list.

According to Bon Appetit, we've now had glazed and chocolate covered at 4 of the six best places: Kanes, Round Rock, VooDoo, TopPot.

Now, on to an epic jog to work off some of the Creme Brule doughnut.


Texas. Day 11.

I saw some amazing things yesterday. Like where to get $4,000 custom boots (three year wait-list) and where to get a giant scorpion (not life size) and allegedly where Friday Night Lights filmed a few times (season Five).


Texas. Day 9.

Another day, another race through the desert in the middle of nowhere in a suped up Ram.