The Smoky Poet

The Pitmaster, Poet & Storyteller


10 Places You Shouldn't Miss

10 Places You Shouldn’t Miss in Austin, Texas

By on September 9, 2015

As I sit here and write this article, I am traveling across the sky on a Delta plane using Gogo Wireless WiFi. As I am I heading to Austin, Texas today, I thought it was only proper to ask the Twittersphere for some dinner and sightseeing recommendations from local Austin, Texans. Once of my go-to […]


7 Fun Facts About Valleyfair

By on August 17, 2015

When I was perhaps eight or nine years old, I was on a motorized train at a corporate event when the young train driver took a turn too fast. I was thrown from the train, the train buckled and collapsed, ultimately pinning me underneath the train for an extended amount of time. Fortunately nothing was […]

The Product Poet, San Antonio

7 Great Things To Do In San Antonio

By on June 4, 2015

I recently had the fortunate opportunity to visit San Antonio, Texas for the first time. While I have spent a significant amount of time in the Lone Star State, I had mainly traveled to either the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, as well as Houston and Waco. Also on my Texas travel “bucket list” is the city […]

The Product Poet, Delta Airlines

An Open Letter to Delta Airlines

By on May 30, 2015

Dearest Delta Airlines, First of all I need to apologize to you for taking such a long time to write you this letter. Second, I’ve noticed that you have worked relatively hard to change our relationship over the years and while I still fondly remember the days of Northwest Airlines, I’ve noticed a significant number […]

The Product Poet - La Casa del Camino

A Great Stay in Laguna Beach: La Casa del Camino

By on May 27, 2015

On the corner of Cress Street and South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, California, is one of my favorite boutique hotels in La Casa del Camino. Founded in either 1927 (per the entrance in front of the hotel) or 1929, this Spanish-style coastal “resort” features 10 Casa Surf Rooms, in addition to the Rooftop Lounge. […]

The Hail Marri

By on April 16, 2015

The king of the Court. Let’s throw a hail Marriott. Greatness Hall of Fame.

7 Must Have Travel Items

By on March 8, 2015

When it comes to travel, I can honestly say I have traveled a lot over the last 15 years. In fact, I am a Diamond Elite member on Delta Airlines and am a stones throw away from amassing two million air miles flown on Delta alone. Yikes. My travels have taken me from Minnesota to Malaysia from Mexico to China. With all of this...

Miller De-Lite

By on March 7, 2015

On the plane a poem I write, thank goodness for my Miller Lite....

7 Fun Facts about Spring Break and Panama City Beach

By on March 6, 2015

As we get ready to head to Cancun, Mexico for Spring Break this year, we will be returning back to The Moon Palace Golf Resort and Spa. Although last year I was touring colleges for my eldest lad over Spring Break, for four years leading up to Spring Break of 2013, we owned a beachside condominium in Panama City Beach, Florida, the unofficial Spring...


My Struggles with Being Fat and FAI

By on February 21, 2015

I have a confession to make: I'm fat. Although I am six feet two inches tall and 220 pounds, I am considered overweight according to my Body Mass Index. My increased body weight began in 2009, when I was diagnosed with FAI or Femoroacetabular Impingement. FAI is a condition of the hip where the femoral shaft (leg bone) is flattened on one side, not...