It’s Marla Jo. Will you help me out?

No, I’m not stranded in a foreign country and asking you to wire me money. But, close. If you read the Orange County Register, please help me out and take this survey about the features section. They ask, among other things, if you read my column and my Cheapo Travel column. If you read them, […]

A conversation with my son

Transcript 101. Jan. 14, 2016. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. Marla Jo Fisher, speaking to her 18-year-old son, Cheetah Boy, who is lying on the couch playing Grand Theft Auto: 11 a.m. MJF: You’d better start studying for your drivers’ license written test tomorrow. 11:01 a.m. CB: I already know everything to pass the test. 11:02 […]

In case you’re wondering what I want for Christmas, this modest cottage in Joshua Tree will fit the bill.

Don’t forget! December 25!

Designed by space aliens?

Here’s a travel story I wrote in 2003 about the Integratron, a place worth visiting near Joshua Tree National Park, in Landers, California. Although it’s been a few years, the Integratron’s still the same trippy place. Enter the dome // You might not believe that the Integratron was inspired by space aliens, but it’s worth […]

Paris? Not so much.

I asked my daughter today if she still wanted a trip to Paris for her high school graduation present, as she had asked me in the past. Our friend Samantha–who speaks French and lived there– recently offered to go with us and show her around. Curly Girl said she’s decided she’d rather have a tattoo.

Is Your Spouse Secretly Planning to Leave You?

So I seldom (read never) get a press release that’s interesting enough to reproduce nearly in its entirety, but I thought this one was worth it. From a guy named Mort Fertel.  No comment on the name. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? I’ve never been married, so I think I’m not […]

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