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After more than 11 years online, is slowly closing down -- but don't panic! Everything here will still be available on my new website, -- "A Home for Global Storytelling." Globejotting will offer weekly travel and humor articles, guest bloggers, and lots of writing tips to help you tell your own tales.

Moving all of the content from this website, plus my other websites and blogs, will happen in stages and take several months. In the meantime, anything that hasn't been moved will still be available here. Once stories are transferred, the old links on this site will redirect you to the new locations.

To those of you who have been following from the beginning, thanks for all of your support and encouragement! While I feel wistful about saying goodbye to this domain, Consolidating my writing on one site will give me more time to create new content and encourage others to revel in their own stories.

So... hang out here for lots of my older stories... or head on over to Globejotting for lots of cool new stuff!

--Dave Fox, Singapore, April 2012


Kinky Chipmunks and Horny Goblins: Dave's New E-book is Here!
In celebration of the 10.64383562-year anniversary of, Dave's new e-book is now available on Amazon Kindle! "Kinky Chipmunks and Horny Goblins" contains ten of Dave's most popular humor columns from the last decade. Ready to cackle with maniacal laughter? Download it today!


New Online Writing Workshops!
Dave has been teaching travel and humor writing workshops around Seattle and the Pacific Northwest for years. Now, in response to a slew of requests, he's unleashing his classes in an online format, so people in remote corners of Azerbaijan have equal access to his insanity. But you don't have to live in rural Azerbaijan to participate in these workshops! You can do it from anywhere! In the privacy of your own home! You can even do it naked! (No webcams please.)

February 14 - March 20: Professional Humor Secrets for Writers, Speakers, and Other Misfits
Discover the techniques professional comedy writers use to write consistently hilarious material. In this super fun, six-week workshop, you'll learn how to think funnier, write funnier, and be funnier. (You will not learn how to smell funnier. You must figure out that part on your own.) Whether you're going for full-blown comedy, or just wanting to sprinkle a few laughs into other writing styles, Dave will teach you how to spot the humor potential in nearly any situation, and how to hone it for maximum impact.This is also a great course for public speakers who want to engage their audiences and keep them listening. Writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome! Full Details...

One-on-One Classes and Individualized Coaching
These classes are also available as one-on-one tutorials you can do at your own pace. The price is a little higher, but includes in-depth feedback via e-mail, Skype, and phone. In addition, Dave offers individualized writing and humor coaching, targeted toward your specific needs. Interested? Drop him an e-mail.


Now on Kindle and in Paperback!
Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)

Dave's book about how to write more vivid and exciting travel journals is now an Amazon Travel Bestseller! Learn how to:

  • Bring destinations to life with bold details
  • Splash those details quickly onto your pages so journaling doesn't gobble up precious vacation time.
  • Elude your "Inner Censor" and write with confidence
  • Weave together your "outer" and "inner" journeys, using foreign cultures as backdrops for self-discovery.

Dave shares his favorite journaling techniques, helps you find time to write in the middle of an exciting trip, and infuses it all with a generous dose of his off-the-wall humor.

Read free sample chapters and order your autographed copies at

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Now on Kindle and in Paperback!
Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad
~ Winner of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest ~

"When you travel, things go wrong."

That might not sound like uplifting advice, but in this collection of stories about mishaps in faraway places, Dave Fox proves otherwise.

At age eight, he nearly starts a riot in Northern Africa. As a nerdy teenager, he smuggles illegal radio equipment into Finland. In his college days, he discovers it is not wise to seek inner peace inside an Icelandic volcano. As an adult, he does something exceptionally reckless; he becomes a professional tour guide.

The new second edition is now available! Order your autographed copy here! (A few copies of the now out-of-print first edition are still available too at a special discount.)

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Excerpts from Getting Lost

How Can You Have Any Pudding if You Don't Eat Your Meat?

The Brits have contributed many great things to society: pub culture, Shakespeare, the Beatles, soccer hooligans. They are also known for their cuisine, but not in a good way.... School dinner and home dinner had two things in common: They were both the biggest meal of the day, and they both lacked pizza. At home it was the same ritual as before, back in America. Food was put before me. I resisted. Negotiations ensued. At school, it was much more violent. Read the full excerpt

Masculinity Saved!

Growing up in 1970s America, I had not been exposed to the allegedly perverted elf-and-toy duo that had won the hearts of British school children. When November rolled around, and it was time to rehearse for the school Christmas pantomime, I didn’t know what I was in for. Read the full excerpt

Confessions of a Teenaged Smuggler

In the 1980s, airport security went something like this: You'd check in for your flight, and they would say, "Mr. Fox, do you have anything in your possession that could be used to bring down an airplane? Knives, guns, cassettes by the J. Geils Band?" You, the hypothetical passenger and/or terrorist, would chuckle, "Nope, not me." Then the ticket agent would thank you for your honesty and send you to the security line, where uniformed high school drop-outs working for minimum wage would tell you to please proceed, if they had the necessary English skills to do so. Read the full excerpt

Tackling Lucy

The sheep was on a mission. She was trotting quickly, almost running, in the direction of downtown Dingle with a confident stride and a mischievous glint in her eyes. There were lots of sheep in Ireland. Too many to count. But I could tell this one was different. This sheep was a rebel. Read the full excerpt

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Humor Columns


Our mayhem began with an orientation session for us and roughly 2,000 other job-hungry teachers. This was followed the next morning by an interview scheduling process that was kind of like a cross between rugby and speed dating. Read the full article

Dr. Dave's Valentine's Day Love Advice for Broke and Ugly Humans, and Swinging Iguanas

Recent studies by the Institute for Red-Hot Iguana Loving in Pittsburgh found that iguanas with a well-developed sense of humor get more action than humor-impaired iguanas whose idea of being funny is putting a lampshade on their head. Read the full article

The Scariest Halloween Costume Ever!

I'm not sure what turned me into a Halloween Scrooge. When I was a child, Halloween was my favorite holiday. I'm still pro-candy, but dressing up as a ghost, or a monster, or the Dear Leader of North Korea, just doesn't have the same appeal today as it did when I was five. Read the full article

Jet Lag Wonder Drugs? On Long-Haul Flights, at Least the Hamsters are Having Fun.

I picked up my dirty underwear, stuffed it in a backpack, and headed off to SeaTac Airport. Next stop: Frankfurt, Germany, where, if Ted's product worked, I would arrive blissfully refreshed and ready to skip through meadows of edelweiss. Read the full article

Back to Basics: How Social Networking Nearly Ruined My Perfectly Mediocre Writing Career

"Ha!" I laughed. "What's a website going to do for me? Probably about the same as the hula hoop and the Rubik's Cube did, which was nothing! (Well, except for get me arrested a few times.)" Read the full article

Do Not Get Me a Hippopotamus for Christmas

I do not want a hippopotamus for Christmas. I seriously mean this. I live in a moderate-sized condominium, which does not have space for a hippopotamus. So do not buy me one unless you are also going to buy me a bigger home. Read the full article

Confessions of an Urban Nature Lover

I'm one-quarter Norwegian by ancestry, but apparently, my nature-loving genes are recessive. My idea of exploring the outdoors involves sitting by my fireplace as a program about Mount Everest flickers on TV. If other people want to attempt oxygen-deprived death marches, more power to them. I'll watch their video on the Discovery Channel if they make it home alive. Read the full article

Bah Humball!

There are several theories as to why American football is called "football," the two most common being that (1) the inventors of the sport were too lazy to come up with something original, or (2) the ball used in the American version of the game is shaped like a foot with a severe case of gout. Read the full article

Le Tour de Rants

The Tour de France is a thrilling event in which sporty men with names like Lance attempt to ride bicycles through French villages without getting hit by camera crews on motorbikes. Read the full article

Live and Let Diet: Dangerous Fun with Dr. Atkins

The Atkins Diet is a fun weight-loss plan that is sweeping the nation. You must avoid carbohydrates and sugar, but you can eat all the high-cholesterol foods you want, such as 32-ounce steaks, bacon and eggs, and, where legal, delicious whale-blubber-and-cheddar omelets. Eventually, your arteries clog. You then die of a heart attack and get very, very skinny. Read the full article

Double Tall Confusion: Remedial Italian for Caffeine Addicts

The problem with Seattle is nobody here speaks Italian. I don't speak Italian either, but there's a difference between me and the rest of Seattle. Everyone else in this city is running around with over-priced cups of caffeine, tossing around faux-Italian names for their beverages as if they were fluent. Read the full article

Driving Miss Crazy

The sun was shining brightly. I was in a happy mood. Unfortunately, my mood shifted when a woman who had apparently learned to drive from the bestselling book, "All I Really Need to Know About Driving, I Learned in Kindergarten," attempted to kill me. Read the full article

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