I’m not stupid (though some might argue that fact). I know that a whale’s “tale” is called a “fluke”, but this is a story about humpback whales in the Maui Channel in March – during the tail end of their annual 6,000-mile, round-trip trek from Alaska. Because I was traveling with my wife and another […]
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Drift Diving Away in Cozumel
When you dive in Cozumel, Mexico, encountering currents is pretty much a given and virtually all dives here are drift dives. Located about 12 miles east of Playa del Carmen, Cancun, currents around this popular Mexican resort island can run from mild to moderate (1-6 knots) on most reefs , so it can be a […]
A Mid-Century Modern Trip Down Memory Lane: Orbit In, Palm Springs
I’ve been vacationing in Palm Springs since 1958. The first three years, my family drove from San Francisco to this desert resort area during our school’s winter vacations between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Initially, we stayed in small 1950s-era hotels that only had a handful of rooms in U-shaped buildings surrounding a pool. The […]
Heavy Breathing on Half Dome
Heavy Breathing on Half Dome And Other Ways To Stay In Shape For Diving By Gil Zeimer This article originally appeared in the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Dive Pacific Magazine. Why did I trek 18.2 miles (29 kilometers) round-trip to one of California’s most celebrated mountains with five of my besties? Why did I […]
Another “Only In San Francisco” Treat: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
From its TV jingles, we all know that Rice-A-Roni is “The San Francisco Treat”. As a native, I’ve also enjoyed Dungeness Crab, Sourdough French Bread, It’s It Ice Cream Sandwiches, Anchor Steam Beer, Ghirardelli Chocolate, and Irish Coffee from the Buena Vista Café. However, there’s one “Only in San Francisco” thing that you may not […]
Two Fortnights Across The Pond: Jolly Old England the Land of Port Wine – Part II
a Steep hills, cold water, warm sun, wind, lots of fog. Looks like S.F, but it’s not. Dear Portugal, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I never visited your beautiful country before now. I’m sorry I didn’t consider a trip here when I was 21 or on my previous ventures to the European Continent. I’m sorry I […]
“A Magical History Tour” – The Beatles Story Museum Is A Must See in Liverpool
This award-winning museum brings to life the story of the band that made music history. It houses the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. It’s a must see during a visit to Liverpool.
Two Fortnights Across The Pond: Jolly Old England the Land of Port Wine, Part I
This is my 7th trip to Europe. The first was in 1970 when I was 21 years old. At the time, Queen Elizabeth had been sitting on the throne for only 18 years; her PM was Edward Heath. The Beatles were at the height of their popularity and recorded “Let It Be”, their final album, […]
The Dolphin Club: A Contingent Beneficiary — my Uncle Benny
Equipment Upgrade 2.0
Your gear may be years old. It still works. But is it safe? By Gil Zeimer Alert Diver Magazine, May, 2002 Most of us don’t even think twice about upgrading our computers, our software, our cell phones, our wardrobe, our cars, or perhaps even our homes every two to 10 years. But when did you […]
Scuba Diving With The Oldies
Ten senior members of the Marin Dive Club just completed 170 dives at Little Cayman Beach Resort. Despite prescription masks, a few equipment problems, and other Senior Underwater Moments, our average age was 70 and the median number of dives was 400. Our advanced ages don’t stop us from diving all around the world.
Little Cayman Scuba Writer Dive Log
It took 3 planes and 32 hours to get to Little Cayman Island, but it’s well worth the hassle for a scuba diver and scuba writer like me with our #MarinScubaClub.
Our Roamin’ Holiday, 23 Days, 5 Countries and 1 Medical Issue
Our Roamin’ Holiday: 23 Days, 5 Countries… Days 1-2 were absorbed by 20 hours of travel, but Day 3 in Rome was “molto bene”. Instead of the Spanish Steps, Ellen and I walked 6.7 miles (13,500 steps). (Click on any photo to enlarge it.) Instead of The Colosseum, The Forum, The Parthenon and The Vatican, […]
Tiburon – A San Francisco Lesser-Known Day Trip
Just about everyone has heard of Sausalito, California, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. But few know about Tiburon, just a 10-minute drive away. Don’t feel like driving? Then it’s just a 30-minute ride across the water from San Francisco’s Ferry Building during rush hour or Pier 41 throughout the day. In fact, it’s […]
BNI Comedic Copywriter Presentation
My BNI Embarcadero presentation yesterday focused on what I called “Comedic Copywriting”. I have enjoyed inserting humor, where appropriate, to get the attention of readers of advertising projects that I’ve written for over 35 years.
5 Reasons Why I Love Aruba
I visited Aruba a few months ago for the second time. But I’ll be back. Even though it’s a long haul from California, it’s a short hop for those on the East Coast. That’s why “One Happy Island” offers many things that you’d enjoy in the dead of winter. The Weather. You can’t beat the […]
Senior Care Blog
I recently wrote a blog for a home care agency, Home Care Assistance entitled “Love With The Proper Senior”. My client said: “The marketing team is going through the various processes for reviewing and proofing and publishing your blog post, and they are over the moon in love with your stories! I just keep hearing […]
A Multi-Million Dollar BNI SF Success Story
Two friends of mine through BNI San Francisco won a $9 million settlement for a case. Here’s the blog written by Gil Zeimer, Albert Stoll and Walter Haynes…
Marin IJ Community Columnist for Belvedere-Tiburon
I’m proud to share these 19 stories I wrote as the “About Town” Community Correspondent for the Marin Independent-Journal between October 2017 and March 2018. It focused on some of the people in Belvedere or Tiburon who were interesting, had an unusual hobby, or just seemed like a good fit for this column. March 23, […]
San Francisco Direct Response Copywriting
These are some of my highest response projects for San Francisco direct response copywriting across the financial, hearing, healthcare and consumer packaged good industries.
Freelance IT Copywriting — Essention.co
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with two amazingly savvy IT guys who co-founded Essention.cothrough a BNI referral. But they’re not just IT guys.
My All-Time Favorite Copywriting Headlines
I’ve written thousands of projects over the past 35+ years, so it’s pretty hard to choose my favorite copywriting headlines. But here are ten of them that I presented last week to my networking group: BNI Embarcadero…