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A Thousand Words: Why and Why

September 8th, 2009
by Claire Bidwell Smith

CHICAGO, IL-

Home was Los Angeles. And my life there was one of aimless, tipsy grieving. My father had died six months before this story begins and ever since I’d been casting about listlessly. One of my best friends, Lucy, lived down the street and we spent many a day together, drinking cocktails before 5pm and pondering the meaning of our mid-twenties. One such afternoon we decided that the best possible solution to our problems would be to go into business together importing t-shirts from Thailand. This may have just been an excuse to conduct “business meetings” over Bloody Marys at a restaurant in Culver City called Dear John’s, but whatever the case, we forged ahead with the plan.

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Tales from a Budding Travel Writer: Getting Started in the Philippines

September 1st, 2008
by Claire Bidwell Smith

CHICAGO, IL-

I’ve officially been on 5 press trips now. The Philippines, Taiwan, The Grenadines, Boulder and Costa Rica.

The first one, to the Philippines, was when I was 25 years old. I didn’t know anything about travel writing or press trips or what was expected of me. I only knew that I was going to the Philippines and that everything was going to be paid for.

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Swimming with Thresher Sharks Seems Like the Obvious Choice When You Decide to Give Yourself Up to the World

July 12th, 2007
by Claire Bidwell Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA-

I couldn’t go home yet. I’d made it this far out into the world—surely I could go a little farther.

The PR woman in charge of the Filippino press trip I was on arranged to have my stay extended, and I eagerly researched methods to get to a small island north of Cebu called Malapascua.

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Breaking Leather, Part III: Two Co-Ed Grad Students Go on a Ride-Along with the Inglewood PD

May 15th, 2007
by Claire Bidwell Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA-

Start with Part I in which Lydia and I attend a police briefing, respond to an unfortunate situation at Burger King, roll a code 3, and embark on one of the most thrilling nights of our lives.

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Breaking Leather, Part II: Two Co-Ed Grad Students Go on a Ride-Along with the Inglewood PD

April 18th, 2007
by Claire Bidwell Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA-

Read Part I in which Lydia and I attend a police briefing, respond to an unfortunate situation at Burger King, roll a code 3, and embark on one of the most thrilling nights of our lives.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

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Breaking Leather: Two Co-Ed Grad Students Go on a Ride-Along with the Inglewood PD

March 29th, 2007
by Claire Bidwell Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA-

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

The Wood = Inglewood

Bump ‘Em Up = Scare someone a little

Break Leather = Pull your gun from your holster

Roll a Code 3 = Turn on the sirens & respond to a call

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