Starting Off with a Bang!

What better way to welcome the Fourth of July than by combining all the explosive powder from a dozen or more firecrackers, waiting patiently until midnight on Monday, and then setting off this monster device, waking people for miles around and sending dogs into a frenzy of barking.

Then—and you have acknowledge the diabolical timing—setting off a second blast 45 minutes or so later, triggering the same response from every dog within a four- mile radius.

This has become a semi-annual event for the past 8 or 10 years in this part of Maui . . . that is, the first explosion at midnight on July 4th and again on New Year’s Eve to welcome the holidays, followed by the second blast after everyone has gone back to bed. 

I’d love to find this guy. I don’t know what I’d do exactly, but—given the chance to tell my story—no court in the land would convict me.

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Just Released!

A New Book by

Fifty stories from life and 350,000 miles of train travel.

  • Across the U.S. and Canada by train.   
  • London to Paris at 187 mph.      

  • An unexpected performance of Cats in Mongolia.
  • Goose bumps on a warm night in Red Square.
  • Spotting wild camels in the Australian outback.
  • Finding real cowboys in Hungary.

Now available in Kindle and paperback editions from Amazon.



This new book by Jim Loomis is a quick and easy read, full of interesting information about Hawaii that most people don’t know and are surprised to learn:

• There were actually two attacks by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor during World War Two

• There were real cowboys working on ranches in Hawaii *before* there were cowboys in Texas.

• Outdoor advertising (billboards) has been illegal in Hawaii for 100 years.

$6.95 per copy6
6Order direct from the publisher, and use the code: FASCINATEME and the publisher will pay for the shipping.




All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide

Fifty stories drawn from 300,000 miles of train travel. The latest version of Jim Loomis's acclaimed All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide (4th Edition, 2015) is available in stores and online in both printed and electronic formats.
Chicago Review Press, 4th edition (Jan 2015)

Available in four formats:
Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket (for Kindle)
ISBN 9781569761823

Learn more about the book or order it now directly from Chicago Review Press.


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