Item description for What Color Is Your Jockstrap?: Funny Men and Women Write from the Road (Travelers' Tales Guides) by Jennifer L. Leo...
A good story improves with the telling, and nothing improves a travel story more than something going wrong. Once the anguish fades, the frustration, embarrassment, danger, and inconvenience provide great material for a tale that can be told again and again. The adventurers in What Color is Your Jockstrap? encounter just about every absurd, surreal, and wacky moment imaginable, from a monster dildo that won't go away to becoming the prey of religious zealots at the world's largest human gathering. The proverbial "hair in my soup" at a French restaurant is spiced up by the proprietor's remarkable solution to the "problem." Nothing is too ridiculous on the road, and as these men and women generously share without shame or undue embarrassment, they prove again and again that a sense of humor is the one tool no traveler should be without.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date May 24, 2006
Publisher Travelers' Tales
ISBN 1932361340 ISBN13 9781932361346
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More About Jennifer L. Leo
Leo won an underwear contest her freshman year at USC during a traditional drum line hazing ritual in the Trojan Marching Band. She is the creator of WrittenRoad, a popular online blog for travel writers.
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Mama Chihuahua Lives On.... Nov 11, 2006
I got a kick reading the reviews of "Jockstrap" and wanted to respond to the previous comment doubting the veracity of my story, "Mama Chihuahua: World's Fiercest Travel Partner." As the daughter of Mama Chihuahua, I can assure you that she has temper and strength enough to knock over several men. If you've ever known someone cursed (or blessed, depending on the situation) with rage, you might be familiar with the miraculous ability of adrenaline to magnify even a small person's might. My mother has a good sense of humor and, although she is slightly embarrassed about her occasional rage, she continues to get a little gleam in her eyes when she remembers the day she let her full force out on those hapless taxi drivers. Wish us good luck on our trip to India! I just hope that my mother's inner lap dog comes out more often than her inner Chihuahua. ;)
Yes people really do this Sep 14, 2006
I was amazed upon reading this book how many people really do quit their jobs-or respond to a layoff-by chucking it all and backpacking the world. And even better, they write about it so the rest of us can continue to dream about it fruitlessly whenever we are stuck in rush hour traffic or an endless project meeting.
This is a collection of travel essays with the emphasis on adventure travel although misadventure is really the uniting theme. A few of the stories are so slapsticky I question how much they've been embellished (particularly Rachel Thurston's.) But many are first rate. My favorites include Sean Presant's story of his visit to a unique Turkish spa, Eben Strousse's high calibre holiday in Cambodia, Scott Turner's tale of Kenyan plumbing (if you've spent any time outside of the US or Europe, you'll have a whole new appreciation for the amazing flush capabilities of our sewage systems), Jennifer Colvin's lesson in Parisian office politics, Conor Grennan's sweet memoir of a birthday spent far from home, Peter Mandel's stint at Six Flags as a television icon, Jennifer Carlisle's trip to Peru which resulted in an unexpected souvenir in the form of a really disgusting parasite, and the always reliable Susan Orlean's take on the appeal of retail therapy in the sky. There were several others I enjoyed too and I regret not being able to list them all.
My favorite story, however, was Seth Stevenson's take on travel in India. Partly because, having spent time in the Middle East-which can bring its own dietary distresses on the foreigner-I am sadly all too familiar with the game "Can I Throw Up in This?" But also because the humor is mixed with a certain world weary reality about the conditions much of the world lives in and the helplessness and guilt you feel when seeing it in person.
All in all, an entertaining and occasionally insightful collection with only a few missteps. And who knows? I'm sure some readers will be inspired to get out there. I look forward to reading the results in a future volume.
Men Join in the Fun on Another Round of Leo's Lightly Entertaining Travel Anecdotes Sep 10, 2006
As with her three previous volumes, including "Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures", editor and travel junkie Jennifer Leo has assembled a series of thirty-five wanderlust-related anecdotes from a number of writers. This time, she decided to add the male perspective with twenty of the short stories presented, and the result inevitably makes for a more diverse collection of experiences. It helps that Leo has recruited several first-rank writers such as Tim Cahill, who contributes a fitfully funny story about his fear of freshwater lakes related to a boyhood memory of snapping turtles. Others seem included merely for shock value like Jennifer Carlisle's account of a worm parasite festering in her leg after an this site Basin trip.
Like Leo's other books, personal humiliation seems to be a pervasive theme, such as Elliot Hester's aborted romance with an Argentinean woman due to a common bout of empanada breath, and Jim Benning's phone call with a Chinese prostitute while his wife is in the shower. The ugly American archetype shows up as well, for instance, in Rachel Thurston's portrayal of her feisty mother decking a mob of taxi drivers in Nepal in "Kill Bill" style. In fact, the well-earned guffaws seem to be more frequent when the anecdotes take place in third world locales where U.S.-bred personal sensibilities take a backseat to survival tactics no matter how humiliating.
Some stories are relatively innocuous like Susan Orlean's rather dry dissection of the omnipresent Skymall catalog and Laurie Notaro's familiar-feeling account of time spent with her parents on their expansive photo collection. There are a few that seem to play up the reader's preconceptions about certain places, such as Seth Stevenson's list of phobias about India and Eben Strousse's post-layoff spending spree in Cambodia shooting up machine guns. All in all, it's a light, enjoyable read, especially on a discount-priced plane where you are easily distracted by rambunctious kids and toilet-obsessed passengers in window seats.
what a fun read! Jul 2, 2006
just picked this book up and couldn't put it down! it's sooooo well written and so diverse. the 'mama chihuahua' piece had me laughing out loud! fun, fun, fun.
Men begged to get into Jen Leo's panties and found themselves in Jockstrap Jun 12, 2006
As one of the editorial reviewers of this book, I enjoyed these stories no end. The really funny ones will get you thinking about all manner of nonsense for days and chuckling out of the blue in public places like a disturbed person. You will never sit next to a beautiful woman with bad breath and think about them in quite the same way after reading this book. You will also never ever, ever complain about your honeymoon again after you read about the two honeymooners who had a barf and bottom festival. This book is a marvelous celebration of humor for both men and women.