After 40 years as a full-time sportswriter and 30 years as a freelance travel writer, I retired to Rome in January 2014. Why Rome? I lived here for 16 months from 2001-03. When you fall in love with Rome it's like spending a weekend with the most beautiful woman in the world and then you spend the rest of your life trying to find her again. It took me 11 years. However, I finally found her. I originally called my website Retired in Rome but changed it when my passport's cover really did develop dog ears. That's how much I travel. On my website I blog about travel, food and sports with a little politics and romance sprinkled in. Hey, I live in Italy. You can't write from Italy without including politics and romance. I have traveled to 100 countries and have yet to find one I didn't find positives. In 2006 I wrote a book about my previous stint in Rome. "An American Gladiator in Rome" is about moving with a long-distance girlfriend to a country where we had no home, no job, no friends and no language skills. Call it a tragic comedy. Like a great relationship, I love Rome as much now as when I first met her and I'll be here the rest of my life.