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Welcome to the Web site of David Volk, writer, editor and humorist extraordinaire.

To paraphrase the cliché used by many travel writers of yore, I am a man of many contrasts.

On one hand, I'm a food and travel writer who has circled the globe in search of stories, some funny, some sad. I know where to find the best restaurants in Seattle, the strangest hotel in Vietnam, the only country music festival in Poland, and how to see China without leaving America. And I'd like to write about it for you.

On the other hand, I'm a professional journalist with a nose for news, an ear for quotes and a lively writing style that makes stories sing. And I have the clips to prove it. I have written for such organizations as Reuters, the Chicago Tribune, Air & Space/Smithsonian, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and the Puget Sound Business Journal.

I specialize in covering business, science, and the environment, but I also do public relations, newsletters, brochures, and collateral material.

On the third hand (preferably somebody else's), I'm also a serious goofball in my off-hours. I have done stand-up comedy, written and performed my own one-man comedy show, organized an April 15th event called "The Irrelevant Tuna Tax Protest," and was the regular host of the "Inanimate Object Bungee Jump" and "Donner Party Memorial (Tastes Like Chicken) Barbecue".

I'm also the author of a travel book, a humor columnist who does weekly rants, and an intrepid urban adventurer.

Don't just take my word for it, though. Take a look around. Come for the serious and stay for the silly.

Or try it the other way around.