Johnny Welsh

Humor & Entertainment, Travel

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Johnny  Welsh

Johnny Welsh has worked as a professional bartender in Frisco, Colorado, for almost twenty years. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he has a BA in Italian Language, Literature and Culture from Syracuse University. His latest hobby is twisting bar topics into books which has won him two literary awards.


Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Adventure


What starts off as a dare turns into a social experiment that becomes a way of life. A young couple creates a fun way to stay connected by disconnecting. Unplugging the phones and being present are the rules. This travel adventure quickly turns into a self-deprecating comedy about bad smartphone habits. Chance encounters and characters met on the road are intertwined throughout. Is the smartphone addiction phenomenon driving you crazy? Are we relying too much on instant technology? There can be life without these devices, but where is this balance between the tech and physical worlds? Discover how reduction in technology can lead to your serendipitous adventure. WARNING: Strange things might happen, like conversations and live interactions. You may even develop an insatiable desire for traveling unplugged.

Book Bubbles from Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Adventure

What if...

What if David Sedaris, Timothy Ferris, and Tucker Max collaborated on an insanely fun travel memoir? You might find something like this young couple determined to rediscover each other by disconnecting. The rules of their game were simple; turn off the device and be present, along with plenty of happy hours. It was all fun and games to unplug until it began to transform lives. They continue to lead by example against a tsunami of tech companies vying for our attention.

Being human

I hope that reconnecting with each other will stay strong no matter what distractions are nearby. We need each other to help through difficult times.

It's okay not to know

How often do I reach for my phone to find instant answers? I guess I'm average, but when did it become imperitive to know everything instantly. On relaxing road trips it is fun not to know and keep guessing with your friends and family. After all, there is plenty of time until the next bathroom stop!

The end of "Hello"

There are fun solutions to the smartphone phenomenon and I share a few in our travel adventure. We created these on the spot and friends began to adopt them as fun experiments.

The beginning of the journey.

As we set out on our travel adventure without smartphones, the social experiment begins; and so does the humor.

Weedgalized in Colorado: True Tales from the High Country

Humor & Entertainment

Curious about legalizing marijuana? Weedgalized in Colorado is a lighthearted and surprisingly informative read, featuring on-the-ground stories from scores of participants in Colorado’s historic transformation into a cannabis-friendly state. The book doubles as a reference guide, listing dispensaries, strains and more. Johnny Welsh’s unique perspective stems from his career as a professional bartender in the heart of Colorado’s famous ski country. His big, engaging personality encouraged friends and strangers alike to share what they have seen and heard about the state’s new cannabis culture.

Book Bubbles from Weedgalized in Colorado: True Tales from the High Country

Still a blazing hot topic

"Welcome to the high country", used to be a phrase about the elevation. Today, it has a whole new meaning. I guess it's the same with WTF, which I say to tourists as a warm welcome...Welcome to Frisco.

The beginning of a cash tsunami

Four years after the legalization date, January 1, 2014, there are still an overwhelming onslaught of new companies and businesses starting. If you can create a unique cannabis business in your mind, then you are free to enter into this arena and give it a try. The entrepreneur spirit is alive and well. Beware of the tsunami of competition and shortage of housing before you move.

Meet the Ganjapreneurs

Curious about the legalization of marijuana and the initial trailblazers? Here is a quick glimpse into those who are creating unique businesses in the cannabis industry in Colorado. They are known as Ganjapreneurs.

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