This hydrant is cooler than me. And it's probably cooler than you.
Here in the mighty US of A, we have only the finest modern toilet technology.
As the regular visitor to this blog, you should know by now that I love a good sign. And vacations are the time to find some extra-special ones. Whether it be an interesting name for a business, the never-ending wonder of American place names, and the simple theatre signs that raises more questions than it … Continue reading On Vacation Signs
As a visitor to your shores, I want to assure you that, despite appearances, you have a pretty great country here. I mean, you're not Sweden, but you're not Australia either. I know you know what I mean. Traveling around the freeways and sideroads of this great country of yours, I see some quite amazing … Continue reading On Roadside Americana
Spotted in San Francisco. A rare sign that made me want to go in to a church and see what was going on. I mean, I think we actually ended up in Starbucks and there I had a quasi-religious experience of my own, but still. I was tempted by the Lord. Or Lady. So that … Continue reading Church
Sadly, I can't give you any more details as to what exactly was so miraculous about the Loretto Chapel's miraculous stairway. Maybe it trips up people who want to push past as I'm trying to walk up it. Maybe it feels like it's going up when really it's going down. Maybe it's just a flat … Continue reading On Miracles and Staircases
Day 1 You’re up early to wave your wife off. You’ve carried her suitcase to the waiting Lyft, now back for a coffee and check of the work email. Modern tech means that you’re never really apart. At least not for very long. You can share the ride to the airport, the breakfast, and then … Continue reading So Your Wife is Out of Town for a Week
We're in Denny’s, because Roadtrip Rules are still in force, and because there's one just across the parking lot from our delightfully clean and anonymous hotel. At the table next to ours, two African American bikers sit down. They’re older guys, with some impressive looking patches on their biker vests. I imagine they’re business professionals … Continue reading #Illinois2018 – Fairs and Parades
Litchfield, IL is...hell, I don’t know. One thing that road trips have taught me is that it’s impossible to really know a place just by being a tourist for a few days. Sure, Hot Springs is awesome and we definitely should retire there, even though we spent only one night there…but that doesn’t mean I’m … Continue reading #Illinois2018 – Thoughts on Litchfield and Springfield
First, let me say that websites that mock the customers of Walmart always seem mean-spirited to me, and they give lie to the idea that there’s no such thing as a class system in America. Laughing at the "Walmart weirdos" is just middle-class people mocking the working-class and the poor. That being said, anywhere a … Continue reading #Illinois2018 – On Small-Town Madness