Sunday, May 13, 2007

Ten Observations on the Road from New Orleans to Boston

I have not posted anything for a couple days, as we have been driving from New Orleans to Boston.  First, a happy Mother's Day to all mothers, children of mothers, husbands and partners of mothers, and mothers of mothers.

Several observations:

1.  The first night, we wanted to stop in Roanoke, but the Virginia Tech commencement is this weekend and the hotels were full for a couple hundred miles in each direction.  We ended up in Lexington, Virginia, home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee, and where you cannot get a New York Times until the bookstore opens at 8:00 a.m.

2.  Cracker Barrel provides one of those peg puzzles on each table (a triangle - you jump the pegs).  The instructions said you were dumb as a rock if you didn't get below three.  I was dumb as a rock.  Repeatedly.

250pxthunderbolt_ii_flight_above 3.  In Virginia, the signs tell you "Speed Enforced by Aircraft."  I kept looking for an A-10 Warthog ready to take me out.

4.  Because of the traffic, we spent longer driving from milepost 1 to 25 of 1-95 in Connecticut than through several entire states combined.Shanks

5.  Rick Reilly's Shanks for Nothing, the sequel to Missing Links (one of the funniest books I have ever read), is not nearly as good as its predecessor (he is rushing his swing), but it is still a very good "book on tape" for the road. 

6. Nobody called while my test was being administered (I think we were in Chattanooga by then).  That was a relief.

7. I highly recommend the cooked, not instant packaged, oatmeal at the Residence Inn by Marriott.

8. We pulled into Cambridge (where we bought a house this past January) on Saturday morning, and did the first important errands - The Home Depot in Watertown, and signing up for an athletic club.

Zombie_escalator 9. Our house is off Porter Square, and it's about a 30 minute walk to Harvard Square, where we had dinner.  On the way home we were treated to the Zombie March, which had started in Davis SquareDucksonparade and was heading down Mass Ave.

10. This morning we walked all the way from the house into downtown Boston, where we encountered the Public Garden tulips in full bloom, and the Duckling Day Parade in progress.

[Jeff Lipshaw]

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I've long wanted to complain to Cracker Barrell management about those diabolical peg puzzles. I'll be they stump even topologists!

Posted by: Frank | May 17, 2007 11:55:16 AM

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