Category: Travel

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Dallas: An Improbable City

Dallas is an improbable city. In many ways it seems to have sprung up by accident. No Navigable River Unlike most major cities, Dallas does not have a navigable river. The Trinity River is...

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Greetings From Springfield: A Postcard

While writing a recent article about a childhood trip to Springfield, Illinois, I had an idea for a postcard. I was originally going to include it in the article itself, but as sometimes happens,...

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A Train Ride to Springfield, Illinois

When I was eleven years old, we lived on a farm in rural Illinois. My dad worked for a law firm in Missouri, and one day he had to drive up to Springfield, Illinois...

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Texas: A Whole Nother Country

I’ve been living in Texas for over five years now, and it’s an interesting place to live. I never planned on living here this long, but at least for the foreseeable future, I don’t...

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The Layover: Hurry Up and Wait

Like most people, I hate waiting rooms. While doctors’ offices and DMVs come directly from the Ninth Circle of Hell, there is also an.other kind of waiting that is more akin to the Christian...

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The Auction

When moving to the South Pacific, you can’t just load up a U-Haul truck and drive there. Everything’s got to go by plane or by boat. This gets expensive, so you have to learn...

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Route 66: The Great Mother Road

My oldest memory is of Route 66. I was around three years old watching “E.T.” at the Route 66 Drive-In on Watson Road, just outside of St. Louis. The drive-in is long gone, paved...

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The 3 Rules of Moving

When it comes to moving, I have one word of advice. Don’t. Moving’s a bitch, and if you can avoid it, you probably should. Unfortunately, sometimes you just have to relocate. Though moving can...

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The Greatest Breakfast of My Life

The greatest breakfast of my life was at a Holiday Inn near Midway Airport in Chicago. It was a continental breakfast buffet, and it wasn’t the food that was so great. It was the...

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Car Free in America

It’s hard to live car free in America. Ever since General Motors conspired to eliminate the nation’s streetcars, our national infrastructure has been built around the automobile. You might be able to go car...