I've had a great couple days. After leaving Toms River seeing Bill's new house, I drove down US-9 to Cape May. I learned the term South Shore. I had scallops at sunset overlooking a marina, after touring the kitschy motel resorts of adjoining Westwood NJ. Too cool. Zoning requires new construction (walgreens, wawa) to adopt 50's … Continue reading NJ and Baltimore .
I was told, earlier this summer, that I'm the kind of person that “never met a stranger”. That was very insightful, but there is one caveat to that insight. The cold call. I can address a group of 100, I can do a public Q&A session without being fully prepared. I can confidently introduce somebody … Continue reading Breaking the Ice (Schrödinger’s Stalker) .
My host Jack loves the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and attends all the home football games. So I took this sunny September Saturday and headed out to the beach again. It was great to sun myself, after being wrapped in the cocoon of safety gear all summer. Here's some background that I've kinda kept under wraps. … Continue reading Oh, My Aching Foot
I escaped this summer's poisonous presidential election, in part, by taking my extended motorcycle trip. But running can only take me so far. I am a flaming liberal who at times considers Bernie Sanders to be a corporate shill. Jack, my host, teases out his political leanings, here and there, and it is no secret … Continue reading Tell Me You’re Voting for Trump .
I woke up today in the NJ suburbs near Rutgers, on an extended stay with my friend Jack. As I posted elsewhere, we started Sunday 9/11/16 with a stirring memorial service at the Marlboro memorial park. From there, Jack showed me “the Jersey shore”. A couple of scamps, trolling for trouble in his corvette. Watching … Continue reading The Jersey Shore .
Here's everything: I contracted a guy to haul the scooter home, privately, in a sealed trailer. I used a website called uShip.com. it's like ebay or Airbnb, but you list what you want shipped and where, and truckers bid on hauling it. There's a category for motorcycles; also cars, sailboats, household furniture, and live pets. … Continue reading The Latest Plan: Pitstop in FL
My time in Traverse City, and now Grand Rapids has been filled with the most interesting, informative, inspiring, and delightful people. I met all of these in the last third of my time in Michigan, in just the one week after AMUUSE csmp. In Traverse City, I first spent a day in Empire, with a … Continue reading New Friends: West Michigan Edition
.My time in the Bronx was amazing for my exposure to a new location: homes, geography, transit. But this story relates to the people, situations, and conversations I shared in that area: I got stuck in Roanoke, VA when my plans suddenly changed. My friend Jack, who I met on the atheist cruise the previous … Continue reading People in NYC .
Just Plain Nuts! That was my departure, running out the door, a day late, sleeping off a migraine, carrying an untested telephone. I had eight weeks to get my act together and this was a most unceremonious departure. The Reason Rally in Washington was the following Saturday, but I wanted three days in the city. … Continue reading Amtrak: Orlando and onto WDC .