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Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 15: San Francisco, CA
August 11, 2011 – 10:19 AM | 5 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 15: San Francisco, CA

I hadn't let myself dwell on it, because what good would it have done except to paralyze me, but a part of me believed I wouldn't get to California, that I would end up towed …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 10: Lewis & Clark Lake, NE to Ogallala, NE
August 6, 2011 – 11:08 AM | 10 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 10: Lewis & Clark Lake, NE to Ogallala, NE

I dragged my feet. I checked every room twice more than I needed to, in case I'd overlooked a cord, or a watch — I even "checked" outside, where none of these things would have …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 9: Dakota Dunes, SD to Lewis & Clark Lake, NE
August 5, 2011 – 12:49 AM | 15 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 9: Dakota Dunes, SD to Lewis & Clark Lake, NE

It dawned hot, still humid, and I was up by then. I'd slept like shit — no dreams, but waking up every hour, forgetting where I was and why I had come there. I spent …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 8: Mauston, WI to Dakota Dunes, SD
August 3, 2011 – 10:25 PM | 7 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 8: Mauston, WI to Dakota Dunes, SD

I woke up just after dawn. I hadn't slept enough, quite, and I kept doing things like trying to wash my hair with bar soap and almost packing a cup of coffee. Once I actually …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 5: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
July 30, 2011 – 10:49 AM | 8 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 5: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

As I write about Friday, it's actually Saturday, and Pop-Up Chapel is underway back in NYC. I'm so thrilled and impressed; congratulations all, big and small. Go to Merchants' Gate in Columbus Circle to feel …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 4: Madison, WI to Minneapolis, MN
July 29, 2011 – 6:51 PM | 11 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 4: Madison, WI to Minneapolis, MN

Morning. Thursday was Biscuit Day at the Clarion Suites breakfast buffet, an "event" that had me more excited than it should have. I collected a few dough pucks and nibbled while answering email; then it …

Support Local Biz: July 12, 2011
July 12, 2011 – 5:27 PM | 5 Comments
Support Local Biz: July 12, 2011

Just a reminder that you can read about icky food on my Tumblr, Revolting Snacks of North America. Pictured above is today's specimen, the Utz Cheeze Ball.
And on another note entirely, from reader Kristen F. …

The Squared Up Podcast, Episode 3: Bloody Sox
March 14, 2011 – 10:46 AM | 5 Comments
The Squared Up Podcast, Episode 3: Bloody Sox

I took it on the road for Episode 3 — to God's Little Acre, New Jersey, where friends of TN Mike "BSD" Dunn and Janine "J9" Jenik-Dunn rolled out a fantastic spread of peanuts, Cracker …

The Vine: February 2, 2011
February 2, 2011 – 1:06 PM | 12 Comments
The Vine: February 2, 2011

Hi! I'm an American teaching English in Russia, and I frequently field difficult questions from my students. I can almost always find a good answer for them, but this one is giving me issues:
Why do …

The Squared Up Podcast, Episode 2: Whither Pelfrey?
January 17, 2011 – 11:00 AM | 6 Comments
The Squared Up Podcast, Episode 2: Whither Pelfrey?

The Squared Up Podcast returns at last! Our first 2011 broadcast features Jill Stempel, a.k.a. "Bean," who's responsible for my reversion to Mets fandom. We remain friends despite this. Heh.
Episode 2 is Mets-heavy, and topics …