Monthly Archives: June 2006

Going South, part 6

We eventually did arrive in sunny South Carolina, the Palmetto State, starting point of the American Civil War. We stayed in Mauldin, one of the many suburbs of Greenville. Since there was no real itinerary, I gave myself two goals; … Continue reading

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Going South, part 5

Nothing in particular happens to you when you enter the U.S. South. Banjos don’t start playing, gospel choirs don’t start singing, and you don’t develop a drawl in your speech. From the point of view of Interstate 77, nothing much … Continue reading

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Going South, part 4

[part 1] [part 2] [part 3] Not every house in PA is a shack and not every town looks like a trailer park. Some of the settlements and buildings are quite impressive and may well date back from before Independence. … Continue reading

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Going South, part 3

[part 1] [part 2] The only map of any part of the U.S. we have is the little bits of map that fill out the edges of our Ontario map. This is enough to get us going in more or … Continue reading

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Going South, part 2

[part 1] One of these highways is a Canadian one and one is American. Can you tell which one? We’re hopefully going to drive from Fort Erie, Ontario, though New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and finally into … Continue reading

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Going South, part 1

I don’t get vacations all that often, but when I do they don’t tend to be normal. I’m going to Greenville, South Carolina with Marcy to visit some of her friends. But as an added wrinkle, we’re not going to … Continue reading

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What does the money pay for?

“Sixty bucks for that!?” “Sir, I just removed 12 different viruses from your computer. The ones that were preventing it from starting.” “But that’s sixty bucks. Jesus, my mechanic doesn’t charge this much.” I get this kind of indignation now … Continue reading

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