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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Almost Heaven

 

My more attractive, talented partner in marriage and myself were sitting around discussing what today’s social distancing hath wrought. And what to do about it. I had a stack of once-watched DVD’s on the table with Amadeus and Lawrence of Arabia on top — great films notable for their length. We both agreed that, in times of panic, go for the Directors’ Cuts.

But it just didn’t work. Is that all there is? So we arrived at the best (only?) solution for fearless, devil-may-care Americans. Road Trip!

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. High Plains Blizzard: Discontent on a Montana Highway

 

Move across the Great Plains in November and you are chancing sudden, serious winter weather. My parents did this twice in the 1970s with four young children. As we recall, the family dog was flown instead of sharing in the road trip both times. This was before hotels and motels catered to people with animals.

November 1977 found the Brown family convoying west from Fort Knox, KY, to Fort Lewis, WA. Dad had been reassigned from an Army hospital, commanded by a colonel, to an Army medical center, commanded by a one-star brigadier general. This was very good, as it meant he was moving into position to be promoted, as a clinician rather than administrator, from lieutenant colonel to colonel. What was not so good was the weather.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Salt Lake City Meetup and Associated Adventures

 

A handful of us went to SpikeCon, a large science fiction convention in Layton, UT, and had a Ricochet Meetup after the convention. But there was a lot more to the trip than that. Since @katiekoppelman lives near us, she rode along with my wife (Sarah) and me. We caught up with others along the way. The first day was just straight driving from Fargo, ND, to Sheridan, WY. When we went to supper, we saw that Sheridan has a lot of western- and wildlife-themed sculptures along the downtown sidewalks. Since it was raining a little after we got out of the restaurant, we decided to take some time to tour the sculpture scene the next morning before hitting the road.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Road Trip to Yesterday: Deciding to Go

 

Several months ago, virtually and out of the blue, I received an invitation to a reunion from a high school classmate with whom I did not graduate. It was quite unexpected (since I left after the 9th grade), but surprisingly enough, I found myself intrigued. It is not my custom to reopen closed chapters in my life, but in the months since receiving the invitation, I have warmed to the idea. Not in the least because such a journey would give me the opportunity to visit a place I never expected to see again. This place, in fact, is the genesis to two earlier posts of mine: The Great White-Out of Midway High and River Walk. Of course, there will be no river walk in summer. Alas.

There is a danger in the going, however. The image which I have, real or fantasy, may be lost or irrevocably altered. The rich and fertile ground of memory, perception, and impression that so indelibly mark my understanding of things – particularly my past – may be revealed as veneer, unsubstantiated, phony. To lose the mystery, to have it revealed or to be understood as something else entirely, could poison the well that feeds what remains of my imagination.

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Story Hour with Bridget Phetasy is a segment where Bridget reminisces with cousin Maggie and tells stories explaining who she is and how she got here. Full transcript available here: WiW6-PhetasyOriginStory-Transcript

Bridget Phetasy shares the definition of the word Phetasy (a word she made up). The origin of the company, taking it on tour across country for 6 months, the eventual downfall of phetasy.com and the hope for its future resurrection. Along the way hear stories about a crazy ex-neighbor who thought Bridget was spying on her for Oliver Stone, how Bridget met her (now ex) husband from Belarus when he was working as a busboy, the “days of soup and toast”, and why attempting to cross the border into Canada with bundles of t-shirts wrapped in white plastic bags and duct tape is a bad idea.

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Uber has announced that, starting today, self-driving vehicles will be available to users of their service in San Francisco. My proposal: The IT department of ICE, with help from the NSA, should – “Stuxnet”-style – hack into Uber’s systems and create an “offer” of free transportation to anyone who can prove he is an illegal […]

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The brisk summer air, the hardwood forests – the perfect time to visit New England! More

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I’m spending the night in Denver, Colorado. At the hotel my Mother picked out a Cannabis Tourism map, showing the local distributors, glass shops and pot related tourist destinations. It also included legal hints (It’s illegal to smoke pot from a balcony that’s visible to the public. Who knew?), and some advertising on the back. […]

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In about three weeks time I’ll be road tripping with my parents from (roughly speaking) Northern California all the way back to my native Wisconsin. Any suggestions for stops along the way? More

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