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September 12, 2002
LifeRoad Trip

    From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines,
    Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,
    Listening to others, considering well what they say,
    Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
    Gently,but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.
    I inhale great draughts of space,
    The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine.

    Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

In the morning I begin another one of my road trips, except this time I have no particular destination in mind, and journey for no purpose other than the feel of the road beneath my wheels. I'll most likely be starting a new contract soon, and wanted to grab one more adventure before settling in behind cubical walls.

I promise copious photos and interesting stories from my (paper) journal when I return.

In the meantime, I owe some answers about RDF to some folks, as well as a couple of book reviews. I just finished the RDF posting, and I'm going to try for one of the reviews, but the other, on Geek Love will never occur, I'm afraid. I found I could not finish the book.

Geek Love is a story that's based on the human drama, played out in a circus sideshow. Unfortunately, since I was a small child, I've always hated sideshows, freakshows, anything of this nature. I can't stand Ripley's Believe It or Not, and positively loath Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe in Seattle. I once watched the Movie Freaks when I was younger, and had nightmares for months.

I have no doubt that Geek Love is wonderfully written -- the reviews of it are incredible. But the subject defeats me, and I must apologetically and regretfully return the book to the library. Denise, sorry!


Posted by Bb at September 12, 2002 12:00 AM

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Posted by: on September 12, 2002 12:39 AM

I second your feelings about Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe in Seattle, Shelley.

I only made the mistake of going there once in all the years I visited the waterfront, and that was enough.

I'm sure you'll find much better places on your next trip, particularly if you travel in the spirit of Whitman's open road.

Have a great trip.

Posted by: Loren on September 12, 2002 01:06 AM

Well, it may surprise you all to learn that one of the greatest regrets of my life is not visiting Ripley's Believe It or Not when I was in Newport, OR.

Posted by: Jonathon Delacour on September 12, 2002 02:08 AM

Thanks for saying that about _GL_, Bb. Thought I was a real weenie for not being able to force myself to pick it up.

Oddly, I didn't have trouble with Sheri Tepper's _Sideshow_. I should have.

Posted by: Dorothea Salo on September 12, 2002 08:00 AM

Oh, and it seems your interviews were productive. Congrats, and welcome back to Dilbertville.

Posted by: Dorothea Salo on September 12, 2002 08:11 AM

Though I loved the writing in Geek Love, I can understand it not working for you. To me, The Shipping News has equally wonderful language and touches on some related emotional depths without the sideshow/freakshow element.

Posted by: Abie on September 19, 2002 12:48 PM

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