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Archive for August, 2010

Tue
31
Aug '10

Come On and Feel the Illinoise

Having exhausted all the cultural and gastronomic delights that St. Louis has to offer (or, at the very least, spent 48 hours in one place), I decided it was time to press on and head towards the rising sun. Far from the wearying funk that came from the record-toeing heat wave and the rolling spikes […]

Thu
26
Aug '10

St. Louis is Listening, Part 2: A Vagabond’s Picks

I’ve always found giving tourist advice in San Francisco to be problematic; usually the visitor, whether a traveler met on the road on their way to my fair city or a houseguest whose belongings are already strewn around the spare bedroom, will ask a loaded and troubling question like “What should we do while we’re […]

Tue
24
Aug '10

St. Louis is Listening, Part 1: Vagabond’s Yelp

Finally, a City! St. Louis was to be my refuge, my island of escape from the the isolation, the “rural charm”, the hills, and most of all, the heat of southern Missouri. On this charge it succeeded. The presumed lack of camping options in downtown St. Louis meant that for the first time in 6 […]

Thu
19
Aug '10

And Into the Fire

God, it’s hot.   Luckily, I found this: Eastern Kansas. Western Missouri. Then the Ozarks started. Screw this, I’m going to St. Louis.

Tue
17
Aug '10

Shout Out: REI

With a brief diversion into the pressing issue of what’s in my shorts. This one should be pretty obvious, but still bears a little exposition. Cycling consists of balancing on a bike seat, lifting your knee and the pedal into which your food is clipped, then pressing that pedal forward and down in an effort […]

Mon
16
Aug '10

Grumpy and the Lutherans

A Kansas vignette. Brewster, KS, population 285, population density 1,131/sq mi. The sun hangs heavily in the late afternoon sky as I cross the railroad tracks I’ve been paralleling and pull into town. It’s not difficult to find the main street and on that, the tavern: Grumpy’s Bar. I enter, still breathing heavily and dripping […]

Fri
13
Aug '10

Children of the Corn

After I left my familial mountain sanctuary I road down the foot hills of the Rockies, aiming toward that mile-high city, Denver. Heading there instead of going straight east from Loveland was a last-minute decision, but I was swayed by the opportunity to again see my friends Jeff and Allie, just back from their entirely […]

Tue
10
Aug '10

Shout Out: SportRx

BUY THIS PRODUCT! I wore contacts for about a year in high school, but between the inconvenience of dealing with them and the fact that without glasses on I look permanently stoned (honest, Mom, it’s just how my eyes look!) I’ve been bespectacled for nearly my entire life. Honestly, I enjoy wearing glasses, and there’s […]

Thu
5
Aug '10

A Retreat From the World

When people ask me my favorite place in the world — a question I like for its openness to interpretation and its ability to reveal a persons ideals and priorities — I respond that for me the title is shared by the Amalfi Coast of Italy and being at the top of the world in […]

Sun
1
Aug '10

Trans-American Books, Part 1

These are the books I’ve finished on this trip, to date: The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler For the Win – Cory Doctorow Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby Snuff – Chuck Palahniuk Interface – Neal Stephenson The Great Simolean Caper – Neal Stephenson Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris The Picture […]