Category Archives: driving

In Syracuse, NY, why do we accept mediocrity?

It took way too long for a frustrating, often dangerous traffic situation in Syracuse, NY, to be remedied. What did it take? Two e-mail exchanges, three years apart. How the solution came about is not as important as what the long-standing problem … Continue reading

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‘I can’t go into Canada — I’ve got felonies’

It wasn’t exactly the welcome we expected when we crossed the border. We drove to Michigan last weekend, cutting across Ontario, Canada from western New York to save a couple of hours. After crossing into the U.S., we pulled into … Continue reading

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Intent vs. Outcome: ‘What I really meant was …’

A simple and clever sign my girlfriend and I saw on Cape Cod over the weekend made us smile. And it capped a recent rash of lessons about language, and how the words we choose can be crucial. In a driveway … Continue reading

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Making sense of, and accepting, ‘second-class’ behavior

“Most grown-up behavior, when you come right down to it, is decidedly second-class. People don’t drive their cars as well, or wash their ears as well, or eat as well, or even play the harmonica as well as they would … Continue reading

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How to toot your own horn — in the car, that is

Full disclosure: I am a candidate for the title of Most Impatient Driver. But mindful of how crazy the world is, with road ragers killing other drivers, I mostly just mutter under my breath when another driver pulls a rude … Continue reading

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Crossing state lines, one awesome word at a time

EN ROUTE TO LANSING, Mich. — Long road trips provide a wealth of wordplay, if you know where to look. Especially if you pay attention to highway overpasses and see classic street names like Fangboner Road (east of Toledo, Ohio). … Continue reading

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Road trip revelations: A weekend in Happy Valley

Of the many observations I made visiting my son this weekend, one made all the rest possible: he is happy and thriving on the path he has chosen in life. That confirmation allowed me to enjoy the weekend, without any of the common … Continue reading

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Vermont weekend: Changes in altitude … changes in attitude?

Road trip! A few decades ago, that phrase used to mean a wild weekend to a buddy’s wedding or a major sporting event, often just a convenient excuse for youthful debauchery. That kind of trip I long ago relinquished to … Continue reading

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The end of a road rage story … but what started it?

The other morning I got out of the car at my favorite coffee shop and heard angry shouting from across the busy roadway. A man was standing next to his car, stopped at a red light, yelling at a bicyclist … Continue reading

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