Category Archives: Travel

Air drag deployed (part 6: Sold)

While my insurance adjuster was looking for my old car, I was looking at a new one. Kim, Matthew, and I spent that Saturday at nearby dealership, test-driving multiple models and evaluating colors. We finally settled on one that afternoon … Continue reading

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Air drag deployed (part 5: Stalled)

That weekend, I left a message for my claim contact, between her bankers’ hours. Her message had said she had a few questions about the accident, so I recapped it as best I could in a voicemail message – not … Continue reading

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Air drag deployed (part 4: Scrutiny)

Back home, I had the first message from my claim contact. She had called while I was still dealing with the accident, and I thought she must really be on top of things. That was the last time I thought … Continue reading

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Air drag deployed (part 3: Scoob?)

The tow truck arrived about ten minutes later. The guy got out and my first thought was “a right jolly old elf.” He didn’t quite look like Santa, but…he looked like Santa. Perhaps Santa’s southern cousin. He was rotund and … Continue reading

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Air drag deployed (part 2: Shock)

Once I forced my car to hobble onto the shoulder, I turned off the ignition, looked further ahead, and partially solved the mystery of the missing second party. Maybe 300 yards in front of me (I’m a horrible judge of … Continue reading

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Air drag deployed (part 1: Stasis)

Last month, I was involved in a car wreck. And by “was involved in,” I meant “caused.” And by “car wreck,” I meant “complete debacle, kicking off one of the strangest chain reactions that’s ever had me at its epicenter.” … Continue reading

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Dan folds

It was September 12, 2001. I was stuck in Peoria, Illinois, where I’d been when the previous day’s attacks had occurred. I’d come for a communicators’ conference, which had ended early and left me more or less stranded there while … Continue reading

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Testing my limits

It was the most devastating phone call I’ve ever received, and certainly not something a 16-year-old kid is prepared to face. Yet on that long-ago Saturday morning, all across the county where I grew up and went to school, hundreds … Continue reading

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Feckless checklist

Sitting at home with a sleep-deprived, cranky six-year-old? Check. Trying to pry the ten-year-old away from a new videogame to do homework? Check. Refereeing multiple shouting matches over the shared usage of said videogame? Check. Responsible for delivering three bulky … Continue reading

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Remember to dose up for your close-up

Anybody remember the hot topic from this time last year? It was the TSA’s enhanced security measures, which had the nation in an uproar. Part of the problem was the practically nude scans of travelers, prompting people to opt for an enhanced … Continue reading

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