Friday, April 25, 2008

Twenty Years of Schoolin'

Because the days of cheap petrol seem to be gone, I've become all the more obsessed with travels past and future. May just have to walk the Earth. Meantime, a used VHS copy of Andrei Codrescu's documentary Road Scholar is on its way, and more on that soon. For fans of New Orleans, there's his collection of short bits to check out, New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City -- nod to the film Hiroshima, Mon Amour -- (Algonquin Books formerly of Chapel Hill, 2006, not to be confused with a new "experimental movie" of the same main title). Salute to Bubs and his Sprawling Ramshackle Compound, too, for a number of recent New Orleans-themed posts.

create your own visited states map

I've spent at least a day or a night in forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands sometime over the past twenty-eight years. Missed Utah, Alaska and Hawaii. Four members of my family have spent a lot of time in Alaska, so there's a vicarious thrill from that.

Most desired travel destinations outside the USA and its territories for moi, one way or another and sooner rather than later, God willing:

Vietnam; Cuba; Spain (return visit); France (ditto.); Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Meanwhile, Detroit is just fine for further exploration. We've got two Trader Joe's and various conservation projects in process, plenty to do and see right here. So the world is in fresh turmoil. Be resilient. If we can't walk the Earth, we can always walk around the block or read a book.

Today's Rune: Signals.


the walking man said...

Got all the lower 48 in,southern Canada from coast to coast and, many nautical miles in the North Atlantic.
I posted yesterday at another spot to someone who says they have never been to Detroit and started reeling off the improvements and sights.

There is a hell of a lot to do and see south of W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. It is primarily between there and 8 mile that the thuggery occurs although the homeless population becomes more evident the closer you get to the fringe of the donut hole, that has been all beautified and reshaped.

Walking is good, going as far as your legs can get you, in belief that there will be rest at that point is good. Reading is good, a walk for the mind, a sip for the soul.

Movement of any kind, towards the goal is all we can hope for and it is hope that is best.



lulu said...

I'm planning a trip to Vietnam next year, wanna join me?

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks for the comments. Mark, I'll get to it. Feet don't fail me now !

Lulu, seriously? When are you going? I was starting to contemplate in March of '009. Cool!