My answers to travel questions

I like reading the travel Q-and-As in the Boston Globe, even if I don’t know much about the subject, like today’s with Aisslinn Nosky, concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society.

Since I’m going to Chicago in a few weeks, I figured I’d take a crack at answering the questions myself.

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Things I learned in college, but not in class

“Many students, nervous about a new environment, follow friends from high school or people whose demographic backgrounds match their own into homogeneous cocoons.“

— Frank Bruni, ‘How to Get the Most Out of College,” The New York Times

A guy I graduated high school with also went to Utica College — for one year, anyway, before he transferred — and before I could even bring up the topic, he made one thing very clear.

We were not going to be roommates, and he didn’t even want to hang out all that much.

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No pinch, but I grew an inch

As someone who has spent most of his life in the front row of pictures, I have some sympathy for the guy who wants so badly to be tall, he tells people he’s 6 feet, even though he’s only 5-feet, 8-inches.

But only some — I mean, c’mon … it’s one thing to add an inch or so, but four is just silly.

However, if he’s patient, maybe he’ll be able to do what I did …

… add an inch when he’s 45.

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Farewell to the old car, hello to the new one

The car didn’t hear me say it had done good.

Of course it didn’t. It’s a car; any feelings or sentiment were only going to come from from my wife or me.

But as it was being hooked to the back of the tow truck — not even on the flatbed because a truck was already there — I felt it important to acknowledge the 2003 Toyota Corolla that had been our longer-drive car, and run incredibly well right until the end.

Because it had done good. It had done real good.

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A new place to find me

The blog is still the same … although perhaps you’ve noticed the new name. (That’s Silly pictured above. He was such a good kitty.)

However, I’ve set up a Twitter account strictly for the purposes of shamelessly plugging what I write, and writing that I think is interesting.

You can find it at @a_silly_place

Give it a follow, and tag me if you write stuff you think is cool!

No accounting for taste (except for mine, of course)

Because everyone’s a sucker for lists, I spent some time the other day scrolling through NPR’s list of “The 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women+.

There were plenty of artists in there who I liked — the highest-ranked on my iPhone is Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” at No. 20 — but my favorite artist (and not just woman artist), Jennifer Nettles, was missing.

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