Cloudy Sunday -- 07/25/04

Overcast weather appears to have settled in for an extended visit with (according to Weather Underground) a 36% chance of rain all afternoon and early evening. We had been planning on going to a performance of Othello at North Kingstown Town Beach this evening, but I'm not too sure about that as the precipitation probability increases to 67% at 11 p.m. Shakespeare in the park is getting to be ubiquitous. Sometime soon -- maybe this coming week -- we need to get over to Wilcox Park in Westerly for their annual Shakespeare production (this year it's Much Ado About Nothing).

Here's a Sunday Brunch -- Goin' On Vacation:

1. What is your favorite mode of transportation when traveling?
That depends on where I am and where I'm going. For really close travel, say from one spot in a city to another, I'd prefer to walk or take public transit. From one town to another for a reasonable distance I would prefer to go by car. For longer distances I'd prefer to take a train. Make that distance even longer and I'd go by airplane.

2. If you had the means to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 1st choice: England. 2nd choice: Australia and New Zealand. 3rd choice: Europe, especially France, Austria, and the Netherlands. 4th choice: northern Europe (I enjoyed the week or so that I spent in Oslo and I have always wanted to be in someplace like Iceland or Finland for the Summer Solstice). 5th choice: Hawaii is breathtakingly beautiful. 6th choice: I've never been to Japan. 7th choice: hey, there's a whole big wide world to see... and I would love to be able to see it all from orbit.

3. Have you ever been to another country?

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4. If time were not an issue, how long would could you stand to be away from home?
My objection to being away from home is being away from my family, so if my family were with me I wouldn't have those limits. My kids are pretty much adults at this point so I guess if Nancy were with me I could stay away for a month or two. (I assume that the "If time were not an issue" also covers money not being an issue.)

5. What is the funnest or most interesting trip you've taken?
I guess probably the trip to London that Nancy and I made 25 years ago that I wrote about a few entries back (here and here -- and yes, I will write the 3rd installment when I finish getting my den back together and the scanner hooked up again), but I think almost any trip to another country is going to be interesting. Several years ago I spent two fascinating weeks in Australia and would love to return there. And I had a very interesting trip to England about eight years ago where, unlike every other time I've been in England, I was not in London and thus I had my first experience in driving a rental car on the other side of the road (which was very valuable experience to have had when I went to Australia) and seeing life in smaller English towns and taking a train from Basingstoke to Birmingham and discovering Balti cooking and visiting Stratford-on-Avon, etc. (I'm hoping that Nancy's ability to overcome her fear of flying that let her fly to Chicago recently for a family wedding will mean that in future years I'll be able to share with her some of the interesting places I've traveled.)

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