Category Archives: research

Steve Martin Has to Leave

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Seeing as it is December I am going to shut this blog off.

I plan on leaving this blog as is so that it can be a record of both the trip — and the research and preparation i did to take the roadtrip down south. that part of the blog, the prep, was actually just as enjoyable an experience as the roadtrip itself. not shocking, but wanted to mention that. just sort of looking back, am coming to these realizations.

Thankful to have had the opportunity to spend time with some lovely folks along the journey — Amy and Marian and Ian et al. — as well as fellow Postcarders at Wigginstock 2012 and beyond. Also nice to spend my first Korean-American Thanksgiving in the boozum of the fam at my sister’s in Aurora.

But like Steve Martin, above, I have really enjoyed the process of blogging. I don’t want to leave. So I decided to continue at a new blog HERE, if you are interested in following along, please join me.

Happy Holidays, 2012!

Ice sculpture at Time Warner Center

Ice sculpture at Time Warner Center

drip...

drip… drip… dripping…

Erika
erika_herzog@yahoo.com

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Easton, PA

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In lovely Easton, PA. Giacomo’s Italian Specialties & Grille.

Giacomo’s Italian Specialties & Grille, Easton, PA

a lot of caffeine, and a bit of nyc

made to order cannelloni

in addition to being so friendly — and making fresh to order food — Giacomo’s is located on a really pretty winding road in a residential neighborhood. and they have cafe tables outside where you can eat. i wanted to spend all afternoon sitting in the sun. and anyone who knows me knows i’m not that into the sun. but this was great.

that’s my car rental in the background, framed by some of the most gorgeous fall colors. Enterprise did me a solid and gave me a great car. brand new (under 4,000 miles) and very comfy / cool.

shacking up and last gasp prep

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so if all goes as planned i will be leaving tomorrow for this roadtrip. holy freaking crap!

i am excited, a little stressed, and very glad for this 10 days to explore the South and see a bunch of people i haven’t seen in a while.

looks like i am going to be hustling over to New Orleans by Wednesday so i may or may not have time to dawdle for long in the Blue Ridge Parkway and/or explore Waverly, Alabama. but i’ll just see how it goes as i get going.

Waverly and Smash from Friday Night Lights

sort of finalized one more bit of the trip: After New Orleans and W’12, i am going up to the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi — so cool! much thanks to Dave P. and Anne W. for the tip on this place.

The Shack Up Inn

still grappling with packing…. every time i go on a trip i have to do stuff to my apartment (organize, clean, etc.). this time i’m moving furniture around. oy.

lodging

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the first leg of my trip will be a straight shot from New York City to Staunton, Virginia. i am really excited to stay at this cool looking bed and breakfast my first night out. only disappointment is that i wish i could see a performance at the American Shakespeare Center seeing as another veteran of the money job trenches (hi Amy!) works there, but they don’t have shows on Mondays and Tuesdays, and i suspect the trip back home to New York City will be a bit of a rush to make it in time to vote.

now i’m digging around their website i’m a little bummed at the missed opportunity. the theater is very cool.

The Merchant of Venice at American Shakespeare Center

i mean, really….

The Merchant of Venice

and then this totally romantic looking scene.

The Merchant of Venice

well if i have enough time maybe i can make a detour and see Cymbeline on Halloween…. hmmm. have to keep this in mind.

i hope i can find equally cool places to stay and things like this to do on the road.

parkways

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thanks to the many kind recommendations of postcarders and friends, the backbone of my trip is going to be at least one — but hopefully two — parkway experiences on the road.

i figure i will have enough highway driving from nyc to new orleans and environs and back to satisfy the speed and truck stop junkie in me. and since this trip is happening during the perfect time to see the fall foliage — my favorite time of year — the parkways are just beckoning to me.

Blue Ridge Parkway

the question will be how to visit all the cool places i’m gathering over at my research spot on Pinterest — and maximize fun while not wasting time zig zagging all over the South. not that there’s anything wrong with that but i only have 10 days, and two and a half of those will be at W’12.

i don’t know — even with all this time i have been spending researching — how organized and prepared i will be. actually maybe that’s okay. i think this trip is going to be a bit rough around the edges in many respects.

The Brinegar Cabin at Milepost 238.5 near Doughton Park in North Carolina (from Learn NC)

i am torn between the tantalizing offerings of both Memphis and Nashville. they will constitute the back leg of my trip (i think).

Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge

beyond parkways and driving, there is so much about this trip that i want to capture, which i will be doing with the help of this blog (and flickr and facebook, i’m sure).

per the National Park Service:
“The Old Trace Drive, at milepost 375.8 is a great place to see fall colors in mid to late October.”

i was looking for a nice trip diary / travelog app but didn’t find one that seemed like a good fit. splurged at the app store on some cool iPhone apps for gas prices, roadside attractions, truckstops, etc. so i’m feeling equipped — as long as there is reception wherever i go. otherwise i have my handy dandy huge ass atlas that should carry me through.

scaffolding, moses and i’m sorry

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week 3 and counting

since the recent changes, i have had the pleasure of going out and about in new york a heck of a lot more than before. it has been a real blessing to rediscover the joys of new york city living. taking the subway to places i don’t know very well (brooklyn!). exploring nooks and crannies of manhattan. reaching out to friends and actually hanging out. shocker!

Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus

it felt like i was in a rat-in-a-cage / stuck-in-a-rut living mode during the last few years especially. working really hard and a lot of hours and getting my master’s degree in library science. which i rushed through despite all the (20/20 hindsight) guidance of smart people saying to go through slowly if possible.

The New York State Supreme Court Building, at 360 Adams Street on Cadman Plaza, was built by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon in 1957.

not to ahem judge…

Moses

well maybe.

but hopefully with a little beneficent compassion….

help me rhonda

so here i am, at a literal and figurative crossroads. this roadtrip demarcates this shift beautifully. i am looking forward to it even more than before.

I’M SORRY
BASTARD

the first week i felt pretty positive about things.

the second week i just totally freaked. felt really discouraged, stressed, couldn’t seem to get any relief from the self-created pressure of trying to put my new life together, stat!

the third week, this weekend, i made a decision as it began to get my foot off my neck….

You want to get your foot off my neck! [i don’t even need someone else to do this to me, can do it to myself!]
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa, FL.

and with that sound advice from a good friend, that’s exactly what i am doing.

and so it is resolved…

i am going to enjoy this month of October and my road trip to the fullest of my abilities.

i am not going to go crazy with the spending but i am going to have fun.

i have been working for 15 years straight: This is my time to say goodbye to that era and welcome what my future holds.

not to natter on and on about this stuff, just wanted to mention it as the framework for this southern road trip. which i am grateful for and excited for and can’t believe that in a week i will definitely be on the way…

mapping a route

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a little behind on planning / prepping for this trip. can’t sort of focus all the balls that are up in the air.

looking into the route for the trip up and down south.

started looking at places i wanted to check out and then got a little worried. this is the south we’re talking about, right….?

nah, right?

this is more like what i’m looking for…..

i’m more hoping i can find places like this.

Dolly Parton’s childhood home / Tennessee Mountain Home (replica at Dollywood)

so the route i’m thinking of starting from is hauling ass from New York through Pennsylvania — getting as far as i can the first day in one haul to at least Harrisburg, PA, but hopefully a bit further.

then take some time and dilly dally in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee before i skeedaddle on down to Mississippi.

for some reason i really want to go to Louisville, Kentucky. i don’t think i’ve been there before, but i remember going to Louisville, Nebraska for some art / music festival as a child. i just sorta like saying the name.  loooou-ville. something just so great about that….

a new pal told me about Virigina’s Crooked Road — i may hit that on the way home….  haven’t decided.