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Days 96-100: Woodstock

Posted by Erik Frey Mon, 20 Jun 2005 21:17:00 GMT

I took an unofficial break from my official tour in Woodstock, New York. Little did I know that I had picked the one place in the country that seemed wholly crafted, from its geology to its local culture, to be the perfect retreat. Janie took me in for a few days and gave me the best overview of Woodstock I could ever hope for.

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Days 91-95: New York

Posted by Erik Frey Wed, 15 Jun 2005 20:44:00 GMT

I’ve been here for a fortieth of a millenium, and I still haven’t learned the formula governing my admiration for another person. Sometimes I recognize a certain grace, a magnanimous spirit, or perhaps simply an overwhelming congeniality. It’s the kind of quality that makes me lean back in my seat and say, “Now so-and-so, boy, what a character!”

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Days 83-92: Washington, DC

Posted by Erik Frey Wed, 08 Jun 2005 03:10:00 GMT

If every city of the world was a flavor of icecream, I would describe Washington, DC as Neopolitan. It’s rather unextraordinary yet dependable, plain but accomodating, and if you have discerning taste, you chomp the hell out of that chocolate section, and leave the strawberry and vanilla for someone else. Leah and Carrie helped me do just that.

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Days 82-83: Washington, DC

Posted by Erik Frey Tue, 07 Jun 2005 03:02:00 GMT

I continued my Kindness of Strangers tour, from Jacksonville up to Washington, DC. I posed the world a question, and it issued forth a resounding reply.

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Days 80-81: Jacksonville

Posted by Erik Frey Sat, 04 Jun 2005 10:10:00 GMT

Having been a bit rattled from the first leg of my Kindness of Strangers tour, I was rattled once again by the outpouring of warmth and friendliness showered upon me by Leah, Chris, and Garnet.

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Day 79: Jacksonville

Posted by Erik Frey Fri, 03 Jun 2005 08:03:00 GMT

This journal entry won’t have the right texture if I don’t at first explain that only part of my trip up the Atlantic coast has been geographic. That portion is easy to describe: I travelled from Miami to Jacksonville, Florida. What isn’t easy to write about is the railroad spike that was driven through my cynicism, or the gaping hole of despair that opened up in my stomach, then was cauterized, then opened again, and finally seared shut so suddenly that I am still reeling.

I’m not sure I even have a vocabulary for this experience. Typing ‘uplifting’ is unfamiliar on a keyboard – my fingers almost just cramped up.

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Days 46-78: Miami

Posted by Erik Frey Sun, 01 May 2005 11:12:00 GMT

I spent the next month in Miami. My “test leg” had been wholly successful, and now I needed time to research my next leg, which I expected to be much longer and more difficult. Before long, I settled back into the ordinary world, and began to get that feeling of disassociation: everything I’d experienced was part of a dream. Back on the road now, and having written it all down, I know those experiences will be rattling around in my head for a good, long time.

While in Miami, I spent a lot of time with my mom, and we had many great conversations. My dad took me on a few boat tours around town, and fed me great food. I researched Russia, China, and grad school a bit more. I talked with my pal Yossef. I built pflog. Hung out with Kira. Welcomed a new dog into the family. Bought yet another pack (up to four, now). Prepared to leave.

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DAY -9: Miami

Posted by Erik Frey Mon, 07 Mar 2005 15:03:00 GMT

While I was looking for boots at a local outdoor store, a short, wife-beater-clad fellow sidled up and offered me $100 in gift cards in exchange for 80 bucks cash. I asked him why he wanted to get rid of the gift cards and he explained that he’d won them in a raffle, but didn’t like the outdoors much. Predictably, I asked him why he didn’t like the outdoors. He smiled, revealing a hearty row of gold, and said, “I guess I’m just so busy, you know, not that much time…” which seemed vague, but hey, I’ve gotten worse responses in the realm of asking complete strangers probing personal questions. I thought it over for a moment,

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