During October and November of 2008, I took a month-long trip around the US of A. The main mode of transport was Amtrak train, and the trip tied in neatly with two conferences I was speaking at – one of which was in Chicago on the day Barack Obama was elected (and one heck of an evening that was). I did a lot of writing on that trip, thinking it was just a few people in the Outer Hebrides and a few friends and colleagues who were reading it – and not realising until recently that others were too, for various reasons. I’m relieved now I didn’t delete the words.
Since demolishing my blog and, essentially, restarting all of my online presence as new as I can, the diaries have gotten messed up, but they should be restored here as a set of 32 postings.
Don’t know which post was the “best”, but a few folk have said the Surviving New Orleans posting is their choice because of the tweeted engagement story in it. Mine is the Texas one, where I seem to have just lost inhibitions and fears and just … wrote.
Oct 18th – Los Angeles and Santa Monica
Oct 20th – Pictures, not words
Oct 21st – Sleepless in Monterey
Oct 23rd – Monterey aquarium
Oct 25th – First overnight trip on Amtrak
Oct 25th – Breakfast in Seattle
Oct 26th – An afternoon in the mountains
Oct 26th – New York deli breakfast in Seattle
Oct 27th – Montana at dawn
Oct 28th – Whitefish, Montana
Oct 29th – Sign of the times
Oct 29th – Election, American style
Oct 30th – Do bears…?
Oct 30th – Is black the new ginger?
Oct 30th – Election day events in Chicago
Nov 1st – Whitefish to Chicago by Amtrak
Nov 1st – GLLS2008 food
Nov 2nd – American time, British time, Obama time
Nov 4th – Chicago on election day
Nov 4th – Outside, it’s America
Nov 5th – “Oh, you look so beautiful, tonight…”
Nov 5th – The morning after
Nov 6th – In America, academics knit
Nov 7th – Goodbye Chicago
Nov 8th – Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee
Nov 8th – Memphis, and the ride to New Orleans
Nov 10th – New Orleans (1)
Nov 10th – New Orleans (2)
Nov 12th – Surviving New Orleans
Nov 13th – Texas: a thousand miles of bugger-all
Nov 13th – The American Dream
Nov 16th – Trip summary
There’s also a set of pictures on Flickr, some of which are embedded in the postings anyway.