Dear Friends:

It’s kind of funny that I haven’t mentioned this yet, as it’s been occupying most of my spare time-to-think1 lately: I’m going on a trip.

Now you’re rolling your eyes and wondering what’s new, because it’s true, I do travel a lot. In fact, I just got back from Chicago at 2am this morning. But this trip is different in a couple important ways. First of all, I don’t really have a plan other than a general direction. Second, I’m going alone.

I’ve decided to head west. I wanted to go somewhere I haven’t been in the U.S. before, which meant either New England or the west coast. New England strikes me as a little too uptight for a make-it-up-as-I-go trip, so the choice was easy. Also, I’ve never seen the Pacific Ocean. And that’s just sad.

I plan on leaving next Monday (June 30), and taking I-94 through North Dakota and Montana towards Seattle. I’ll probably be gone for a couple of weeks. That’s all I know so far2. So, since I don’t have a set plan in mind, I’m going to make a blanket statement: If you live out thataway, and want to

  1. get together for coffee, or
  2. show me the best vegetarian restaurant in town, or
  3. let me crash on your floor, or even
  4. all of the above,

let me know! To make it easy, I’ve made a handy reference chart. If you live in the red zone, then what I’m saying applies to you, yes, you. If you don’t, you’ll just have to wait. Or drive to Minneapolis, and I’ll take you to dinner and let you stay in my guest room. Either way.

See you soon!

1 I was going to write ‘available mental bandwidth’, then deleted it out of fear you’d think I’m a total geek. However, I am a total geek. So there.

2 I’m a hardcore road-tripper, so I’ll probably sleep in my car and in cheap motels, and hang out at truck stops and diners. I can cover a lot of territory in little time. I’m expecting to see a ton.

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