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Gone South

Because just one vacation is never enough, we visited Louisiana last week. We brought the dog, so this trip was a road trip, which turned out to be more of an adventure than anticipated. We lost not one, but two tires along the way. According to one mechanic, this is a known failing of our type of tire…one that boils down to: the tires are fine, as long as you don’t try to drive on them. On the plus side, if we hadn’t lost tire #1 somewhere around Chattanooga, we never would have witnessed the fascinating billboard offering (word for word) Meat + 2 Tea $7.25. How can I go wrong?

Exploding tires aside, we made it to New Orleans, our first stop before visiting family elsewhere in the state. One of the main reasons for visiting New Orleans was seeing a Saints game in the Superdome. I’m not a particularly big football fan, but I’m now of the opinion that even non-football fans should try to see a Saints game in the Dome at least once. First, the people watching. No other team shows their support quite like the Who Dat Nation. Among other costumes, there were nuns, gladiators, Dat Girl, the Mad Datter, a pope or two, and my personal favorite, Saints Boba Fett.


Given that it was a reasonably warm day, that person showed true dedication to their team, and I salute them.

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Less Pirates Than Advertised

We recently got back from a trip to the Caribbean, so this is a post for catching up and saying thank you. The trip was a family cruise with my dad, stepmom, stepsister, and stepsister’s boyfriend, so the first thank you goes to Dad and Valerie for bring us along – thank you guys very much! Though there were less pirates than advertised, and certainly none that looked like Johnny Depp, the Caribbean did contain goats, stingrays, sea urchins, towels shaped like bats, cigars, hats, waves, and vast quantities of food and alcohol, not necessarily in that order. As far as I can tell, the rum is never gone; no matter how much we drank, there always seemed to be more.

I also received two pieces of writing-related news while I was away, which I’m very happy about. Thing the first: my short story, The Trans-Siberian, will be appearing in the upcoming anthology In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk. Thank you, brni, for passing along the opportunity, and for giving me feedback through multiple revisions. Thing the second: my short story, The Children of Main Street, will appear in the next issue of Clarkesworld!(!!!) Thank you, Jeff, and everyone in Group 3 at the Anticipation Workshop for helping me make this story better. You guys rock! I believe the lesson here is I should leave town more often. Luckily, I plan to do just that at the end of this week.

And now, a random selection of Caribbean-related images below the cut. None of them contain pirates.

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