An epiphany About My Automobile

April 14, 2016

An Epiphany is “the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi,” according to Matthew 2:1-12. And an epiphany? “A moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.” We’ll stick with epiphany here, sans the upper case E.*

I read The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life by Edward Humes for The Atlantic on Tuesday night. The article is adapted from Mr. Humes’ book, Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation, purchased by me for Mark’s 3rd Kindle on Tuesday night. (It’s a great book, so far.)

Transportation has been my dirty little hobby for decades. At Beloit College in the mid-late 1970s

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Graduation Weekend at Beloit College

May 21, 2015

I arrived at Beloit College 489 months ago. Ms. J got there 453 months ago. Cate Rubin showed up only 45 months ago. Alas, we all said goodbye to Beloit and Beloit College last weekend, as Cate graduated.

The town has stepped up its game, big time. Downtown Beloit offers good—no, not good for Beloit; really good—restaurants and bars. The riverfront is beautiful, and the city looks alive, not like it did when I lived there in the 1970s.

Beloit College has improved greatly, too. In my day it was a good, small liberal arts college. It still is, but good in 2015 is better than good in 1978. The grunge of the 70s doesn’t work anymore, and Beloit

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