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Because sometimes the only way to get past an obstacle is by going sideways to get around it. Our crab mascot, Chance, is an expert at going sideways. That’s what crabs do.

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  • Ass Over Teakettle

    Ass Over Teakettle

    So, you may have noticed that this post is a day late. Yeah, I admit it. I admit also that the last several weeks have been thin on posts in general, and even more thin on posts that actually cover the trip to Italy in detail. I haven’t abandoned them — I’ve been writing all…

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  • A Few Random Notes from Chance

    A Few Random Notes from Chance

    We said last week that “If nothing else goes sideways, you’ll get a real post next Wednesday.“. Well, the best-laid plans of mice and other vertebrates, and all that. Fortunately one of us is a crab. Who is feeling somewhat crabby because Naomi forgot that today is Yom Kippur, and Steve was lazy and didn’t…

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  • Postcard from Florence, July 2022

    Postcard from Florence, July 2022

    We’re running a little late this week — sorry about that. Naomi’s been taking care of two sick kids, and Steve spent yesterday as a zombie thanks to a COVID booster. So in place of an actual post about Florence, you’re getting a postcard. If nothing else goes sideways, you’ll get a real post next…

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  • Talking of Michelangelo

    Talking of Michelangelo

    “In the room, the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo…” –T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock” After a three hour train trip from Naples, we arrived in Florence and settled into the 3110 ArtHotel, which was located on the second and third floors of an Art Deco building not far…

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  • Traveling With a Guitar

    Traveling With a Guitar

    There are several ways to travel with a guitar; using one that fits in the overhead bin on a plane is only one of them, but it’s the safest and least nerve-wracking.

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  • Desert Driving: Mesas and Mistakes

    Desert Driving: Mesas and Mistakes

    I’m back at home, finally! … I had better finish up the road trip I started writing about last week while it was happening. Because it got a lot weirder from there.

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  • Bonus Post – Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Bonus Post – Monterey Bay Aquarium

    As promised in the last post, here are the photos from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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  • Ay-yi-yi-yi, The Open Road is Home

    Ay-yi-yi-yi, The Open Road is Home

    We take a break from the Italy trip report to tell you about the road trip, which is finally happening even as we speak. I’m writing this from a Best Western in Barstow, California.

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  • A Message From the Crab.

    A Message From the Crab.

    A crab knows beaches better than any vertebrate. And the beach was where we went next. Sorrento, to be specific, on the Amalfi Coast.

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  • A couple of announcements

    A couple of announcements

    We’re changing the posting schedule: posts will now be coming out onWednesdays. There’s just too much happening around here on Mondays;switching to Wednesday gives us all day Tuesday to write.To kick off the new schedule, tomorrow’s post will be coming to you from avery special guest writer. Stay tuned!

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  • St. Peter and St. Christopher

    St. Peter and St. Christopher

    The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, more commonly simply known as St. Peter’s Basilica, is the largest church in the world. And boy, does it ever make sure that you know it.

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  • United Breaks Passengers

    United Breaks Passengers

    We interrupt the saga of our Italian adventure to bring you the horrific story of what has been happening as we attempt to finish the trip. Next week, I’ll be back to telling you all about St. Peter’s Basilica and our adventures in the subways of Rome, but I had to stop for a while…

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  • Another Country

    Another Country

    The Vatican — a very different country from the antiquities of Rome, or even the flashy design of modern Italy.

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  • Of Things Colossal

    Of Things Colossal

    The Roman Colosseum is indeed colossal, but that’s not how it got its name. According to our guide, the emperor Nero …

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  • Scattered Chunks of Antiquity

    Scattered Chunks of Antiquity

    In addition to the ancient pieces built into the everyday houses around us, there were random elements of ancient archaeological sites all around us.

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