Last time, I covered where we stayed and why. Now then, what do three vegans eat and do during a week-long camping road trip across the Midwest?
We’re home! Our epic 7-day road trip across the Midwest spanned some 1,700 miles and nearly 36 hours of driving. Add in sleeping, using the bathroom, cooking and eating, and we probably spent two thirds of the week in a space smaller than our living room at home.
We’re off on another Roxanne adventure! We’ll have at least one post from the road on Sunday, maybe more. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been reading in the past few weeks.
Suppose there were a simple way to save from a few to a few hundred dollars a year, and to leave the Earth a better place for your children. Well, there is. This week’s lifestyle tip should surprise none of you who know what I do for a living. But I’m going to say it anyway. In non-emergency situations, it’s time to stop buying bottled water.
Is it too late to start saving for college? And what’s the best way to do it? My friend Vaishali recently asked me this, and then suggested I turn my answer into a blog post. She’s usually right about such things, so here goes.
Last week, I spent a few days on the road alone with my daughter, XY and my RV, Roxanne. Alan asked me to collect a few impressions of the trip. Here goes!
Happy almost-240th birthday, America! It’s just the dog and me at home for a couple of days, and I took myself out to dinner at a favorite restaurant last night: The Vegetable Garden. I ordered my delicious meal and then remembered something: there’s a 10 percent discount if you pay in cash. And there’s a Capital One ATM right next door. So I took home an extra couple of bucks with my leftover Chinese food. And I started thinking about other ways that paying cash can put us ahead.
Greetings from Lindy’s ancestral homeland of Grand Rapids, Mich., where we’ve returned after a fun, successful long weekend at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon. We’re all still speaking to one another — in fact, we had a great time — and Roxanne was perfect company.
We’re just hours away from the first big Roxanne journey! Much more to come on that, but in the meantime… a bunch of links! Here are some things I enjoyed reading in the last week or so.
Obama’s most unusual legacy? Being a good dad. (Washington Post)
A great post-Father’s Day read. Gonna miss this guy.
Stop. Using. Periods. Period. (Washington Post)
Must be a generational thing, or PTSD from having 12 hours a week of copy editing class in undergrad. But I’ll keep texting and IMing in complete sentences, thank you.
The Second Amendment Hoax (Slate)
Dahlia Lithwick delivers a strong legal and political analysis, as usual. I’m especially interested in this one because I’ve often wondered how the NRA got so powerful as opposed to, say, animal-advocacy groups. Also, I was staffing the DC mayor and attorney general during the Heller gun-control case’s trip through the Supreme Court.
Consent: It’s as simple as tea (Thames Valley Police)
One of the best (and most British) government-created videos I’ve seen. In the wake of the Stanford case, and as a male who is raising a daughter yet hasn’t been on a first date himself in 20 years, I’m keeping a close eye on the changing discourse over consent.
The Art of Being Easily Fascinated (Becoming Minimalist)
The Death of Thinking (Alex Mitchell, via Medium)
The last two links are about the tricks our minds can play on us in our distracted digital times. Keep it simple, be grateful, watch and learn.
Enjoy the rest of the week!
This week’s tip is an extremely simple, low-tech companion to paying yourself first. You can call it impulse control, self-deception or simply discipline, but it doesn’t matter. Here’s the idea: whenever you pay cash for something, take the loose change and put it away someplace.