Jay Mathews on the lam
By the time this post pops up on the blog, I will be somewhere in West Virginia … maybe even Ohio, if my wife, a more conservative driver, let's me take the wheel. We are driving our 25-year-old daughter's Honda to Berkeley, Calif., where she will start law school next month.
We love road trips, particularly if they take us across the entire country. Our first as a couple was in 1972. Linda was pregnant with our first child, who now lives in Los Angeles with our daughter-in-law and grandson. Linda spent a lot of time in bathrooms on that first trip, emerging to make fun of my mistaking grain silos in Oklahoma -- where her family is from -- for apartment buildings.
The blog will carry on in my absence, with timed releases of new posts and some guest columns. Look for them to appear about 5:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 6 p.m. Thursdays. I will have my laptop with me, so I might check on comments, and maybe post more items if something important happens. I should be back on a regular schedule, in my newly created home office (move over, cats) by Aug. 16.
One thing puzzles me about travel these days. Why is it that big, expensive hotels charge for WiFi, but cheap motels do not? You can guess what kind of places we will be staying in. We will try to make it to California, our ancestral homeland, in six days this time, and move back there permanently in summer 2011.
| July 22, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories: Jay on the Web | Tags: Jay on vacation, he and his wife like road trips, he wonders why expensive hotels charge for Wifi and cheap motels do not
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