Friday, November 23, 2018

Thanksgiving Survey 2018: Roads - responses

Just for fun, I’ve put all of the responses, including yours, in a word cloud.

I loved reading everyone’s responses.  Some of us are currently traveling real or metaphorical roads that are difficult, but nearly everyone had fond memories of some road they have traveled.    

For blog reader's responses, please see comments on the original post.

Here are the responses of my extended family.

Question 1. Name or describe a road, path, or highway for which you are thankful.

1. The tunnel under the street that connects the warm Justice Center to the cold parking lot

3. Crystal Springs Path.

4. The shortcut through the woods

5. I think I’m most thankful for Centre Avenue. It contains one of my favorite places on earth right now.

6. The two roads that are always diverging.  In a wood.    As in, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."   Yogi Berra also said, "Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't go to yours."

7. Lake Shore Drive.  Not the one in Chicago, but the one in our own local park.

8. /Our Street/ Drive. Because without it where would we live?

9. Mandarin Duck Road

10. Death Road to Canada
(The respondent informed me that this is a video game, not a fanciful description of the Airline Road in Maine.)

11. The Giant’s Causeway (in Northern Ireland)

12. King’s Highway in Haddonfield, because it had wonderful shops, like Rosen’s meat market where we could get a free hotdog.  And Neumayer’s sold comic books!)

Question 2. In your childhood, how did you travel to school?

1. School bus, where I was the first stop on and the last stop off

2. I walked.

3. School bus.  Car pool.  Walk.  Bicycle.  Drove a car.

4. I walked!

5. I traveled over plains, and mountains, going uphill both ways through 15 feet of snow until I finally reached the 1-room log cabin where they held school lessons for all the young’uns around.

6. We were told,  "You must always go down to the light at Strathmore Avenue, to cross Park Heights Avenue", to walk to school.    But we never ever ever did that - it was a full two blocks out of our way!  We always just ran across all 4 high-speed lanes of Park Heights at Pinkney Ave, where there was no light.

7. For elementary school I vaguely remember being in a car pool with other kids.  This involved mothers driving station wagons full of loud children.

8. I walked 10 miles each way uphill in the snow, just like everyone else.

9. #48 bus

10. Silently

11. By my feet and by my bicycle, carrying my violin in my left hand.

12. By foot and by bicycle, carrying my violin in one hand.

13. By walking, and then by bus

Bonus Question:  What is your favorite expression which includes the word “road”?
1.  Keep in the middle of the road

(that is to say, a flying car) 

3. And when we both have had enough,
    I will shake him from my shoe,
    saying "Meet your new road."

4. (no response)

5. I like ‘Hit the road, Jack!’. It’s a good song.

6. A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
 Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

7. “You’ll take the high road, and I’ll take the low road, and I’ll get to Scotland before you.”   (For the dark side of this seemingly light-hearted song, listen here.)

8.  Road hog!
     King of the road
     Road to paradise
     Road warrior
     On the road again...

9. I'm on the road.

11. “I used the road less traveled.

12. “May the road rise to greet you.”

13. “If you see a fork in the road, take it.

Two chocolate roads diverged in a gingerbread wood...

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Thanksgiving survey 2018: Roads

It's time for the Common Household time-honored tradition of the

Thanksgiving survey:


1. Name or describe a road, path, or highway for which you are thankful.

2. In your childhood, how did you travel to school?

Bonus question:
What is your favorite expression which includes the word “road”?

Please participate by giving your answers in the comments.  Happy Thanksgiving Preparation Week!

The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem

The Appalachian Trail in Harper's Ferry

The road right outside the Common Household,
with a visitor

Moraine State Park

Path through the wetlands in our local park

Railroad next to the Kennebecasis River,
New Brunswick, Canada

Choose your road carefully.
For the Common Household extended family's responses, please click here.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Seen while canvassing - people

Seen while canvassing

Part IV - politicians and canvassing partners

One of my regrets is that I was not ever able to go out canvassing with the actual candidate.  I came close - I went with a woman who had been working closely with our candidate for nearly two years.   It was a joy to see this canvasser at work.  She readily connected with voters at the door, knew how to answer just about any question, and always, always managed to convey a sense of good feeling about our candidate, while not compromising on the candidate's positions.

I did get to meet and talk with several candidates.  I even got to shake the governor's hand.

You, the voter, may think that talking to a canvasser is annoying.  But for me, the canvasser, this was necessary work to heal my soul.

To start at Part I, go here.

The candidate for State Rep (at left) during canvassing training

My canvassing partner writes a note to the voter.

Smile for a canvassing selfie

I can't say I recommend canvassing after dark.  This photo was taken
near the end of this canvassing day.  

The candidate for State Senator (far right), staff, and supporters.

Our group with Governor Wolf (he's the man)

Canvassers, before hitting the streets
Another canvasser selfie

As the campaign season neared its end, it got COLD!

A much needed post-canvassing debriefing session.
Over drinks, of course.

Click here to start over at Part 1.