Taking A Walk

Walking Down US Highway 11 – Winchester, Virginia to Louisiana

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The Evening Checklist

January 14th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips While looking at different things I used while taking a walk, I found a little file on the desktop of my computer called “Checklist.txt.” I created this early in the walk and used it often to help myself remember to do things each evening. I was, after all, a bit tired each […]

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Without Paper

January 12th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips While I was taking a walk, I was what I’ll call “semi-employed.” During 2008, I was employed by the government. During 2009, I was employed by a corporation. Well, sort of employed. The situation was very different in the two years, but equally complex. I won’t go into the details (boring), but […]

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How Big is a Town?

January 7th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips That is a good question. I don’t have an answer. While taking a walk, I would refer to places as towns and cities. Some of the towns and their populations are: Boligee, Alabama 345 Eutaw, Alabama 1,800 Calhoun, Tennessee 400 Sweetwater, Tennessee 5,500 New Market, Virginia 550 I found these numbers on […]

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Pace and Patience

January 6th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips “Relax, breathe, calm yourself,” is what I thought over and over. On the road, especially when alone, I wanted to go faster. “If I could only walk four miles an hour, I could…” I don’t remember how many times I ran this calculation while walking. I never found a good answer to […]

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The Visa Card

January 5th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I used a Visa card extensively while taking a walk. My wife didn’t like this. “How can you use a credit card when you are buying something that cost two dollars?” was her usual disdainful question. I understood her dislike for this, but I still used the Visa card. Every day I […]

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

January 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Things go wrong out on the road while taking a walk. Here are a few of the things that happened to me. Get bit by something – This occurred near Harrisonburg, Virginia. My lower leg turned red and swelled. Pain shot from my foot up to my hip on every step for […]

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What did You Learn about Yourself?

January 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of the the rare questions people asked me was: What did you learn about yourself? I had to think about that one for a while. Here are a few things I learned and re-learned about myself. So, I learned: Why I became an engineer – I am fascinated how things are […]

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The Most Interesting Thing…

January 1st, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of the common questions people ask is: What is the most interesting thing you saw? First, I am one of those people who are thrown by extreme questions such as what is “the most” or “the least” and such. I freeze physically while I start ranking things in my mind trying […]

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Great Meals I didn’t Eat

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of the more common questions people asked me was, “while you were passing through such-and-such town, did you eat at such-and-such’s restaurant?” About 90% of the time, my answer was, “no.” I had a lot of great meals while taking a walk. Alas, there is only so much food a person […]

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Peanut Butter and Jam

December 29th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The vast majority of motels in America today¬† have free breakfast. If you don’t believe me, just check the ads or look on the Internet. Some of the motels have real breakfast: see, for example, Holiday Inn Express. Most of the rest have bread, bread with sugar on it (in various guises), […]

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