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Why I Collect “Star Wars”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 August 2010
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When we moved to Sri Lanka, I was six years old and already the biggest “Star Wars” fan on my block. But something happened there that made me a lifelong collector.

Welcome to the Hotel Nunya
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 18 August 2010
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“What hotel are you going to, sir?” a taxi driver asks, and I remember a joke that came to me on the train: I tell them “I’m going to the Hotel Nunya.”

Bulls on Parade
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 10 August 2010
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For a hot minute, I considered running with the bulls myself — down the main drag of Mesquite, Nevada, past stunned onlookers, into a waiting limousine.

Safe in a War Zone
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Posted in One Million Watts on 24 June 2010
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Most Americans are internationally untraveled. Only a distinct minority of us even own passports. To our minds, any place outside the womb of our country is swarming with anti-American mobs.

Stardust Memories of Waffle House
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 June 2010
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Hatched in Georgia in 1955, the 24/7 restaurant chain blankets the South. Its sunny yellow Scrabble-tile signs standing proudly at every other exit from Savannah to Gulfport — and beyond.

The Glamorous Life, on the Road
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 June 2010
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In another town, in another anonymous hotel room. It doesn’t matter where because they’re all the same anyway: floral bedspreads with who knows what kind of history embedded in them.

Road Trip!
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 10 June 2010
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On a good road trip, we’d remember to bring the directions to someone-or-other’s aunt’s lake cabin and we’d head in that general direction. The best trips would happen when we actually found it.

The Go-To Joke
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 31 May 2010
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Funny people have the enviable talent of making comedy look easy. They do this partly by mentally filing a set of potentially funny references, then referring to them when the time is right.

I Almost Ate Cobra
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 27 May 2010
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The days leading up to Tet must mark a lull in national cobra consumption. Despite it being lunchtime, there was not a person in the place, save the bored-looking older couple who ran it.

Station to Station: The Joys of America’s Trains
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 May 2010
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I’m not a person who’s driven by rhythm. But two forces have long had a hold on me: the almost physical pull of the ocean waves at the shore, and the rocking rumble of a train car.