hi. my names robert bergin and i did speech last year. though i was lucky enough to get into berkeley a few months ago, i was accepted for the spring semester and thus dont head to class until january. obviously, this has left me a lot of time to sit around my boring *** white suburban town and do whatever boring *** white kids do (reading, working, twiddling thumbs while everyone else is off at college, etc.).
this was cool for about two days. no. it wasnt cool period. so one day i was sitting on our pretty green lawn reading this book called the dharma bums, which is about this guy ray who travels around america and writes about his experiences, and i realized: 'y'know, **** this. this town sucks.'
so i've decided to use my summer job money waiting tables to purchase a 30 day pass on amtrak and hit the road. i'm leaving the 18th, and i have a general idea of where i'm going and what stops i'm hitting, and there are some people i'm planning on meeting and catching up with, but beyond that i have no real plan as to how to spend my time beyond reading and writing a bunch.
if youre still reading this, thank you and i love you. i'm not really too hot on calling up some cheesy travel agent and asking where i should stop and what i should see. not very interested in all the grand canyon-y stops yknow? so, after recalling that i posted here a bit in the past couple years, i thought i'd go to the speech community for some tips, mainly since speech was cool for me mostly cos i got to meet a bunch of cool kids who seemed to really know what was up (politically, musically, life-ly).
so i'm asking you to tell me whats up in your area.
i'm heading from San Jose to LA through the southwest to Houston and up to NY and boston, then west to toronto and hopefully chicago, then up through minnesota and along the border to washington and then back down. basically a huge *** circle.
so whatever wisdom you can bestow, i'd love to hear it. wheres the best place youve ever eaten? cool record stores, little rivers, good hills to climb with awesome views, any good live shows coming in the next month in your area. neat venues. honestly, whatever.
thanks so much for any suggestions you can offer. i'll repay you any way i can. have fun with s&d this year. take it easy.