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Sunday, June 29, 2008

My Most Memorable Vacation

I began reading Tom Swift books, such as Tom Swift and his Flying Lab, Tom Swift and His Rocket Ship, and Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X, and from there I progressed to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, and other science-fiction authors. Once I had developed an interest in these writers, however, I progressed quickly to reading anything and everything in any genre, including nonfiction and poetry. Because I know the value of reading, as I have discussed elsewhere in this blog, I would have to say that my most memorable vacation was the day I spent in New York City last week, at which time I went to the Strand bookstore, the world's largest used bookstore, where I met the poet W.H. Auden in the poetry section. What a surprise! Turns out, however, that it was an Auden impersonator, but it was almost as good as the real thing. Next time I go to New York, I may just use the travel site Trusted Tours & Attractions, which provides online travel guides, has information on Madame Tussauds wax museums, and which talks about things to do in New York, among other cities. To keep up-to-date on the latest travel deals, you may wish to visit their newsletter sign-up page. If you sign up for it you'll have a chance to win a handheld GPS or other great prizes.

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