Reader Submission: The Road Trip


“This is the most terrifying experience I have ever had:

In 2001, my granddaughter, Cate, was offered a job in Portland, OR. Her own company, a dotcom in San Diego, CA had been caught in the dotcom crash and folded. One of her co-workers had moved to Portland a month or two before the company went belly-up and offered my granddaughter a job.

Cate invited me to accompany her, thinking we could take a leisurely trip up the coast in her new convertible. I accepted because I was going through a very bad time and thought it would be a terrific break to see new country. So, I flew to San Diego.

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Reader Submission: House for Rent


“This story didn’t involve me, but actually happened to my folks and my brother.

We had been transferred to Flagstaff from Prescott (Arizona) on election day 1948. It was a sudden transfer, one in which dad wasn’t even given a chance to consider before he was told he had the job. So, mom, my brother Everett, and I went to Flagstaff to find a house.

After several days of hard looking, all we found was a summer cottage south of town which had one bedroom, a wood stove, and a large sitting room. It also sported an outhouse, a woodshed, and two big wooden barrels for hauling water. We didn’t have any choice, and the rent was in our price range, so we took it.

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