On the road to Cairo, Jacksonville, Macon and Atlanta. Where in the world are you?

What’s in a (city) name?

Horntoad of White Bear Lake: “Subject: Traveling where?

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“You thirsty, Pops? What’ll you have?”

Fellow travelers
And: The Permanent Fatherly/Daughterly Record

Big Eek of Southeast Minneapolis: “The middle daughter had just finished college and had some time before she left for her Peace Corps stint on the Dark Continent. We decided to take a short trip to Billy the Kid territory in New Mexico. On our second night out, we stopped at a Red Roof Inn. There was a nightclub, Sherlock’s, across the parking lot. We sauntered over.

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“Grandma Ecker sure was a beautiful girl, wasn’t she?”

The Permanent Grandmotherly Record

Grandma Paula remembers: “Subject: The twinkle in Grandma’s eye.

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“This picture hung on a wall in Grandma Ecker’s house for years. When her grandchildren would ask ‘Who is that, Grandma?’ she would smile and say: ‘It is me when I was younger.’

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“. . . and that’s when I swear I saw Elvis walk across my living room in blue suede shoes.”

Just a coincidence?
Or: There’s a signpost up ahead . . .

Zoo Lou of St. Paul: “There are moments in life that ask: ‘Is it a mere coincidence or something deeper, beyond the understanding of humankind?’

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How many summers do you have with your children? Is it ever enough?

The Permanent Motherly/Daughtersly Record

Skatermom of Woodbury: “Subject: 18th summer.

“We have a tradition, the girls and I, of getting into the pool for the last few hours of Labor Day. When we jump in, it’s still summer; when we get out, it’s time to get ready for school the next day. The page has turned.

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Here’s how to break an awkward silence on the way up or down.

The discomfort of strangers
Leading to: Today’s helpful hint

The Doryman of Prescott, Wisconsin: “Subject: Taking humor to the next level.

“I ride in elevators several times a day. I use one to get home, even.

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