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Geoff Nicholson
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THE DANGERS OF TODDLING
I think this may be a highpoint of the cartographer's art (it shows part of  Vict orville, California):

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WALKING AND DRINKING AGAIN, AGAIN
Boy, that movie The Lost Weekend (1945, directed by Billy Wilder), is a hard one to
watch these days.   I just saw it again on
Turner Classic Movies and by the end I really needed a drink.   The real problem, I think, is Ray Milland as
the hero Don Birnam (...

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A WALK ON MOM'S SIDE
It was Nelson Algren who, in A Walk on the Wild Side , wrote. "Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place
called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your
own." I am in the clear with the first of these
rules, alth...

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CLASSIC
Is there any such thing as non-ethnic food?   I’m going to say no.   I’m going to say that any food, however plain
and apparently bland, has to be of some kind of national racial or cultural
expression. I’ve been thinking about this since I had lunch last F...

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THE DUKES OF AMBOY
Possibly you’ve never been to Amboy, in the Mojave desert.   If you’re heading to 29 Palms from Primm or
Needles then you’re likely to pass through it.   If not, not.   It’s one of those
desert towns in private hands that comes up for sale once in a while. ...

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THE GLOBAL LIP
And another thing that might happen to you while you’re on a desert
road trip; you might go into the Food 4 Less supermarket in Yucca Valley and
see a bottle of Primrose London Dry Gin, and you might think to yourself, well there’s a lovely curiosity, a whi...

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FOOD FROM THE ROAD
If you’re ever in Kramer Junction, California, may I recommended that
you try the carne asada with cheese fries at the Astro Burger.   It’s a knockout even if it doesn’t resemble
any carne asada you’ve ever had elsewhere.   The menu offered pastrami and Reu...

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NO PARTICUALR PLACE TO WALK
  So I went walking in Death Valley last month.   It’s something I do every two or three years,
and of course I see the ironies of complaining that it gets ever more crowded
and less wild each time, but it’s what I do.   And I’ve been going there for 30 yea...

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A WALK IN THE FIRMAMENT
Had
you been in Ridgecrest, California on the afternoon of Saturday, January 21 st you might well have seen a small group of people walking south down the narrow
sidewalk of China Lake Boulevard, occasionally spilling into the road.   The group was mostly, ...

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WALKING IN WIGS
Here’s some fairly minor walking lore relating to James Burnett, Lord Monboddo (1714-1799), a Scottish judge, linguist, and
(I suppose you’d have to say) philosopher, one of the early theorists of
evolution. On obvious scientific basis he posited the notion...
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