Welcome to a special, Zoom-enabled, preparation-free mini-episode of Going/Steady. We’re going nowhere right now, just staying home, staying safe, and keeping six feet away from other people. Oh, and getting ready for the first night of Passover!
We apologize for any audio issues (including the fact that half of New London decided to turn on their drills and leaf blowers in Johnna’s neighborhood during this recording) and for the fact that our usual intro, outro, and music was saved on Kerri’s other computer.
We hope you enjoy this hastily assembled episode, and most of all we hope you’re doing well in these crazy times.
Various Connecticut-related topics that have been on our minds lately
Our top 5 New England-related books
Travel in the time of COVID-19
Same car, same iPhone, different month, different city: February’s episode of Going/Steady was recorded in New Haven, and in it, Kerri and Johnna get into budget cuts, George Washington’s sleeping habits, and anti-vaxxers. Then we list some of our fave New England books, from fiction to travel, from semi-high-brow to Barnes & Noble bestseller table. We also discuss the new coronavirus that’s freaking everyone out (including us) and how it, or other fears, might impact our travel plans. On a positive note, we have some healthy travel tips!
New England seasonal travel habits, Instagram vs. Reality
Learning languages, and a bunch of Jewish stuff
The NYT’s new 52 Places list, and more Jewish stuff
In our first episode of 2020, we talk about what to do in winter in New England, and how the local winter reality does not always square with the popular romantic image of snow-covered mountains and cozy inns. We also discuss cultural differences: how they make New England great and how they can make daily life awkward on occasion. We also talk about learning languages. Then we get into the new New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2020 list: do we want to visit these trendy spots? Why or why not? Plus, bonus ramble on current events and traveling while Jewish.
This is a somewhat strange episode; we wander off-topic whenever possible, and, oh yeah, we recorded it in a car. Also, Johnna says “like” approximately eleventy-billion times, and Kerri asks that important Hartford question, “Is the incinerator running?”
Our travel and transportation annoyances, rants, and pet peeves
This month, we’re talking about wildlife: specifically, our encounters with wildlife in Connecticut, be they sad, scary, or amusing. We’ve got coyotes, possums (!), bees, deer, and more. (So much more that Kerri forgot to mention the time an emu crossed her path in Tolland, and Johnna forgot to mention the time she was bitten by red ants on her own sidewalk.) We also discuss winter camping in our region. Johnna thinks it would likely kill her; Kerri think it may be “the anti-Hygge” but does it anyway, and she shares her tips. Finally, we kvetch about travel peeves, from planes, trains, and automobiles to perplexing signage. And we get a little off-topic, of course!