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Author Al Macy is a character and a tightwad with a unique sense of humor. He and his wife squirreled away enough money to retire early, do interesting things, and take unusual trips. As he puts it:

“Every day I wake up with nothing to do, and by the end of the day, I've only gotten half of it done.”

During his working life, Macy was a neuroscientist, computer game programmer, jazz trombonist, chef, CEO, piano player, clam digger, and technical writer.

The book is a journal of a car/bicycle/camping trip from California to St. Louis and back, but Macy promises that “if it starts sounding like one of your brother-in-law’s boring slide shows, I will stop this book, and we’ll turn around and go home. I mean it.”

Interspersed with the journal chapters, you'll find thought-provoking life tips, stories from the past, and descriptions of Al's wacky inventions. You’ll hear poignant anecdotes about what happened when doctors discovered a golf-ball-sized tumor in his wife’s brain and how everything they owned burned.

Here's an example of one of those chapters:

Chapter 47 – Puking in a Thunderstorm

Here’s a mishap that illustrates the saying “You’re on an adventure when you wish you were home wishing you were on an adventure.”

In 1982, Lena and I were visiting her folks in Sweden, and we went on a ryggsäcksfotvandringtur. To speak Swedish, all you do is take a bunch of English words, screw around with them, and squeeze them together. For example, in the big word in the last sentence, the only real foreign part is “rygg” which refers to one’s back. Other than that it’s just “Back – sack – foot – wandering – tour,” meaning “wandering around on foot with a pack on your back,” or “backpacking.”

Apparently we have 1,019,729.6 words in English (.6 really?). In Swedish, the total depends on how you count them. Is "ryggsäcksfotvandringtur” one word, or just five words stuck together? Most Swedish dictionaries have around a half-million entries, but if you count words that are Velcroed together, it has many more.

Speaking of Velcro, it was discovered when Georges de Mestral went for a fotvandringstur, and noticed the burrs that stuck to his pants. The word “Velcro” was added to our dictionary in the year nineteen something-or-other. I’ve learned that the phrase “Velcro forehead” refers to the overly dramatic gesture of tilting your head back and holding the back of your wrist against your forehead (”Oh, woe is me!”). Can you tell that I’m worried that this chapter is too short, and I am desperately looking for stuff to add?

So anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah, Lena and I were on a short backpacking trip in the mountains of sweden. On our route to the more desolate sections, we passed houses that had sod growing on the roof. And when I say sod, I don’t mean the neat, well-mowed stuff you buy at the nursery. I mean long messy grass, other small plants, cuckoo birds, and gophers. And these weren’t museum displays put up for tourists, people were really living in these things. It’s where we get the saying “People who live in sod houses should throw stones, but no stones from the roof, please.”

This was a great place to foot wander, but when we were the farthest from the car, Lena got sick (really sick), and both Lena and the heavens opened up at the same time. It gave me a case of Velcro forehead, and my main memory of that trip is of continually taking tiny plastic snack bags of vomit out and dumping them in the streams of water surrounding the tent.
Luckily Lena’s Scandinavian constitution won out over the bugs, and the next morning she was all better and ready to drag me home, out of the wilderness. So, we had a general good time despite the puking adventure.

If that kind of humor appeals to you, you need to buy this book. And if you're still on the fence, please use the Look Inside feature or download a free sample to your Kindle.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7343 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J6HJIGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

dfgghjsshjkkk

 on 27 May 2014
By C. D. Bell
liked a lot.Can you change this please as i am never going to post if i HAVE to be told how much to write.

A road trip with a difference

 on 14 June 2016
By Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this book and like the author’s humour although I have to admit that I did not understand some the ‘Americanisms’ in the text. The book is an account of a road trip with a difference in that the author and his wife also did a lot of cycling en route. I enjoyed reading about many places in the US that I have not (yet) visited and he has whetted my appetite to see them for myself. I would recommend this book as well worth reading.

Great and very humorous read.

 on 31 August 2015
By Ross M
I’m very into travel literature but this is my first read about North America. From the start to the very end, I laughed (and on occasion felt the pain), but never once did I want to stop turning the page. I highly recommend this to an armchair or avid traveller. Looking forward to another from this author.

Made me smile

 on 19 October 2015
By Dan T Davies
Not sure why some people don’t get “American” or “British” humour. For me you’re either funny or you aren’t, and I laughed all the way through this absolute gem of a freebee.

I loved every chapter

 on 31 December 2016
By Sarn
I loved every chapter, as a yearly visitor to the USA from England and having visited so many of the places Al and Lena went to on their trip it was especially intersting. Excellent!

I understand and really enjoy the humor

 on 2 September 2015
By cherrytom
One of the funniest books to come out of USA, ever! Compares favorably with Donald Weslake, and as an Irishman, I understand and really enjoy the humor! Keep smiling!
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