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If I had the time, the energy, a rhyming dictionary, and a firm grasp of iambic pentameter, I would write a sonnet to my Kindle.

That said, every time I slip the nimble little e-reader out of its case and curl up with it in bed, I feel…well…it’s like I’m cheating on my books. I look up at the shelves and I see them, gathering dust, no new additions for months and I sense…judgement. Through the broken spines and dog-eared pages I hear the voices of my fellow bibliophiles, like Becca, who, upon hearing I had purchased said Kindle refused to IM with me for at least 20 minutes. (Incidentally, she recently confessed that *gasp* now she wishes she had one too.)

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There are a few things I require for calm and happy travel:

A pashmina-style wrap: Ideal for a) a blanket substitute, b) a pillow substitute, c) a mouth and nose guard if the person sitting next to me is either sick or smelly (trust me, this is how I survive on my daily train commutes, too).

Gum and trail mix: Because those $5 snack packs they sell on planes are unpredictable and not terribly satisfying.

A good book: Requirements for which are…a) portability (no hard-covers if possible) b) it’s engaging enough to occupy three to five hours of otherwise empty flight time now that many airplanes don’t show free films or TV shows anymore (whattup with that, airlines? That’s just being mean to your passengers) and c) not too emotionally draining (I prefer not to openly sob in public – an example of this kind of book is What is the What by Dave Eggers. That is a special Susan alone time book).

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What I’m Watching
Is it healthy to love a T.V. show so much that you actually feel a skipped-heartbeat of sadness when the next disc doesn’t arrive on time from Netflix? That’s how I feel about The Wire. Yes, yes, yes, I know it’s a program that ended way back in 2008, but we the HBO-less (and now cable-less) only recently discovered it.

The Wire is Awesome.
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