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Nerd Trip Teaser: Where Is This?

By on Oct 31, 2011 in Nerd Trip Teaser, Presidents | 0 comments

Hi Nerd Nation, Do you recognize this house? Do you know where it is? As more of my friends and family learn about Nerd Trips, they keep suggesting Nerd Trips when I visit. The problem is, I am getting very, very backlogged on posts. I am going lots of places, but haven’t had the time to write them up. To keep things moving, I will post some Nerd Trip teasers:...

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The Ultimate Nerd Trip – Part 1- UVA

By on Oct 16, 2011 in Bonus Nerd Trips, Mini-nerd trips, Presidents | 1 comment

We started our trip heading to Charlottesville and the campus of the University of Virginia, historic in itself, but our real purpose was food, specifically bread ends and House Dressing, a specialty of the Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, Virginia where I went to college. I knew a sandwich shop near the UVA campus, the Take It Away Sandwich Shop, also had this “delicacy,” a tangy tub of mayonnaise and bread. After securing our tub of mayonaissey goodness, Julie and I proceeded UVA’s famous lawn (in the shadow of Mr. Jefferson’s Rotunda) for a picnic and preparation for our three days of “nerdvana.”

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The Great Nerd Debate

By on Aug 4, 2011 in Nerd Debates, Presidents | 0 comments

“Mt. Vernon is not nerdy!” insisted my friend Susan B. when she first heard about the concept of Nerd Trips. Apparently, not everyone is comfortable with the idea that somewhere they’ve visited has been labeled as nerdy. Susan grew up in Washington, D.C. and visited Mt. Vernon nearly every year, often on a school field trip.
Her declaration was the first salvo in what I call “the Great Nerd Debate.” What exactly makes something nerdy?

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Poe House – Part 2

By on Jan 9, 2011 in Authors/Poets, Baltimore Sites, Mini-nerd trips | 0 comments

As I wrote in my previous post, the folks at the Poe House seem to know that they are going to get some odd questions. In fact, they hand out a sheet listing some of the unusual questions visitors have asked. They include: Why is the paint peeling, why does the Poe House have that “old” smell and is the house haunted? (Poe’s grandmother died in the house, he did not). I think some (many?) visitors to the Poe House are hoping to discover something a little creepy; I suppose we all have a somewhat morbid curiosity when it comes to Poe. Another sample on the curator’s question list asks about the basement. The sheet reassures you that the basement is mostly used for storage and that “there is nothing mysterious or weird in the basement.”

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