The Lure Of Minute Suites

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Philadelphia’s airport offers an unusual option for the weary traveler — Minute Suites, where you can nap in a private room during long layovers. Apparently Philly is the second American airport, after Atlanta, to offers these little private suites for rent.

I’m not sure I’d ever use Minute Suites, but long layovers — like the one today — make it a tempting prospect. Crowds and noise are among the most unpleasant aspects of modern air travel. Who wouldn’t want a little peace and quiet in the midst of a loud, jammed metropolitan airport?

26.2

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We proudly watched Richard run the Jacksonville Marathon today, on a muggy day that was densely fogged before the sunshine broke through to make for a hot last few miles. We tracked him as he progressed and cheered him on at mile 16, mile 18, mile 23, and then as he crossed the finish line on a high school track decorated with balloons.

It’s the first time I’ve watched a marathon, and it’s an amazing and impressive spectacle. I’ve got new respect for Richard, Mr. Jim McKeever, and other multiple-marathoners. I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles.

Riverside

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We’ve been spending much of our time during this Jacksonville visit just knocking around Richard’s Riverside neighborhood. It’s an older area just south of downtown, with some grand homes — such as this striking place along the river — as well as tidy apartment buildings, Victorian houses that have been converted to doctor and lawyer offices, nice parks, and a neat commercial area called Five Points — as well as the occasional orange tree.

It’s one of those neighborhoods that draws people because it’s got a lot to offer and is entirely walkable, bikeable, and joggable. It’s what a “mixed use” area aspires to be. Why don’t American cities have more neighborhoods like Riverside?