How Do You Know Where to Go?

John McCumber

John McCumber

John McCumber is a cybersecurity executive, retired US Air Force officer, and former Cryptologic Fellow of the National Security Agency. In addition to his professional activities, John is a former Professorial Lecturer in Information Security at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and is currently a technical editor and columnist for Security Technology Executive magazine. John is the author of the textbook Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: a Structured Methodology

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  1. Avatar Jaybird

    When I was ~17, we went to Scotland to visit relatives. My great-grandmother’s cousin’s great-grandchildren.

    One of the days we were there was a Sunday that was completely unscheduled. 100%. We woke up, ate… well, now what? We had talked to a cabbie the day before and he told us about Peebles. “It’s wonderful!”, he told us. “The most lovely little place in Scotland. I’m going to retire there.”, he told us.

    Well. Let’s go to Peebles!

    And we went there and it was Sunday and dang near everything was closed. We walked around. It was nice. We stopped by one of the few places that was not closed and it was a chip shop (Freedom Fries, for Americans) and these were the best dang fries I’ve had to that point in my life and I don’t know that I’ve had any that were better since.

    We walked around some more. Then we went back to the hotel.

    It was nice. Probably on the medium list of places I would like to retire as well.Report

    • Avatar Slade the Leveller in reply to Jaybird

      My best man lives in Dundee, and I go see him the years when the British Open is played nearby. I love that country, and I’d retire there in a heartbeat if I could speak the language.Report

  2. Avatar Slade the Leveller

    IMHO, the best way to travel is by car. You get to see so many things you might never have seen otherwise. When our kids were little we took many road trips, both east and west, and ran into the most fascinating places. Carhenge, in Alliance, Neb. tops the list. (Seriously, go there.) Did you know there’s a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame? I didn’t either until we came upon it on our return from Cooperstown. There I learned that Pete Rose got his 4,000th hit as an Expo. I didn’t ever remember him playing for that team!

    Whenever we traveled, we never had an itinerary beyond what we felt like doing that day. We’d look something up, or remember something we’d see the day or 2 before, and go there. Often, we’d run across something else we’d like to see the next day.

    My wife and I were going to cruise down the Rhine last spring with her parents, but COVID put paid to that. I have to admit the idea of a structured vacation didn’t really appeal to me. Now she’s gone and my father-in-law still wants to go, so I suppose I will, just to have the memory. I still plan on trying to get off the beaten path, though. I understand there’s a German town about an hour from one of the ports of call that’s home to an inordinate share of Michelin starred restaurants…Report

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