Commentary: A pandemic trip to Europe was going great — until the return to O'Hare airport
The Department of Homeland Security official scowled at the little clutch of weary passengers, recently disgorged into Terminal 5 of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from Dublin on a hot August Saturday afternoon.“Aer Lingus passengers,” the man barked. “Everyone up against the wall.”I thought I was hearing things. Anger welling, I turned to my son.“You remember all that Aer Lingus did to keep us safe?” I said, “the socially distant boarding, the careful distancing on the plane, the space all around us, our masks, the flight attendants with the wipes? This renders all of that moot.”But w...
What do you see in a year on the road with traveling carnivals? A father tells us in 'American Oz'
CHICAGO — Some years ago, a not-so-young and close-to-penniless journalist named Mike Comerford took a trip. It was not his first trip, but it was a long trip, taking him across this country and into Mexico. He traveled by bus (5,740 miles), train (2,130 miles) and by that vanishing means of transport, hitchhiking (13,700).This journey changed him, as you might imagine, but in ways that he could not have anticipated when he got the bold (to some) and foolhardy (to some) idea of joining and working for the country’s traveling carnival companies.The result is a remarkable book, colorfully lively...