Depressed? Check out this site to see some of the famous people who’ve suffered the same nightmare. A brilliant and, until recently, suicidal friend turned me on to it. (He tried a year-long saga of esoteric drugs, even electroshock therapy at some of the country’s finest institutions — no help. But today, on Prozac, he’s back, productive, his old annoying self.)

Ready to roll? "Wherever you go, that’s where you’ll be," another friend used to say when people talked of trying to solve their problems by changing the scenery. But of course that applies to congenitally happy people as well as those in pain — wherever they go, that’s where they’ll be — and so, in the hope that you’re happy wherever you are, I commend you to this site (scroll down when you get there) which I used to plot a trip through Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine. For each leg, I’d just enter the "city pairs" — cities like Oakland, Maine, and Cornish, New Hampshire (combined population, about 14) — and up would come the maps and directions, which I’d then print out. Scroll down a little further and you can get points of interest by zip code. (I skipped that. You’ve seen one giant ball of twine, you’ve seen them all.)

Need Wheels? In my case, Hertz provided the transportation. But if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, check out this beta site and let me know what you think.


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