SFRA 2008 – Driving to Lawrence

I hit the road early on Wednesday, July 9, leaving Yufang holding a wet Miao Miao (she darted out the door as I was loading up) as the torrents of rain continued unabated across Ohio.  I had decided before leaving that I would maximize my fuel economy in order to stretch the overall savings and convenience of driving there.  My speed fluctuated between 55 and 60 mph, and I regulated my driving style so that I accelerated slow and easy.  I monitored my fuel maximization progress with a ScanGauge II plugged into my car’s computer.  After taking 15 hours and two fuel tanks of gas, I averaged 41.5 mpg.  Saving those gallons of gas took a toll on me, and I had no trouble falling asleep that night!

On the way to the conference, I saw a number of interesting sights.  A few of them included a billboard advertisement warning against drunk driving sponsored by a St. Louis funeral home, a gigantic 12-or-so story tall Christian cross next to the interstate, a McDonalds in Missouri with an enclosed reading room and fireplace rather than a playground, and a B-2 Stealth Bomber turning on final and landing to the south.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.