Tidewater Traveler by George W. Sellers, CTC Don’t Do Nothing! Please forgive the double-negat ive. A s I u nder st a nd, it is a writer’s prerogative to occasionally bend the conventional rules of grammar, syntax and propriety in order to make a point. You, the reader, will determine if the point is made. How is this for a New Year’s resolution? Don’t do nothing! May I suggest two travel-related resolutions for the new year? First - travel. Second – before you travel - don’t do nothing! Travel! With the possible exception of homebodies, few folks would disagree with a resolution to travel in 2012. A ll industr y projections seem to indicate that record numbers of Americans will venture out to experience destinations here on our home continent and around the world. D o n’ t d o n o t h i n g ! E n g l i s h majors, those still tolerating this a r t icle, a re probably r i le d a nd e ager to reword t h is ph ra se to be “Don’t do any thing.” But that w ill not make the point. There a r e c h a l le n g i n g t r ave l -r e l at e d
circumstances that can be seriously compounded by having done nothing in preparation for a trip. For e x a mple , I w a s r e c ent l y seated with a client at her dining table located in an upscale suburban tow nhouse. While I was looking up the answer to a travelrelated question on my computer, my hostess, an intelligent, alert, middle-aged, self-employed lady, was sifting through the day’s mail
Don’t forget to ask about cell phone service when you travel.