So to beat the loneliness and boredom of an evening in the Syracuse area, I walked to the lobby to get a cup of coffee.
I took my book and started reading.
Soon after, a tenacious young black woman said to me, "How's the Book?". OK, not quite, "Why are you Reading?", but I still laughed and answered her.
Anyone who knows me understands I hate making small talk with strangers, but Jennifer won me over.
Turns out she is about to travel to England to study, and she harbors hopes of becoming a lawyer for the UN. She asked me the cool spots in London. I said Hoxton?!?
She also offered to get her Garmin out to show me how long of a drive I had tomorrow. I politely declined and went back to my chain hotel coffee and paperback book.