Today’s antique cartoon is from this date in 2002, and it is based on a true story. Doing something like this is exactly how I found myself in Paris in September of 1997, my first trip abroad. The Worldwide Web was a relatively new cultural phenomenon at that time, and I wasn’t motivated so much by brazen caprice as ignorance. Half of me didn’t believe the airlines would really sell me a ticket over my computer. Of course, they did, and it was the best stupid thing I’ve ever done. I have been back to the old country several times since but not as many times as I’d like. I am a different and better person for it. Sometimes, it works out.