Let’s Get in a Car and Drive Through Scotland and Assume Everything is Going to Be Fine

Bombing along the M-90 between Edinburgh and Inverness at an 82mph clip, screaming past semi-trailer trucks in the “Dual Carriageway” passing zones that are “only” doing 70, sneaking sideways glances of epic green valleys and bald mountains — of that fabled Scottish countryside so seductive that I happily volunteered to guide a missile for three days just to see it — I was struck over and over again by the ease with which it could all end right then and there. Running along Regent’s Canal in London, there were times when I could just barely make myself not jump into it;

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