Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • 20 years ago, give or take a year or so, I was at the payment window here waiting behind an older gentleman. He put his business card down on the counter and slid it forward.

    It had his name, phone number and, instead of a business, said:

    On Vacation
    Not From Around Here.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.