Andy Rooney, the wit of CBS' "60 Minutes," was vacationing in the Helderberg Mountains near Albany, N.Y., when I tracked him down to do an article for this issue of Traveling in Style.
During our telephone conversation he explained how he'd switched roles temporarily and was laboring as a woodworker.
"On your vacation?" I asked.
He snickered, "Of course. I get my kicks out of messing around with tools. I'm not a great woodworker but I'm not bad either."
"What else do you do on your vacation, besides working with wood?" I asked.
Rooney paused. "Oh, sometimes I go to the dump. I love going to the dump. Sometimes I dump stuff. Other times I pick stuff up. It's exciting. Something like being on a treasure hunt. You never know what you'll find."
"But you do travel?"
Rooney sighed. "Well, to tell the truth I'm not much of a tourist. I've seen a cathedral. I've seen a museum, I'd rather stay home and make a chest or maybe a table or a chair. Besides, I've been to most places on my job. I've been to Europe a lot. When I travel, I like to go back to places where I've already been. Places that are familiar. I'm not much of a 'taster'. I want to visit places I know."