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September 9th, 2008
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Random facts and statistics about the trip.
Miles driven: 8,700 (approx)

Most visited chains: White Castle, Sonic, Wawa (3 stops each)

States visited: 27 (and the District of Columbia)
States visited for the first time: 7 (South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama)
States driven through without stopping: Delaware

visited 27 states (54%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or determine the next president

Furry couples whose home I visited: 5
Couples which consisted of one really skinny man and one non-skinny[*1] woman: 2
Couples which consisted of two males, one of whom having a thing for latex inflatables: 2

Money spent on hotels: $35 (one night in an Air Force Inn)

Percentage of people whom I shared a bedroom with, whom left the room that night to sleep in another room because of the volume of my snoring, making me feel guilty and making sure I'd be the one to relocate in future nights: 50%

People who had things for me to bring to someone else living in another state 'since I was going that way': Mom, Grandma Kane, Uncle Mark, Tiffany (cousin), Grandpa Armstrong, Dad, Kristen (sister).

Fellow Anthrocon Board members visited: 6

Most expensive gas purchased: $4.12, Ohio
Least expensive gas purchased: $3.37, New Jersey

Movies seen in theatre on vacation: 4 ( Prince Caspian, Wall-E, Iron Man, Hancock)
Movies seen in theatre in 2008, before vacation: 0

Museums or attractions, primarily focused on:
Architecture : 2
Art: 1
Aviation/space: 3
Edgar Allen Poe: 1
Corn : 1
History: 2
Music: 1
Presidents: 2
Science: 1
Texas: 1

Zoos visited: 5 (Lincoln Park, Grant's Farm, Houston, Palm Beach, Lion Country Safari)
Zoos which had mongooses: 1
Zoos which had mongooses if you include those scene-stealing meerkats: 3

SD cards filled with pictures: 4

Percentage of beaches visited which were on Lake Michigan: 100%
Times I said "Wait, your apartment complex has a swimming pool and I'm only finding this out NOW?" : 3

Maximum speed achieved: 113 miles per hour (on I-10 in Texas)

MREs eaten: 6

Things I wish I'd packed: sketchbook, nail clippers, that darn Dave&Busters card from Arundel Mills with $10 of game credits on it that's not transferable to other D&Bs.

--Chiaroscuro
[*1] : Attractive ladies, mind! What lucky schmoes those twigs are to have 'em. :)

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From:rcoony
Date:September 9th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Very nice. I wish I could go on a trip like that again. My trip was far more lonesome, I think. :)

Fastest I managed to get up to was 109mph, on US-50 going through the middle-of-nowhere Nevada, and I think it was going down a slight decline. It just wouldn't go any faster than that.

Go back to the early 1990's, and probably almost no zoos would have had meerkats. Yes, they're cute, but for some reason every zoo seems to be required to have them these days. And penguins. I can't figure out what the big deal is about penguins, but zoos always make a huge deal about having them.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:September 9th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
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There's all these penguin movies now! And as for meerkats, I put the blame squarely on the Lion King and Timon. A lot of zoos decided they'd be an easy add- and they are. The breed plenty fine, don't take up too much space, work fine indoors or outdoors.

And admittedly meerkats are cute li'l guys. There jsut should be more mongooses. :)
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From:krin_o_o_
Date:September 9th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Number of air-mattreses that acted as echo-chambers for said snoring?

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- krin
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From:chefmongoose
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Surfaces Slept On:
Air Mattress: 3
Bed: 11
Couch (fold-out): 3
Couch (non-fold-out) : 3
Futon: 2
Sleeping Bag: 1

Edited at 2008-09-09 08:54 pm (UTC)
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From:gafennec
Date:September 9th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps mongi would be better appreciated if a new Rikki-Tiki-Tavi movie came out?
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From:chefmongoose
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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We would be once again elevated to our natural place of esteem in the animal kingdom, indeed. :)
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From:gafennec
Date:September 9th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
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So send messages to all the big movie companies that mongi around the world demand a new Riki-Tiki-Tavi movie. :)
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From:drakegrey
Date:September 9th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
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27 states?? Sheesh. Goes to show what living out here on the west coast is like, where ours is so big you just drive and drive, and never leave 'em. :)

Delaware just makes me think of Unterland and 'just go around it'. :)

... and I think I snore less so, but on the other hand I scooted Blackbird out of bed once so, I know how that goes. :)

--Drake
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From:chefmongoose
Date:September 9th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
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27 states, indeed. I've now been to a total of 37. Maine and Vermont I should cross off the list sometime while I'm living in New England. :)


visited 37 states (74%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or determine the next president

Mom's done 49 states, though. :O

Edited at 2008-09-10 09:59 pm (UTC)
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From:jennbirdie
Date:September 10th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
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And not because I was snoring, you should note!
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From:chefmongoose
Date:September 10th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
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*chuckles* oh? :)
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From:octantis
Date:September 10th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Welcome home! That was quite a trip. I'm glad you had a good time.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:September 11th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I did indeed. Wish it could've wended to the west, but it was long, expensive, and enjoyable enough as is. :)
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