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Is Imitation Flattery?

By     |    Jul 12, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    2 Comments

Growing up, you’re always told that imitation is the best form of flattery. If imitation is flattery, then what is downright plagarism? If you create content online, it’s a good idea to play Nancy Drew every few months and see if that content has developed its own life, a life outside your website. I finally had a chance to catch up in Seattle, and I found a few abuses. There’s […]

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Avalanche Lake, happy travelers.

Happy July 4th!

By     |    Jul 4, 2012
Posted in: Montana, Reality     |    No Comments

Well, it’s July 4th, shouldn’t you be off grilling or lighting things on fire (hopefully not lighting your food on fire) instead of reading our blog?! Get off your computer! We’re in the Glacier National Park area enjoying the dramatic views. Who needs fireworks when you have glaciers in July? Other than that, we just celebrated our nine-month on-the-road anniversary. Whoopie! It’s been fun. Next stop: Seattle … with a […]

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Casey and Molly help restore our faith in humanity!

By     |    Jul 3, 2012
Posted in: Idaho, Reality     |    No Comments

As much as we loved southern Idaho, certain things were starting to drag us down. There were too many crazy kids, too many people with no respect for boundaries, too many insane drivers. For the majority of our travels, our fellow travelers have been retirees, but now we were being bombarded by families with young kids. I’d always thought that we’d meet a bunch of people on our trip, new […]

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Did we follow our travel guidelines from July 2011?

By     |    Jun 20, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Reality, Travel     |    No Comments

About one year ago, we were finishing up work on our condo, interviewing agents, and preparing to list the place. We were still unsure whether our trip would ever get off the ground — it all depended on our condo sale and the market didn’t look too great for condos in Chicago. We were prepared for a long wait, but as we all now know, we ended up getting wildly […]

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It’s Memorial Day!

By     |    May 28, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    No Comments

Well, summer has begun. Hope you’re able to travel a bit today and enjoy the day. From Thomas Bailey Aldrich: Decoration Day is the most beautiful of our national holidays…. The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms. Thanks to all those who have fought for our freedom.

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One of our many efforts to find camping around the Q led to this supposedly public campground.

New Mexico True?

By     |    May 23, 2012
Posted in: New Mexico, Reality     |    No Comments

A few weeks ago I read a story about New Mexico’s efforts to improve its image with potential tourists. The tourism department surveyed groups of people and found that New Mexico is generally considered boring and bleak, with nothing to do. Some people aren’t even sure it’s a state, or they get it confused with Mexico, the country. Here’s a quote about the focus group results from another story: While the […]

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When It All Goes Wrong

By     |    May 18, 2012
Posted in: Louisiana, Reality, Texas     |    1 Comment

I’m sitting on a bed in a disgusting motel room — the most disgusting motel room I’ve ever been in in my life, and I’ve been in my fair share of cheap motels. I’m crying. I feel a little better when I realize that I can’t remember the last time I’ve cried, but then I look back at the stains on the carpet, the destroyed furniture, the knife slash in […]

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Lots of the houses reminded us of Charleston, SC.

The Master-Planned Experience: Seaside, FL

By     |    May 11, 2012
Posted in: Florida, Reality     |    1 Comment

I first heard about Seaside, FL in a college course, an intro to intelligent design (as in the kind of design that is well thought-out, not the one supposedly dictated by a deity). The professor was enamored with the town. Years later, I was reminded of Seaside when reading The Geography of Nowhere, a fascinating book about America’s relationship with urban planning, or lack thereof (really, it’s a great book, […]

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Pitchin' Empties: Not Litter. They're recyclable.

Three Things That Are Not Litter

By     |    Apr 26, 2012
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Littering, that’s against the law. Unless it’s one of these three things. Then it’s totally cool. Trash it up, man. No worries. The following items are definitely not trash. Cigarette Butts Cigarette smokers are the most persecuted people on Earth after white, Christian males. All they want to do is suck the sweet, sweet flavor of nicotine into their lungs. You won’t let them do it indoors. You won’t let them do it in […]

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Somebody That We Used To Know

By     |    Apr 25, 2012
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Well, we’ve just wrapped up a big round of friend visits, and each time we were set to see somebody we hadn’t seen in months (or years) it felt a bit odd. I couldn’t help think of Gotye’s song, Somebody That I Used To Know … even though these were all friends, not ex-girlfriends. Would things be different? Would our friends turn into people we just used to know? Nope. […]

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