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More love for this guy! There are two bloggers I read with religious fervency. One reminds me of my best friend growing up and talks about the pop culture that was important to me from the early 80s to the early 90s. The other actually elevates me and is a solid read that should be interesting to anyone. The cool part? This second blogger gave me a shout out in one of her recent posts!

The Questing Geek covers “both kinds of hobbies; geeky and nerdy.” Queen Geek Kathy covers books, movies, TV shows, gift ideas, games, etc. It’s chic to say you’re nerdy these days, but Kathy is an OG legit nerd. For flipping sake, the name of her blog is a reference to a chimera-esque monster from Arthurian legend and she was in an article of Mental Floss! Go read her blog and watch your “to read” and “to watch” list grow. You would thank me later for turning you on to her blog but you’ll be too busy reading all of the books she recommends.

Why are you still reading this post? Go to her blog and catch up! She blogs with much more frequency than I do. The more time you waste the further behind you’re going to get.

Kathy, if you’re ever in Delaware on a Thursday night, you and your geeky knowledge are always welcome at my Quizzo team’s table!

I love being famous. It validates I have something to say. – RL

Atlas Obscura is a great source of silly and wacky destinations. Obviously I read it a lot. The site has a series called “The Year in Wonder ” and recently asked readers to share personal stories that made the year special. I submitted a small blurb about my trip and the editors chose it as one of their favorites! I feel a little silly as another story is of a woman saving a homeless man’s life, but I’ll take the win.

We Asked, You Answered: Wondrous Things That Happened in 2017

 

Good-quality travel and good-quality food are the two luxuries that I never have any guilt indulging in. – CH

I’ve not had the time to travel lately. I’m hoping to make a few small trips at the end of the month but work and home life have kept me occupied. Since I wasn’t able to travel to an exotic location, I decided to try and bring an exotic location to me! Honest, I’m not trying to turn this into a food blog, I just feel like I need to let people know I’m still alive. For the 3 or 4 of you that read this, I promise I’ll be annoying you with more inane stories soon. For now, enjoy my Indian Dinner Party that took place November 25th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving! Continue reading “Good-quality travel and good-quality food are the two luxuries that I never have any guilt indulging in. – CH”

A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid. – AF

Again I fail at photography. Not because my pictures were poor and blurry this time, I was just so busy and tired I forgot to take them altogether. I’m the worst. Anyway Saturday 9/30 I put the $70+ worth of mustard I purchased at the National Mustard Museum to good use. I had a dinner party where every dish (except dessert) had some type of mustard in it. Overall I’d say when it comes to cooking, I cut the mustard. Terrible.

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A man should never neglect his family for business. – WD

My poor, neglected blog. I feel we had a hot and heavy affair while I was on the road but our love has since lost its luster and passion. Like any marriage it’s going to take work to get us back on track. I know it’s mostly my fault. I work too many hours and when I come home I’m tired and slump down on the couch. You deserve better. We should take a trip together and see if we can’t stir up some of those old feelings.

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The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page. – SA

Before my trip, I loaded up on 6 audio books (also this one). Between hours of music and CB radio chatter, I took a few breaks and listened to 4 of them. I lost Billy Crystal’s book under the passenger seat and forgot it was there until I unpacked. As for “Heaven is For Real,” I really tried to get into but it wouldn’t take. All the books I packed are considered non-fiction, and “Heaven…” is about a boy who comes back from a surgery having seen Heaven. The book starts off with an interview of the dad and he just couldn’t sell me. Anyway here are brief reviews of the books I did listen to!

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I don’t know where I’m running now, I’m just running on. Running on, running on empty. – JB

On day 1 I was extremely organized. I had a ledger where I marked the price of gas, total cost, and mileage count each time I stopped to fill up. I also kept track of all the tolls I paid, where and when. Things became a little disorganized in California as I had to open up the back seat for passengers. By the time I left Oakland I had given up on any pretense of record keeping.

During the trip, I had days where I had to stop 3 times to fill up (didn’t want to run out in the desert). Today is the 7th day since my last time at a gas station, so I’ve decided to go through my records and bank statement to get an idea of how much I spent in fuel. As best as I can tell, I spent $710.38. That’s just under $.09 a mile. Good to know for future budgets.

Happiness is receiving a tiny gift on an ordinary day.

My first days back from the trip have been rough. It’s like being at the roller rink all night and then taking your skates off. Everything feels weird and I want to still be in motion. But all things must end and I had to go back to adulting. After my first (and very long) day back to work, I came home to an epic surprise! The self-addressed envelop I left at Pickles Gap was on the table with a note and 2 shiny pennies inside! The note read read as follows:

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Day 19: SEE ROCK CITY

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Guess what I got to see today. Originally I only intended to go to Rock City because it’s right on the TN/GA border and by adding Georgia I officially hit 50% of the states on one trip. Once I read Mr. Hollis’ book “See Rock City” however, it became an important stop. His book detailing the attraction and life of its creator kept my attention from page one. I even forced a co-worker (sorry Darlene) into reading passages that I thought were especially great.

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Day 18: Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime. – MT

I’ve been looking forward to Day 18 for a while. Today was the day I got to meet a talented author who has a nostalgia museum in his house. I want to stress what I’ve mentioned in another post, this museum falls into the unique sights category of my trip. After reading one of his books, meeting him, and seeing his house, I do not think Mr. Hollis is tacky or weird or anything like some of my other stops (Roswell Alien Zone). I have a lot of respect for him and am grateful he took the time to share his museum with me.

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