I love conversation and the sharing of different thoughts and philosophies. – JL/JR

Before I get a post up about my recent trip to Ireland, I want to offer up an article sent my way. Waiting for me at work this morning was the nicest email. Hannah (blogger Craft Junkie) shared with me her plans for an epic, 3-week RV trip this summer. I’m so jealous as I’ve never actually been in an RV and would love a 3 week adventure in one of those behemoths.

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Reisen ist die gesündeste Sucht

Two of my besties are brothers. This is both good and bad. It’s cool because knowing both makes me part of their family. I’m not just Travis’s friend or Tyler’s friend when I stop by (yep, all 3 brothers have T names, nope I’m neither friends nor unfriendly with Trevor). When I come over it’s “Hey Andy, the family friend!”

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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!

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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Day 17: Well I’ve never been to Heaven but I’ve been to Oklahoma. – HA

Day 17 was a long day. A really long day. Google says it is 777 miles between my Day 16 and Day 17 motels. Of course I had several detours making one tired Andy. I got to my room at 11:30pm and had to be on the road today at 6:30am. I also lost an hour due to a change in time zone so you can understand why this post is a day late. All of that driving was worth it and I had 2 great days.

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Day 16: Perhaps we’ve never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there’s no sign of intelligent life. – NdT

Roswell! Prepare for tacky, alien nonsense. But there are only so many alien souvenir shops a man can go to, so I had to expand my activities to Carlsbad. Fortunately I now have a local friend (possibly a disguised alien) who was willing to be seen with me and show me around. I continue to meet the most fantastic people and she is certainly at the top of the list. I wouldn’t have seen all the great sights today without her.

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Day 11: In the U.S., you have to be a deviant or die of boredom. – WB

I’m over halfway through my trip and tomorrow morning I leave Howard’s house. I have a lot to look forward to, but I’m a little bummed everything is moving this quickly. This post will be quick. I want to hang out with Howard for a bit then turn in early. The goal is to be on the road to Nevada by 7:00am.

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Day 10: One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach; all the damn vampires.

Today was fantastic! The weather never got higher than the mid 70s, it was sunny, and we ate well. A lot of the day was spent in traffic, but the places we ended up at were great. A good bit of the day was walking around Santa Cruz, one of the filming locations for The Lost Boys. I didn’t see any vampires, but I do have an awesome picture to share below.

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Day 9: Bad decisions make good stories.

Overall I think Howard and I were good kids. So why is it when I think of him, I think of hs graduation 001getting shot by BB guns, being caught on fire from coffee-mate explosions, the sound of exploding light bulbs, pee limit signs, and 1996 AOL phishing schemes? We both turned into fairly successful men. We’re educated and have been consistently employed. In my head though, I still see us as idiots doing our best to hurt ourselves in the name of fun. I haven’t seen Howard in too many years and I’m really happy to be spending this weekend at his house.

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Day 8: What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. – AAM

Fact: Idaho = Potatoes. There’s no getting around it. That’s why, even though I love animals, I had to sacrifice feeding baby bears in order to get a true potato experience. My first two stops today exemplify the theme of this trip perfectly. I’ve now traveled thousands of miles to look at potatoes and clean things.

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