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My date with Natalie

Today is the 11th anniversary of the most successful April Fools’ prank I ever pulled. Thought I’d document it here for posterity. I was (really) visiting friends in Cambridge, MA, and my flight landed in Boston on the evening of … Continue reading

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17 courthouses and a couple of babies

(This is a blogpost about my courthouse trip. Here are the pictures of the courthouses themselves.)   The first leg of my roundabout trip to Nashville had one interesting aspect that I forgot to mention in the previous blogpost: I … Continue reading

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Lots of courthouses, is what I’m saying.

I’ve got an interesting Thanksgiving week ahead. Goes a little something like this. 1. Driving to my mom’s in Nashville, and visiting my aunt and uncle west of Houston en route. If that sounds circuitous, it is: I’m taking a … Continue reading

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Review: Pley, the Netflix for Lego

I am Will Ferrell’s character in The Lego Movie. I’m not proud of it, but it’s nothing new—even as a child, to the frustration of my mother, I used my Lego sets as model kits to be assembled, not tools … Continue reading

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Day 18: I’m pretty sure there were only 17 days in this trip.

(Author’s Note: I got back to civilization, and civilization quickly conspired to keep me from finishing up the trip blog. Fortunately only one blogpost, this one, went unpublished. Here it is! Road trip postscript!) In my book, only rednecks and … Continue reading

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Day 16: A slight change of plans

I’d driven the windy road from Wall to the Badlands campground in absolute darkness the previous night, with no idea what was around me. Turns out, a lot. I leisurely (leisurelily?) backtracked through the park as the rising sun colored … Continue reading

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Day 15 1/2: There’s also free ice water.

It’s difficult to describe (or ya know, understand) the appeal of Wall Drug in Wall, SD. It’s like the Paris Hilton of drug stores: famous mostly because it’s famous, and because it LOVES LOVES LOVES promoting itself. As I drove … Continue reading

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Day 15: I bet Custer was a Democrat.

“This monument has never accepted any government funding, and it never will,” says the woman on the screen. “He [the sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski] believed in individual initiative and private enterprise,” she lectures. “He didn’t believe in waiting for a handout”—here … Continue reading

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Day 14: Turns out it’s pronounced Sah-CAH-gah-wee-uh.

I slept like a baby rock. I lazed in bed for an hour after waking, writing blog and churning through pictures while College Gameday played on ESPN. At 9:30 I had an omelet at the breakfast buffet downstairs (included with … Continue reading

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Day 13: A Cacophonous Symphony of Ouch

About 1 in the morning, it started to drizzle. You’d have thought the Vicodin would make me groggier than a drunken hibernating bear, but with a pit-crew efficiency that impressed me greatly, I leapt out of the tent and threw … Continue reading

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