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  1. Ronin

    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    Now THAT'S playing the long game. The Detroit girl is lining up her victims a year in advance. ;)
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    Change that station!

    I can't tell you necessarily *why* I don't like Rush, but I don't. But my answer really should have been Journey. I wouldn't piss on those guys if they were on fire.
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    Feds warn on Area 51

    It could definitely be a good reality check moment for the rather large, narcissistic crowd that's developed around social media.
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    The Roach Robot

    Search and Rescue? Yeah, that's not what it'll be used for, if you'll pardon the cynicism.
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    Bigfoot at Mammoth Cave Natl. Park?

    There are just enough of them in the Middlesboro/Pineville area to keep you alert, but they're pretty well shy of humans. Same for bobcats, in fact. We go up there twice a year and family will tell us about the rare sighting of either.
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    Meth 'Gators, A newthreat

    Why are they flushing perfectly good drugs down the toilet? I mean, asking for a friend...
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    Haunting Question

    If there's a physical explanation, I'd wonder how the killing fields of the two world wars impacted things? There's definitely a cultural difference in perception, though, as has been pointed out. Americans do tend to be more excitable overall.
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    Arctic Hysteria and Dyatlov Pass

    Even if this was true, it's a symptom, not a cause. But, I don't believe in any kind of mass hallucination. Duke had an interesting idea. I was thinking along the lines of an emission from the Earth; it happens occasionally in Yellowstone that gases escape in unusual places and harm or kill...
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    And I didn't like....

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    Change that station!

    Chicago or Rush. No rap? Really? I have a soft spot in my heart for the old school. Doesn't hurt that Run DMC were some of the nicest guys I chanced to meet. That's distinct from more modern, liquid porn "hip hop."
  11. Ronin

    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    Day 6 - Omaha So, it turns out there was a reason we couldn't get a room. It was Thursday June 20th. You know what else happens then in Omaha? Ok, I would have said "nothing", too, but we'd have both been wrong: the College World Series. And we were less than a mile from one of the stadiums...
  12. Ronin

    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    And a couple more pics from Day 5
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    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    Day 6 - More disappointment We got up a bit early, packed, and got the hell out of there. It apparently wasn't just me - the place made my son uneasy, too. Driving into Rocky Mountain National Park from the west is much, much different than from the east. The park is much more east-loaded, if...
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    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    Day 5 - the great plans crumble Now, I still don't have enough things in the Grand Junction area picked out to warrant a return visit. But we didn't stop there by accident - it was to spend time visiting the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery. I personally took no pictures, but it was a beautiful...
  15. Ronin

    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    Day 5 Yeah, there's PLENTY of civilization between I-15 and Monument Valley. It is an absolutely gorgeous drive. I cannot recommend it enough. We went through Lake Mead, up 15 to Saint George for Chick-Fil-A (just 3 miles from Southern Utah Pole Dance!!), and then out 9 heading for Monument...
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    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    Day 4 Hoover Dam, is a fantastic structure and one that I would like to place in my top 5 list of places I've been. But I can't. The damn and site are fantastic - I've been there twice before, in 2006 and again in 2014. This time, though, I was thoroughly disgusted by the experience. It was...
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    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    Day 3 Here's where the meat of the trip starts. We headed west fairly early and caught traffic doing mostly 80+, so we actually gained a fair amount of time, which would come in handy later. The driving itself was notable for two things: we had our first (and only, I believe) road rage incident...
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    Road Trip, 2019 edition, Opening

    So it's been what, nearly 2 months? But we did indeed make it back ok, and we had a pretty good time. Day 1 - We left late, because of course we did. But, it's the first time I've ever driven through west TN north of 40. Turns out we have interstate-grade highways all over the place. Getting...
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    What are you grateful for today?

    Having a place to come back to after a less than ideal summer.
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    Made it safely through both Blanchard Springs Cavern and the Ozarks. Today is just driving. We’ll be taking a left turn at Albuquerque this evening. :)