True Confessions

Just kidding.  I did want to talk about a couple of things though.  Did any of you read this piece last night linked from the PL.  It got me thinking about what exactly I’m doing here and I do have one tiny confession to make.  While I was gone and without access to the internet for the majority of the time I alternated between enjoying it and feeling completely out of touch.  When I took time off last year and earlier this year, I was still reading, just not commenting.  When I went into Starbucks early on Saturday armed with my kindle I was really anxious to touch base with everyone.  Two things are bugging me about that.  One, I actually called my husband and dictated what I wanted to tell everyone and had him post it because it’s such a bitch to type on a kindle, and two, I keep realizing, after the fact, that I’m divulging too much personal information.

I don’t know why I do that.  How sad is it that I have virtual friends, whom I will never meet, of the kind that I even enlist my husband to help me keep in touch and tell all of you more than you really wanted to know?  Anyway, long story short, I’m not going to share so much in the future.  I’ll try to stick to the facts of the post or interesting tidbits, political or otherwise, that are in the news.  I’m a little over whelmed with how complicated my life just got on several fronts so if I get a little edgy as we move forward, that’s my excuse, so just forgive me in advance, okay?

It looks like I’m going to be really busy in the foreseeable future so I’ll be here when I can or when it looks like there’s something of interest to discuss.

Btw, I deleted my comments from the past few days because I didn’t actually write them……………………….there’s your confession………………lol

Favor?  If I start yacking about my sister, my kids, swimming, the beach, my past or my niece, please tap me on the shoulder and tell me to knock it off okay?

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  1. Just because someone else typed and posted them, that doesn’t mean you didn’t write them. They should have stayed with perhaps a note added about their provenance.

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  2. Oh please, they were boring and about my sister anyway. Next time I’ll do it your way…haha

    Did you read that David Roberts piece?

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  3. Brian, over at the PL linked to this interesting and funny survey.

    Besides their own state, people had the highest opinion of California. Colorado is also pretty popular.

    California is [also} considered the craziest state…

    Which state is your least favorite? Texas. That’s what you get, Texas, for always pulling the “We can leave America whenever we feel like it” card.

    Which state has the best food? New York scored around 20% of the vote for best food. California and Louisiana get honorable mentions.

    Worst food? Alaska. Hottest residents? CA, by far.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/poll-how-americans-feel-about-the-states-2013-8

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    • lms:

      Which state is your least favorite? Texas. That’s what you get, Texas, for always pulling the “We can leave America whenever we feel like it” card.

      That is why I like Texas.

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    • Florida is being waaaay under-rated on the Craziest State scale. Whacky things happening in Florida is a trope.

      I would also rate Nebraska as less scenic than Kansas as I have been to all 50 states and Nebraska was a real tough nut to crack for a reason to go there.

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      • I just counted and I’ve been to 22 states. I’ve driven through or landed briefly in more, but I’m only counting states that I actually spent at least a day in.

        BTW, the arrogant New Yorkers thing is really a NYC phenomenon. NYC is really an animal all its own. If you take away NYC, New York state becomes almost another Vermont.

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        • We started the 50 State Challenge after a cross-country trip about eight years ago made us realize we had been in over half of them. Our criteria was we had to stay a night and eat a meal in any given state. To meet that, we had to go back and ‘tag up’ in several states like New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Mississippi and Arkansas where we had just passed through.

          We just got back from a two week vacation in Alaska which was our very last state. It was gorgeous. Easily giving California and Colorado a run for the money in scenic-ness.

          The states we gave shortest shrift to were Kansas and Nebraska which logged just one night each. The state we were in least recently was Hawaii which was way back in 1987 right after I graduated from college and my dad was stationed at Hickham..

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  4. Scott, yeah, I don’t think Texans really care what the rest of us think of them do they?

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  5. I liked these also:

    Colorado has the most beautiful scenery in the country, followed closely by Hawaii. Honorable mentions to Alaska, Montana and California.

    New York is the most arrogant.

    Massachusetts is the smartest. All those colleges probably.

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  6. Arizona is the most scenic state followed by Utah. I live in Texas, its a great state and since it’s far away from where most media resides (CA, NY) and it’s out of political favor or said media, it gets a bad rap.

    It’s only good if you want a job.:-)

    Lms, I don’t mind that your husband typed your posts (what a guy) and don’t even think you needed to mention it. Time I’ve learned is a luxury and you have to dedicate yourself to what’s important in your life. Commenting here is a nice distraction for me and it gives me perspectives I haven’t considered.

    Take care!

    #TeamTexasButAZismorescenic

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  7. McWing

    Thanks

    and don’t even think you needed to mention it

    I am always compelled to set the record straight. I once confessed to being a liar at the PL for mis-stating a fact and even QB cracked up.

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  8. I’ve spent most of my time in the western states and really love both CO and UT for the scenery but CA and the West Coast will always be my favorite. When I was a kid we lived briefly in TX, NY and IL but I barely remember them. I spent quite a bit of time in IN, my parents lived there for about 8 years, and from there went to Ohio, KY and a few other states when I visited during the summers. We went back east about 7 years ago but mainly the DC area, VA, MD etc. I’ve never been to Alaska and have no burning desire to visit, but Hawaii and I have a real love affair going on.

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    • Let’s do countries….Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Borneo (for about 3 hours so doesn’t really count), Maldives, UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Canada.

      Still no Africa or South America, which I aim to do at some point.

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      • Countries:

        Canada, Mexico (just for an afternoon), Ireland, England, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea.

        Lots more of Europe to do. Would like to visit Australia, New Zealand, South America.

        Climate and political instability put Africa way down on the list.

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        • Canada (x3), Mexico (cruise ship), Bahamas, Bermuda, US Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Belize*, England, Germany, Austria, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam

          *Honeymoon. Highly recommended, LMS. way better than Bahamas.

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        • yello:

          When were you in Vietnam? Where did you go? I spent a long weekend in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) but didn’t make it up north. Very interesting place. Went to the Cu Chi tunnels which was, er, interesting, and also went to the Cao Dai temples…very weird religion. One of their patron saints is Victor Hugo.

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        • I was in Vietnam in 2005 with my family. We went to Saigon (I refuse to call it HCMC), Hanoi and Hue. We also did daytrips to Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta. I’d like to go back and see An Loi and go into Cambodia to Angor Wat but that is probably a long way off.

          I wrote a blog about my trip there.

          Here are my photos. Warning: it’s a lot.

          Here I am in a Cu Chi tunnel.

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        • yello:

          Here I am in a Cu Chi tunnel.

          I have quite literally the exact same picture of my cousin trying to squeeze into the hole. Probably the exact same hole.

          My Cu Chi experience (from 1995) was surreal. First they showed us some old black and white propaganda film from back in the war, talking about the hundreds of miles of tunnels under the ground. Then they took us out into the forest and our VC guide told our group to walk through a particular section of trees. We quickly discovered the area was wired with fishing line that, when stepped on/through set off a series of firecrackers to simulate the booby trap conditions of the war. Our guide, standing off to the side, was extremely amused by our reaction. Then we went to the tunnels, they gave every 3rd person an old, barely working flashlight, and we went into the tunnels in a line. The guide quickly scooted through and was no where in sight when the guy in front of my cousin, with the flashlight, announced that the tunnel split and he didn’t know which way to go. Those “hundreds of miles of tunnels” were suddenly making me very nervous. But somehow he found the right way and as I pulled my sweating and dirty 6 foot 3 inch frame out of the hole and above ground, the VC guide pointed at me and started laughing his ass off.

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        • My Cu Chi experience (from 1995) was surreal. First they showed us some old black and white propaganda film from back in the war, talking about the hundreds of miles of tunnels under the ground.

          Sounds like not much had changed in ten years. I saw the same movie. I had a mild panic attack pulling myself out of that tunnel entrance. It was tight. Now rather than getting you lost, they just make fun of you for having to use the American-sized tunnel.

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  9. Countries……………..Mexico and Canada………….hahaha. I prefer road trips. If I’m gonna get on a plane it’s out of necessity or to get to Hawaii. Plus time and money, generally in short supply. Now that we have money, still not much time, I doubt I could sit still long enough to get anywhere further away than about 6 hours by air.

    I do envy people who have traveled though. I think I could do the Bahamas or maybe Belize.

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  10. Here are my blog posts about the Cu Chi Tunnels and the gift shop.

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  11. I have a shot of me crouching inside the tunnel. Angor is a must see.

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  12. Still in Saigon.

    Shit.

    #SubtleApocalypseaNowMovieReference

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  13. i’m 5’9” .. i’ve never felt so tall in my life than when i was in SE Asia.

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    • i’m 5’9” .. i’ve never felt so tall in my life than when i was in SE Asia.

      So true. After Vietnam we spent three days in Japan where except for my red hair, it was much easier to blend into the crowd. It’s a wonder what a generation or two of proper nutrition can do for a country.

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  14. Since this is still a travel thread…………..even though I promised not to talk about my kids anymore…………we just heard from our daughter and she made the summit on Kili at a little over 19,000 feet after hiking the last seven hours from midnight until sunrise with head lamps in below zero temps. Next stop recuperating in Zanzibar. She said it was almost a religious experience and she’s an atheist.

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    • Lms, you haven’t ever gone to the extreme of TMI, IMHO. And you also have a perspective that is easier to understand about small biz and about health care and about higher ed just from what you have revealed.

      I’m glad that I will probably never have to hike up a mountain in freezing temps at night with a miner’s headlamp. But as a one time experience of youthful adventure it sounds great.

      I think HI has the most varied scenery in a small place – especially Maui. Then comes CA-OR-WA, for variety in a big place. I have never been to the Tetons. I think NC has the most variety on the east coast. TX, by reason of its size, has forests, beaches, mountains, deserts, marshes, tropics, spectacular canyons, low green hills, deep and big limestone caves, lakes and rivers, and grassland prairies, but all in different places, further apart than CA. NJ along US 1 from Jersey City to New Brunswick is much uglier than Nebraska, but the farm I was raised on, which is now a state park, was and is beautiful. The USA is blessed with lots of pretty places, but very few pretty cities. SF stands out.

      MX and Canada several times. England 4 times, Scotland once. Germany, Austria, and Italy, once. The Bahamas once.

      Australia and NZ are on my bucket list. Italy again. Probably UK again. Canada again. But before that, Yosemite. It is the very next todo.

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      • mark:

        Australia and NZ are on my bucket list.

        I highly recommend both. In NZ do Queenstown on the south island. I was there in their summer (Christmas time), but apparently it is great in the winter, too, if you like skiing. In Australia Sydney is a great city, but I really enjoyed Port Douglas, north of Cairns. Quaint small town, nice resort area, fantastic beach and access to the Great Barrier Reef.

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  15. Thanks Mark, one thing I will do when the time comes is let y’all in on our ACA exchange experience when and if myself and or our daughter sign up.

    I love Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. We’ve taken a lot of camping trips to all three.

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  16. http://www.bootsnall.com/

    I guess I’ll share. our plan is to take a sabbatical and or quit in about 10 years an take a year to do a RTW (round-the-world) trip before our son starts high school.

    see also http://meetplango.com/

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  17. Nova, I think that RTW trip would be absolutely awesome and would be the experience of a lifetime for your son and any other little “hockeys” that appear between now and then.

    Maybe I’ll look into Belize…………….I’m still leaning toward Maui though.

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  18. We found it to be a nice mix of relaxation and adventure

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  19. Me: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Diego Garcia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Scotland, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand

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    • I forgot the Philippines. I guess I don’t count it since I lived there for three years. I always wanted to fly space available to Diego Garcia just to say I did but I never got the chance.

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  20. well, my last hour at the office is shot. googling places to visit.

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  21. We’re planning (I think) our first trip to New Orleans next spring. That seems like a foreign country to me.

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  22. I went to DaGar by ship and became a trusty Shellback..

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  23. is that the Navy/USMC equator crossing tradition?

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  24. “lmsinca, on August 21, 2013 at 6:13 am said:

    Scott, yeah, I don’t think Texans really care what the rest of us think of them do they?”‘

    That pretty much applies to the entire South.

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    • That pretty much applies to the entire South.

      Permit code officials in Florida had a stock answer to engineers and builders from other states:

      “We don’t give a damn how you did it Up North.”

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  25. lmsinca, you don’t have to justify posting or lack there of to anyone.

    Personally, I find it incomprehensible to have rules about posting too much, or other life choices like not eating red meat and the like.

    My approach, if you want to post, post. If not, then don’t. If you want to have a dinner of turf and turf, do it. If you’d rather have a salad then do that. A bunch of rules just causes anxiety when you can’t live up to them.

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  26. JNC, I just like to make things more complicated. Plus I hate the idea of boring y’all. I should be more of a Texan and less of a Californian I guess.

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  27. I wish they all could be Californian …

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  28. i;m out of town for a bit. catch you all later.

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  29. “lmsinca, on August 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm said:

    JNC, I just like to make things more complicated. Plus I hate the idea of boring y’all. I should be more of a Texan and less of a Californian I guess.”

    Or just ask yourself what Ron Swanson would do in any given situation. Because you are a Free American.

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  30. I take it Ron Swanson is not a people pleaser then?

    Have fun Nova. We’re taking an extra day next weekend for yet another beach trip.

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  31. Swanson doesn’t care what people think. He does what he wants to.

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