Road trip occurances

Each time I go on road trip in the U.S. I notice a few things and I thought I would share some of my observations and random thoughts with you.

  • First off, the U.S. is a huge country with so many wide open spaces. Wow!
  • Most of the population of the U.S. lives in small towns and suburbs and not in the 20 big cities of the nation.
  • Most places are much more similar than they are different. They have the same restaurants, stores, zoning configurations, etc.
  • Minnesota has fewer good (some would say none) radio stations than other cities of similar size.
  • People drive poorly everywhere, but nowhere is worse than in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • On a related note, when you factor in these drivers, the speeds we often go on the freeways, and all of the assorted critters that like to get to the other side of the road – driving is very dangerous business – it would be really easy to die doing it.
  • There are not too many fast food chains – in fact there are very few.
  • It is very difficult to find vegetarian-friendly fast food. (How many time’s can you have a veggie sub at Subway or a 7-layer burrito at Taco Bell on one trip?
  • Krispy Kreme is the best doughnut chain in the country.
  • most people drive in the right lane and only use the left to pass. Those who don’t do this, suck.

Here is also some bonus commentary on the various states I visited/drove through this last week:

  • Minnesota – home base, I am sort of biased. It is like the Iowa with trees, lakes, and industry.
  • South Dakota – flat boring first half with a nice change up for the western side (+ Wall Drug and all its signs)
  • Wyoming – flat and boring on one side, more rugged on the other – I should have driven further west.
  • Colorado – I could live here – well, in the middle part: Boulder, Denver, etc. not the south which is too much like New Mexico and not the north or east which are too much like Wyoming or Nebraska.
  • New Mexico – stark, would like to see more of Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe
  • Arizona – pretty, bad place to try to avoid a semi rollover, nice police officers who only give warnings for going 95 in a 75.
  • Nebraska – Flat, boring – who has ever heard of thunderstorms and tornados in October?
  • Iowa – poor Iowa. does anyone ever even get off Highway’s 80 or 35 except to get gas?

On the road again

I am off again. This time for a drive across this land. Out west across the Dakotas, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. There is a point to my voyage – my baby sister is getting married – but hopefully the getting there will be a great experience as well. We plan to camp in the mountains and desert, stop at roadside diners, and do all the other fun things associated with road trips (the 3000+ miles of driving isn’t really one of those though).


Update from Fog City

San Francisco has been “off the hook” so far. Aside from the conference, which has been good, there has been a lot of crazy events going on.

Since I last posted, I have seen Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters again, saw just about the coolest movie ever (Cyberworld 3D) at the Sony IMAX theater here, and partied in the Castro district for the wildest Halloween party I have ever attended (where my friend Marc of fame was hit on by Jenna (of “Survivor” fame).

Adios amigos

I am heading south of the border on Thursday and no I don’t mean going to Taco Bell for a chalupa.

My wife and I, and her parents and 2 brothers are traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico for the wedding of Tanya, my wife’s sister.

The town is not on the coast but I am still looking forward to going. I will let you all know more about it on Sunday or Monday when I return.


I almost forgot to post the photos of my puppy. Here they are.