Before this week, I had visited only one state in New England — the ancient land of my paternal ancestors. But now, 3 of 6 states have fallen to the tdaxp March of Remembrance
First, I visited the grave of my cousin, H.P. Lovecraft, in Providence. The cemetery that contains many generations of my family is about 25 miles from the town that inspired Innsmouth — and my great-great grandfather sailed to the East Indies, much like old man Marsh….
Of course, Lovecraft wrote of giant indifferent gods and human sacrifice… hopefully nothing like that ever bothered tdaxp’s lineage…
To get my mind off that, I next went to Pawtucket, real-life suburb of Providence and fictional home to the Pawtucket Brewery, from Family Guy. But the town is nearly dry, with beer not sold in gas stations!
Certainly Massachusettes did little to calm my nerves — but — those crazy elusive angles…
But all too soon the trip ended, and we left by water taxi from Boston to the airport. Bye bye New England!
Mere weeks after visiting two of my remaining three south-western states, the old Confederacy buckles under the weight of my travels
In what may be my most adventurous day of travel yet, I have visited four states (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) for the first time in one day.
I keep track of states I visited by imagining the electoral college. Any state I’ve been to (meaning slept in or bought something in, outside of an airport) goes for me: states I’ve never been to go against, and states that I’ve been to but do not remember (as a baby) are to a radical third party.
By that standard, my landslide keeps rolling…
“Pics, or it didn’t happen,” you say?
Several years ago on Coming Anarchy, “Curzon” jounred across Far East, including the cities of Tokyo, city of Nanjing, Shanghai, and Suzhou.
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum
I just got back from a month long trip, in which I visited these cities as well as a few new ones, such as Phnom Penh and Ubud. The journey was remarkable, and the admiration I had for the writers over at Coming Anarchy played a big role in keeping me interested in traveling.
I count states I have visited through electoral votes, and am happy to say that New Jersey has joined the landslide, thanks to a fun side-trip to Hoboken (and La Isla Cuban restaurant)
(Also, why doesn’t the PATH train from New Jersey continue to Grand Central? Am I the first person to wonder this?)
Thanks to some friendly Mormons who took me on a trip to the Temple Square during my long layover in Salt Lake City today, I can add Utah to my “has visited” column!
Map courtesy of 270 to Win.
My voyage to the Pacific Northwest continued to Oregon, which means that, except for the Great Basin states, I have visited all the states in the western continental United States.
Of course, the biggest adventure of the day was to visit the famous Voodoo Donuts, which had been featured on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and other TV shows
Also, central Washington looks exactly like West River South Dakota
“Eastern Washington, east of the Cascades, has a relatively dry climate with large areas of semiarid steppe and a few truly arid deserts lying in the rainshadow of the Cascades”
Still, the biggest news of yesterday was that Idaho has flipped to the ‘has visited’ column
Another state falls to my travel adventures as I am currently in Colorado, attempting a research conference and presenting a paper on creative self-efficacy. Most important, of course, is the current Electoral College map of states visited and not visited. (A visited state is one in which I have purchased something or eaten a meal, not in an airport.
Other changes since last time include the addition of Washington, the removal of West Virginia (which should not have been included anyway), and the greying out of Tennessee and Alabama — while I have eaten meals in them, I was too young to remember them.
I had the pleasure of running into Loren Clarke during a trip from è¥¿ç›´é—¨ to ä¸Šåœ° during my recent trip to Beijing. Loren’s an interesting guy. He’s the author of a range of literature, from a part of The AIDS Reader to a new work, I Love Jazz. Loren’s also an English instructor to the Xinhua News Agency, and (most interesting of all) a true believer who came to the People’s Republic during Deng’s lifetime to help build communism.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get Loren’s email address, and the one online no longer works.
So Loren, if sometime you read this webpage, please comment, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be wonderful to talk to you!