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Geographical Survey of tdaxp

Inspired by Catholicgauze’s post, here’s my geographical survey of myself!

Name Origin
Hebrew, Germanic, and English

Geographical Region Where I Grew Up:
Prairie

Geography of Last Meal
Chicken – India
Rice – China
Beer – Iran
Broccoli – Europe

Extremes of Travel
North
51’08’53 N (London – airport)
49’15 N (Vancouver – actual stay)

South
1’3N (Singapore – airport and stay)

East
140’23’08 E (Tokyo – Airport)
119’29’22 E (Beidaihe – actual stay)

West
123° 11′ 17 W (Dunguness Recreation Area – actual stay)
124’24’56 W (Ruby Beach – short hike to beach)

Top Three Places Recommended for Travel
Beijing
Caribbean
South Dakota

Three Places I want to Visit
Rome
Jerusalem
Samarkand

Unique Personal Ways to Count Where I Have Been
Electoral votes

Mark, Adam, and Sean, you’re up!

Electoral College Blowout

Besides sitting in the comfy Untied EconomyPlus seatshad a many hour layover at San Francisco yesterday. Made the best of it by hoping the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit system) from SFO to the Embarcadero, near the Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge


Neither Beijing nor South Dakota

It wasn’t a typical travel day, chilly, overcast, and a bit wet. But it actually felt great. Had breakfast sandwiches and coffee inside, while reading the San Francisco Chronicle. Briefly walked near the Bay to take some photos, but the ambiance is hard to capture in a moment.

The reason for the trip was not just to avoid living in the airport, but to add another state to my Electoral Vote total. Now that I’ve been in non-airport California, I get to add the Bear Flag Republic to my total. Additionally, Mother of tdaxp informed me that I stayed in both Tennessee and Alabama as an infant. This brings me up to 359 Electoral Votes — a blowout by any measure.

Map courtesy of 270towin.com.

Review of "Don Quixote in China: The Search for Peach Blossom Spring," by Dean Barrett

There is a special joy in being recommended a book you are currently reading while being given a book you intended to buy. Such was my luck when Dean Barrett, whose Murder in China Red and Skytrain to Murder I previously enjoyed, mailed me Dragon Slayer and suggested that I read Don Quixote in China: The Search for Peach Blossom Spring.


A Travelogue

Don Quixote follows author Bean Barrett’s travels in southern China in search of the Chinese version of Shangi-La. While I’ve only been to two of the cities Dean traveled in (Shenzhen and Zhongshan), much of what he mentioned rang through. From western breakfasts at hotels, the bizarre Chinese-market logo of Haier, and adventures on trains, Dean has clearly been-there and done-that. The landscapes of Don Quixote are not as romantic as in Barrett’s other books (such as Bangkok Warriors or Kingdom of Make Believe), though I wonder if it’s because I’m more familiar with China than Thailand.

Unlike fiction writers, travel writers are confined in their characterization by what actual people actually disclose. Too many of the folks that Barrett meets in his journey are described only in outline. While again this is understandable, the reader wants to learn more than is ever presented.

I have never read Cervantes’ Don Quixote, and if I had I imagine I would not have found references to the original so distracting. Barnett is an excellent writer, but the humorous references to the text took away from the broader narrative and hurt the book.

Don Quixote in China is an appropriate volume for anyone seeking to complete a Dean Barrett library. However, better books by Barrett — and more enjoyable travelogues — are available.

Amazon.com both sells the book and has a list of positive reviews. The introduction to Don Quixote in China is available online.

How Many Electoral Votes Have You Earned Travelling?

While I was in Fort Wayne, my friend Biz suggested that I calculate the states I had visited. He says that a state only counts as visited if one had mingled among the local people by buying some thing, and that airports did not count. I thus looked online for a clickable states visited map, and I was unimpressed with what was available. So I used a clickable electoral college map similar to the one I used for my analysis of the West Wing election


tdaxp has been in 279 electoral votes worth of states (plus one district!)

While I have an absolute electoral votes without them, I have included Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia as “undecided.” Like every other American I have spent time in Atlanta’s airport, I drove through Tennessee on my recent interesting adventure, and was previously in a bus in Mississippi.

Leaving Nacogdoches

Leaving Nac, East Texas today. No posts until tomorrow evening at the earliest.

Thought: Texas considers itself a country. How does this affect immigrants? Is Texas’s assertiveness contributing to its relative ease in assimilating immigrants, especially when compared against California?

Mindi and Damion, you are good friends. Rob, I love you as a brother.