Going with a more informal style for this post.  Think of this as that page in a magazine where they give you news snippets and sound bites that, while interesting, are not sufficient to warrant a full article.

Let’s get things started with a handful of trip statistics.  

  • Miles traveled: 7,372
  • State borders crossed: 16
  • Highest recorded speed: 100 mph
  • Highest recorded temperature: 102°
  • Number of times pulled over by cops: 4
  • Walmart parking lots slept in: 3
  • Bottles of wine bought and consumed: 3
  • Buffalo seen: several dozen
  • Buffalo eaten (by the entire town of Thermopolis): 1
  • Number of times I missed New Jersey: 0

Now, a month spent on the road can serve as an education of sorts.  Here’s what I learned.

  • How to pump gas
  • In some parts of the country, cowboy is still a legitimate career option
  • Stay far, far away from Gary, Indiana
  • Dubuque, Iowa was once home to the most millionaires per capita of any town in the United States
  • Cerveza means beer
  • The following three albums are fantastic: xx by The XX, Lonerism by Tame Impala, and The Heist by Macklemore
  • Hannibal Buress is a very funny man.  Look him up.
  • Our skies are quite spacious, our grain is most certainly amber in color, and our mountains are more than a little majestic

And, finally, here are my Top 8 Moments (I’ve yet to mention).

8) Seeing the dawn break in the far distance at 3:45 AM in Cody, Wyoming.
7) Eating the most delicious ice cream sundae of my life at a dairy bar (didn’t even know that was a thing) in Freeport, Illinois.
6) Experiencing my first walk-off when David Ortiz hammered a three-run shot into the visitor’s bullpen.
5) Morning run along the shore of Lake Michigan.
4) Turning a corner on our approach to Portland to see the city skyline all lit up.
3) Flicking a dime over the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge – it’s quite a long way down.
2) Watching a little girl correctly point out our location on a globe in Yellowstone.
1) A conversation I had with a Cleveland cemetery curator, which produced this quote: “I don’t like people, that’s why I bury them one at a time.”  

So, if this whole writing thing doesn’t pan out and I never outgrow my misanthropic tendencies, it’s good to know I have something to fall back on.


One thought on “Miscellaneous

  1. Joseph J Finazzo says:

    Steven – your 20 for 20 posts are creative, well written, and very entertaining. Thank you for sharing some of your trip with all of us.

    You should be thinking positive thoughts re your writing ambitions. My best wishes to you – follow this passion for your life journey has only started.

    Regards, joe f
    (I work with your Dad at ADP)

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