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Only hate the road when you're missing home

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This morning I left my partner in crime, Miriam, in Columbus, Ohio and headed back to NY. Yep, that's a nine hour drive I did today. I had some deep, intense conversations with myself. It's been an interesting day.

I know what you're thinking, "it's only been 45 days and you guys have only done 42 states! " that is correct. We have yet to do the New England portion of our trip. The plan is that when Miriam returns to NY, in late August, we will do a weekend trip of the remaining states. I'm sure it's been really fun for all of you to be a backseat driver and read about our adventures every day while you were commuting to work, or while having your after work drink to forget about your day, but now you can be a front seat driver and join the fun! Miriam and I would like to invite anyone interested to join us for the last portion of our adventures. We understand that some of you have this thing called a 'job', so it will be a Friday afternoon till Sunday evening type of trip, and will cover ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, and CT, if anyone is interested in joining us, please let us know. The more the merrier. Everyone is welcome. Even people we don't like. (But if we don't like you will be in the not-so-cool-kids tent while we enjoy our moment of popularity that has eluded us in Middle School, (and in Elementary School, and in High School, and in College) in the cool-kids-tent.

I know what else you're thinking, you haven't blogged yesterday! Well, yesterday's post was supposed to be Miriam's responsibility, she was gonna tell you all about our adventures driving from Chicago to Columbus, meeting John Green (!) at the Paper Towns Tour, and feeding the birds in Columbus. But being home made her realize she needs to do adult-y stuff like going to the dentist and meeting a deadline for her job. It's really sad when we lose a friend to the adult side. DON'T DO IT. DON'T ADULT. IT'S A TRAP. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Read the fine print people.

Anyway, I have adulting to do too, but that will start on Monday. I have it written down in my calendar and everything. Monday, July 20: Begin being an adult. Drawing of a unicorn next to it.

Thanks so much everyone for following our crazy awesome adventures, our blog has been getting a lot of traffic which makes us feel cool. So thanks for that, this trip has been an amazing experience and we hope to share the last leg of our journey with all of you :)

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Posted by shari36 19:37 Archived in USA Tagged home columbus lower_48 pcsd post_college_stress_disorder john_green paper_towns_tour Comments (0)

Chicago Chenanigans

This is Why Ferris Bueller Skipped School

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What a freaking day. (This is Shari BTW. Sander, our Madison friend and awesome host last night, was telling us that at first reading our blog posts it was very obvious who's blogging. Miriam had the fancy adjectives and Shari had the sarcasm and cursing. But lately he says we both started sounding like each other. It's very disconcerting. No one warned us of these side effects that may occur when experiencing excessive exposure to each other. I'm suing.)

Anyway, we leave Madison, Wisconsin and head to Chicago. Traffic and parking is a bitch. (See, Miriam would not have said that. She's a classy lady.) Once we're on foot things start getting more interesting. We head to the Willis Tower but the line to go up to the sky-deck is two hours long, so we leave. We meet Mike, he tells us he's homeless so we give him a protein bar and almonds. (There seem to be lots of homeless people here, we run out of protein bars within the first 30 minutes, and Miriam carries lots of them.) We continue on to the Chicago Free Library. It's huge and has cool architecture and lots of books. We continue towards Millennium Park which is super freaking cool. There's all sorts of strange art statues and a huge water fountain with cool background pictures that constantly change and a giant outdoor theater that has a really cool looking sound and lighting system and some indie rock band is performing.

We head down to the Chicago Lake and join an architecture boat tour of the city because we're all touristy and stuff. It's really amazing. Chicago architecture and history is really fascinating. The tour takes place in the late evening so we get to see the city transition from day to night and it's really beautiful. There's a tornado watch in the area and the occasional thunder and lightening in the background add to the poeticness of it all. (Although it would've been more poetic if the tornado occurred in Kansas. Stupid tornados missing their cues.)

We see the "Begin Historic Route 66" sign and freak out because we've seen the "End Historic Route 66" sign in Santa Monica only a couple of weeks ago. How freaking cool is that though??? I even made this fancy-ass collage thingy to commemorate this event.
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All in all, it's been a fantastic day. Chicago is awesome. I can see why Ferris Bueller skipped school to explore this city.

Posted by shari36 22:34 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip chicago pcsd historic_route_66 im_not_miriam Comments (0)

Mini Epic Update

Epic is epic. Update over. Kidding.

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Holy cow and sweet, sweet nerdery. Sander and I get to Epic around 7:30. The campus is surrounded by farmland, and there is even an Epic Farm, which is some combination of buildings that resemble a traditional farm but are offices and buildings that are actually a functional farm. I saw a herd of cows on the farm portion of campus. As general theme, space, particularly interstellar/galaxy type space presides. Each building is themed differently and rather punny-ly. There's a Wild West Building, and Dungeons and Dragons building, and lots of really excellent art that evidently the Epic workers get to select from the annual art fair (That was yesterday, that Shari and I missed.) So there was art being unpacked in one of the hallways.

Reading with the Cat in the Hat

Reading with the Cat in the Hat

I had to keep myself from describing things as epic as we walked through the buildings and tunnels, because that is what they want. They want you to make a painful amount of puns. and I'm not sorry for a single one. The Epic meeting room, Deep Space, seats the entire company, nearly 8,000 people. Deep Space's top level is Sky and then descends five levels until we get to Magma, where the floor is magma. (Not really. I mean, I wasn't burnt to a crisp and am still alive to write this. I am not a robot.) The conference room/amphitheater is huge, and the tops sections are divided by dragon and the bottom sections are divided by members of the Fellowship of the Ring. The various classrooms are themed by pairs. For instance, the Star Wars classrooms are Jedi and Droids. Room 2007 is the James Bond '007 rooms. There was a Camelot room. There are suits of armor and statues of pterodactyls.

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So, basically, if you're nerdy, any type of nerdy, working for Epic is a pretty sweet gig. Or visiting Epic is a pretty cool thing to do, too. Evidently they give guided tours, but we're too cool for that. (That is a lie. I'm not too cool for anything.)

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Posted by MiriG 08:51 Tagged friends wisconsin epic mirig pcsd post_college_stress_disorder Comments (0)

When in Wisconsin

Go to House on the Rock

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We're on the road again after a short stay by Shari's family, who very graciously opened up their home in Postville, Ia, to us this past shabbat. Many meals were eaten, in the proper order, according to tradition. In an interesting twist, Postville has a sizable Jewish community thanks to the kosher slaughter house there. So most conversations were in Hebrew or Yiddish. Everyone, whether Jewish or not, was very nice. People waved and called out greetings as we walked down the street Saturday afternoon. We also walked through the town cemetery, where there are graves dating back to the 1850's, and memorials for men who died in the civil war.

On our way to Postville, we took a scenic Amish detour. The road we drove down was meant for horse drawn buggies, not compact cars, and seemed to lead into greenness until we reached a twist that revealed a farm house, barn, and small shop. Chickens fed in the yard, and a dog bounded from the house to shop. The shop was full of hand made baskets and oven mits and aprons. We bought a few baskets and hit the road.

Heading out of Postville was similar to heading into Postville: Lots of corn and soy fields covering rolling green hills, fading to blue with distance. Our destination for the day is House on the Rock, a crazy feat of architecture and the human tendency to build collections of random things. Thanks to Neil Gaiman and American Gods for the introduction. First off, there are two tour options: the 2 plus hour tour, or the 3 plus hour tour. We opt for the 2 hour tour, because we have friend to see in Madison, and 2 hours is still a hell of a ton of time to see literal tons of stuff. The actual house is built on top of a rock spire, 75 feet above the ground. The house is full of narrow stairs, books, Tiffany style glass lamps, fire places, stained glass, and Asian sculptures. It is cozy and bizarre and the view from the roof is amazing.

The second building of the House on the Rock in and old mill near the bottom of the bluff. The mill is filled with collections of music boxes and automatons the play songs and enact scenes at the drop of a token. There are firearms and dolls and blown glass. I feel overwhelmed from the myriad of sights and sounds flashing and chiming and whistling. And there is so much more. There's the Street of Yesterday and the Origins of the Sea. The whole place is a bizarre amalgam of museum/ meticulously kept hoard.

The final part of our tour is the Carousel. One the largest in the world it host 269 creatures, but not a single horse. it is beautiful and gaudy and breathtaking. The accompanying music plays from a giant mechanized orchestra as the Carousel goes 'round and 'round.

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After the House on the Rock we head to Madison and meet up with our friend, Sander, who recently moved to Madison. We reminisce and wander around the quite downtown,, trying to get a good view of the lake

Tomorrow, we hope to check out Epic, where Sander Works.

Posted by MiriG 21:55 Tagged lakes road_trip driving friends family iowa madison wisconsin wi lower_48 mirig 48 post_college_stress_disorder neil_gaiman house_on_the_rock Comments (0)

Mall of 'Murica

Captain's Log Stardate 68984.5

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We leave the small, lovely town in North Dakota and head to Minneapolis, Minnesota, namely Mall of America. It's large, the largest mall in America as a matter of fact. (The largest mall in the world is Dubai mall, just thought I'd throw in some trivia.) First stop in the mall: Star Trek exhibit. It's super cool, it's got costumes and props from the actual sets, and lots of phasers and an enterprise model that was actually used in shooting most of the original series. I squeal like a five-year-old when I see the bridge, the picture below is me looking really pleased in the captains chair.

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After Star Trek we check out the Lego store and exhibit. Lego sculptures are awesome and possibly the coolest form of art. The picture below is of me posing with the Lego stormtrooper, I'm really geeking it out today.

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We check out some other shops and buy some stuff we don't need with money we don't have but we're not really trying to impress anyone, at least not people we don't like, Miriam adds.

We check into the hotel and chill out in the Jacuzzi downstairs. The following sentence has been edited out.

Tomorrow we're driving to Postville, Iowa where we're spending the weekend with my brother and his lovely family.

Here are more cool Lego art.

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Posted by shari36 20:40 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip iowa star_trek lego minnesota minneapolis mall_of_america lower_48 pcsd post_college_stress_disorder Comments (0)

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