Archive for July, 2004

Colorado

Monday, July 26th, 2004

We stayed at Clinton State Park in Lawrence, KS on Friday night. The park is HUGE and was really cool. BUT it started raining at midnight and got windy and rained harder all night. At 8am we decided that we were either going to stay in the tent all day or get really wet, so we ran for it. All night it sounded like we were sleeping in a giant popcorn popper. The rain didn’t stop until mid-afternoon.

We drove from Lawrence to breakfast, then to the Wizard of Oz museum in Wamego. Wamego is in the middle of nowhere, and the museum was hokey but fun. No pictures though, they are pretty protective of their stuff!

We arrived at the Fitzgerald cabin in the woods on Saturday evening – before everyone else did – and they left Cleveland on airplanes on Friday morning! I guess it ended up something like this: Cleveland to Denver flights were all overbooked, so they jumped on a plane to Houston instead. Spent the night there, and then tried to get a plane to Denver in the morning. John got in the jump seat and flew to Denver, Debbie and Alanna went to Colorado Springs, and then Todd, Jen, Patrick and Scott got on a later flight to Denver. There was a rental car in Denver, John got there, drove to Springs, then back to Denver to get everyone else. That’s something akin to driving from Cleveland to Mansfield to Mentor to go to Cedar Point for the weekend.

Saturday night was fairly uneventful, we tried to unload our soaking wet tent and dry our laundry, and called it a night. Sunday we cruised around the neighborhood and rested, and tried to acclimate to life at 10,000 feet. We managed to set up the tent on the porch and get it mostly dry, and Grandma Fitz arrived in her RV. It’s beautiful here, and Ryan wants to build a house with wind power up above the tree line.

Monday the guys decided to do their “manly man” thing and go on a hike. They were dropped off in Vail at 7:00 with backpacks containing water, a sandwich, some trail mix and power bars. They called at noon, saying they had reached the summit and were stopping for lunch. They thought they’d be home in 2 hours. They just came dragging in, and have all crashed on the floor. They walked nearly 16 miles from Vail to home, and lived to tell about it. Tonight we’re going in to Breckenridge to have dinner and see some sights, and tomorrow we’re back on the road again – off to Yellowstone.

Catsup

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Since we didn’t go back to take a picture of the giant cross, we decided to stop just east of St. Louis and see the world’s largest ketchup bottle. You can check it out here: http://www.catsupbottle.com/index.html

I’m not sure if these people are pround of their giant bottle of catsup, but they sure do recognize tourists when we come through and take pictures! Off to the arch in St. Louis, then Kansas City!

Effingham, IL

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

So on our little rest break I did some research on the freaky big cross. Turns out it cost something like $1.1 million to build. It’s 198 feet high and 113 feet wide, and we didn’t go back to take pictures. Maybe I can find one online. It just looms over the freeway and has a lovely gift store in a trailer nearby.

Friday…

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

It’s 11:30 in Ohio, and we’re halfway across Illinois. Not much different looking than Ohio or Indiana. The Heartland Resort was a nice little place full of seniors who are apparently too handicapped to walk 50 feet to the bathroom yet are able to drive huge RVs across the country. They all had their golf carts and were cruising around the area from their RV to the soda machine and bathroom and back again. Silly.

Ryan just announced the need to pee, so it’s time for a short rest stop. We also just drove past an entirely too huge corrigated metal crucifix – it stood looming over the road and there were admirers gathered around taking pictures…

Road Trip

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

We’ve driven from Cleveland to the Heartland Resort, Greenfield, IN. We stopped in CMH for some ice cream with Kurt and Andrea, and I’m ready to sleep. I’d show you picures of our beautiful campsite, but it’s dark and I’m sleepy. Maybe tomorrow.

People have nothing better to do than..

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

complain.

An article in the Globe and Mail states that Canada Post, the canadian post office, has successfully lobbied a chain of pet food stores. The lobby was to get the stores to stop selling dog biscuits shaped like letter carriers. Apparently Canada Post doesn’t see the humor in the mail carrier like biscuit, especially since there have been some serious dog bites to letter carriers over the summer.

So.. My rant is that people have absolutely nothing better to do than get offended over some dog treat. It seems to me that too many people get their panties in a twist and then must take action to stop the abuse. That is, if you can call it abuse. This is the same thing as the Indians baseball Chief Wahoo debacle several years back. Those people said that Chief Wahoo was demoralizing to Indians. Yeah, Ok! Go back to your minimum wage cleaning service jobs people and start working a little harder so that you bitch a little less.. There! how is that for demoralizing? Don’t bother telling me that I’m insensitive, I already know.. and no, I don’t care.

RIAA

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted to this blog. Too busy with other things.. anyway, I’ve added a new section called “Pet Peeve”. It’s all about the things of the world that bother me.

So for the first of many things that bother me, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). They have this campaign going on to gangster Schools and Universities into forcing students to use Napster. The big win for universities is the supposed absolution by the RIAA so that the universities don’t get sued for allowing illicit music downloads. The big win for the RIAA and Napster is the constant revenue stream which they will get regardless of if anyone downloads music or not. It says in an article by The Register that “Universities across the country would end up shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars if they paid full price for Napster.” To me this sounds like the RIAA has decided that all must pay for the supposed injustice done unto the Recording Industry as a whole. They’ve already gangstered Penn State and the University of Rochester into accepting this program but, as the article states, “both Penn State and Rochester have admitted to getting steep discounts.” So basically what the RIAA is doing is using these two universities as examples of how great this program is to help fund the RIAA’s bottom line. It’s creative financing at it’s best. The reason I call it creative financing is because over the last few years, the RIAA has been announcing record profits and then coming back to say that they’re losing their shirts because piracy is hurting them so much. As with most other corporate scandals, this scheme is all about greed. Perhaps I should look up “Greed 101″ at my local community college. I must have missed the boat somewhere.