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Well, I have returned to Washington via automobile, namely an RV with… - you were right about the stars
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Well, I have returned to Washington via automobile, namely an RV with my parents. It was 5 long days from Ohio* to Bellevue. We had laughs, we had tears, Nebraska is a shithole**. Luckily for all of you, the journey has been documented with the magic of digital photography!***

*My purpose for being in Ohio will be covered in a later entry.
**though not as shitty as Wyoming.
***not really magic.

We stopped at the Indiana Dunes on the way to Ohio from Iowa. Yes, that's a nuclear power plant in the background.

it's like being at the ocean... but more Indiana-like.

This is what I lived in for 5 days with two parents and 2 dogs. It's sort of like camping except with electricity... and warmth... and a fridge.

I navigated with a lap top and a GPS positioning system! I could quickly locate, restaurants, gas stations, and camp sites. It even warned me about upcoming road construction. The only thing it couldn't locate was hoes. And if it could find hoes they'd think I was a dweeb for using the laptop thing. So it'd be sorta self-defeating.


I'd say Native American, but I don't think this really counts. It's definitely just a white guy dressed up. I mean, he's Native American in the sense that Disney's Aladin is Arabian. This is in Nebraska by the way.

Also in Nebraska, some guy spent twenty years of his life making thousands of little models like this, to one day be proudly displayed in a roadside tourist shop.

Here's what an Indian looks like to him.


the "Great" Salt Lake

Can you believe America is still like this? There's so much unincorporated space. The cows in the bottom of the picture are practically wild.

Idaho! Yay for the Northwest!

Evil Canival (sp?) apparently tried to jump over this canyon on a rocket powered motor cycle. He totally blew it. He was smart enough to bring a parachute though.


We were traveling along the historic Oregon Trail (the mass migration based on the computer game). This painting at a rest stop depicts the conflict between Native Americans and the encroaching European settlers. As you can see, it was pretty amicable. And Clint Eastwood was there.

Even back on the Oregon Trail they occasionally got together to pose for hypothetical college catalogs.

People sometimes ask me what's in Eastern Washington. This is it.

And now I'm home! I'd include a picture of that but it's basically just me sitting here at my computer. That doesn't really deserve a picture... not in the way that a giant indian does.

Music: A.C. Newman

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popolo From: popolo Date: June 6th, 2005 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
dear Josh,

I can't tell if that creepy giant Indian looks like he's going to devour you or Michael Jackson you. Actually, come to think of it, he bears a striking resemblance to Michael Jackson all around...

thanks for making me laugh.
moshmont From: moshmont Date: June 6th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah! What is he doing with his hands?
jasonp107 From: jasonp107 Date: June 6th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, you totally have to teach me that magic stuff!
subterfuges From: subterfuges Date: June 6th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oops, I said "ass."

Funniest entry!

But wait! You were in Ohio "The Heart Of It All" --> "Birthplace of Aviation" and you did not visit Chez Newman!?

I cry tears

... of sadness.
moshmont From: moshmont Date: June 6th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well my friend. I was residing in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin and Cincinnati are on opposite ends of the state with a traveling distance between them of approximately 214.17 miles. Stopping at your chez would have been a bit out of the way.

PS - Please do not say "ass" on my livejournal. This is a place for families.

PPS - If you continue to use such foul language, I'm gonna have to fuck you up.
From: solitarycompany Date: June 6th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
actually, i'm pretty sure there is hardly anything more native to America than giant, disproportionate, culturally offensive statues.

also, it's good to know that women and ethnic minorities were smiling in the old west. they sure did enjoy being second-class not-yet-citizens. also, good to know that they were the only ones smiling in the old west.

sidenote: the sign coming into omaha, nebraska used to say "welcome to omaha, gateway to the west."
now it says "welcome to The Big O."
I kid you not.
moshmont From: moshmont Date: June 6th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sidonie, I think I need to start a special quote board just for you.

rosiposi From: rosiposi Date: June 6th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that Lake Michigan?
moshmont From: moshmont Date: June 6th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. You could see Chicago across the water just barely.
paulizzlefoshiz From: paulizzlefoshiz Date: June 6th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: maelstromian Date: June 7th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Josh,

The Indiana dunes are near my house, and that's not a nuclear power plant. That's the steel mill in Gary, IN., and also where the Jackson Five grew up!

The Oregon landscape is so beautiful...i'm jealous!...but there are awesome industrial sites around Chicago. Including this factory in East Chicago that looks like hell. It has all these pipes with different colored flames coming out of the top that move really slow and there are NEVER any people around.
rightofmind From: rightofmind Date: June 9th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey you're from indiana. who are you?
From: maelstromian Date: June 10th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Katy Harris (I think you go to Grinnell...)

But I am not from IN. I live about 15 minutes away from Munster, an hour from the Dunes.
mcjenzington From: mcjenzington Date: June 7th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been to those hills in Eastern Washington. They're at the corner of Smith Street and Holy-shit-theres-nothing-the-fuck-out-here Avenue. We had a rave there once.

Also, Paul, I totally just looked it up and it's "Knievel."
darlingebraday From: darlingebraday Date: June 7th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
"Can you believe America is still like this? There's so much unincorporated space. The cows in the bottom of the picture are practically wild"

yeah its really about time we built something there. Or at least kill those cows. Ooo ooo! Maybe there's oil there, let's drill!
azngirl From: azngirl Date: June 7th, 2005 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)

A more accurate portrait...

Seventh Level of Hell
From: 4moreminutes Date: June 10th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A more accurate portrait...

nikalee From: nikalee Date: June 8th, 2005 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
the salt lake pic is quite nice :)

(not to dilute all the other comments praising your wit... *wink*)
rightofmind From: rightofmind Date: June 9th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
um that was awesome. . . and i'm sorry northern indiana sucks, it's mark's fault. it's all just a suburb of chicago.
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