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Passing the Bill Bryson test

Monday, May 28th, 2007

The good news is I passed the Bill Bryson test.
The bad news is, I’m in a whole world of hurt right now.

If you’ve lived under a travel rock for the last decade or so you might not be familiar with Bill Bryson, but he’s a laugh-out-loud-funny travel writer. I was given my first Bryson book when my friend KH was visiting me and reading In a Sunburnt Country (which apparently has now changed the title to proper english spelling, but unless I was on drugs I swear was spelled ‘sunburnt’ on my copy), about Bryson’s travels in Australia. She left me the book when she was done and from there it duly sat on my shelf for a year or more destined to be unread because I was “not into nonfiction.” Foolish me.

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Maladies of Malaria meds making me mad…

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Course, this alliteration would have worked better if I’d gotten Malarone rather than Doxycycline…

For future travelers, learn from those who came before you:
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Snarky NPR

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

OK, this post has absolutely nothing to do with travel. I can’t even stretch to make it fit. It happens to be tangentially about money management, which is only a coincidence given my last post. But that’s about as much a connection I can make.

Yesterday I was partaking in one of my all-too-rare-yet-favorite activities, the post-work nap. For those of you with things like kids that prevent you from doing this, all I can say is two words: nyah nyah.
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For the record, I am NOT a cheap b@#$!ard

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

It has been brought to my attention, mainly by me actually re-reading my entries, that from reading this blog it appears that I am officially, certifiably, the cheapest person on the planet.

This is not true.

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Shoe Shopping by Spreadsheet, or Getting My $75,000 Worth

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Once my backpack anxiety ended, my new anxiety became shoes. As my good friends CM, LG, and RB can tell you, plus everyone on the BnA Travel Gear page, I have been obsessed with what shoes to bring on this trip. Given that my friends were about to throttle me, I decided to apply my MBA training to this question, and solve the shoe dilemma via a spreadsheet.

If you think picking what shoes to bring on a trip like this is easy, you’re clearly missing an X chromosome.

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Give me your tired, your poor, your gear-head fanatics…

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

… and you’ll find them on line at 6:30am outside REI for their used-gear sale. We may be freaks, but at least we’re freaks in like company.

$30 got me my required second set of convertible pants, plus a pair of shorts, one packing folder, and one water-proof document-holder-thingey that I’m not really sure is what it is, but was only $4.
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