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April 28, 2005

Today in U.S.A. News...

Thanks to Blogreader Udda's comment, I now know that this here blog has been recommended by the travel writers at, in a blurb in the special Bonus Section, "Smart Travel." This recommendation, like the PC Magazine award, is a great honor, as my blog has now officially made national news -- international too, since USA Today is distributed worldwide. It's not nearly as big as most world news -- tsunamis or the selection of a new Pope, for example -- but at least it's something. (By the way, did anyone else win a bet on Pope Benedict XVI? Booyah!)

In the USA Today print edition of the article (April 27, 2005), my mention shares a page with photos of two people I'm fans of myself: The Amazing Race host Phil Keogan and actor/comedian Robin Williams, who mentions he never travels without his iPod. Remember when Robin Williams was Mork in Mork and Mindy? Do you think he still has those rainbow suspenders? Do you think he won a bet on the new Pope?

"Nanoo, nanoo."

To the travel writers of, thank you, and to the new Blogreaders joining us from USA Today and, welcome aboard! Special shoutout to the crew at BootsnAll for all their behind-the-scenes hard work too!

ATTENTION: If anyone else sees any press about me or this blog, let me know; people don't tell me anything!

If you enjoy this daily travel blog, please post a comment! Give me suggestions, send me on missions, let me know how things are going back home in the USA. Knowing that I have an audience will only force me to make this blog more entertaining as the days go by. Donīt forget to bookmark it and let a friend know!

Posted by Erik on April 28, 2005 03:14 AM
Category: Epilogue

See, I told you there'd be a new entry if there was something new to say... ;)

Posted by: Erik TGT on April 28, 2005 03:22 AM

congrats again! that's really cool.
now, who's going to notice erik next . . .
any guesses?

Posted by: Alyson on April 28, 2005 05:15 AM

Okay, I've decided . . you need a publicist who can call up various news shows to get you an appearance. They can interview you with interspersed video clips from the blog. ha.

Posted by: Alyson on April 28, 2005 05:21 AM

I am sure more publicity is coming the Blog's way....btw....I won a case of Skol with my bet. Booyahkahshah!

Posted by: Paul on April 28, 2005 09:35 AM

I totally owe Erik TWO FREAKIN DOLLARS and a Red Devil because of this stupid Pope.

Posted by: Matto on April 28, 2005 10:07 AM

MATTO: I'm more about the Red Devil. I'll take the two bucks and get myself a PBR...

Posted by: Erik TGT on April 28, 2005 10:10 AM

I was going to bet on the Nigerian guy as the new pope, I never would have guessed the German!

Posted by: sara on April 28, 2005 10:52 AM

SARA: Yeah, my mom and I were rooting for the Nigerian guy. Too bad we couldn't text in our votes on this one.

Posted by: Erik TGT on April 28, 2005 11:00 AM

It wouldn't matter with a texting your vote in...they put cell phone and radio jammers into the church for the conclave...hahaha

So, when is Gilman over at Regis and Kelly gonna book Erik damn it!?

Posted by: markyt on April 28, 2005 03:33 PM

Keep it growing. Its definately worth it for everybody.

Question for you, how do you add video clips to the blog. I have some short clips that I made off of my digital camera?


Posted by: steve on April 28, 2005 04:29 PM

STEVE: Are you on BnA's Movable Type? There's a file size restriction; make sure the file size is under 5 MB or something; then you can simply "Upload File" as you would a picture.

Posted by: Erik TGT on April 28, 2005 04:37 PM

markyt: As soon as we start a campaign of phone calls and emails to their show . .

Posted by: Alyson on April 28, 2005 05:17 PM

Yea, that was the problem. Plus I'm stuck with dial-up so it was timing out with even smaller files. Chris at Bootsnall is going to upload the files for me. Now thats customer service.


Posted by: steve on April 28, 2005 08:42 PM

Woweeeee... this is great news. Now, I can actually brag that I know a famous personality! 8-)

Posted by: Dusty on April 29, 2005 12:30 AM

In the USA Today article, I would have wrote,

"WARNING: This blog contains poo pics and Erik's naked ass!"

Posted by: Risa on April 29, 2005 06:31 AM

Hey Erik, with all this press, you might get your VISA commercial after all!

Because when you're stuck in a small village at the base of Kilimanjaro on a bank holiday... They don't take American Express.

Erik, he's been everywhere you want to be.

Posted by: Td0t on April 29, 2005 10:19 AM

Erik I thought you might be interested in this article about a Canadian who died on Mount Everest on Friday.

Posted by: Lisa on April 30, 2005 09:04 PM

LISA: Yeah, Tilak, in his supposed 6 years experience of guiding, blames his sickness on his lung infection; anything can happen up there.

Posted by: Erik TGT on May 1, 2005 09:30 AM

If this won't give you the travel're dead.

Posted by: Christy on May 2, 2005 05:43 PM

just finished reading all of this blog a while ago.. it was great.. but now im wondering whats next?

Posted by: travelgirltiff on May 4, 2005 06:43 PM

TRAVELGIRLTIFF: "I don't know; I'm making this up as I go." -Indiana Jones

Posted by: Erik TGT on May 4, 2005 06:48 PM

Truck! What truck?

Posted by: Christy on May 4, 2005 07:02 PM

Or, you're drinking yourself stupid at the pub starting on Thursday nights. :D

Posted by: Noelle on May 5, 2005 02:42 AM

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