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What Exactly is Happening Right Now?

I write from a car in Kansas. We have not encountered the feedlots yet, but I’m hoping the cold air will help mute the smell. Here’s my attempt to distill this road trip into three words: fear of hemmorhoids. I really don’t want them. Sam said that hemmorhoids come in “cases.” If you have enough cases, then you have a brick. I don’t believe these terms are actually used by anyone other than Sam, but they are terrifying just the same.

We are four days into “Settling America.” An announcement is forthcoming concerning what that means. For now, I will show you the costumes involved:

Me in suit, tie, obnoxious sunglasses. Sam in cow costume. This picture was taken inside a Panera Bread Company in Northwest Ohio.

I have been back in the U.S. since December 15th. One month of friends and family. New York City, a farm upstate, Cleveland, OH, Washington, DC. Now a too-short stay in Chicago and Neodesha, Kansas get added to the list. I finish this post from Colorado where I’m staying near Gunnison, in the Rockies, with friends new and old.

The cold air did nothing to suppress the smell of the feedlots by the way. Western Kansas is a miserable place.

Upstate New York is not:

More content to come. If you’ve emailed recently, I apologize. Will catch up soon.

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  • Christy @ Technosyncratic January 17, 2011, 2:17 pm

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog, so I’m pretty clueless about what’s going on, lol. But I’ll admit, the cow and MIB-esque costumes in a Panera restaurant are intriguing… :)

    • phil January 18, 2011, 9:52 pm

      Christy, no one knows what’s going on right now. Not even me. But thanks for stopping by and writing a comment :)

  • Jennifer Barry January 17, 2011, 4:55 pm

    I agree about upstate NY, as I used to live there. Now I’ve become accustomed to warm weather and I can’t imagine living a whole winter there again! Point noted about Western Kansas, I will keep that in mind for US road trips.

    Thanks again for the interview! It should go up on my blog Tuesday or Wednesday. :)

    • phil January 18, 2011, 9:52 pm

      Where did you live in upstate NY? Thanks again for doing the interview, you asked some great questions!

      • Jennifer Barry January 19, 2011, 1:24 pm

        I used to live in Orange County (made famous by the chopper show) and I went to school for a while at Ithaca College.

        • phil January 20, 2011, 12:34 pm

          Nice. Ithaca is awesome. Been there a few times and always really enjoyed it. The farm I was at is in Katonah, not too far from the city.

  • Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World January 18, 2011, 2:00 am

    Hmm, very intrigued about the whole feedlots and cows thing…

    • phil January 18, 2011, 9:54 pm

      Are you? Then you’re totally nuts. I felt ill. Started peeping your site by the way and you can now count me in as a new subscriber. Look forward to reading more once I am somewhat more stationary.

  • Ayngelina January 18, 2011, 9:01 am

    Bizarre as always, but I love it!

    • phil January 18, 2011, 9:56 pm

      Thanks Ayngelina!!

  • Andi January 18, 2011, 10:38 am

    Welcome home! You look like Pitbull, love it!

    • phil January 18, 2011, 10:00 pm

      Who is that?

  • Katrina January 19, 2011, 3:38 pm

    tiny correction needs to be made – that panera is in northEAST ohio. also, i feel somewhat slighted by the lack of credit given to the photographer in said panera.

    • phil January 20, 2011, 12:55 pm

      Amherst is Northeast? really? Sorry for the omission. On the official website you will be credited. How many golden eggs do you have now?

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