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Jul. 13th, 2007 | 10:47 pm

On airplanes I get babies, people who talk too much and...

Trains?

For one they are quieter. So this means the woman who is snoring two
rows back I hear loud and clear.

Forgetting my headphones make me much more aware of my environment.

The two stoners behind me who spent over an hour talking about how
much they loved pot?

I can't say I've heard anyone on an airplane go on for hours about pot.

From them I have learned:
1) Being stoned on a train makes them think they will fall asleep
because of the sway (it doesn't happen though).
2) Eugene Oregon has a "rally" once a week on the court's step to
legalize pot. They thought this was especially cool, since they spent
15 minutes alone repeating:

First stoner: "They have a rally?"
Second stoner: "Cool."
First stoner: "And they have drums?"
Second stoner: "Cool"
First stoner: "So they do this each week?"
Second stoner: "Cool"
First stoner: "That is so Cool."
Second stoner: "Cool"
First stoner: " So each week?"
Second stoner: "Cool"

3) Nature is cool. It's it cool to watch it from the train. The train
though should be replace by bullet trains like they have in Japan.
4) "Chillin like a villain" and "Keeping it real", are viable segways
between "Cool" and "Bellevue sucks".
5) Bellevue sucks. They were very clear about this.
6) "I am the lizard king" is always funny.
7) Every human being should derail trains with coins. Why? Because it
is cool. Their thoughts on how to make this happen? Get the big coin
from the bat cave.

I so need to pack spare headphones in my backpack for just these
moments :)

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You can call me Edith

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from: weizenwind
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
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Oh wow. That sounds, um, really enlightening.

I can't say that I've ever heard a train passenger go on about how cool train derailments are, stoned or no.

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You can call me Edith

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from: weizenwind
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
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Oh--and don't they sell headphones on trains for cheap? Might be worth it tonight...

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
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Off the train, and now in the hotel :)

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Kytty

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from: kytty
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
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Cool!

What, no derailment? How disappointing :)

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Kytty

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from: kytty
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
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Ha! This post made me laugh.

I do love the view from the train, though. I'm going to the midwest in September and it should be beautiful. Have you seen the bluffs along the Mississippi in autumn?

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Nope, just during the summer. I don't really care to travel to the south :)

(I am from there).

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Kytty

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from: kytty
date: Jul. 15th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
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You're from Iowa?

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jul. 15th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
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Nope I am from Kentucky.

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michelle

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from: delyth
date: Jul. 15th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
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This is totally offtopic, but your comment of 'from the south' amused me. I was talking to one of the faculty who's from NYC, and he kept referencing the annoyingly provincial Delaware 'southerners'. Hah.

One of my best friends in the cohort is from South Carolina (truly an accident of birth, in her case.) Her extended (and psycho/crazy) family is worried about her fraternizing with so many Yankees. When I say crazy, I mean crazy. Her father married an Italian and her grandmother refers to her and her brother as 'the Mulatto children'. wtf o_0

Is Kentucky south? Eh, I dunno. It's backwards and provincial, certainly. The accent though is more hick than southern. One of the participants in the Folger seminar was a gloriously flaming homosexual from a tiny town in Texas (another accident of birth.) That boy was southern.

and that was a longer comment than planned . . . I should log on AIM more often to talk

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jul. 15th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
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The Kentucky dialect I have heard as being "briar" or "Appalachian" (though only if you are far enough into the mountains).

I met someone from Ohio recently who did two briar jokes for me. He was trying to be amusing in that sort of "Hi I am a guy with no sense of social norms". The entire "briar" thing never phased me though, so it was just odd.

Southern is the easy way to describe Kentucky. That is how most of the country sees it I believe. My mother was Applachian, and my father was some mix of Lexington/Dakato.

The history though of Kentucky is a bit different then most of the other Southern states, and the architecture for the period was more victorian then classic (thankfully!). No succession, no cotton slave industry, and a strong political base. Plus the state hated Tennessee (which is in large part do to Andrew Jackson).

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michelle

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from: delyth
date: Jul. 15th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes I think your definition of 'most of the country' means 'north of the Mason-Dixon line' :) Which is probably more than half, granted. Still.

And what, you don't like the Federal style? :) Victorian can tend to be too curlique-cutesy for me.

The history is more than a bit different. Physically, KY just never lent itself to plantation farming, and it was basically the far edge of what most Americans would consider civilization during the early 19th-C. I always forget you're a closet history buff. If you ever do make it to Delaware I'll take you into special collections to see that journal from 1800 I kept rambling about.

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jul. 16th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
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More then half :)

Heh, and you used "Mason Dixon Line".

Federal is... I don't care for the Greek revival columns. Never have, I find them to be a bit much.

Was it the far side of civilization? When I look at the politicians of the time who made a name of themselves, I see a number of Kentuckians. By the 1830's or so we were quite established. I'd say that its only after the Civil War that we became less of a political power.

History buff :) Keep in mind I abandoned a degree in it. It is unfortunately one of those topics that too few are educated in. I miss having conversations on it.

Did I mention to you that I recently read "Tipping Point" and "Blink"? I suspect you would find "Tipping Point" relevant to your own work.

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michelle

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from: delyth
date: Jul. 16th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Tell me more about Tipping Point. What makes you think I should read it?

Oh, and I've been taking a week off from reading off the MA comp list and got around to reading the Chalker series. I thought you might like to know I've finally read those ...

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jul. 17th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
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Here is the reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipping_Point

The first five, or eight or...

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Jonathan Korman

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from: jonathankorman
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
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"I am the lizard king" is always funny.

Even sober, I think I have to agree on this point.

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krong

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from: krong
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
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i may not have been there since 1994, but i'm pretty sure bellevue still sucks.

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DayGlo Tigerlily

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from: singingnettle
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
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It depends on how many times someone says it.

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LaVera

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from: gilraen
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
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That was really funny. I love hearing stuff like that. Why would you want to miss that? The snoring I'd do without too, though.

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
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It was funny the first time they said cool.... 40 or so times later....

I never thought Wayne's World was funny either :)

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butter_puppy

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from: butter_puppy
date: Jul. 16th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
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Never thought Wayne's World was funny? What about Bill and Tedd's Excellent Adventure? Or Tommy Boy? Classics in their own genre :).

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jul. 16th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
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I liked Bill and Tedd's :)

For some reason Warne World was something that just never struck me as funny.

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DayGlo Tigerlily

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from: singingnettle
date: Jul. 14th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
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I think unbeknownst to you, you were being filmed for a reality show. Those people couldn't possibly be for real.

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USB Microphone

from: mikedoug
date: Jul. 18th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
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When you're packing that extra set of headphones, be sure to pack a USB microphone you can stick in the headrest of your seat and capture the dialog between Bill and Ted next time -- I think the humorous enjoyment of the banter would have been all the greater in that manner. :p

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