Where I Slept – 2006

Places I slept in 2006:

Inspired by Jason Kottke.

Update (forgot a couple):

  • Duluth, MN
  • Brainerd, MN

Update (I think I suffer from premature postulation):

  • Two Harbors, MN
  • Davenport, IA
  • Cambridge, MA

My 50 State Goal is One Closer to Completion

39 down, 11 to go. One may wonder how I managed to visit a state since posting my states visited list yesterday, especially considering that I was at Il Vesco Vino and The Happy Gnome last night. The trick was to open my email this morning and read the following email:

You’ve been to Maryland. We were there when we went to DC and Gettysburg.

Thanks, Mom. I’m glad someone in the family has a memory. Now that my memory has been refreshed, I do, in fact, remember visiting Maryland. We passed through Chevy Chase where there were more Mercedes, BMW’s, and Jaguars than we had seen over the many miles traveled from St. Paul, MN in the family truckster.

I remember pondering in the back seat of our family truckster, “Chevy Chase – the actor – must be really rich for such a wealthy town to be named after him.” Fletch was an awesome movie, so this seemed plausible. To this day, I figure that’s the case, but Wikipedia has their own version of the truth.

So, does anyone remember being in any of the remaining 11 states on my list? Here they are:

NM, TX, OK, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, DE, MD, and RI.

States I’ve Visited

I found a fun little tool over at Top Five and Then Some via Jackalope Ranch that maps out the states I’ve visited. Oddly, one state that stands out is Jackalope’s controversial home-state of Texas:

I’ve been to Texas many times if you count airport layovers in Dallas and Houston, but I don’t play like that. However, I this did make me realize that I have not set a concrete definition of what it means to visit a state. Feedback welcome.

For those counting, the 12 I’m missing are, NM, TX, OK, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, DE, MD, and RI.

Just how I should go about knocking off the last 12 is yet to be determined. Maybe a bike tour from New Orleans to Hilton Head to take out the Southeast? Hiking trip in Taos? A visit to the Crawford Ranch? What are the must-see things in my unseen states?

Hotel Shampoo

When it comes to hotel shampoos, hotels seem to generally offer upscale brands. Perhaps they get a deal from shampoo companies who see hotels as a great marketing opportunity? Not sure. All I know is they generally stock stuff that is not referred to as “product” by hair salons.
But this week, the hotel I stayed at had White Rain shampoo, which is certainly not considered top-shelf. In fact, if shelves went below ground level in stores, that’s probably where White Rain would be shelved.

Given no choice, I lathered, rinsed, & repeated (except for the repeat part) with White Rain. Imagine my surprise when my hair looked as awesome as usual, if not more! Here’s a shot of Ben raving about my White Rain treated bouffant:


Damn, my hair looks great.

Around 20 hours after the above photo was taken, and after one treatment with my usual home shampoo, here’s Ben’s take documented on a camera phone:

So, while I’m a White Rain convert, actually bringing White Rain into the Kohler household may be a difficult task. Some household members may suggest that I’m not much of an authority on soap related matters, which is ironic considering that I worked for a soap company for three years. More as this story develops . . .

Where the Hell is Matt?

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This is my first attempt to post to The Deets from YouTube.

This was the first videos that really took off on YouTube. To find out more about this, check out this presentation by Jawed Sharif’s here:

Jawed is a fellow graduate of St. Paul Central High School. Jawed created his own version of the video here: