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Posts from — May 2008

Loser Friends

My friends are losers. Yes, I am proud to admit that I am their friend. In fact, I wish I were a loser too. Actually, I may already be a loser — and not in a good way — just for helping them create the header image for their loser blog.

What am I talking about? …. My friends Devra and Sarah are on a mission to lose a few inches of their waistline by hiring a personal trainer together. These gals are funny enough on their own when reading along with their blogs. I’m sure their training sessions are going to be quite interesting to say the least. They’ll probably burn half their total calories just from all the joking around. They will be literally laughing their asses off. Good for them. More power to them. Go Loser Moms!

Edited to add: I sent hate mail to my loser friends and it was posted. I guess I am a loser after all.

May 23, 2008   2 Comments

Stretch Your Road Dollar

I’ve been groaning along with the rest of my readers over recent gas prices. But in a press release I received today, things got a little clearer. There is no need to let the pump prices become a fun-sucking black hole in your summer plans! Here is an excerpt:

Everyone seems to be complaining about the high cost of fuel causing them to cancel their summer vacation plans. Carol White, co-author of the book Living Your Road Trip Dream, says, “I don’t like the higher prices, but if you take a realistic look at it, it’s something that most of us can deal with.”

Did you cancel last year’s plans? According to AAA, gas prices have increased an average of $.56 a gallon since this time last year. Let’s go crazy and say it has been $.75 a gallon in your area. If your summer trip is 1000 miles long and your car gets an average of 23 MPG, your fuel will cost $32.60 more this year than last. One dinner at home instead of eating out before you go will save that much. Is $32 any reason to cancel your vacation?

Carol White is the co-author of the award-winning book, “Live Your Road Trip Dream” – the ultimate road trip planning guide for extended road trips.

Thanks for putting it into perspective. It may be a big increase in the price per gallon lately, but when you figure out how many gallons you are actually going to use, it’s not that big an increase in your overall travel budget. Just cut back a little somewhere else to make the ends meet. If you need help doing that, then check out all the ways you can save money on the road in my article “Stretch Your Dollar on the Road.”

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May 22, 2008   2 Comments

Weird Stuff is Fun

I haven’t lived in Kentucky very long, so when a copy of the latest in the series of “Weird” states books was offered to me, I was more than happy to accept. Weird Kentucky is a travel guide to “local legends and best kept secrets” by Jeffrey Scott Holland.

It’s a beautiful hard bound book loaded with huge clear photos of all sorts of good weird stuff that we love. It’s divided into topical sections rather than by city, so it is a bit different from most travel type books in that sense.

Naturally, being a Road Trip Mom, my favorite section was the road-side oddities. I have already had the pleasure of visiting one of them recently — Dinosaur World, which was weirdly wonderful to say the least. (I’ll have photos from our adventure there posted on my website soon). After reading this book, there is lots more that I am ready to go see for myself, and when the Bible putt-putt golf course opens for the summer here in my own town, I will be ready and waiting to putt through Noah’s Ark and right into the New Testament. My only disappointment is that there are a few items described in the book that no longer exist (and so we can’t go visit them), and not everything is open to the public either. But it’s good to know that these oddities exist (or existed as the case may be).

My kids love this book too, and it will be going in the car with us on our next few trips through Kentucky until we are familiar with everything weird we can find in our newly adopted state. I definitely recommend Weird Kentucky, and would recommend the “weird” book for your own state. There may be strange and wonderful things awaiting you, but you don’t even know it yet.

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