February 22, 2005

Place Names

Here's a completely useless idea picked up from the Impenetrable One. Using the letters of your name, list places you've been to. Eh, why not. It's a bit long, so feel free to ignore the extended entry:

Rosenburg Texas - It's outside of Houston. I went there for a state JCL convention when I was a sophomore in high school. My utter geekiness at the dance they held one night is still a subject of shame and horror.

Omaha, NE - I know Kathy will jump up and down on me for mentioning it, but when I was there about seven years ago, I noticed that the Opera House was cattycorner to a strip club.

Boston, MA - Still probably my favorite city.

Essex, CT - Several times in college for dinners at the Griswold Inn whenever they could be wangled either from parents or friends' parents.

Roanoke, VA - Took my Bar exam there. The city features a giant star up on a mountainside and a miniature of Graceland. What more could one ask?

Telegraph, TX - You've never heard of it. Smallest place I've ever seen.

Tidewater Region of Virginia - One of my favorite chunks of land.

Hilton Head, SC - I worked as a bag-boy at a golf club there the summer before I started law school.

East Hampton, Long Island - Manhattan East.

London, UK - Lived there for a year. Margaret Thatcher once smiled at me.

Little Compton, Rhode Island - What better way to spend Senior Week in college than at the beach house of a professor you never had for any classes?

Anchorage, Alaska - See below.

Mt. Katmai National Park, Alaska - I went fly-fishing there with me old dad several times. Beautiful. But the bears are a constant problem.

Atlanta - I met a lady there who knew Margaret Mitchell in her youth. Nothing makes one more conscious of being in the South than having an upright matron stare into one's eyes on being introduced and ask, "Wheyuh are yoah pey-ple from?"

Bath - Both the one in Maine and the one in Somerset.

University of the South - There's an amazing view from the top of the mountain where this school sits.

T - Uuuuh....Tower Records. Mmmmmm, Tower Records......

Cincinnati - I just had to see the town that Jerry Springer ruled.

Huddersfield, Yorkshire - If you're very careful, you can keep your eyes locked on the edge of the Dales and imagine the stories of James Herriot without noticing the leftovers of 19th Century industrialism all around you.

East Lyme, CT - I went to a pool party there with a bunch of the guys. Oddly, we've never been asked back.....

Rochester, NY - In addition to being born there, I went to a national JCL conference at the U of R one summer during high school. My very first run-in with collegiate campus security.

And there you have it.

Posted by Robert at February 22, 2005 02:14 PM

I won't jump up and down on you for telling the truth. I used to clerk at a law firm a block away from the Orpheum during summers in college. 16th Street is the worst. Bleh. It's where all the buses stop, so it's got a rather large homeless population that hangs out there. Constantly smells of urine. Believe it or not, but the cop shop is right next door to that strip club of which you speak.

They've been working on making downtown better over the years, but the results have been spotty, to say the very least. They started renovating downtown when I was a small kid, when all the businesses were fleeing to West Omaha. They started with 16th Street, trying to bring it up to the Orpheum's standards. They failed miserably, obviously, by leaving all the blocks around it blighted. They then moved onto Central Park Mall, and then the next task was to take down all the warehouses by the river (aka Jobbers Canyon) to increase traffic to the Old Market. (Where ConAgra's world headquarters now resides)They've been working their way west, but once you get past 13th Street, it's a crapshoot as to which blocks will be nice and which ones won't.

Posted by: Kathy at February 22, 2005 03:13 PM

SPRINGER!? Of all the things to say about my beloved Cincinnati, you mention SPRINGER!? Man, you need to come back here and get a better tour guide...

Posted by: Matt Hurley at February 22, 2005 04:05 PM

Don't worry Matt, I'm only joking. In fact, our Llama Military Correspondent's missus is from Cinci and we were there for their wedding. The the reception was held at a very nice museum, the name of which now escapes me - lots of very cool bits from Antiquity and so on.

Posted by: Robert the LB at February 22, 2005 04:14 PM

My faith in the LLama Force is restored... :)

Posted by: Matt Hurley at February 22, 2005 05:13 PM

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