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March 04, 2009


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Civil War stuff? Does that mean what I think it means? A visit to the grave of Stonewall Jackson's left arm? http://tiny.cc/papxo

No suggestions, but a question: will you use GPS at all, or strictly old-school maps?

I'm damn envious of your road trip. Sounds like the gift of a lifetime, though you two have already had one of these before! I guess I have to experience this vicariously. Believe me, I will. And by the way, I am in love--with Fred and Hank. They are among the most adorable creatives I have ever seen. Enjoy.

Scott, we're so going to check out Stonewall's arm. Thanks for the tip.

Sonja, we do have a GPS in the car, so we're good there. But you still need the support of good old maps...

John, thanks for the note. Thanks for following, and glad you like the pups.

If you make it as far as Macon, GA, let me know.

Macon, GA you ask?
1. Home of the Allman Brothers, Lena Horne, Otis Redding, and Little Richard, to name a few legends. And Sidney Lanier, if you prefer poetry.

2. Magnificent antebellum homes of a variety of grand architecture(General Sherman burned Atlanta, but spared Macon).

3. Home of the Nu-Way Weiner.

4. A Cherry Blossom Festival that makes DC look like a piker (in absolute truth, has TONS more cherry blossom trees than DC). (hurry -- slated for 3/20-29 this year)

That's just a few highlights, of course.

Be sure to stop at the Jolly Roger (http://tinyurl.com/dhhgob) when in NC. This place is an absolute hole but worth the visit. My wife and I have the pleasure and tradition of getting breakfast there every time we’re in the Outer Banks. The service is ok and the ambiance makes a Jersey diner look beautiful, but the portion sizes are AMAZING as they are delectably greasy. If you’re looking for local flavor, try Jolly Roger’s karaoke night. I threw down a little David Lee Roth, “Just a Gigolo” but I’m sure they have “Red Barchetta” on the slate for Jim.

And if Joan is looking for great places to use her camera, the lighthouses in OBX are beautiful and probably great places for Fred and Hank to stretch their legs. (http://tinyurl.com/agq9u7).

What about the site of "The Crater" in Petersburg? That's where the tricky Unionist miners from Pa. cleverly built a tunnel under the Confederates, filled it full of dynamite, blew them to kingdom come, only to have the complete stupidity to order a follow-up attack by running down into the crater, where the Rebels mauled them like fish in a barrel.

The crater from "The Battle of The Crater" remains, minus the fish and barrel, etc.


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