March 13, 2009

With the last class over at 2:40, I run to my car and head out...

... driving 500 miles, stopping only once...

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I arrive at my destination at 11 p.m.

The next morning:

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IN THE COMMENTS: HelenParr wrote:

Two lips.
Sensen at he.
Springs break

55 comments:

ElcubanitoKC said...

Good morning, professor. Did you pick the tulips yourself?

Pogo said...

Glad you made it safely.

There was a strike on the blog yesterday. Punches were thrown, screams were heard, doors were slammed. What a mess. I think I left my placard there, too.

Host with the Most said...

"I drove allllll night . . . "

Matt said...

Let's see... you drove East... 500 miles... Cleveland? Columbus maybe? Or maybe somewhere in the northern half of lower Michigan...

Ron said...

I think I was a scab during the strike...or just in my cups with Lem!

traditionalguy said...

You certainly vacated. But a 500 mile drive and still in the north country seems like a waste of the gas. Spring vacation should at least give you some gentle warm spring weather. Enjoy whatever drew you to where you are this week. And thanks for the pictures of the trip.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Hey both hands on the wheel there Professor!

Taking photos while driving shame on you. Is that the kind of driver saftey example you want to set for the rest of us?

Eclecticity said...

Lovely destination photo! E.

save_the_rustbelt said...

I only do crazy drives for one reasons these days - grandchildren.

Lem said...

I think I was a scab during the strike...or just in my cups with Lem!

Never been much of an “action” anything... if you want to know the truth.

HelenParr said...

Two lips.
Sensen at he.
Springs break.

rhhardin said...

If it looks like this you're in Central Ohio.

Peter V. Bella said...

Have a wonderful and restful vacation. Enjoy and treat yourself.

rhhardin: Tallyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Ho.

Ron said...

Althouse is all lovey-dovey these days...It's up to us proles to keep up the blogging standards...

HelenParr said...

The proles are left with refractory period blogging.

ricpic said...

Rear view mirror
Setting sun
Getting off my mark
Richer poorer
Oh what fun
Traveling's a lark

EDH said...

500mi / 8hrs = 62.5 mph (ave).

License and registration, please.

ElcubanitoKC said...

EDH, most interstate highways in the Midwest have a 70 mph speed limit

Cedarford said...

As this is travel time for Althouse and many others, here's a little challenge......

1. What is the first man-made object to travel such that it exceeded the speed of sound?

2. Roughly when did this new technology happen?

3. Why was this supersonic technology considered a major step in advancing mankind?

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I'll be back this afternoon to see how Pogo fared. I think Hoosier Daddy might know....

Joan said...

Heh -- on our way from AZ to CA, I think we average 75-80 mph. If you're going less than 75 on I-10, you're a hazard. I think the speed limit is 75 mph for a lot of the way, but I know there are places where it's less than that, but it never seems to matter.

Beautiful tulips!

Robert Jay said...

Giant ego -- with carbon footprint to match!!

Triangle Man said...

@Cedarford

I think I know the answer to number one and am interested to learn two and three.

TitusisheadingtoPtown said...

Five hundred miles and only one potty stop? You must have very disciplined vowels.

EDH said...

Ave. = 62.5 mph. Max = ???

The clue is she's headed due east at sunset approx. 7:00pm, about the half-way point.

Mr. Forward said...

Cedarford's quiz.

1. The tip of a whip

2. Before BBQ

3. The domestication of Livestock

Pogo said...

1. What is the first man-made object to travel such that it exceeded the speed of sound?
the droplets from sneezing, during a dry powder avalanche.

2. Roughly when did this new technology happen?
1027 BC

3. Why was this supersonic technology considered a major step in advancing mankind?
It wasn't, really. Mr. Horgorgorg was completely buried. Unless "Don't be in an avalanche" was a totally new lesson at the time.

ElcubanitoKC said...

Is C4 talking about the first unofficial claim of supersonic speed by his beloved Luftwaffe, his equally beloved V2 Program or the US Bell X-1 program? There are three different dates for each one of those...

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fcai said...

Whip.

5,000 years ago.

Used to round up trolls.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Lovely. The sunset and the tulips. Looks like a relaxing getaway.

Isn't it interesting the difference in perception in various geographic areas about what is a long drive? It is routine here to drive round trip 150 to 300 miles just to go shopping or to commute daily to your job.

Like Joan says in the West, once you hit the freeways or open roads you'd better be going at least 70 to 75 or you'll get run over. Move over Grandma or get shoved over!! We also don't measure trips by miles, instead it is by hours.

"How long does it take to get to city name/location from here?"

"Oh about 6 to 7 hours."

brylun said...

Visiting a son in Ithaca?

ElcubanitoKC said...

Hahaha, DBQ, that's true.

"How far are you from Columbia?"
"About 2 hrs"

TitusisheadingtoPtown said...

I would need to empty my vowels at least 3-4 times on a 500 mile road trip.

ElcubanitoKC said...

TitusisheadingtoPtown said...
I would need to empty my vowels at least 3-4 times on a 500 mile road trip.

10:25 AM


Two words: colostomy bag

Lem said...

I wander what the professor was listening to?

dbp said...

"490 mi – about 7 hours 57 mins"

This is the description google maps makes for a trip from Madison to Cleveland.

We know from the first photo that Althouse went East and the time + distance add-up...

This didn't take a lot of research, I just picked a big city on the main easterly route that looked about 500 miles away.

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TitusisheadingtoPtown said...

I am talking out pee not poop during the trip.

I wouldn't need to poop that much. I only generally poop once a day. Maybe twice. How about you guys?

MadisonMan said...

The tulips photo looks Wyethian. Very nice.

Pogo said...

The tulipth photo lookth Wyethian. Vewy nithe.


Thorry.

Mark Daniels said...

If you are in central Ohio, come see my wife and me on Sunday. If you do, bring your camera and your hiking boots...you'll want to trudge through one of the caves here in our beautiful Hocking Hills.

On the other hand, after worship here, we're not doing anything strenuous. We'll head for Columbus...Maybe we'll go to Tommy's for pizza, then hit the Book Loft in German Village and browse for days.

Mark

Pogo said...

Thit.

Now I can't thtop.

Pogo said...

Well, thith thuckth.

What a fine kettle of fith thith ith.

Pogo said...

M-i-th-th-i-th-th-i-p-p-i.

ElcubanitoKC said...

Pogo, spit it out...

The Elder said...

I'm thrilled to learn that all the miles aren't being put on that poor Saturn.

Probably.

Cedarford said...

Mr Forward's answers were dead right. The whip dates to at least Ancient Ur, 4,000 BC, well before BBQ. And it was essential to control of herds for domestication of animals. It likely came from nomadic tribes.

ElcubanitoKC was confused in his answer. Perhaps his Israel 1st ball-licking genuflections move at super sonic speeds, but well after the invention of the whip - and Elcubanito himself is the tool. A disloyal tool. Time to put America 1st, boy, and get rid of your stupid Cuban flag as well...unless you are pining to live there as well as serve Israel..

Cedarford said...

Pogo's response was innovative. But snot in a dry avalanche is akin to homo erectus (no not Titus), having bits and body parts blown off at supersonic speed from a bolt of lightning. An unpleasant, but passive experience..

I am also a little skeptical about snow in any avalanche exceeding the sound barrier.

Here's a new one. Which DNA based group has exterminated the most critters?

1. Asians
2. Whites
3. Africans
4. Native Americans
5. New Guinea/Australia aborigines
6. Neanderthals

And, what is the hardest single feat of domestication man accomplished?

1. The horse.
2. The chicken
3. Camels
4. Corn
5. Rice
6. Guinea Pigs.
7. The goldfish

Methadras said...

Pogo said...

The tulipth photo lookth Wyethian. Vewy nithe.


Pogo, wtf? You didn't get your tongue bitten off by a fat brit that complained you didn't smooch her enough did you?

Dudley Do-right said...

Sensen at he = Cincinnati...?

or not

I'm off to Tractor Supply. Need 3PH parts. Gotta get there before it closes.

Cousin Bob said...

Hey Cedarford!

I'll bite:

I think Native Americans exterminated the most critters, because of giant ground sloths and a whole zoo that went extinct when the Paleo-Indians...er...excuse me...Paleo-NATIVE fucking Americans showed up.

OTOH, you gotta hand them Indians credit for something, which is the domestication of CORN, the damndest piece of agricultural invention in the history of the Universe.

The Indians I work with in the casino never let you forget who was here FIRST, Kimosabe.

Cedarford said...

Cousin Bob! Two for two!!!

Slight edge to the noble Native American stewards of nature who lived in harmony with the environment for the greatest extermination.
They just edged out the New Guinea/OZ Aborigines who did an impressive slaughter along with the dogs and later rats they introduced. Fortunately for their "Prize" they had two continents to work with.

Whites and Asians however get the prize for

1. Being the only people who wiped out human subspecies (Neanderthal, Forensis, Java Man)

2. And dilegently searching out remote corners of the Earth to find new species to kill and wipe out for food and folk medicine.

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And yes, corn is the all-time prize in achievement in domestication. It wasn't thought so, as the remnants of Mesoamerican civilization were thought pikers compared to the sophistication and advancements of Asian, Euro, and ME civilization only 40 years ago. Researchers thought back breeding corn would be a few simple steps to trace varieties that contributed to the corn the Conquistadors found.

Once they started trying though, a big WTF? happened. Corn was created in hundreds of steps over what they thought was 800 or so years, with very sophisticated breeding techniques and a eye on varieties 3-4 steps ahead of them.

Cedarford said...

PS - Man has been in the Americas for over 40,000 years. And todays Indians are replacements for 2-3 previous waves they killed off or assimilated.
And in addition to Sibero-Asiatic stock, we see genetic tracers of whites and Polynesians arriving in prehistory.

The casino Indians were not "First". And, as some tribes say someone can be as little as 1/32nd "Indian" and still be a legitimate tribesmember - the typical casino "Indian" is 60 to 96% of "Later, non-NA People" ancestry.