Friday, October 10, 2008
On my mission, in order to indicate how effective we were for the week, we were required to report our efforts via a set of "key indicators." I feel that the success of my trip may likewise be "indicated" by a rubric of numerical statistics. (Man, I hate those non-numerical statistics.)
TRAINS MISSED: 0
TRAINS THAT ARRIVED ON TIME: 0
CRAZY POET LADIES ENCOUNTERED: 1
True story. She also knew all about 9/11 before it happened - her ex-boyfriend was involved in its coordination, using walkie-talkies. And roughly twice an hour, she would randomly yell, to nobody in particular, "You're FIRED, Mister." She recited some of her poetry - it was amazing.
RAINY DAYS: 2
It rained during my visit to DC, which was decidedly lame, and in the middle of listening to Stevie Wonder at Jazzfest in New Orleans. Otherwise, the weather pretty much rocked.
AMAZING FOOD ITEMS CONSUMED: 5
Gumbo, Jambalaya, binons, New York pizza, chocolate-and-banana crepes.
PEOPLE WHO ASKED ME FOR MONEY IN CHICAGO IN A 2 HOUR PERIOD: 7
And they were good at it.
MUSEUMS VISITED: 8
Three in Charlotte, the Natural History Museum in DC, the Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian, and then the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and the Museum of Modern Art.
SACRAMENT MEETINGS: 2
COST OF THE 30 DAY PASS: $650
EXPECTED ROAMING CHARGES IN CANADA: $0
ACTUAL ROAMING CHARGES IN CANADA: Mere numbers cannot adequately describe this higher plane of financial destruction.
POEMS WRITTEN: 6
HOSTELS STAYED IN: 3
NIAGARA FALLS: Not that cool.
(Darn those non-numerical statistics.)
AMBITIOUS "WORLD-CHANGING" COLLEGE KIDS MET - 2. From Chicago.
GAMES OF CHESS WON IN NEW YORK CITY PARKS: 0. I didn't have the $5 necessary to throw down.
BOOKS READ: 5
STREET MUSICIANS PLAYED WITH: 1. I met this skinny bearded guy off of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. I accompanied his broken guitar with my harmonica, and a good time was had by all, excepting those who heard us.
Other statistics currently escape me. Ask me any other questions you want about my trip, and I'll respond accordingly.