December 8th, 2009

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Stupid Prada Summer Van Tour: Day 5, Half.com, Oregon

Read Saundra Mitchell's recap of day 1 HERE.
Read Mandy Hubbard's recap of day 2 HERE.
Read Rhonda Stapleton's recap of day 3 HERE.
Read Saundra Mitchell's recap of day 4 HERE.

Whew. The last two days have been very, very sketchy. Like, 28 DAYS LATER SKETCHY. As we entered Oregon at around 3:48 this morning, I was glancing at the map, and lo and behold, i saw how close we were to George, Washington. A few hours, really. I pointed it out to Rhonda.

And that was when the lightbulb went on. The real one, inside the van, because Rhonda had flung open the door on the freeway and was going to leap out. The three of us finally realized: we could have organized our trip better. I mean, check out this map:



See how close #2 and #5 are? I mean, I know it's hard to see, but if you look really close can you tell how the whole tour criss-crosses America? We could have totally done them in GEORGRAPHIC ORDER. Amazing, right? I totally GET why people hire travel agents now!

So anyway, Rhonda has been wallowing ever since, becuase she has to drive next. She's a real pouter.

But don't worry Rhonda! I found this guy on the side of the freeway while you were sleeping and he's going to drive for the next leg!!

He keeps talking about the rules of fight club and it's TOTALLY ANOYING, so there's no guarentee I won't toss him out the door soon, but at least I have a back up plan, right? And he's wearing a tie, so that means he's legit and not a serial killer.Hopefully he proves more reliable than the monkeys and Paolo.

So, anwyay, onto the stop in Half.com, Oregon.


As you can see, Saundra is off by herself. Rhonda and I are still mad at her because she kept bragging about how her ghosts would kick cupids ass, and when I came to Rhonda's defense, Saundra punched me in the nose. Totally uncalled for. Don't you see that smug little look she's giving you guys? You're next. Just sayin. Beware o' Saundra.

Don't miss the rest of our tour!
Friday, December 11th – Statue of Liberty, NYC, NY (Rhonda Blogs)
Monday, December 14 – Toad Suck, AR (Saundra Blogs)
Wednesday, December 16th- Giant Cow at Wilkes Barre, PA (Mandy Blogs)
Friday, December 18th – Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA (Rhonda Blogs)

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And now, to interupt the regularly scheduled blogging....

I don't often blog about non-book stuff. I prefer to focus this blog on professional topics. But today, I witnessed something so incredibly awe inspiring I wanted to talk about it.

Just over a week ago, a man walked into a local coffee shop and gunned down four officers before fleeing. One officer managed to shoot him in the stomach, but he still got away. For two days, a manhunt was on, looking for the man who would commit such a travesty. A lone officer came across him in the middle of the night and was forced to shoot him. The man died at the scene.

Today, around 10 this morning, a funeral procession began for the four fallen officers.

This is what it looked like as they got ready to start:


Those are ONLY Police and fire trucks, not regular cars. As I watched, I saw cars from Canada, from Clamas, from places hours and hours. away. In fact, there were over a thousand members of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police at the destination site, where they moved the caskets into the Tacoma Dome. I think the T-dome holds something like 20,000 people. Though technically it is open to the public, they don't expect to have room for anything but police officers.


It is now 1:45. The processsion is not over. I haven't heard an actual number, but there must be thousands of police cars and fire trucks. They stretch from Lakewood to Tacoma, which covers several miles, in what seems to be a never-ending procession. People are lining the streets, waving flags, saluting the officers, and holding up signs that simply read, "THANK YOU." The businesses along the route don't expect customers, except those watching the procession, and have put out coffee and hot chocolate becuase it's around 20 degrees today.

It has moved me to tears to see such beautiful unity.