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Old 08-28-2008, 11:12 AM   #16
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Great start, Joan! I love a good road trip (well, more reading about one than living it, but both are good ). Sorry about the rain and traffic, but it still sounds like fun! And you make me laugh looking for Really Big Things. I'd be willing to join you on your quest (I am part Griswold, you know). MORE! Please.
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I love your TR. You have a very fun-to-read writing style
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Great Report so far! Sounds like a nice visit with the family and Aunt Betty!

Can't wait to hear more!
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It's great to see familiar landmarks in a TR (non Disney ones that is) i can't tell you how many hours of my life have been spent waiting in traffic to get over that darn bridge!
Can't wait to read the rest.
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Hey! Where's the rest of this TR? Glad to see the Gnome made the trip with you. If you ever feel like traveling to Upstate NY, let me know. I could take you to some very good Hot Dog and Ice Cream stands, and our local zoo has an extremely large watering can. Why, I don't know, but it is very large, although I don't know if it is the World's Largest. The nearest Cracker Barrel is an hour away, but so is a Quaker Steak and Lube, which I know from a past TR is another one of your favorites. Have I tempted you yet?

More TR, please!

p.s. if you come sometime around Labor Day, I could take you to the New York State Fair, where you could get a Hofmann's Hot dog, ice cream AND see the butter sculpture. Ice cream and the butter sculpture are even in the same building! This year the sculpture was the (lifesize) cow jumping over the moon, complete with dish, spoon and laughing little dog. Oh, and as a bonus, we'd drive by the giant bull in front of Joel's Steakhouse on the way!
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I'm working on it - those darn kids had to go back to school so I've been busy!

And I'd love to see a butter sculpture!
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Great start Joan! I know that Cracker Barrel, it is about 20 min. from my house.
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I'm working on it - those darn kids had to go back to school so I've been busy!

And I'd love to see a butter sculpture!
If they're back at school, you should have more time for trip report writing then!
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