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Vacations are always interesting. I find they peak my curiosity about the most obscure things. Here are just a few things that I had to know while traveling. In fact, it was driving me and my friend nuts that 1. we didn't know what the answers were, and 2. we had no immediate way of finding out the desired answer. Not good for obsessive compulsive learners. Here are the topics:

1. Who decides, and why, the mileage that should be shown on road signs. Why say that Los Angeles is 188 miles ahead, when it can wait for 3 or 8 more miles to be a nice even number? And is it entirely necessary to alert drivers to towns no one cares about, like Gilroy, which is basically a glorified truck stop for a city?

2. Who was Sir Francis Drake? For two very well educated people, this was the most maddening question. Neither of us could believe that we couldn't remember. But thanks to the help of friends, text messaging and Google, we were quickly alleviated from the pain of ignorance. Man, it was a dark moment for a while.

3. Why are we charged for electricity? Can the government really claim they own it?

4. Does the moon orbit with us, around us? Is it stationary, and just follows us? This too was a frustrating quandary in which we found ourselves. This is basically 5th grade information that we could not recall for the life of us.

5. Why is it that only a select few cities in California are so densely populated? There is so much nothin in this state. Can't we just ship a few million people to the rolling hills that are the interstate? It's beautiful real estate, that's for sure.

That's about all I can think of for now, and about all the personal stuff I can stomach blogging. There are much more important things in life than hearing about my recreational travels. I'll get on to reviewing and blogging about the persecution of Christians in Sudan. Mind & Media gave me a book called The Bible and the Axe on that topic, and I will be reviewing it shortly. I apologize for the absence. I'm trying to get back into the groove. It won't take long. I promise.

Posted by Portia at August 22, 2005 11:46 PM | TrackBack

I have a similar problem, we went on a tour of the Newport Mormon Temple and while people were asking questions about Mormons and what things represented, I wanted to know if they were using Title 22 water to irrigate their landscaping.

Oh and Gilroy is more that a truck stop, if you like garlic.

Posted by: the Pirate at August 23, 2005 04:01 PM