Well, it has been a little less than a week since my last entry. If I am going to keep this going, I may need to add more shit to it.
So in these past few days a lot but yet very little has happened. I went home to Colorado, and was there for less than 48 hours. Home is wonderful... if you are there for short periods of time. I realize how much I love my mom, dad, brother(who was also home from college), and dog. Then I leave before we get annoyed with each other.
When I left, I didn't do the flying thing, as I always do... I drove back to Gainesville. Yes, all 1900 miles by myself. It was absolutely amazing.
There are a few things that I like to pass along to everyone about driving across country:
1. Driving long distances alone is not a leisure thing, it is a MISSION
2. Drink JUST ENOUGH to stay hydrated, and when you do drink make sure it has caffeine.
3. Don't sleep, it you do your eyes become sore when you wake up and you just want to sleep more. Trust me, with a caffeine buzz, it keeps you going to where you can't sleep.
4. Truck drivers know a lot more than you (about driving on the highway), so if they want in your lane, let them over.
5. ONLY stop for gas, when you stop for gas that means it is ok to pee and buy drinks/munchies. That is all you can do. Don't mingle and fraternize with people at the pumps next to you, remember you are on a mission, and they could compromise you success. (Note: the no fraterinaztion part is difficult considering all contact you had with people is your cellphone, radio, and cds, so just do what I did: stare down the guys and check out the girls, make sure it is obvious)
6. Avoid Missouri as much as possible. They have some of the shittiest roads. Also, they are not called the "Show me state" for nothing. Everyone in that state rubbernecks. Where else can traffic be backed 7 miles because a guy was changing a flat tire on the shoulder.
7. If you drive the speed limit, you are going to slow.
8. Invest some money into a decent radar detector, you will love it.
9. Drive in the right lane as much as possible except to pass. I hate all you "left lane cruisers" especially when I going 20 mph faster you.
10. Cops have gotten smarter. The now cruise in ongoing traffic and check for speeding. Which means you have to respond quickly to your radar detector.
11. The final thing is try to make your trip enjoyable but not leisurely. Some of my methods:
-talk smack to other cars
-had good driving music(I like classic rock and 80's pop music, you know stuff you can jam to)
-have an anthem for the drive, for example, mine was "Welcome to Atlanta" because the last major city for me to drive through was Atlanta, after anything that you view as an accomplishment during the drive blast that song as loud as your speakers will let you
-Pretend it is a videogame, except you have only one life left.
From my first blog entry, I would like to thank that person who left a comment. It made me feel special. Now, can you hook me up with your hot roommates???