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11 November 2005 @ 11:27 pm
at least we're in no danger of cholera  
mileage: 1380
weather: clear, warm
pace: grueling

Hello from Lincoln, Nebraska! And let me tell you -- if you're not in Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend, you are the only one who isn't. I am currently sitting in the LAST hotel room in the entire greater Lincoln area, and arrived here after quite a bit of misdirection (we made a reservation at a totally different hotel than the one we actually drove to because THE PHONE NUMBER IN THE AD WAS WRONG, apparently due to evil machinations by the owner of numerous hotels in the area) and getting lost and such. Now, apparently Lincoln, Nebraska is not *always* such a hot spot to spend a Friday night, but this weekend is the last college football home game, the national volleyball tournament, and conventions for both Harley Davidsons and, er, scrapbooking, among other things.

Things of note:

Iowa is warring heavily with Ohio for my favoritest state so far, because it really might be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. It's the sort of landscape that just kind of stabs through me and makes me feel like I've been there before, even though I've never been anywhere like it. OH MY GOD, THE SKY. THE SKY. DUDE. It also helps that we had the most beautiful weather of all time. 64 degrees in November, people.

Gary, Indiana, on the other hand, is just as ugly as everyone says it is.

There is a 12-foot-tall blow up balloon statue thing in the lobby of this hotel that says "Lil' Red" on it. I can only assume this is the Husker mascot and is not actually about me.

I was all excited about crossing the Mississippi River, except way up here between Illinois and Iowa, it is apparently... not so very impressive, because we crossed over it and didn't actually notice. We totally could've forded it.

I am perturbed that the drapes in our totally-non-sketchy Holiday-Inn hotel room are designed not to close. This gives us a lovely view of "Amen's Liquor" across the road. Unfortunately, it also gives Amen's Liquor a lovely view of us. As my dad used to say to my mom on such occasions, and I quote, "If they haven't seen it yet, it's time they did."

My mother has started spelling out "O-M-G!" at absolutely everything. I am regretting telling her what it means. (She looks out at the liquor store and says "OMG! MGD! Wait, what does MGD stand for?")

Now I am getting loopy, and we drove for 13 hours today, so I am going to bed.

Fish: still alive

States so far: 8 (Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska)
feel: draineddrained
A.j.: sadaj on November 12th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)

Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
I DID! I WAVED! And even yelled your name out the window! And explained to my mom how you are so cool!

(no subject) - aj on November 12th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aj on November 14th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
Melyanna: Jed (time zone)melyanna on November 12th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
Hmm. So that was that odd presence I sensed today. ;)

Iowa is pretty country, but when you've driven across the state four times in a week, you start to hate it. Also? There's a stretch of road in western Nebraska where if you look to the north, the world stops. ;)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
I stared north the whole time I was driving through Nebraska, and kept going "omg, is the world stopping?" It is indeed really wild. They have these little mesas! It's so odd! OMG, this country is so neat.
(no subject) - melyanna on November 14th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
spacefiendspacefiend on November 12th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
I don't know where Lincoln is in relation to anything else, but if you have a chance, you should stop by Alliance, Nebraska, and see Carhenge. Model of Stonehenge, but made of cars. It's a funny sight.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
OMG! I so want to!!! Except it's almost four hours round-trip out of the way (I'm taking I-80 all the way through NE... I should've posted a map). SADNESS!!
(no subject) - spacefiend on November 12th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
Fimuldy on November 12th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
OMG u sound like ur having so much fun!! *wants to come*

Are you doing all the states!? Cos that'd be awesome!!
Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2005 05:41 am (UTC)
AHAHA. Er. No. Although I'd love to do them all at some point in my life, and was thinking that might be a good lifelong goal. :) I'm driving from Massachusetts to Oregon in as straight a line as possible -- there's just a lot of states in between. :)
(no subject) - muldy on November 12th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on November 12th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
Welcome to Lincoln. It is were I live! (not that, er, you know who I am) Crazy traffic this weekend. Already it is insane. At the least the weather is nice for you ;)

Little Red: sg - what's up doc - mediemylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Re: wow
*waves hi out the window*

The weather is SO NICE OMG. And the people are lovely, too! (Though I have definitely reevaluated my theory about my fellow Red Sox fans being the craziest sports fans in the country... crazy in a good way! I swear!) I plan to wear red tomorrow in an attempt to blend in.
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Re: wow - mylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Little Red: oregon trailmylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
I was so worried about the oxen! My mother thought I was bonkers.
jammer0307jammer0307 on November 12th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
Good Luck in Nebraska. Are you going through Colorado, 'cause if you hit Colorado Springs....omg I'm such a Stargate geek.

*much love*


P.S. Happy D/J Day!
Little Red: sg - dan/jan lifeboat otp - anrmylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
NO! We actually don't go through Colorado at all! I was disappointed about that, because I am also an omg geek.
(no subject) - jammer0307 on November 14th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
w0lfstar: baby deer love ya by proverbw0lfstar on November 12th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
yay for fish (with a survival bonus way beyond what fish normally have in such a good way!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!)

There must be a way to close the drapes! I've had that issue before but found a way somehow....but either way *giggles about the Lil' Red thing*
Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
My fish are so fucking hardcore, omg!


Dude, the drapes are DESIGNED not to close! The curtain tracks don't cover the whole window! It is so bizarre! But I got to leave it as a note on the comment card, so that was amusing.
(no subject) - w0lfstar on November 14th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
I couldn't remember what city you lived in and didn't have your number! So I waved at a lot of various exits, just in case.
Ravennoradannan on November 12th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
Ask me to tell you the story about how my brother and I don't believe Iowa exists. Sadly, this means you've spent some amount of time at a secret CIA facility. You're probably a Sleeper agent, now. (cool!)

There is a 12-foot-tall blow up balloon statue thing in the lobby of this hotel that says "Lil' Red" on it. I can only assume this is the Husker mascot and is not actually about me.

Nah, we called and told them you were coming, and how great you are. Be sure to get a picture.
Little Red: oregon trailmylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Does this mean that if I move to Iowa, you won't come and visit me?

I totally want the story, omg.
Sarah (aka Smish): XF - Doing Itsmishpixie on November 12th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
Sounds great (apart from the random display of the liquor store! lol).

Keep on driving! :)
I'm not very interestingastropoet on November 12th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
I'm so so jealous! That sounds fantastic! Iowa skies. We have some flat country to the very north in Scotland, and like you had fab weather. I never knew the sky could be so interesting.

And now the Rockies, and then the West Coast. My other spiritual home (that and Harris in the Outer Hebrides)... so so jealous.
רותם שחר (Ro): bubbles!roothekittykat on November 12th, 2005 11:28 am (UTC)

sounds exciting :)

will call you later tonight when I get back from birdwatching! :D
sjhw_tolerance on November 12th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
Lincoln! My home town! Hehehe...and yeah, *busy* weekend down there. Hence why I'm staying home in Omaha today. ::waves from Omaha:: Enjoy your drive on I-80. I know I'm biased, but I think there's nothing more beautiful than the drive across Nebraska.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Yay Omaha!! We managed to escape Lincoln before Husker Fever began in earnest (this meant leaving at like 7:30 am, of course).

Nebraska really was beautiful. Tumbleweed!! I really miss the landscape already, as I've been driving through mountains today... they just aren't as friendly!
(no subject) - sjhw_tolerance on November 14th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
JAWNNYjupiterempath on November 12th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
dude, i am sorry you're in lincoln in the midst of husker fever. it's truly terrifying, by all accounts. lincoln has fun stuff though!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 14th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
It's unbelievable how sane they make sox fans look.