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Stone of stumbling and rock of offense
wordweaverlynn

POLL: Road Trip!

I'm getting ready for a road trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in beautiful Ashland. (I haven't been to Ashland, but the pictures on the Internet show that it's gorgeous. Also, any place with that much Shakespeare is beautiful by definition.)

I have a great deal to do, so of course I have spent an hour making a poll

Poll #1585320 Road Trip!

You're going on vacation! You prepare by:

Throwing some clothes in a suitcase.
0(0.0%)
Making too many lists.
1(2.3%)
No need to make lists. You already have a standard list of everything you need to do and take.
0(0.0%)
Getting a few recommendations for restaurants and sights.
0(0.0%)
Buying a lot of new clothes, getting your hair cut, and sprucing up a bit.
0(0.0%)
Regenerating your liver for the assault to come.
0(0.0%)
I'd rather go in blind. It's more fun.
0(0.0%)
Googling something.
0(0.0%)
My significant other does it all.
0(0.0%)
Trying to clear up things at home/work so you can take time off.
0(0.0%)
Making appropriate mix CDs for the drive.
0(0.0%)
Obsessively learning everything you can about the area's culture, history, cuisine, famous crimes, and/or natural history
0(0.0%)
Creating Eisenhower-invading-Europe-style plans for every moment of the trip.
1(2.3%)
I never go anywhere.
0(0.0%)
Something else, which I will explain in comments.
0(0.0%)

The most important things to know about where I'm going:

Who I am visiting/traveling with -- vacation is about being with people
2(4.8%)
The practical stuff: weather, reservation numbers, roads and transit, etc.
1(2.4%)
Does it have wifi? Can I recharge my netbook?
0(0.0%)
My only interest is in the comfort of the hotel beds and the strength of the drinks
0(0.0%)
The geology. I must identify the rocks!
0(0.0%)
The natural history. I must identify the trees and birds!
0(0.0%)
The Social Register! I must identify the rich and famous!
0(0.0%)
The discounts! I must identify the best bargains!
0(0.0%)
How many miles per gallon I get going there.
0(0.0%)
Something else, which I will explain in comments.
1(2.4%)

I always find out the location of the best...

Restaurants
0(0.0%)
Museums
1(2.4%)
Nightclubs
0(0.0%)
Bookstores
1(2.4%)
Beaches
0(0.0%)
Craft shops (which type?)
0(0.0%)
Hiking trails, ski slopes, and other places for strenuous physical exertion
0(0.0%)
Cultural events
0(0.0%)
Public bathrooms. You'd be amazed at how much pleasure this adds to any vacation
1(2.4%)
McDonalds, Burger Kings, and other fast-food places
0(0.0%)
Babysitting service
0(0.0%)
Internet cafes
0(0.0%)
Amusement parks
0(0.0%)
Poker games
0(0.0%)
Something else, which I'll explain in comments
1(2.4%)

On vacation, I want to...

Sleep
0(0.0%)
Sightsee
0(0.0%)
Shop
0(0.0%)
Sex
0(0.0%)
Something that doesn't start with S
0(0.0%)
Absorb the local culture
0(0.0%)
Party
0(0.0%)
Meet new people
0(0.0%)
Enjoy nature
0(0.0%)
Hunt and/or fish
0(0.0%)
Get a lot of exercise
0(0.0%)
Sit in a rocking chair and read
0(0.0%)
Eat really well without having to cook or do dishes
0(0.0%)
Visit friends and family
0(0.0%)
Something else, which I will explain in comments
0(0.0%)

I absolutely have to take...

As little as possible
1(2.3%)
Something to read
0(0.0%)
A craft project
0(0.0%)
Trip munchies!
0(0.0%)
Laptop and power cable
0(0.0%)
Phone and charger
0(0.0%)
Other electronic equipment and charger
0(0.0%)
Fabulous clothes and jewelry
0(0.0%)
Lots of shoes
0(0.0%)
Medications and medical equipment (CPAP, e.g.)
0(0.0%)
Sporting equipment
0(0.0%)
A bathing suit
0(0.0%)
OK, a lot of things to read. But I try to keep it under 20 pounds.
0(0.0%)
Something else, which I'll explain in comments
0(0.0%)

The best way to ruin a vacation is...

Try to do too many activities
0(0.0%)
Loll around and waste your time
0(0.0%)
Fight about what to do and whether to do it
1(2.3%)
Forget essential and expensive things
0(0.0%)
Get lost
0(0.0%)
Get sick
1(2.3%)
Get stranded by strikes, bad weather, transit woes, revolutions, or natural disasters
0(0.0%)
Get called for jury duty and be unable to go at all.
0(0.0%)
Have an accident.
0(0.0%)
Overindulge.
0(0.0%)
Underindulge.
0(0.0%)
Argue with your companions.
0(0.0%)
Visit family members.
0(0.0%)
Dwell on minor problems. Think of them as adventures!
0(0.0%)
Something else, which I will explain in comments
0(0.0%)


As for all those disasters in the last question? You'd be amazed at how many have happened to me.

Since I wrote that post, I've had some wonderful trips, but I've also had the trip from hell, the one where I spent six days having norovirus in a motel room. But I still have fun almost every time I travel. The ice storm in Arkansas did not ruin that trip for me. The other disasters have mostly been fun. I do hope, however, that abostick59 can postpone the jury duty. I really want him to come on this trip.
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