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Iowa, day ?? [Jul. 7th, 2000|09:12 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Still in Iowa. Time is frozen. I never know what day it is. Observations for the day:
  • People don't often lock their cars or houses. People often leave their keys in their car.
  • There are lots of fireflies here. I've never seen fireflies elsewhere.
  • I now know where the term "clotheslined" comes from. Many people here dry their clothes from metal lines hanging in their yard, hung at neck height. Play baseball in the backyard and run for a ball ... BOOM! I said, "Watch out, Ryan ... don't want to get clotheslined." Then I think .. "oh shit ... clotheslined. That makes more sense." I mean, I guess I'd just never thought about it, growing up in rainy-land where nobody uses clotheslines.
Not much excitement today. Ate at Bob's. Went to Walmart: bought a new sexy portable CD player (haven't bought a new one since my very first 1st-generation one, when Sony first introduced them ... didn't have skip protection or anything). Enjoying that. Met a bunch of 2nd and 3rd cousins that I'd never met before on my dad's side. Ryan and Cole are now here and they're being annoying and invading my basement area. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: garrettpalm
2000-07-08 01:46 am (UTC)

Re: Fireflies

I've seen them in Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland. Pretty any humid place.
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[User Picture]From: lilliane
2000-07-08 07:07 am (UTC)

Re: Fireflies

Vote for Georgia - yeah...

I'm a west coast transplant to Georgia and I'd never seen them before either. Everyone local calls them "lightning bugs" and look at me funny when I say firefly. Go figure..

;-)
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From: flyr1017
2000-07-08 08:35 am (UTC)

Re: Fireflies

We have em in Delaware too
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[User Picture]From: nick
2000-07-08 08:46 am (UTC)

Re: Fireflies

did anyone say wisconsin, michigan and minnesota... I've seen them there...
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[User Picture]From: mephistom
2000-07-08 10:03 am (UTC)

Re: Fireflies

They're in Ohio, too. Huge swarms of them out in the farm fields. Sometimes they blink in unison, it's eerie.
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[User Picture]From: viola
2000-07-08 10:35 am (UTC)

Re: Fireflies

Yeah, we've got those luminescent bitches in New York too. :-)
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From: charitycam
2000-07-07 10:35 pm (UTC)
I use a clothes line all summer long here in Seattle. Just not a metal wire, but none the less some of us people use them :) As a matter of fact I just got done taking clothes off the line and folding them and putting them away :)
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[User Picture]From: blythe
2000-07-08 12:07 am (UTC)
Wallmart, eh? Going into the big city? :P Your Iowa speak is getting better... clotheslined. heh
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2000-07-08 01:15 am (UTC)

fireflies

i have grandparents in indiana. whenever i would visit them, there was always fireflys. i thought they where some of the coolest things i ever saw.

i was young and foolish then, i'm old and foolish now.
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[User Picture]From: petit_chou
2000-07-08 02:31 am (UTC)

Re: fireflies

Confidentially, I never called you "babydoll."
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2000-07-08 04:31 am (UTC)
You need to catch on of those fireflies
If you squish em up the glowin shit still glows for a little while. I once tried to make my sidewalk glow... didnt work
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[User Picture]From: mely
2000-07-08 08:54 am (UTC)

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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SQUISHING LIGHTENING BUGS IS FUN!!!

i said that to someone else and they were like ummm no i don't kill bugs... blah people put em in jars... at least you stop the long term suffering....

OH and they have them in pennsylvania and illionis as well, but not texas
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[User Picture]From: magicwoman
2000-07-08 08:31 am (UTC)

Lightening Bugs Is The proper Term

If you are going country - "Lightening Bugs" is the proper term for those groovy fireflys. Growing up in a military family and being bounced all over the south - I believe that is where those bugs hang out. Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North and South Carolina . . .

Hope you enjoy your visit to the country - been to the Desta Cup yet (or Tastey Freeze)?
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[User Picture]From: mely
2000-07-08 08:58 am (UTC)

Re: Lightening Bugs Is The proper Term

oh yea and arkansas they have em too...


i live in houston and as we don't have "FIREFLIES" here, i did not learn that term here... i learned lightening bugs in pennsylvania in like philiadelphia... i don't know why "lightening bugs" is a country term as like none of my family in pennslyvania lives in the country and that is where i got it from...
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From: hcuta
2000-07-10 01:29 pm (UTC)

cd player..

I would have figured a wired/techie guy like you would have a portable MP3 cd player by now... I got one a while ago and can't imagine listening to one of those old fashioned (Iowan?) cds with less than 100 songs on it... :)
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-07-11 06:16 pm (UTC)

Re: cd player..

too lazy to research the best one. suggestions?
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From: hcuta
2000-07-12 08:34 am (UTC)

Re: cd player..

Well, there is only 1 out right now, the Genica/MPTrip, same unit sold by two different companys... genicia can be found here http://www.compgeeks.com/mp3/portable/
and the mptrip is here
http://www.easybuy2000.com

The mptrip is $15 more, but when I ordered mine they had some available while compgeeks was on back order.

The unit itself is pretty cheap feeling, and some people have had problems with it, but mine has worked fine for the 3 weeks I've had it. It reads files from the disk in sequential order of burning, not by directory structure, which isn't too cool, but not all that bad either.. Alltogether I'm pretty happy with mine, but it is a first generation product that's only $100...
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-07-12 11:26 am (UTC)

Re: cd player..

Hrm, doesn't sound too cool. Plus, any CD I burn I like to listen to in my car also. I've been on the waiting list for the Empeg for quite some time.
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From: hcuta
2000-07-12 11:44 am (UTC)

Re: cd player..

It's not too bad... neat toy for $100, I'm waiting for the aiwa car deck to come out, it should be nice..

I actually had my parents sign me up on the empeg waiting list back in 1964, I should be coming up sometime soon :)
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