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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

 

Vicarious world travel

I spent Spring Break literally tied to a cubicle in Beaverton but I know a few people that not only managed to make it out of the the I-5 corridor but out of the state entirely. They traveled to distant, exotic destinations like...

...San Francisco. While the City o' Wine and Cheese Bars may only be 2.5 inches from northern Oregon on a National Geographic map, it's a world away from the town that beavers neither built or currently reside in. Sho spent a few days down there and returned to tell the tale. He also brought this with him:




When I hit a button in the base the air in my living room is magically filled with the merry tune that greets Link every time he uncovers a hidden passageway in the NES classic. It's exactly what my living room has been missing...that and a rug to tie it all together.




Shanna spent two weeks roaming the Japanese countryside with her boy-pal. She returned to Oregon with a Year of the Dog prayer card and a sushi sucker. I haven't tried it yet but I expect that it will taste exactly like salmon.

Interesting side note: the two of them visited the atomic bomb museum in Hiroshima. On their way out two locals stopped them. They asked her how the museum made her feel. "Um, sad," she replied, no doubt debating whether she should say they were from Toronto or Vancouver.

In an unexpected turn of events, they asked if she had "accepted Jesus Christ into her heart." Two words: Japanese. Mormons.

Finally, Pete recebtky returned from a month-long tour of Thailand and Cambodia where he danced to Guns n' Roses covers and hung around with live tigers. He brought with him this souvenir from Bangkok, a bootleg copy of Sin City.




There's a surprising lack of English typos on the cover and it's even letterboxed. The disc came with a glossy cover in a clear, plastic bag.

For more artifacts from far-flung locals, click here or here.

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