I’m in Such a State

Via David the “ruminator”, a meme:

Bold = been to
Italics = lived in

1) Alabama, 2) Alaska, 3) Arizona, 4) Arkansas, 5) California, 6) Colorado, 7) Connecticut, 8) Delaware, 9) Florida, 10) Georgia, 11) Hawaii, 12) Idaho, 13) Illinois, 14) Indiana, 15) Iowa, 16) Kansas, 17) Kentucky, 18) Louisiana, 19) Maine, 20) Maryland, 21) Massachusetts, 22) Michigan, 23) Minnesota, 24) Mississippi, 25) Missouri, 26) Montana, 27) Nebraska, 28) Nevada, 29) New Hampshire, 30) New Jersey, 31) New Mexico, 32) New York, 33) North Carolina, 34) North Dakota, 35) Ohio, 36) Oklahoma, 37) Oregon, 38) Pennsylvania, 39) Rhode Island, 40) South Carolina, 41) South Dakota, 42) Tennessee, 43) Texas, 44) Utah, 45) Vermont, 46) Virginia, 47) Washington, 48) West Virginia, 49) Wisconsin, 50) Wyoming, and 51) Washington, DC.

Nearly all of those visits come from one of five trip types:

  1. Family vacations to Yellowstone and D.C., which took us to see old colleagues of Dad’s along the way.
  2. Hockey trips last year.
  3. My work trip to Jersey.
  4. The United States Air Force moving us.
  5. Trips to visit family.

I’m hard-pressed to think of any state outside of Florida [three notable trips: missions to Tampa, a Shuttle flight senior year at MSMS, and a Disneyworld trip when I was a wee tyke] that doesn’t fit in the above.

I need to go out west and up into the Northeast.


  1. The really sad thing, Grant, is that, unless I’m forgetting somewhere you live before I knew you, you’ve really only lived in the southern half of Ohio. That you’ve been so many places from that one spot amuses me. 🙂

  2. Awww, come on, Dayton’s all of 60 miles from the banks of the Ohio. That’s pretty southern to me. 😉

    And again, reading this entry gives me wanderlust and the concurrent desire to move … not that I will anytime soon.

  3. I’ve got Arizona, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont on you. You’ve got Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, and South Carolina on me. Only ever lived in Ohio, though.

  4. Hey, I live in Columbus for now, so central Ohio. 🙂 (A whole 76 miles to the East…) And don’t for a second call Dayton “Southern Ohio”…. That’s something else entirely…
    I love to visit other states, but it’s always good to be back home. I can think of only a few places I’d consider living by choice. (I’m personally fond of Eastern Idaho and the Florida Keys. Sadly, they each have their weather problems [snow and huricanes, respectively], and there’s not much work in either place.)

  5. Does visiting a state via only the airport count? If so then I can add Texas and Colorado to my list (admittedly short — Washington, Oregon, California, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Hawaii)

  6. Well, I would normally think about discounting that, Brad, but my trip through Delaware was me driving around, looking for a gas station with an ATM so I could get a little cash [I needed some]. I was in the state for, oh, 30 minutes.

  7. I honestly couldn’t remember, Dad. I even pulled out a map once, when I was looking at how many states I’d visited a couple years back, to see if we’d driven through. I couldn’t find anything that would convince me that we had.

  8. I’m not sure if I would count it if you never left the airport. For example, technically I’ve been inside the physical confines of the UK. However, I never got off the plane, so I don’t count it. Now, on my list, both New Hampshire and Rhode Island were mostly used for their “suburban Boston” airports, but I did leave the airport, rented a car, and drove out of the state. (In Rhode Island, I’d say I probably saw most of the state.)

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