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How fast is 95 kilometers in mph?

We took a sort of vacation last week. It was made a little more exciting by the flaky performance of our rental car--a Dodge Charger that hates hills as much as my regular car. Halfway through West Virginia it started to shudder and cry ding ding ding. Brian was driving. He asked me to look in the glove compartment. "What does the manual say about a blinking light that looks like a little fish?" Brian has a prescription for glasses but he doesn't wear them. We stopped a couple of times to let it rest, which seemed to help, and once we got close to DC it behaved normally until a week later when it started up again--this time in anticipation of hills to come since we hadn't hit Frederick yet. I am too cheap to try the chairs in the airport that jiggle you by the minute but now I guess I know what I've been missing. It wasn't all that relaxing seeing as how the manual warned about a sudden loss of power. It didn't specifically mention the interior filling with poisonous emissions or the car bursting into flames, but I could read between the lines.

In roughly chronological order: I also attended aramintamd's birthday party, visited the babysitter, cleaned a bunch of stuff, went to the Museums of American History and Natural History in DC and the aquarium in Baltimore (took Brian along for this for some fish identification review), sat in on a geriatric holiday sing-along, visited snewgeese3, visited my parents, visited Brian's parents, planted trees, and had a teensy HS reunion at the World Headquarters of trashpalace.com. Hmm. While it was happening I thought I was pretty busy, although it doesn't look like such a long list now.


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Dec. 2nd, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a fun time...

funny thing about those check-engine lights. Helps if you check the engine. :)
Dec. 2nd, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Did you see the Ocean Hall?!?
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was definitely worth the trip. The rotating globe-screen was my favorite new thing and I was happy to see my old friend the giant squid displayed more prominently than before. Everyone within a seven-hour drive should check it out!
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
ooh ooh! Science on a Sphere! The only times I've been near it, there have been so many people crowded around, I haven't gotten a chance to check it out.

Glad you loved it!
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
We went in mid-October (during the week), and the boys got up close and personal with the globe. We went down again on Friday, and it was a Zoo. Well, an aquarium ;-) We were able to get close to the globe by waiting behind the crew watching and getting in first for the next show. My boys were excited, my nephew (who is 8 and really enjoys museums, has probably been to more in 8 years than I have been in 40+!) decided to go see the rest of the hall. He liked the whale and some of the rest, and then went back for the end of the globe show. It did remind me of Illuminations at Epcot.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
"How fast is 95 kilometers in mph?"

The town of Mph Nebraska saw the growth of automobile bring disaster to many nearby small towns. Small towns they relied on coaches or horses needing to rest at the end of each day were far too close together witht he advent of teh modern automobile. Since those towns consisted of a little more than a Main street and a cross street they saw traffic come through town but hardly ever stop.

Mph thoguht the problem was people passing through town but not stopping. So the town annexed as much of the territory along side US 34 as possible, making the town nearly 60 miles long but less than a mile wide straddling the throughofare.

Unfortunately this did nothing to increase the towns population or facilities, so for a most of that distance
there is little to see apart from periodic signs reminding you you are in Mph, and to have a nice day.

Towards the end of a long trip, after barreling through town after town barely noticing the brief blink of buildings rushing by, those 95 kilometers go very slow indeed as you keep seeing signs along an empty road telling you you *still* in Mph, and the only rest room in town is 20 km back...
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