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My experiences as a Northern transplant down in Chapel Hill, NC, 2005. And now my experiences back up in NYC.

Monday, April 04, 2005

A bender around the South

Hi Everybody!!!

I need your help. I'm planning a road trip around the south and I want it to be directed by a bunch of random people. That means you (and your friends.) I've created an outline which I would like to reasonably stick to. So feel free to comment on what I should do in each city, what or who I should take a picture with, ... Be as creative as you can be. Think of this as an experiment in geekyness/art/blogging/community/....

Go for it!

I'm planning a Southern Road Trip and I need some feedback. I want to make this trip interactive for a web audience. I'm gonna blog/photoblog it, so think of things you would like to see me do, and I'll snap a picture of it (within Vinnie's reason.) Think of it as a roadtrip that the you, the web community builds for me.

Chapel Hill -> Atlanta
Wed 4.20 (yes, i know)
6.5 hrs

Chill with Todd (Port Wash. folk)

Atlanta -> New Orleans
(Stop in Mobile, Alabama, other thoughts?)
Sat 4.23
7.5 hrs

New Orleans -> Austin
(Stops in Baton Rouge and Houston)
Sun 4.24
9.5 hrs

Chill with Brandon and Evan H (EB folks)

Austin -> San Antonio
Mon 4.25
1.5 hrs

Chill with Evan Z. (BU folk)

San Antonio -> Memphis
(Stop in Little Rock)
Wed 4.27
11.5 hrs

Memphis -> Chapel Hill
(Stop in Nashville)
Thur 4.28
12 hrs

Chapel Hill -> D.C.
(Stay with Thomas again if he's down for it)
Sat 4.30
4.5 hrs

D.C. -> New York City
(maybe stop in Philly and see Josh)
Sun 5.1
4.0 hrs

I'm also in need of a place to crash/people to hang out with in New Orleans and Memphis, let me know if you can hook me up.

I'm planning to add a geek factor to this road trip, maybe something like an hourly photoblog, any ideas?

If you can think of a creative thing for me to do in each city, I'll take a photo of it. Be creative, be funny, don't be gross. Post your ideas below.


  • At 4/04/2005 1:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Recreate this photo. I'm not giving you any further instruction. You'll have to figure it out.

    Extra points for looking as road-wearied and unwashed.

    - Brian H.

  • At 4/04/2005 1:39 AM, Blogger Vincent said…

    Well, does anybody know where the place pictured above is? (From Brian H's posting.)

  • At 4/04/2005 2:41 AM, Blogger Roonie said…

    I don't know anything about the south. But law school sucks, don't go.

  • At 4/04/2005 6:02 AM, Blogger Nam LaMore said…

    sounds like you've planned a fun trip .. when in atlanta, be sure to take the CNN tour, it's worth it. also, when you're in NYC, try to get onto the letterman show, i got on a couple of times and had a blast (but you get let out very late).

  • At 4/04/2005 9:48 AM, Anonymous goodbar said…

    I'm not sure where it is, but you should try to go to Big Bend National Park in Texas...cause I've always wanted to go there.

    Also, there are supposedly some really depressed areas around Shreeveport, LA where they've tried to introduce riverboats--could you get a photo of you playing a slot on a riverboat? You may be the only non-local, non-gambling-addicted customer.

  • At 4/04/2005 10:10 AM, Blogger Evan Z said…

    Dont pee on the alamo, ozzy was banned for 20 years

    -Evan Z. not even

  • At 4/04/2005 10:30 AM, Blogger Andy said…

    I have been to many of the places of which you speak.

    First off, check out roadsideamerica.com
    It's where i found out about Anniston, Alabama. They have BOTH a life-size fiber-glass elephant and the World's Largest Chair. The site has tons of fun roadside attractions you might like to check out.

    Anyway, here's some more info from my personal experience.

    check out Athens, GA on your way to Atalnta. It is a cool college town (and where REM, B52s etc. are from).

    In between Atlanta and Nawlins ... drive fast! (but not too fast)

    New Orleans: Go on the guided tour of the Superdome. It's walking distance from the French Quarter and fun. Go to Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter (everyone knows where it is) and eat benigets (sp?). Go to a Cemetery. The "haunted" guided tours are rip-offs. Drink Abita beer. Skip the casino. The D-Day museum is cool.

    Austin: Go see a show at Emo's. Skip Stubbs; get some BBQ at the Iron Skillet on Red River and Chavez. Check out Buffalo Billiards. See if you can find the Steveie Ray Vaughan statue in a nearby city park. Definitely check out the Whole Foods Mega-Supermarket (or as I came to call it, the Mothership). It is currently the most modern and famous supermarket in the world. It's on 5th and Lamar.

    On the way from Memphis, stop in Nashville. Check out the "Batman" building. you'll know which one it is.

    DC is our nation's capital. Visit the Spy Museum, it's nifty.

  • At 4/04/2005 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Vin! In New Orleans, take a picture with a horn-playing jazzy jazz man - you holding a sign with huge letters saying "I pooped in his horn."

  • At 4/04/2005 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Also, somewhere in the south, find a nice chili place and stage a photo of you eating the chili hastily with an assembled crowd going nuts as if rooting you on in a chili-eating contest.


  • At 4/04/2005 6:07 PM, Anonymous The only IBMer on the terror watch list said…

    Here are the 10 commandments for your trip: 1)Each picture you take MUST have you holding the confederate flag. 2) You must chew Skoal 3) You must return with 11 less teeth 4) You must go to Graceland. 5) You can only drive a pick-up truck. 6) Said pick-up truck must have a big ass # on the back window. 7)You must stop by at each Nascar track along your route. 8)Marry your sister. 9) Grow a mullet. 10)I heard of some place down south (i.e. anywhere south of exit 3 of the Joisey Turnpike)where you get a 72oz steak. You must take a picture of that.

  • At 4/04/2005 7:46 PM, Anonymous Liz said…

    Vinnie have a good time! Let me know if you need me to find you a hotel. :) I've never been to any of those places so I'm jealous.

  • At 4/04/2005 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    1. don't forget those ducks in texas that Mueller likes
    2. go cum on another girl's leg in new orleans behind that bar.
    3. mount a digital camera on your car, have it take pictures every 30 seconds, save it to a disk and make a movie out of it.
    ps. you may as well make philly a real stop on your trip. we'll go to the LB.

  • At 4/05/2005 1:34 PM, Blogger Vincent said…

    Josh, you are a genius. The digi cam idea is amazing. I was just discussing it with a few friends over lunch, and now I will be building a hood mounted webcam with a live feed though my 'mobile office' that you love to make fun of. Everybody, be prepared for vinnie.net on 4/20.

  • At 4/05/2005 4:23 PM, Blogger Tree Trunk Ho Slappa said…

    What does josh mean:

    go cum on another girl's leg in new orleans behind that bar.

    I want to break up.

  • At 4/05/2005 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Vinnie -

    Don't leave until I get a chance to spend some time on this... I got the Atlanta to New Orleans route covered.

    Roll Tide!!

    -Grant Elgin

  • At 4/05/2005 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Vinnie -

    Don't leave until I get a chance to spend some time on this... I got the Atlanta to New Orleans route covered.

    Roll Tide!!

    -Grant Elgin

  • At 4/06/2005 12:42 PM, Anonymous Tom said…

    Hey Vin, on your way above the MasonDixon, come visit us in Pittsburgh, but before you do, I'd definitely visit Joe's (Stone) Crab House in Ft. Lauderdale

  • At 4/06/2005 4:12 PM, Blogger todd said…

    Vin --
    Athens is good idea -- That's where the brewfest is the weekend before. I wish I knew more folks up there, but it's been 4 years since I've been in college -- hopefully, the people I knew are graduated and gone.

    That picture that is on the first post is in Nashville, home to Country Music Hall of Fame -- and Johnny Cash(R.I.P) -- The picture is probably by his first recording studio. You'll find some great music and bars in Nashville.

    I have to figure out how to entertain you in Atlanta -- I don't know if CNN Tour would be on the list though -- I hate Ted -- And you've been to the World of Coke (I have pictures.) We'll hit some classic food, strip joints, bars and clubs. Stone Mountain might be on the list -- you'll hear see some classic rednecks waving thier rebal flags and singing dixie (no lie).

  • At 4/07/2005 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Two things you have to do between Atlanta and New Orleans:

    Pick Cotton - I want pictures

    & take a picture of Kudzu. Try to find kudzu in the shape of things. You'd be surprised how easy it will be to find kudzu in the shape of people or cars or whatever. If you find a mimosa in the kudzu you get extra points. If you don't know what kudzu is, you'll have to ask the locals. Ask them if they know the story about where kudzu came from. If they don't, I'll tell you later.

    A couple of really good fast food places around Birmingham are Milo's hamburgers - I love these things - they are only in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa - you'll start seeing them once you hit Leeds, AL. Get the sweet tea - probably the best anywhere. Actually, if you are hungry once you get to Birmingham, stop at the Irondale exit. Milo's is there and Golden Rule BBQ is there too. Golden Rule is great. Go inside to eat. Freak out while your eating. Shake your head back and forth and scream "Whew! That's goooood!!" Raise both hands in the air with food in them and chew with your mouth open - like big chomps - while you wave the food in your outstretched hands back and forth. - I want video.
    If you decide to go through Tuscaloosa - Dreamland BBQ is rediculously good.
    I'll tell you about dreamland later if I decide to suggest you go that way after I talk to my brother. He'll have some good ideas on what to do and whether to go through Tuscaloosa or go down to Mobile.

    - Grant

  • At 4/07/2005 4:03 PM, Anonymous Briana said…

    In Atlanta, I would recommend the Coke tour. I don't think it's too expensive and it's fun. Unfortunately my knowledge of the southeast is limited. Enjoy your trip!

  • At 4/14/2005 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    1.) I was gonna suggest the Coke museum in Atlanta, but Briana beat me to the punch. But I heard you can try Celery flavored soda from Taiwan or some shit.
    2.) You'll be in New Orleans during the Jazz Festival...supposedly one of the coolest music fests in the country...go see the Meters there.
    3.) I can't believe you never told Kristine about the time you came all over that girls leg in N.O. My question..how did you keep all your Vin-juice contained to one leg. Your dick's like a firehose. (Which is why Kristine will never actually break up with you)

  • At 4/19/2005 5:45 PM, Anonymous The Styles said…

    I would take a photo of you punching a homeless guy in each destination, you know, so you will be teaching a lesson as you travel.

  • At 4/23/2005 6:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm probably too late - but you can stop at my brother's studio -Synchromesh Studios and record a song while you are in B'Ham. The studio is maybe 5 minutes off the highway. This is a seriously good idea - I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Let me know if you want to do that. I'll set it up.


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