The Apocalyptic Effects of The Gouda Revisiting the Midwest...

I think I am just such an important person that I wonder sometimes if the world will suddenly fall apart if I remove my presence from the Pacific Northwest. Maybe I am the ONE thread in the tapestry of all life holding this whole damn mess we call planet Earth together, and by displacing the lifegiving, synergetic energies that I emit, I will somehow cause the planet to explode.

But enough about me, let's talk more about me:

I'll be leaving you lovely, awesome, amazing, hilarious, just as intelligent and witty as me Congenial Readers for about a week as I embark on a voyage to Champaign, IL.

Army is my best friend, and an awesome guy to put me up for a week. He even offered me some bug spray and some trail mix to use in the pup tent I'll be staying in at the campground 30 miles away. And perhaps the greatest concession ever offered to me by a host- he's only going to charge me $10 a minute for the use of his shower. And if I'm really prompt with my payment, I'll only need to make sure that I dig him a sprinkler system in his yard in exchange for an hour of social time!

That's what friends are for.

Can't wait to see ya, Buddy. :)

I'll see the rest of you all next week! Don't forget about me, dammit!


  1. Enjoy the rich and vertically challenged landscape of Illinois.

    "Prezzo Bene, Allison"

  2. matt-man, well said!

    Allie, have a safe journey! Can't wait to see ya!!

  3. Have fun while you're there and thanks for the links! They really helped!

    1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
    2. Liberal Quakers (96%)
    3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (92%)
    4. Neo-Pagan (87%)
    5. New Age (82%)
    6. Hinduism (82%)
    7. Orthodox Quaker (75%)
    8. Theravada Buddhism (74%)
    9. Mahayana Buddhism (73%)
    10. Sikhism (67%)
    11. Taoism (61%)
    12. Reform Judaism (60%)
    13. Jainism (58%)
    14. Secular Humanism (57%)
    15. Seventh Day Adventist (55%)
    16. Eastern Orthodox (55%)
    17. Roman Catholic (55%)
    18. New Thought (51%)
    19. Scientology (50%)
    20. Bah�'� Faith (49%)
    21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (45%)
    22. Orthodox Judaism (39%)
    23. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (38%)
    24. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (31%)
    25. Nontheist (30%)
    26. Jehovah's Witness (26%)
    27. Islam (24%)



    I will be waiting for a post telling us how you passed your times in Illinois!

  4. Bon Voyage, Allie! I'll be thinking of you as I enjoy the cultural richness of Nashville & St. Louis. Have I mentioned I really hate "new country?" If I'm really lucky, I'll run into Keith & Nicole.

  5. Stephen (um, Colbert) and I were just talking about your camping trip. He wants to remind you to be exceedingly careful. Bears, he says, are mindless killing machines.

    Me? I've never had a problem with bears. I do not enter the woods. I refuse to be more that 50 feet from a flush toilet.

    Enjoy your trip, young Gouda. And bring back lots of pictures.

  6. Hey, allie have a great time!!!

  7. I think I'd fall apart if you weren't around. At least in the world of blogging. I NEED YOU!!!

  8. Carrie (Carrie27000 from BBC)July 25, 2006 at 8:38 AM

    Are you kidding me? You were in Champaign?! I live in Urbana!! It's been a while since I've checked in on your blog, so I just read this today. Crazy!

  9. Carrie,

    My friend actually lives in Urbana as well, I just neglect to make the distinction between the two towns sometimes! LOL I should probably not do that anymore given that I've learned a little more about the places and their differences. :) Very cool that we were that close together! lol