It's that time of year
- time for thru-hikers to start the Appalachian Trail! Last year, over 1700 hikers
started the hike with only 352 completing the 2,200 mile walk from Springer Mtn, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine. Given that walking the AT takes about six months, most hikers start in March and April so they can finish before winter sets in.
With town spread out along the trail, many hikers keep online journals
- probably some of the few blogs where what you had for breakfast and what the weather was like make for interesting topics.
posted by borkus
on Feb 29, 2004 -
Happy St George's Day.
Patron saint of England, Portugal, skin diseases and syphillis amongst other things. Saint George
may not have been English, or even have set foot in England, but a poll suggests
many English people would like his day to be more enthusiastically marked. There's even an online petition you can sign
in support of making St George's day a national holiday.The government
shows little interest though. What's wrong with being English, and why shouldn't we celebrate our national day properly?
posted by squealy
on Apr 23, 2003 -
Ye olde Axis of Evil
turns out to be, really, just an exercise in getting rid of Saddam (registration required). Not that I blame W but shouldn't we get a few other countries to back us up in a potentially long, protracted war? Could North Korea be right
posted by boardman
on Feb 13, 2002 -
Oooooh! Look! Bones!!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen, in conjunction with George Stetton
I am able to bring you, for your amusement and delight, the hand held Sonic Flashlight
. You should visit his homepage
. He does poetry
I don't know what you want this christmas but this has just gone into my top ten.
This will be my last post for a while as I'm off on holiday so have a good christmas
y'all. jingle jingle etc.....
posted by Spoon
on Dec 19, 2001 -
. In a fascinating sidelight, it turns out George Harrison and his brother Pete actually visited the U.S. for a couple of weeks in 1963
, visiting George's sister, who lived in a small town in rural southern Illinois. Lots of history was made there: He bought the album containing the original version of "Got My Mind Set On You," which he would cover 25 years later; he bought his first Rickenbacker guitar
, the sound of which would change rock music
, and little WFRX, West Frankfort, became the first U.S. radio station to play the Beatles, thanks to lobbying by George and his sister. Not to mention he played a nearby VFW dance, sitting in with local rockers the Four Vests. There's a Tom Hanks movie
in here somewhere. Not to mention the obligatory "George Slept Here" bed and breakfast
posted by luser
on Dec 3, 2001 -