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Friday, November 11, 2005

Feedback Friday (#10)

Okay, here's one for ya . . .

According to my handy, dandy watch, I can see that it's Friday again, and that means the higher-ups here at Procrastination Station are gonna be breathing down my neck again to give them some more information about the reading public out there. What can ya do?

Yep, you guessed it - another installment of the much-appreciated, often-imitated but curiously never over-estimated "Feedback Friday". Before we get started, everyone say hello to Hamish the Highland Bull . . . he doesn't bite, but I wouldn't grab him by the horns if I were you.

Now, for Today's excursion into the unknown, I thought we would roll out our maps, dust off our passports and take a little trip. In honor of my new little link-map thingy (see it down there on the left-hand side of the page?), I thought it would be interesting to find out where we've all been and where we all want to go.

That's it, that's the assignment. I want to know all about the coolest, most amazing place you have ever visited. Tell us all about it. I want to smell the camels and taste the wine. (You've got to be careful not to mix those two up!) I also want you to fill us in on a place you would absolutely love to see before you die. And let's try to have a little restraint here and not all say Flatbedtruckville, Kansas . . . okay?

So, belly up to the bar and fill us in on all of your worldly travels and how they have impacted you.

This should be fun . . .

Ben O.


Blogger Sadie Lou said...


My favorite place I've been so far was Cabo San Lucas. It was livin' the high life. We drank margaritas in pool that overlooked the ocean, we played Tequilla Volleyball (if you make any kind of mistake or score a point--you drink), we layed in the warmest sun there is and ate breakfast for hours--including fresh squeezed juices...
I wanna go back.

Where I want to go:
Hawaii and my hubby promised a trip for ten year anniversary this coming August!

12:54 PM  
Blogger anne said...

I've lived in Algeria, Cameroon, France, Germany, Scotland, and Australia and I've loved it. The world is a beautiful place and I want to see the rest of it. But I'd also love to go into space.

2:33 PM  
Blogger The Other Half said...

my dream is to visit everybodydrivesanSUV town, just south of flatbedtruckville, kansas

2:46 PM  
Blogger beadinggalinMS said...

The most exciting place I have been to would be Daytona Beach Fl. I drove there last summer for the first time to visit my evil twin. I could not get enough of the beach there. It is so much different than the gulf here. One of these days when I am a filthy rich bitch and not so much a chicken I would love to fly to Paris and Greece.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Sadie - that sounds nice. Mexico is such a cool place . . . I have never been to Cabo San Lucas, but I have truly enjoyed myself each time I have been in that beautiful country. And hey, sipping super-sweet tropical drinks in the sun never hurts does it?

Anne - I am a tad jealous of your many lives. Okay, I admit it . . . I'm alot jealous. Favorite so far? It is probably hard to pick one special place, huh?

Wendi, Wendi, Wendi . . . you made the same mistake everyone else makes. EverybodydrivesanSUV is actually a little bit west of Flatbedtruckville. I hate to nitpick, but we don't want any hatemail from our beloved Kansas readers out there.


Beadster - Paris and Greece would be pretty darn cool, that's for sure. Look at it this way, people who live there probably dream about seeing the Gulf of Mexico. Okay, they probably don't but it sounded good.

Ben O.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Zube Girl said...

The coolest place I've been I think would be Grand Cayman. The people there were WONDERFUL and I live in a resort town, so I know how, erm, rude locals can be sometimes. I didn't experience any of that in Grand Cayman.

I'd like to go to Bermuda. I was born there but left when I was two, so needless to say, I remember none of it. I'd also like to visit anywhere in Africa.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Is there a word limit on these comments...? :-)
Grew up in SA but now live in Ireland. I've been to France, Germany, Cyprus, Canary Islands, Egypt, Belgium, Greek Islands and England. My favourite place is definitely the Greek Islands... sun, sea, good food, beautiful people and a lifestyle second to none. I still want to go to New York & Las Vegas, see the Rio Carnival and watch the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. And... and... and... so many places, so little time..!

7:31 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Zube Girl - Why is it that people act so bad to the locals when they travel? Breck totally rocks (that is where you live, right? Opening up some new acreage this season huh?) It would be cool to go back to Bermuda and see where you were born. If you go to Africa, can I come?


Terri - I absolutely love hearing about very worldly people like yourself that haven't been to the US. For some reason they always want to go to Las Vegas. I don't know why that just makes me smile. I hope you get the chance to come to New York and Vegas someday . . . I'm sure you will. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict that as cool as it is, Vegas won't knock the Greek Isles from your top spot.

Thanks for playing everyone - keep 'em coming.

Ben O.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Bhakti said...

The most exciting place I've ever been to was Laguna Beach, CA. The view (from the house) was spectacular!! 'Could just sit on the porch and stare at the waves rolling in and out all day!
I love any place where you can get lost in the scenery.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Yeah I don't know what the attraction is with Vegas exactly 'cos I don't really like to gamble - maybe it's because you can see the Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower all in one place. Coooool!!!

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey ben...sister o here. actually, sister c. :) i think one of the most amazing places i have ever been is israel. i went in 1998 during a relatively safe time period, and i was really surprised at how beautiful it is. i suppose it is somewhat safe for tourists most of the time, and it has to been the most interesting place to which i have ever traveled. and for my dream destination...definitely new zealand. i think it would be fascinating. i tried to talk my husband into it for our honeymoon, but we opted for central america instead. :)

have a great weekend!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Marel Lecone said...

I loved Europe. We were there for about ten days, my senior year of high school. As two seventeen years old, my best friend and I had the best time. Our first night (Maastricht, the Netherlands), we were able to stay in a hotel seperate from most of the others in the group. We felt like we were on our own. The window opened up large onto the street, only a few floors up . . . our legs hung down. We felt like locals looking down onto the street. The independence felt good. The whole trip was amazing.

I would love to go to Australia for a family vacation with my husband and kids someday.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Mine would have to be Phi Phi Island in Thailand. I went there earlier this year on an extremely drunken holiday.

The place was completely destroyed by the Tsunami, but the people are so friendly and the work they'd already done to rebuild the place was pretty inspiring.

Plus you know, it's in the middle of freaking paradise.

Also there's the greatest fire show on Earth every night at the Hippy Bar. Plus I got to drink myself stupid at low low prices.

11:59 PM  
Blogger kiwiruth said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes

12:42 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

New Zealand. We tried to move there in the 80s. Two main islands, almost the size of California, with only 3.5 million people. The whole country is clean, the people are nice, and you can catch fish. How cool is that?

Oh, and of course drinking heavily in Mexico is always fun.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Underachiever said...

I've been to Paris, France.

It was unbelievable. And it's so not true what they say about the French. They don't dislike Americans. They Flat out hate us.But they were nice about it.

I would like to go to Italy. Because of Monica Belluci.


PS Or I would like to go to Cowpatty Nebraska. Home of the, you guessed it, largest cow patty this side of New Jersey.

10:51 PM  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

I haven't been fortunate enough to travel outside South Africa, but I must say that Cape Town is beautiful. Don't forget about all the little towns just on the outskirts of Cape Town. If I could go anywhere, it would be Switzerland - don't know why, just always wanted to. New Zealand is also on my list.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm living in Cuzco, Peru right, will be here throguh next summer, and it's an incredibly interesting, beautiful and sad place.

Born in West Australia, grew up in NJ, have been lucky to visit every continent except Antarctica, but my favorite trip, bar-none, was when my two best friends and I took a month and a half off work last year and took our sweet time on the Trans-Siberian Express, from Beijing, China, across Mongolia, and slowly across Russia to St. Petersburg. Tuva, the Center of Asia, is about the scariest place on earth, and we got the heck out of a dodge when we saw a guy laid out by an abacus to the head.

Brazil, France, Egypt, that's where I want to go/

7:16 AM  
Blogger jenbeauty said...

Hubby and I got lost in Cancun on our honeymoon. However, we met a girl who was about 17 and she guided us to the best restaurant ever. Although, I think that may have been why we both were sick for several days after our return home!

I really want to see the South Pacific or Australia.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Whoa. Sister O. or C. is cool. She's been to Israel. I would love to go there and I would also love to see New Zealand--I'll let my freak flag fly proudly and admit that New Zealand sounds fun because they filmed The Lord of the Rings movies there and I wanna be a 6ft. tall hobbit...

10:02 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Bhakti - I've only been to California once and we didn't go to the beach. Instead we went to Universal Studios . . . pretty cool, but also sort of lame. (is that possible?)

Terri - Las Vegas is really, really an interesting place. My favorite thing to do there is to go to a lesser known casino at about 3 AM and just people watch. It is amazing the section of humanity that will cross your field of vision. Truly a place like no other. Oh, and it is probably the only place outside of Epcot center where you can see the New York Skyline, the Eiffel tower, a giant pyramid and a giant Space-needlish tower all in the same place.

Sis - so good to have ya chime in. Everyone say hello to my sister . . . Sister C. She just got married to a really great guy and is only now returning from the honeymoon. I agree that Israel sounds very interesting.

Marel - I agree on both accounts . . . Europe rocks and Australia is way high on my list.

Ben (other Ben) - Never been to Thailand, but according to everything I have heard, it promises to be a real adventure.

Ruth - no problem whatsoever.

Zombieslayer - Doesn't New Zealand just seem like the coolest place? I want to go flyfishing there like you wouldn't believe. I love watching the LOTR movies and seeing all that beautiful scenery . . . it almost looks computer generated at times.

Undr - I agree that Paris is truly one of the most amazing cities on Earth. I actually fell in love with the few people we were able to interact with. We were pretty much the textbook examples of un-french-speaking wide-eyed americans, but we had such a good time in their beautiful country.

Buddess - A good friend of mine went to a wedding in South Africa and came back saying that he wanted to move there. I hear it is a pretty nice place.

Chris - I always wanted to head down to South America . . . so many places to go and so little time (and money.)

Jenbeauty - Mexico is wonderful, isn't it? Resorts, cities, countryside . . . it has something for just about any type of vacation you want. I need to get back down there . . . it has been way too long.

Sadie - I agree, Sister C. is pretty cool.

Ben O.

10:30 AM  
Blogger trinamick said...

I've never been out of the States, sadly. I went to Vegas a couple of months ago, and that was fun. I would like to travel the world if I ever become independently wealthy. New Zealand, Scotland, Jamaica, Ireland, Australia, Italy - the list goes on and on.

2:03 PM  
Blogger anne said...

Yeah, it's hard to pick a favourite. Plus where you put me, I'm usually comfy, I'm easy like that. So... Algeria and Cameroon are where I grew up, so they have a very special place in that dried up prune of a heart I have; and Scotland and Oz, well. Scotland and Oz really.
Did I say I loved living in France? That's a lie. I'm trying to get out.

3:22 PM  
Blogger James O'Connor said...

Does the back of a 68' Cougar count?

8:00 PM  
Blogger DelBoy said...

Hi Ben,

I've seen most of Western Europe and a little of Africa. I've also been to Egypt, Israel and Turkey and a 2 week whirlwind tour in Australia.

Favourite place was definitely the Maldives!

Still plan to visit Vegas, NY and the Grand Canyon. Would love to do a coast-to-coast in Canada. New Zealand is on the books sometime too, but my next big trip is Peru. But I'll have to wait until 2007 because of the new edition to the family that's on the way!

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I have been very busy, but just had to chime in and mention a couple of my favorite places: The Great Wall of China totally gave me a sense of time and history, and it was beautiful also. Coming from the USA where anything 400 years old is "old", it was thrilling to see this 2000 year old project that actually took several centuries to complete, and it just winds like a great snake over the beautiful hills of China. And just for a lovely, relaxing trip, I really enjoyed the "highlands" of Scotland -- which by the way is the home of your friendly orange beast at the front of this post, Hamish the highland bull. Love ya, MOM

10:15 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Trin - there are alot of cool places right here in the good ole U S of A. All this talk about Vegas makes me want to go back. Anyone with me?

Anne - what's up with France? Why are you trying to get out?

Just curious . . .

James - I don't think so . . . let me check the rules.

Nope, sorry.

Del - I know. So many lives to live and so little time to do so. I didn't know you were expecting - now that is awesome.

Hey - it's Mom O. Everyone say hello. Mom, what took ya so long? Hasn't your computer been acting up? I had a blast in Scotland - that is a beautiful place, no doubt.

Ben O.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

My two favorite vacation locations were Cairo, Egypt and Mexico City, Mexico. Just got back from my third trip to MC and am kicking myself that there were 21 (or so years) between visits.

I flat out LOVE both places. I was in Egypt in 1995 and my aunt just called me the other day to see if I want to go back in Feb or March. I'd love to but I need to be good and not vacation until next year's MEXICO CITY trip.

Other than that I loved Grand Cayman, but probably because I got to swim with sting rays and hold them and kiss them and I'm pretty much a geek when it comes to wildlife.

12:12 PM  
Blogger anne said...

what's up with France? Why are you trying to get out?
How long have you got? ;)
Short answer is nothing, and/but I always wanted to live in an English-speaking country...

4:56 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Anne - sorry to hear that you are living somewhere that you don't actually want to be.

I sort of like the French language . . . it is the sound of romance. (That came out sounding pretty cheesy, didn't it?)

Ben O.

11:12 AM  
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