As I compile a list of cities/places/landmarks/outposts/etc/etc/etc I want to visit/stop in/drive though I am keeping in mind which friends of mine live in these cities, and do I feel comfortable enough sleeping in their homes and eating their food. Mostly the answer is yes, except when I find a city like Phoenix, AZ that is possibly worth seeing but the only person I know living there was a friend from elementary school (possibly even nursery school) who I haven't had face to face contact with in at least 7 years. Facebook is such a falsity when it comes to "friends" and friends. Everyone seems to be your friend, but really more than 80% of people listed as friends on Facebook, are just "friends". Is it worth going to cities where I don't know anyone? Of course it is, it just means I have to work a little harder at getting the funds to stay in a hotel/motel for a night or two. That being said, this is the list of cities I have compiled where I have friends (not the kind in quote marks) living in or nearby.
Seattle, WA - Nicole G. (LiveJournal friend who I have not met)
San Francisco, CA - Brandon B. (Boston U. friend), Arash P. (LiveJournal friend), Jamila D. (Pomfret HS friend), Tamara L. (LiveJournal friend who I have not met)
Los Angeles, CA - Adrinne D. (Livejournal friend who I have not met)
San Diego, CA - Sarah Beth (LiveJournal friend), Shannon N. (LiveJournal friend)
Houston, TX - Theresa S. (LiveJournal friend), Nick L. (friend of life's randomness)
Jacksonville, FL - Nicole F. (LiveJournal friend who I have not met)
Moultrie, GA - Nathan B. (LiveJournal friend who I have not met - though he may not live in GA at the time this trip takes place)
Raleigh, NC - Karla (LiveJournal friend)
Washington, DC - Liz M. (PHS friend), Eddie S. (Southampton HS friend)
Philadelphia, PA - Asher S. (Facebook friend, seriously)
Fairfiend, CT - Caroline S. (PHS friend)
Boston, MA - Hope R. (SHS friend)
Portland, ME - Kevin F. (childhood friend), Cara G. (randomness friend)
Charlottetown, PE - Kelly H. (LifeJournal friend)
Port Huron and Detroit, MI - Kara B. (LiveJournal friend), Jennifer D. (LiveJournal friend)
Columbus, OH - Jen S. (randomness friend)
St. Louis, MO - Grandma, Aunt M., cousins and their children
Tulsa, OK - Grandma R. and Grandpa B.'s graves
Denver, CO - Cammy F. (PHS friend)
Now to plan an itinerary that includes as many of these cities worth going to as possible with stopover in other great cities worth going to along the way.
Do I need to bring my own pillow and toothpaste?