Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Go everywhere that Hank Snow went too "I've been Everywhere Man"



I was totin' my pack
Along the dusty Winnemucca road
When along came a semi
With a high and canvas covered load
"If you're going to Winnemucca, Mack
With me you can ride."
So I climbed into the cab
And then I settled down inside
He asked me if I'd seen a road
With so much dust and sand
And I said,
"Listen, Bud I've traveled
Every road in this here land."

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Cross the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere.

Been to Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo,
Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla, I'm a killer.

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Cross the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere.

Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana,
Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana,
Monterey, Ferriday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa
Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa,
Tennessee, Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake,
Grand Lake, Devil's Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete's sake;

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Round the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere.

Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
Shefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport,
Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond do Lac, Davenport,
Idaho, Jellicoe, Argentina, Diamontina,
Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean, sir;

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Round the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere.

Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravellburg, Colorado,
Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado,
Larrimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chattanika,
Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City, what a pity;

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Round the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man

"I know some place you haven't been."

I've been everywhere.

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Now, some of these places are not in USA.

Also, this is not a list of  92 places.

There 25 places called Buffalo, two of them not in USA. Which one of them does Hank mean?
All of them.

There are 16 different Bangors in the world.

Nevertheless, I think Waterloo might be the biggest "problem" here.
The original Waterloo is in Belgium.
There are places called Waterloo in Antarctica, Australia (4), Canada (3), New Zealand, Sierra Leone, UK (7) and US (about 29 or so).

Or perhaps Springfield. There's 6 in Australia, one in Belize, 6 in Canada, 2 in Ireland, 1 in New Zealand, 1 in South Africa, a dozen in UK, 45 in USA and one in Virgin Islands.

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So, how to do this?

1. Write a list of all the places mentioned in the song.
Alaska
Amarillo
Argentina
Atmore
Bakersfield
Baltimore
Bangor
Baraboo
Barranquilla
Black Rock
Boston
Buffalo
Cadillac
Catalina
Cedar City
Charleston
Chaska
Chattanika
Chicago
Chicopee
Colorado
Costa Rica
Crater Lake
Davenport
Dayton
Devil's Lake
Diamontina
Dodge City
Eldorado
Ellensburg
Fargo
Ferriday
Fond do Lac
Glen Rock
Grand Lake
Gravellburg
Hackensack
Haverstraw
Hennessey
Houston
Idaho
Jacksonville
Jellicoe
Kalamazoo
Kansas City
Kingston
Knoxville
La Paloma
Larrimore
Little Rock
Louisiana
Louisville
Mattawa
Minnesota
Monterey
Nashville
Nebraska
Oklahoma
Ombabika
Opelika
Oskaloosa
Ottawa
Padilla
Panama
Parkersburg
Pasadena
Pittsburgh
Pittsfield
Reno
Rexburg
Salvador
Santa Fe
Sarasota
Shefferville
Shreveport
Sioux City
Spirit Lake
Springfield
Tallapoosa
Tampa
Tennessee
Texarkana
Tocopilla
Toronto
Tulsa
Vicksburg
Washington
Waterloo
Waterville
Wichita
Winnemucca
Winslow
2. Get a largish world map, and start pinning these places on the map. Maybe you decide after the 20th Jacksonville, that that wasn't a good idea after all... :-D
You could decide to only go on the places that are in America. (That's the continent of America, not USA. Though you can decide to only do USA as well.)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Oh, the brand new year! The 365 unspoiled days just waiting to be filled with amazing adventures!

What does those lines make you think? What was the first fleeing thought?
Write it down and do your best to make it happen.

It's not stupid or impossible. It is a true indication of that this is what you SHOULD be doing.

I have been saying it for years, and this year I say it once again. Perhaps one of these days someone will hear me. Perhaps one of these days that someone is me :-D
(No, joke aside, I have heard me and I KNOW this to be true. Which is why I keep saying it over and over again.)

YOUR DREAMS ARE UNIQUE TO YOU.

There are people out there who share some of your dreams, but you are the only person who has ever existed on this planet with the exact wish combination you have!

And whether you believe it or not,
YOU WERE MADE 
TO MAKE THOSE DREAMS COME TRUE.

Where ever you were born, how ever you look, which ever culture you were born into and grew up in, what ever kind of childhood you had, who ever has been in your life, what ever horrible things and amazing things you have experienced, your talents, your interests, every little detail in your life was custom created to give you the best possible circumstances, options, resources to reach your dreams.

Now, this might be harder for you to believe, if you don't believe in gods, fate, or other such things, but, frankly, IF YOU DON'T, IT'S EVEN EASIER, BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU ARE THE MAKER OF YOUR OWN LIFE.

Of course, you didn't have any choice in where you where born and to whom, and very little influence in your life when you were a child, but a lot of us stay in that childlike "powerlessness", the blessed freedom of not having any real responsibilities and obligations, and the wonderful option of always being able to blame someone else.
Unfortunately, that freedom ended when you got out of puberty.
Every adult person has chosen to stay in the situation they are in.

I'm not advocating you kill your family, change your identity and start a new life somewhere no-one knows you,
or refusing to follow the rules the society has agreed to follow, that is, things like laws, rules and regulations and common decency.

But no-one may try to force you to live anywhere you don't want to live. No-one may try to force you to do a work you don't want to do, have hobbies you don't want to do, read books you don't want to read, etc. etc. This goes for every aspect of your life.

People have been able to walk away from abusing family members and slavery, from cults and countries. People have been able to achieve amazing things without legs and arms, without seeing, hearing or being able to talk. People have been able to achieve things paralyzed from neck down and suffering from painful, incurable diseases. You really don't have any excuses.

Most of us aren't in situations like that, which makes the excuses even more stupid.
Either you admit that you don't really want to do "that", or you admit you are inventing excuses and avoiding doing "that". There really are no other options.

Of course, as I just said, the things that move your heart and awaken the desire, the things that make you go "I wish I'd..." or "I want to do that too!", ARE true indications of what is meant for you, and saying "I guess I don't really want to do that after all", is not what I am saying here. What I am saying is that you need to find the CORE of the dreams.
Like, I want to be Oprah. Or not, really. I don't want to have a talkshow in USA and DO all the things Oprah has done to make her Oprah. What I MEAN when I say "I want what Oprah has!", is that I want to be able to influence people to do good, to know their own power, I want to educate people, remove the ignorance and indifference, I want to be able to move people and make people engaged, and I want her money and resources to be able to help even more people.
And I also want a big, nice house, land property, servants to take care of the house, the gardens and the animals, all the books I can wish for, Loubotin shoes and spaniels. :-D