Road Trip

A few of us have discussed on occasion the possibility of road tripping to Valdosta the last weekend in June. The comments to this post shall serve as the home for discussions of same, including of course Dale’s verification that the idea and date still work. Who’s in? Shall we host a seminar while present? If so, what topic?

43 Thoughts on “Road Trip

  1. dale on May 31, 2009 at 9:12 am said:

    Still works for me. GCL’s birthday is July 1, which is a Wednesday. July 4 is Saturday, and it’s kind of a good weekend to come, since many of the kids go home and things slow down a bit. But any weekend works.

  2. Turff on May 31, 2009 at 10:29 am said:

    The weekend of the fourth is a family thing for me. That’s part of why I was aiming for the weekend before.

  3. jeff on June 2, 2009 at 1:21 am said:

    I’ll have to avoid July 4, but other than that, I’m up for it.

  4. turff on June 2, 2009 at 6:42 am said:

    Sounds like the count for the weekend of June 27 is currently at 2. Marc? Jobie? Terry, I’m guessing that car trips can be problematic, but you’re invited just the same. Anyone else?

  5. marc on June 2, 2009 at 8:30 am said:

    Sure, I’m there. I’m unsure, however, about the effort involved in staging a true Dada event. The “seminar,” I mean. Surely we’re not presuming to take it, and therefore ourselves, seriously.

  6. dale on June 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm said:

    Jobie is already there with me.

  7. dale on June 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm said:

    I don’t see why we shouldn’t present a serious seminar. “Come discuss Joseph Campbell and see how Mr. Lyles and his friends use the Hero’s Journey to inform their lives.”. Or some such.

  8. jeff on June 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm said:


  9. marc on June 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm said:

    But Joseph Campbell hasn’t informed my life for years.

    (They all intone: “And that’s when it started going down the drain!”)

  10. turff on June 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm said:

    Who’s Joseph Campbell?

  11. turff on June 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm said:

    (I almost used “whose”, just to be sure to annoy everyone)

  12. Marc can be our counterexample.

  13. And since I know he’s doing it anyway and is just debating whether to post it…

    “counter sex sample”

  14. marc on June 3, 2009 at 7:15 am said:

    Not your mama’s Joseph Campbell…

  15. marc on June 3, 2009 at 7:21 am said:

    O one
    O two
    OO three
    O four
    O…O five
    O six…seven…
    O eight…

    counter sex sample

  16. jeff on June 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

    Why get sex over the counter when you can get it delivered to your very own home?

    Now, if you’re having sex ON the counter … that’s a different story.

    Wait, is this thread password-protected?

  17. turff on June 16, 2009 at 9:30 am said:

    Just to reiterate: I’m still planning on going. I count Jeff and Marc as in. I’m endeavoring to find a new car before then, as my current one has no A/C.

  18. Terry on June 16, 2009 at 10:50 am said:

    Just to make sure everyone knows, I don’t do road trips, much as I would like to. So no I won’t be joining you, but will be thinking about the trip.

  19. jeff on June 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm said:

    I have air conditioning in my cool new car. But only one passenger seat. My “other” car has no AC.

    I just realized my daughter’s 13th birthday is on June 28, but if I give her a good enough present, she’ll let me skip.

  20. jeff on June 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm said:

    My best friend is also becoming an ordained Episcopal priest on that Friday, but maybe my absence will be a sign of my disapproval. Let’s hope so.

  21. marc on June 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm said:

    I’m Episcopalian.
    Turff mutters, “Of course…”
    He may be trying to get a rise out of me. He may…know…
    I am at a disadvantage. While Turff has no doubt attended many seminars at which he has been illuminated as to the truth about Episcopalians, I am a slacker and have not attended any seminars which explain…him. Actually, I don’t think the Episcopal church offers such seminars. At least not the Episcopal branch with the Faaabulous Bishop to which I am…adhered (that was for you, Dale). We’re a little slack on explaining how things are.

    At any rate, ha ha, very funny…

  22. turff on June 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm said:

    A couple of salient points:

    First: there are precious few seminars that come close to explaining me.

    Second: one of my favorite authors is Episcopalian: Phyllis Tickle. She wrote that book I have talked about loaning you: The Great Emergence. You’d like it.

    Perhaps on the ride to Valdosta, you can explain me and I will explain Episcopalians. It will be fun. Fictional, but fun.

  23. But what do I get to explain? I understand nothing.

  24. marc on June 18, 2009 at 7:32 am said:

    Okay, big slip. I read Jeff’s comment as Turff’s. For a number of reasons, I convinced myself that Turff would disapprove of a friend becoming an Episcopal priest. I’m choosing to find this amusing. I guess coming from Jeff such a remark seems unexpected. From Turff, I heard it as a tease, sort of an ironic nod to the characterization found in certain “faith circles” of Episcopalians as “not Christian.” Turff, sorry to throw you into the Twilight Zone like that. Jeff, I realize in this case you weren’t just flashing your “I understand nothing” badge as a way to one-up us all philosophically, but probably you were quite literally confused. Understandable. The ha, ha on me.

  25. marc on June 18, 2009 at 7:36 am said:

    When are we going to Valdosta? I can drive.

  26. marc on June 18, 2009 at 7:39 am said:

    June 27th? Sounds good. As to the seminar, I’d rather do something cool with lasers.

  27. turff on June 18, 2009 at 9:43 am said:

    I’m happy to allow you to drive, marc, as it appears I will be unable to acquire a replacement vehicle by then. Thought was to leave the afternoon of 6/26 and return some time on 6/28.

    Jeff, you can explain the void.

    In it’s entirety.

  28. turff on June 18, 2009 at 9:44 am said:

    For lasers to really work for something like this, one really must be wearing sequins. Lots of them.

  29. No, I was just trying to one-up you all philosophically. My bad. Lasers sound cool.

  30. I’ve got you covered on the sequins.

  31. dale on June 20, 2009 at 7:38 am said:

    I have to submit the “blue card” for next Saturday’s seminar today. At the moment, I have Lichtenbergianism: procrastination as a creative strategy as our topic. Firm ideas by the end of today would be appreciated.

    And of course we don’t have to do a seminar at all.

    And of course there’s a complication: since the Child has chosen to celebrate his 21st birthday with his girlfriend in Greensboro, his mother has decided to join me next weekend to nurse her wounds. My attention will not be undivided. 🙂

  32. I have a new member to propose: Michael Jenkins, one of our social studies teachers. He’s already good friends with me, Jobie, and Craig, and when I challenged him on his Lichtenbergian credentials, he revealed that not only does he have an unfinished novel, he has a complete outline for it.

  33. turff on June 20, 2009 at 10:42 am said:

    Dale, will it be a difficult weekend for us to be in attendance?

    As to the nomination, it make take me some time before I can give it the proper consideration.

  34. Oh, sure, it would be more absolute fun if you guys were here later, but it won’t be a problem.

    In other news, I just taught the theatre kids about our work in Lacuna and our ventures into Neo-Futurism. You’ll be delighted to know that “We’re Queer” works as a piece, delighting young and old, and we now have another 30 people who are seriously creeped out by giraffes.

  35. A further complication (and no, I’m not trying to dissuade you from coming): next Saturday night is the fantasy/superhero dance, and you know what that means: Hogwarts in the dining hall. Might be fun for you guys, in fact.

  36. jeff on June 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm said:

    I’m good either way. If we postpone, I can do birthday stuff with Hetty. If we go, I can get out of doing birthday stuff with Hetty. Both work for me.

  37. marc on June 22, 2009 at 7:46 am said:


    Change in plan. MF reminded me yesterday when I spoke of our trip that I am to attend a wedding this Saturday night. So I’m thinking I might drive down on Thursday and come back early Saturday. Means I may not be able to drive a carpool. Sorry.

    Also, are we staying at the “dorm?”

  38. Rooms at Brown Hall are waiting for you.

  39. jeff on June 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm said:

    Didn’t Turff email us about rescheduling for mid-July? Is that what we’re doing? I’m so confused!

  40. jeff on June 22, 2009 at 7:54 pm said:

    And no, I don’t get comments from these sites automatically sent to me. I can’t deal with any more email than I’m already getting.

  41. turff on June 23, 2009 at 6:57 am said:

    I did. I’ve heard back from Dale and Marc (both ok with rescheduling), but not from Jeff (who I assume to be procratinating his reply for style points.)

  42. jeff on June 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm said:

    Attention, students. The programme on “Procrastination and Lichtenbergianism” has been delayed. Appropriately enough.

    CME, my brothers. CME.

    So I should put this road trip on my calendar for mid-July, then?

  43. turff on June 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm said:

    Indeed. 18 July 2009 is the new scheduled date. This will provide more time to prepare an appropriate motorcade.

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