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Draplin Design Co., North America
November 08, 2004
DDC 50: Day 50, Heading Home
Posted at 11:06 PM


50 days on the road.

Well, I threw the towel in today and headed west.

Leaving was sad. It always is. Mom headed up north, dad worked in the Detroit area, Sarah fitted someone with a hearing aid. I loaded up and headed down through the city and down to Toledo, where I took possibly the “biggest right turn” of the whole adventure: Heading west on I-80.

From there it’s more less a straight shot all the way out to Salt Lick City. Ohio > Indiana > Illinois > Iowa > Nebraska > Wyomin’ > Utah > Idaho > Oregon. 2400 miles. Motherfuckin’ Westbound.

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I found myself scorning Ohio. I shouldn’t. I mean, Guided By Voices is from there. Hell, Ron Hassey of the Cleveland Indians fouled a ball off his bat that landed in my dad’s hands, which he promptly handed over to me. A magic moment. I found myself bummin’ on the President, a current theme in my thinker.

I hope he does a good job. I hope. Otherwise, go to hell.

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I made it across Ohio, northern Indiana and got a good whiff of Gary, northern Illinois and ultimately coming to rest in Davenport, Iowa. 500 miles on I-80.

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As I leave the Midwest and East behind, I’d like to thank everyone for the amazing hospitality and goodwill. Thank you. I’ll be back, I’ll be back.

There Are 9 Comments

Draplin -

Got your voicemail last night. What a treat to get a call from the road! It was real nice of you to think of Ryan while in Indy and we sure have been thinking of you. We’ve kept a close eye on your updates and have laughed out loud more than a few times. I’ve even be frightened for you- when all the political crap emerged and things got silly, but you can certainly hold your own. We look forward to your homecoming and would love to get together with you and the lovely Whitney to celebrate a mission very well accomplished. Maybe dinner next week?

Safe travels home,

Posted by: Rebecca on 11/09/04 at 10:55 AM


Just wanted to say it was good to have you and the Snowboard Magazine team in-house, even if you were wanderin’ around in your boxers all week, scratchin’ yer balls in front of the Fed Ex guy. Sick. Y’all brought a good energy to the new studio and broke it in right. Can’t wait to see the new issue. Oh, and I’m finding the little gems you left, like the one that tumbled out of the Pantone® book. Nice. Anyway, travel safe and talk to you soon.


Posted by: Eric on 11/09/04 at 5:34 PM

Make the swoop through Denver, look me up. there is more to experience than stippers with missing teeth

Posted by: Gary A on 11/09/04 at 5:56 PM

Drive safe man, I’ll say a prayer for you…and for shit’s sake, please find something to take your mind off politics…Sharpie of the month or something of the sort.

Posted by: Four More Years on 11/09/04 at 7:42 PM

Aaron, in less than time than it takes to watch a terrible sitcom, you shared with us memories that will last a lifetime.

Posted by: Halsey on 11/09/04 at 7:53 PM

“11”…..what a great name for a magazine. I think
it could do better than “George” or “Oprah” or
“Bazooms”…whadya think?…Uncle Pat

Posted by: Patrick Steele on 11/10/04 at 5:55 PM
Posted by: Ryan. Still pissed. on 11/10/04 at 7:44 PM

And the assholes drive PT Cruisers.

How typical.


Posted by: Ryan. Still pissed. on 11/10/04 at 8:13 PM

Just testing the new site and server….

Posted by: Cameron Barrett on 11/12/04 at 10:49 PM