2 February 2017

Lists


For no particular reason, I woke up this morning and decided to make these four lists....

US States* I have visited
Hawaii
California
Arizona
Nevada
Oregon
Washington
Georgia
Florida
New York
New Hampshire
Massachusetts
Maine
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Ohio
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Wisconsin
Minnesota
*Please note there are 50 states in total in the USA.

Countries* I have visited
Republic of Ireland
France
Luxembourg
Belgium
The Netherlands
Germany
Poland
Norway
Sweden
Denmark
Spain
Italy
Portugal
Andorra
Liechtenstein
Austria
Hungary
Czech Republic
Slovakia
Greece
Croatia
Serbia
Slovenia
Macedonia
Switzerland
Turkey
Cyprus
Malta
Morocco
South Africa
Australia
New Zealand
India
Sri Lanka
United Arab Emirates
Bahrain
Fiji
Malaysia
Thailand
Hong Kong
Cambodia
Laos
The Vatican City
United States of America
Canada
Chile
Argentina
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
* Please note there are 196 officially  recognised countries in the world and Rapa Nui is not one of them.

British cities* I have not visited
Armagh
Lisburn
Newry
St Asaph
Wolverhampton
Chelmsford
*please note that there are currently just 69 officially recognised cities in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Today's Shopping* List
Bread
Milk
Orange juice
Sausages
Butter
Sparkling water
Salmon
Tomatoes
Green beans
Bananas
Apples
Stewing steak
Swede
Suet
Brussel sprouts
Pork loin joint (for Sunday)
Toilet paper
*please note I shall be buying these items from "Lidl" in order to save money we can then spend on other things.

50 comments:

  1. You've been around a bit!

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    1. Australia is on my list but I have only been to Brisbane and Melbourne airports in transit!

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  2. That's an impressive list! I really need to get out more - I've been to maybe a dozen US states but only *visited* six or seven. Countries? That's an even shorter list: Canada, and Barbados. That's it :/

    I think you should try to visit those last few British cities, so you can complete your map. (Unless there's a reason you haven't been there?)

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    1. Welcome back Chris. Three of the British cities are in Northern Ireland. It would be a bit of a mission to get to them but I have been to Belfast and Derry> I have always been curious about Wolverhampton and perhaps I should go there for a day or two.

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  3. You are indeed very well travelled. I cannot even put a fraction on those first three lists. I could easily out-do you on that fourth list however, as my waistline will probably vouch for!

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    1. I bet your fourth list includes pizza, gin, fizzy drinks, lard, wine, potato crisps and cake. Naughty ADDY!

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    2. You left out chocolate - my main vice.

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  4. Impressive your lists may be, but my Librarian mind automatically wants to sort the countries and cities according to the alphabet, and the shopping list into product groups (such as butter next to milk, and all the meaty stuff together).

    How do you count a visit to a country? For instance, technically speaking, I have visited two states of the U.S.A.: Florida, where I spent a two-week-holiday in 1999, and New York, where I spent about an hour at the airport in transit to Florida. Now, does New York count?

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    1. Yes it does. I have only been to Australia in transit as I have a phobia about kangaroos. Fortunately there were none in the airports of Brisbane or Melbourne apart from some cuddly soft toy kangaroos hanging up in the airport shops.

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    2. No, no, no. Unless you spend a week or more and walk, walk, walk, take the subway, take the trains, go over all the bridges, visit my cousin on Long Island, you have not visited New York!!

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    3. Okay Big Sis... not "visited" but "been to" which is lesser - just passed through. Mind you, I definitely have been to New York City. I first went there at the age of eighteen - just one night before travelling on to LA the next day. I remember walking in Harlem in the early hours of the morning and chatting with some black dudes hanging about on their stoop. The last time I visited NYC was with my family back in 2003. I drove in from New Jersey during a Friday afternoon thunderstorm. Our hotel was on 9th Street close to Times Square. We had three touristy days there and felt the buzz of that great city...your city.

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  5. I dreamed last night that I went to France for a two week visit with Cro. My friend Marla went with me and we were having a good time.

    I wish I could travel. I've hardly been anywhere in the USA, and I've never left the country. I'm so afraid I'll never get the chance to travel before I die. Your list is impressive.

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    1. I hope you get to do some travelling before you are old Jennifer. Why not start with Canada? Three nights in Montreal would be amazing - though I have never been there myself. You could even drive there, breaking up your journey with a night near or in Philadelphia.

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  6. That's why the minute I wake up, I get up - saves all that writing and realising how sad you've become.

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    1. I will try to follow your implied advice tomorrow morning Derek... then I can be another Mr Happy - just like you.

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    2. I didn't say it made me happier YT, far from it normally.

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  7. Impressive! Quite the rolling stone. :)

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    1. Mick Taylor was in The Rolling Stones. Any relation?

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  8. You must have gypsy in your soul to have travelled so much! and I love a list too.

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    1. My parents met in India during WWII - they had both volunteered to join the RAF - and I think that sowed the seeds of my own wanderlust Libby.

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  9. Well, I'm pleased that you visited Canada!

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    1. I first crossed Rainy Lake from Minnesota into western Ontario. Years later with my family we visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and then in 2014 Shirley and I went to Vancouver and Vancouver Island. As you can tell, we missed out a helluva lot of Canada!

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  10. I am blown away by your lists, except the last one - who eats green beans? Tough little veggies, they are!

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    1. More like French beans. Most of ours are flown in from Egypt or Kenya at this time of year.

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  11. I sometimes make mental lists of things like this while lying in bed in the morning waiting for my cuppa. The trouble with mental lists is that you don't get far before you forget exactly what you have put on the list already.

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    1. I have that issue too Mrs Weaver... or making the lit sends me back to sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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  12. I have been In 38 of the 50 states in the U.S., I think (Mr. Obama thought there were 57). I have NOT been to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska , or Hawaii. I have set foot in Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, U.K., The Netherlands, Bermuda, and Bahamas. That's it. No Fiji. No Chile. No Rapa Nui.

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    1. You have travelled much more than many of your fellow Americans. Besides, simply having been somewhere isn't the same as fully appreciating that experience.

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  13. I was going to ask what part of Australia but I see it's just airport terminals. Oh well, on that logic I can say I have been to Fiji.
    Do you have a favourite place?

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    1. Yes I do Kylie - Yorkshire of course.

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  14. Well, there you go!

    You've been everywhere but here.

    Perhaps we should use kangaroos as security personnel at our international airport terminals. Unwanted people attempting to travel to and fro might rue the day if confronted by a roo.

    You should put your list of countries visited to this humorous old Australian song -

    http://www.ivebeeneverywhere.com.au/the-song/australian-version/

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    1. Hang on. I seem to recall that that humorous old Australian song was by Johnny Cash.

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    2. Johnny Cash did sing a cover version replacing Aussie names with American.

      I had a feeling your response was going to be what you have written, and I was going to put this info in my original comment, but didn't...so now I will...for your information....

      ""I've Been Everywhere" is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962.

      The song as originally written listed Australian towns. It was later adapted by Canadian Hank Snow for North American (predominantly United States) toponyms, by Australian singer Rolf Harris with English and Scottish toponyms (1963),[1] and by John Hore (later known as John Grenell) with New Zealand toponyms (1966).

      In 1962, the song was a number-one US country hit for Hank Snow. The song was also recorded by Lynn Anderson (USA 1970), Asleep at the Wheel (USA 1973), Johnny Cash (USA 1996), Chip Dockery, Ted Egan, Little Jan Buckner of Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters (USA 1972), the "Farrelly Brothers" from the television series The Aunty Jack Show (Australia 1974, a parody version, on the album Aunty Jack Sings Wollongong),[3] John Grenell (NZ 1966), Mike Ford (Canada, 2005), Rolf Harris (UK 1963), Clifton Jansky, The Sunny Cowgirls and the Statler Brothers. Harvey Reid also included the song in his Dreamer or Believer album."

      That should just about cover it...re the covers! :)

      Original singer Lucky Starr released an EP called "Lucky's Been Everywhere", which contained four different versions: United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, and Australia (Festival Records FX-10.485 (Australia)).

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    3. Interesting. Lee! I grew up with Hank Snow's music and remember this one well. I didn't know it was originally by an Aussie.

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    4. Yep! True blue, Jenny. :)

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    5. Thanks for that background Lee. Interesting. Shame the British Rolf Harris version will now be forever tainted by association.

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    6. Harris can rot in jail as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't lower myself to play any of his music ever again, nor look at his paintings.

      I'm sure we all feel similarly.

      Lucky Starr was a pretty big star here in his own right in the early Sixties. Back then we had a couple of good Aussie music TV programmes that promoted Australian artists...Brian Henderson's "Bandstand" and also "Six O'Clock Rock" that was hosted by Johnny O'Keefe.

      Music played a big role in our lives. What would we do without music! :)

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  15. Sounds like you have itchy feet YP !
    Thanks for the last list, it reminded me that I needed to get toilet paper too...

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    1. You're welcome CG and don't forget your other usual items:-
      Gin (2 x 1 litre bottles)
      San Miguel (case)
      Sangria (three boxes)
      Red wine (x6)
      White wine (x6)
      Whisky (Old Grouse!)
      Methylated spirits (industrial barrel)
      Cadbury's chocolate

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  16. Has a kangaroo given you a bad experience at some point in your life?

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    1. Not really Frances. I made that phobia up though I wouldn't want to be in a boxing ring with one of them.

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  17. Those are the sort of mental lists I make when I go to bed to help me off to the land of nod!

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    1. ...while Mrs Parrot makes lists about DIY jobs she wants you to do and other home improvements..."If I am nice to Ian, I wonder if he'll agree to a fitted carpet in the living room. I'm sick of the old linoleum...Christ! He's bloody well snoring again!"

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  18. Well, you HAVE been around! I feel like I've traveled a fair amount but you've been to more countries, for sure. (Not surprisingly, I've been to more states!)

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    1. Have you been in these "states" Steve? Despair, Euphoria, Drunken Coma?

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  19. I see that you still have not visited the best of the 50, brother!

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    1. You are right Big Sis. I haven't been to Vermont.

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    2. Just so that you know.....when you decide to visit the best, we will be here. (Although, Vermont is a lovely, lovely state. Except they only have two seasons up there, Little Brother. Winter and Mud!)

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