Monday, March 24, 2008

Fun Monday - Swampy Style

Fun Monday this week turned out to be more fun than I thought it would. Amazing how often that happens, isn't it? Swampy, the incorrigible, incomparable and inherently insane Swampy, would like us to:

Choose a topic/theme and make an alphabetical list of words, phrases, photos...however you want to share your topic/theme.
Topics can range from pet-peeves, vacations, people who have influenced your life, jokes, favorites, philosopher's quotes/sayings, birds, flowers...anything. The sky is the limit. Your ABC list can be depicted with words, photos, illustrations... You are limited only by your imagination. Be funny. Be serious. Be creative. Be sarcastic. Be there, or be square.
And, yes, of course you may bend the rules. Just entertain us. If you can't do all TWENTY-SIX, do as many as you can. (If you have kiddos, let them join the fun and help with the list. Make it a family, brainstorming session.)
Who am I to give you guidelines for Fun Monday? I have bent broken most Fun Monday rules for over a year now, and all of you have been gracious enough to put me on your list. Here is your chance to bring it on. If you don't know the alphabet, make one up. In other words, just have fun and teach us something using your own set of A B C's.

I had several false starts: breeds of dogs that I have owned, known, or loved

ex and former husbands' first names

alcoholic beverages I have consumed

Then it hit me, just like a big old squishy bug on the windshield. I drove a semi truck cross-country for 14 years with my husband. I was pretty sure I could come up with a city name for every letter of the alphabet. Said city would have to be a city where we either picked up and/or delivered a load. No problem - and on the way, Shorty and I got to relive some lovely and some not-so-lovely memories. So, thanks, Swampy for a really fun trip down memory lane - the fast lane, of course.

A Arlington, TX/Albuquerque, NM/Abilene, TX/Angel Camp, CA
B Boston, MA/Blythe, CA/Birmingham, AL
C Clinton Corners, NY/Cle Elum, WA/Chattanooga, TN/Centralia, OR/Cabazon, CA
D Des Moines, IA/Dallas, TX/Dalton, GA
E Eagleton, NJ/Ellensburg, WA/Eufala, AL
F Fallbrook, CA/Frisco, TX/Forney, TX/Forest, MS
G Gainesville, FL/Grand Junction, CO
H Hialeah, FL/Houston, TX/Hazleton, PA/Helena, MT
I Issaquah, WA/Indio, CA
J Jacksonville, FL/Joliet, IL
K Keokuk, IA/Katy, TX
L Longview, TX/Long Beach, CA/Las Cruces, NM
M Modesto, CA/Moss Landing, CA/Missoula, MT
N National City, CA/Nashville, TN/Noel, AR/Nampa, ID
O Ontario, CA/OKC, OK/Orlando, FL
P Phoenix, AZ/Philadelphia, PA/Pearsall, TX
Q Queens, NY/Charlotte, NC (queen city)
R Raleigh/Durham, NC/Richmond, CA
S Sumner, WA/Salinas, CA/Santa Maria, CA
T Troutdale, OR/Talladega, AL/Twin Falls, ID
U Umatilla, WA/Utica, NY
V Villa Rica, GA/Vancouver, BC/Valdosta, GA
W Wilmington, DE/Walla Walla, WA/Wichita, KS
X Xenia, IL/Xenia, OH
Y Yakima, WA/Yankton, SD
Z Zanesville, OH/Zillah, WA


Alison said...

cool list came very near to me....I live a few miles from Richmond, CA!!!

Pamela said...

That song kept going through my head (can't remember who sang it)

You've been to MY TOWN!!!

Faye said...

What a trip down memory lane--I'll bet you and hubby had a good time comparing memories of all these places. I looked to see if you'd been in the Bluegrass State.

Peter said...

"I've been everywhere man"
Another quite different type of list.

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

You did travel a bit didn't you!? I can drive a truck too!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Tried to get over here yesterday to wish you a Happy Easter but I failed miserably.

Hope it was awesome and that you ate til you all popped!

Hallie :)

Sayre said...

My town's not on your list, but I'm pretty sure you drove through it on your way to another one. That's a pretty impressive list!

kitten said...

GOsh! You have been to a lot of places, but I didn't notice MS on your list. You haven't beautiful Country till you've been to MS. LOL! (Couldn't help my self!) LOL!
Loved your list!

swampy said...

Why is Johnny Cash's voice reverberating in my head singing, "I've Been Everywhere, Man...I've Been Everywhere?"
I notice Valdosta, GA. One of our daughters and her family just moved there.
Now, we need to get together and create our list of ex's and alcohol. Giggle Giggle.

Incorrigible? Incomparable? Inherently Insane?
I'm gonna whack you.

Thanks for playing the game and have a great week. You sent me on a visual tour of places I've been.

swampy said...

OH MY ! How could I forget to mention that you've been to my town? Come back again. We could have some fun.

Junebug said...

Johnny Cash, baby! You've been everywhere!

nikki said...

Wow, impressive! I've hardle been anywhere!

ellen b said...

Great choice and well done. I had to count and see how many of those cities I've been in and I came up with 18. Have a fun Monday...

lisa marie said...

I did the same type of theme, although we weren't truckers. I tried to list towns we had spent some time in, overnight or sightseeing. :) How fun, we've been to some of the same places. :)

min said...

I'm thinking Johnny Cash "There ain't no easy run". I guess I'm the oddball of the Cash fans. Did you ever check out a truckstop in Arizona that had the "Thing" out back? It may have been a LOVEs or TA stop or something, but the billboards for the place were great.

Robin said...

You go, girrrrrrrl! Literally, figuratively...IMPRESSIVE list!

And...for once...TWO places I've lived made it to your list :). I wonder if I was "there" when you were.

Had you ever realized before that you could name a letter of the alphabet for every place you've been? If not, yaaaaeeeeeee for Swampy prompting you to notice :).

ChrisB said...

Wow there are a lot of towns there I've never heard of~and a couple of places I've even visited!

Jan said...

Great list, and idea. You've hit a couple I've never heard of.

mjd said...

You must have traveled quite a bit. I have only been to a few of the places that you have mentioned.

Shorty said...

it sure was a ride!! !! ! sure am glad we don't have to do that any more !!!! love ya anyway.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Abilene! That's so close to my old home...makes me homesick.

Karina said...

Cool list! I don't know that I could actually wrack my brain and come up with a list like this. It would take way too much effort on my part! haha

Karmyn R said...

Whew - that is a lot of places to visit. I was born in Alburquerque, NM!!!

Christine said...

WOW! Sandy you have just been about everywhere, you've even been to my town!!

Next time you pass by my way you'll need to pop in for a visit.

Happy Fun Monday!

Kaytabug said...

What a fantastic list!

To answer your question, it is a German bread roll from the bakery that is flat and toasted with tiny diced ham and melted cheese. It is SO yummy!!

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