Ride Hades - Free ride to Seattle - Fly home?

Tuesday, July 5, 2005 6:17 PM
Well, it's that time again, boy's and girl's. Back in May of 2003, I made the call, and boy did you folks deliver the fun. Peabody made that ride with me, but this is a bit different.

Here's what's up. I am flying into Chicago this thursday afternoon, and spending the evening at SFGam. I will be staying in Chitown that night (not literally, of course ;)), then leaving earlyish to go to the Dells the next day. My intention is to hit the park, and get some fun in, but without anyone to join me, I probably wouldn't stay too long. If so, I'd stick around for most of the day, then I'd start the drive home to Seattle.

(I'm flying in, buying a car, and driving it home, if you must know).

Here's the rub. I'd like someone (I know) to join me for the drive back home. I'd pay for the gas (!), and you'd get a fun ride, complete with a companion/chauffeur driving for you. I will be driving the I-90 corridor, and stopping at Mt. Rushmore, and Devil's Tower on the way for mini sightseeing. You would get the opportunity to see part of the country, get some interesting conversation, and have the chance to spend a day or two (on your own dime) in the Northwest before you found your way back to the airport and home.

I'm obviously psychotic. No stalkers, please.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 6:23 PM
Special car? Just curious . . .
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 6:48 PM
Damn, Rob. Too bad I don't live anywhere near the Chicago area. Sounds like a good time.

Yes, and what's this about buying a car?

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:01 PM
It's too good a deal to NOT try and buy it.

It's an Audi A6 4.2 Nothing overly special, yet it's very nice. ... and before anyone gives me crap for buying an Audi, skuhroo you! ;)

Book on it here in Seattle is over 26K. I can get it in Chicago for $11900. It has a lot of miles, but fortunately all highway type. It's all good, and the pics/carfax/inspection don't lie. It's in great shape, and I can always sell it if I can't afford to keep up with any issues.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:02 PM
^^You can always get a last minute ticket, Mike. ;)
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:37 PM
An excellent choice, though I'm more of an S8 fan myself. Good luck. :)
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:58 PM
^Well, duh... it's the price tag that gets me. Honestly, I'd prefer an RS4 or 6, if you must know. :)
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:29 PM
Trip sounds interesting, but I just so happen to be coming up to the Dells on Monday, a little too late to stalk you and hijack your new car. Sorry... ;)
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:33 PM
Trust me, I understand. Hey, at least you won't have to deal with the titanic service costs of a Sport model! ;)
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:34 PM
It's ok. I've known worse. ;)
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:34 PM
Damn! Too bad I don't live in Chicago anymore... I would have gone with you in a second, Rob! That will be the most amazing trip ever for someone who has never been to the Northwest... Just watching the geography change from Minnesota to Washington is breathtaking and will make the drive go by really fast (which is unfortunate!). You should stop off at Silverwood on the way home, now THAT would be the best trip ever for me :). Joe and I still need to get back to the Pacific Northwest one of these days...
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 8:45 PM
I might, Keith. If the time is right, and I have a few extra hours. I'd really have to be majorly rested, though. That drive is pretty long, and those rides'll kick your tail!

Wish you could come with, but yeah.... so it goes.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 9:08 PM
It's too bad I can't help out on this one. With all those miles on the road, you would have had plenty of time to learn what Phish was all about. ;)

If you want to take the I-80 corridor you could crash at my place for an evening. Although I live about 1.5 hours south of I-80, so it's not really good for someone on a schedule. Just thought I'd throw that out there though.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 9:13 PM
I see how it is. I can't go and you try to fill the void. It's just not going to be the J-Pizzie experience you hoped for.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 9:45 PM
Now Jeff, don't go thinkin' you were the only one Rob contacted before whoring himself out to the masses. ;) That would be mighty naive of you.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 11:04 PM
Yeah, Jeff. There is no hope without the shizzle that you provizzle. ;)

Mike, I'd love to take you up on that, but yes... I won't be anywhere near you, I'm afraid. I'm doing the 90, all the way, with a few run offs to check out historic sites, as long as I have daylight....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:05 AM
...still looking for cheap airfare, Rob ;)
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:07 AM
Yay! I'm not counting on it, though.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:08 AM
Well, mr. last minute. Had I had a few weeks to plan...
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:36 AM
I couldn't do it any other way. The car became available, and the ticket was cheap. I'm more or less hoping that someone from the area would want to hang out, not that I wouldn't want anyone else. ;)
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