Re: How may US states have you been to? Countries too!
Professionally, I’ve been to ALL of them at least twice. I’ve been to others: Arizona, Ohio, Texas, Nevada, and Virginia at least four-times. My first trips to Alaska and Hawaii took place in 1958, a year before they were admitted to the Union. I’ve been back to Alaska 2 more times since—I met Sarah Palin while she was governor… before John McCain named her as his running mate.
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been to California (just since 2003, alone), New York, Pennsylvania (I have family there), and Florida (God’s waiting room). By the way, in my opinion, Jeb Bush—prior to his brother fucking it up for him—would have made an outstanding President. He’d be my pick in 2016 if he choses to run.
If we’re to include foreign travel, I’ve been all over the world on various research assignments, including many trips to Canada, extensive travel to the old Soviet Bloc, Middle East, as well as a few classic crap-holes most people wouldn’t fly over, let alone visit.
But, for sheer poverty and sanitation hell, nothing has been as memorable—in a nightmarish sort of way—as some of my research excursions through the poverty capitals of both India and Pakistan. People, adults AND children. simply stop, squat, and dump right on those mud-bogs they call streets.
You don’t realize how much of a living saint the late Mother Teresa was until you realize that her ministering turf was the poorest sections of Calcutta, India (and all those wretched souls).
It’s a shame that we can’t find a way to send every American citizen on these types of excursions to help them appreciate all that we take for granted. And, I don’t mean virtual trips, either. You can’t appreciate the stench on virtual trips.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.