Fun Fact Friday: I've been to 47 of 50 States - 05/16/14

Anytime someone asks me "Where are you from?" I look at them and ask, "How much time do you have?"  Truth is, I've lived in many cities and I wouldn't trade it for the world.  I grew up a Navy brat (my dad is a retired EA-6B pilot) but we never moved.  It wasn't until after my dad retired that we moved for the first time, and once I grew up my career moved me several more times.

Growing up, my family took a lot of road trips.  Think the Griswolds in "National Lampoon Vacation" but substitute an amusement park destination for battlefields.  (The Morgan family loves military history) That combined with a job that's taken me to 4 different states... I've seen a lot of the USA. 

But don't bother asking where my favorite spot is.  I've grown to appreciate all parts of the US and can't pick a favorite! 

What are the remaining three states I need to round out all 50? 
Alaska, Louisiana and Rhode Island. 

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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