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A few weeks ago, I said that I was looking at two options: either employment, or a massive trip by Amtrak around the United States of America. Since I didn't obtain employment, the train trip is on. I have a 30 day Amtrak pass. I have my first two tickets, Chicago and New York. After spending some time in the Northeast, I am planning to go through New Orleans, Texas, back to Chicago, to California, and then back home. A rather bold itinerary, one that will take me through every region of the country and to some of the biggest cities in the world.

It is kind of scary. I've been in Montana for five years, for much of that time becoming ever more focused on ever-finer details of obscure subjects. Pretty soon I will be dropped in some of the biggest, busiest cities of the world with nothing but a backpack. But I need to do that.

When I was 17, and attending community college, I got bored in the middle of the day. I took some money…

I was poking around in E2 Tools and Toys and discovered a bunch of stuff I never knew existed. One of them is Site Trajectory 2, which gives a visualization of the number of people who participate in the site each month.

It's ... not good, folks. I certainly had the sense that the site was much less visited than when I first began as a noder here, but I didn't realize how much things had fallen off until I used that tool.

There were three things that hooked me on the site…

”Hi, I’m Phil Hartman, perhaps you may remember me from my portrayal of such well known celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Bush, Charlton Heston, Phil Donahue and President Bill Clinton back in the days when I was working at Saturday Night Live. But there’s probably so much more you don’t know about me so I’m getting ready to tell you the story of my life.”

Believe it or not, I was born in that hotbed of comedy, Brantford,…