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I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Oskaloosa

We ate at a place called Chunkie Dunkers. I really don’t know what else there is to say. It was exactly what a place named Chunkie Dunkers should be, and now (months later) my body is still trying to expunge the grease that’s caked to my guts from that lunch. It started as a text to my insanely talented writer friend, Annie Raab. I need to eat dinner in Oskaloosa. Want to come? The only place I can find online …

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I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Tennessee

IBE&TIHD, Tennessee Edition By Jessica Conoley For this dinner you’ll need a little backstory. 1) I am from Kansas City. 2) Kansas City invented real barbecue. 3) I love barbecue. 4) The rest of the world makes very delicious meats—sometimes they call them barbecue, and they are wrong but to be polite I don’t tell them when I eat it. Now lets get to the road-trip part. I had driven to the southeast corner of Missouri to meet my cousin, …

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I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Washington Edition

Location: Vito’s, 927 9th Ave, Seattle, WA Time: February 13, 2016 7:30 p.m. PST I could start with the décor straight out of a ‘50s mob-olicious film—red leather banquettes, black marbled mirrors, candlelight that makes everyone look good. I could enthrall you with the in depth Battlestar Galactica discussion, or tell you the tale of the well-aged piano player who’s last employer found his flirting to be too much for their conservative clientele. But, this is a story in the …

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I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Bangor Edition

I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner Bangor Edition by Jessica Conoley Location: 11 Central, Downtown, Bangor, Maine. Oil paintings by a local artist, favoring vibrant colors, brighten the brick walls. Large plate glass windows at the front of the restaurant overlook Central Street. The tables are arranged with an open feel, and the curved bar in the center of the restaurant allows the bartendress to greet guests as they enter the establishment. Mom, Don (my step-dad), and I …

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I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Boston

I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner, Boston Edition by Jessica Conoley Location: Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar in Quincy Market, Boston, Massachusetts. A sidewalk table, under an awning, with a view of all the foot traffic and shenanigans, like this guy. Even though there’s canvas over our heads, small almond shaped yellow leaves rained onto our table. My plan for the whole trip was to eat as much (non-killer shellfish) seafood as possible, so I ordered the table …

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The “I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner” Project

Imagine me, driving down the road, as wind rushes in the moon roof, when the intro of I’ve Been Everywhere Man crackles through my speakers. Johnny Cash rips through a dozen towns before the first chorus, and I think about how I haven’t been everywhere. Then I start wondering about all those places Johnny’s been. Then I realize if Johnny’s been to all those places, maybe I could go to all those places too. And if I went to all …

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Super Secret Library Day- Part 2

If you missed part 1 click here to catch up. “How do you balance your editorial brain with your writing brain?  Is it symbiotic? Or do you have to mute your editorial brain to finish your first drafts?”  I ask. George R.R. Martin pauses, “Now that’s an interesting question.” Interesting.  That could be good.  It means all my words came out of my mouth, in somewhat of the right order, in a way that made sense.  And he’s not answering …

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Super Secret Library Day with George RR Martin

You may remember My Great Escape a few weeks ago that ended at a super secret library event.  At that event the guest of honor was George RR Martin.  While I would like to assume everyone knows who GRRM is, I realize my blog includes readers (like my Grandma) who may not have stumbled upon one of his novels.  The important thing to know is not only is he a hell of a writer, but he’s also an extremely talented …

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