I've Been Everywhere

I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner, Davenport

No, that is not my hat. It belongs to my father. He’s a man who goes on epic motorcycle trips, likes Loreena McKennitt, and stops at the gun factory on his way back to Kansas.  (Side note, gun factory’s have really fancy spa-like lady’s restrooms.  Weird, right? And Dad says it’s not a factory, but he’s not writing this story, so um yeah… it’s a factory.) It’s Friday morning, October 21, 2016 and we’re on the last day of our …

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

IBE&TIHD, Springfield Edition By Jessica Conoley PIE = YUM; MEAT = DELICIOUS; ere go MEAT PIES = YUMMY DELICIOUSNESS. Deciding it was time to add another IBE&TIHD adventure to my list, my mom-parents and I set off in search of meat pie in the town of Springfield, MO. Everything I knew about meat pies prior to this escapade came from Sweeny Todd, the musical. Which is not really the best way to think about meat pies, since Sweeny Todd pies …

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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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