The smoke having finally cleared from sunny California skies, it is now time for TRIPSANITY ’07! This Sunday I will be embarking on an eight-day trip spanning the country. Sunday I fly from Cali to Salt Lake City to Washington DC, where I will be attending a conference of research administrators. This will basically consist of me staring blankly at various speakers and trying to locate printed material that I can read later for understanding. I have several friends in the DC area and it will be quite nice to see them (plus this looks like an annual thing so I’ll be back). On Wednesday, when the conference ends at noon….is when it begins. My brother, who “works” (the quotes are required because he is not only a banker…but a banker who examines other bankers so I’ll let you guess his hours) for the Federal Reserve in Richmond, will drive up to DC, pick me up and our goal is to see all of New England before my return flight on Sunday night. But, Dave, you say in a concerned and vaguely annoying voice, isn’t New England NOWHERE near DC? Yes. You are correct. This would stop sane people. Yaeger men are not sane. Wednesday we’re driving from DC to Boston. Thursday we’re taking it further north and camping in Maine. Yes I will bond with nature in Maine in November. I expect “damp” and “cold” will be words that I shall use to describe the experience. From Maine, we travel to South Royalton, Vermont to see my broham Rob who I have not seen since being paroled with my master’s degree from JMU. Wow, Dave, that seems like a lot. You must be done. NO NO NO I scream at you in a slightly disturbing falsetto, THE MADNESS CONTINUES! From there we head to Philadelphia, PA to spend Saturday night with my cousin, who I have not been able to see in ten years…..also he has a Wii…..the two things are LINKED I tell you! Quality family time (at this point probably fueled by a combination of caffeine pills and meth) will continue until I am dropped at Dulles Airport in DC for my Sunday night home via Atlanta to Ontario, where my wife will take my remains home for burial. For review: the madness will be hitting California, Utah, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Georgia in 8 days. BOO YEAH! 14 states and a district! Bring on the tripsanity!