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    Default Road Trip Rules and Etiquitte

    A friend of mine from NICOclub.com wrote this up. He's a genious of a writer and always comes up with some quite entertaining threads. Here's his thread on road trips:

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    I've covered 20,000 miles crossing the country in various directions, and I'm about to tack on another 2,000 miles this weekend. Its time I laid down some rules and guidelines for drivers and passengers.
    Drivers:
    1) Know the mechanical condition of your car! There's no excuse for a breakdown. In case something does go wrong, bring a decent set of tools, a flashlight, a service manual, and water. If you're mechanically ignorant, have the vehicle inspected before leaving. Bring a full-size spare and leave the doughnut at home, if you can spare the trunk space.

    2) Stop at every hole in the wall location advertised on a billboard.

    3) During the day, try to eat local food or at regional chains. Save McD's for late nights when nothing is open... unless you're traveling on couch change.

    4) Always overestimate fuel expenses! Your calculator may give you a cost of $200 at 26mpg. However, when you're in the middle of Montana doing 120mph, that 26 will quickly drop to 12.

    5) You will not arrive as early as you expect to. You just won't. 'Budget' yourself an extra day or two, especially if your road trip is taking you to an event with a specific date.

    6) Subscribe to XM.

    7) Bring a digital camera. Take pictures of every obscure, stupid thing in sight.

    8) Stay with friends if possible. Save your money for souvenirs, tourist traps, and retarded little knick knacks.

    9) Don't be afraid of cheap motels. Just because it costs $28 doesnt mean its any worse than a Howard Johnson (sometimes better) -- I stayed at a $120 La Quinta that had pubes in the tub and trash under the bed and sink.
    With ANY motel or hotel, no matter how nice, do the following the moment you walk into your room: Pull the sheets off to check for bugs, take a whiff of the air in the room, and make sure the water pressure in the shower is decent.

    10) Bring your own shampoo. Motel shampoo sucks, or sometimes it isn't provided.

    11) Bring a WiFi locator tool. I use the PSP.

    12) If an exit sign says "Scenic Route" or "Historic", take it.

    13) Be comfortable. The people you see on road trips are people you will never see again, so don't dress to impress. In the summer, wear some cheap athletic shorts and a big, comfortable t-shirt.

    14) Leave your cell phone off. Disconnect yourself from the outside world and use it only for returning voicemails or making outgoing calls (911, 411, hotels, directions, etc).

    15) Be friendly to the locals and they'll be friendly to you. When you're the outsider in a small town, you aren't better than anyone, no matter how much you paid for your S-class.


    Passengers:
    1) You do NOT have ANY right to touch the radio or suggest changes to the music. Bring ear plugs if you hate the way the driver sings.

    2) Pee at every stop, even if you don't think you need to. Do not tell the driver you need to pee at 3AM in the middle of South Dakota in the dead of winter.

    3) When sightseeing on foot, the driver is still in charge. Obey the driver or buy a bus ticket.

    4) Do NOT critique the driver's ability to operate a vehicle. There will be NO whining about speed.

    5) Do not ask the driver to decide who gets the front seat. Figure it out for yourselves.

    6) Do not use your cellphone for idle chit chat in the car. The driver would rather listen to music.

    7) Do NOT use alone time in the car to divulge your deepest, darkest secrets. In the confines of an automobile, you may start to feel close to the driver and other passengers, but no one needs to hear about how you were molested by your uncle and had 'experimental' gay experiences with the local circle jerk club. Once the road trip ends, the closeness will wear off and things will return to normal; everyone will know you're a damaged, molested weirdo.

    Most importantly, explore. Road trips are called adventures for a reason.

    More to come.
    EDIT: Meant to spell the title Etiquette, not Etiquitte.

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    I wouldn't exactly call that genius writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leisure Suit Larry View Post
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    I wouldn't exactly call that genius writing.
    You haven't been reading his stuff for 3 years either.

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    It might be bumped to genius if he was up to date, and switched to Sirius.

    It's 10X better.

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    It might be bumped to genius if he was up to date, and switched to Sirius.

    It's 10X better.

    I started with XM, went to Sirius for 4 months, and then switched back to XM. I like XM wayyyyyy better personally.

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    I love listening to Howard. It's great entertainment.

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    I agree, started with XM and 2 months later switched to Sirius

    I LOVE me some SIRIUS

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    My Road Trip

    Two of my friends and I took a road trip earlier this month. No plans, no schedules, no agendas; just wasting time in Ryan's mini-van, listening to all the random stuff on his laptop, taking pictures of anything, and something that the writer missed - writing down the funny/stupid stuff that we said. The guy with writing on his stomach is Ryan, I'm the one with a green hat and a beard, the other (tall & skinny) is Bob. Great, great time. Check out his site and it's the second post - make sure you follow it past the pictures to the quote sheet, there's some messed up stuff there.
    BLUE COLLAR GOLD SWAGGER

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    Sirius >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> XM.

    Howard knows he's good. He knows that he's the reason for their success. Anyway, I just think it's time for XM to pack it in because Sirius has won this battle. I'm getting rid of my ipod because of Sirius...it's just that good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarey View Post
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    Howard knows he's good. He knows that he's the reason for their success. Anyway, I just think it's time for XM to pack it in because Sirius has won this battle. I'm getting rid of my ipod because of Sirius...it's just that good.
    Howard is pretty much the man. He turned Sirius into the larger of the two companies. I think before XM will pack it in they might just strike a deal with Sirius to merge. They are coming out with a satellite reciever that can recieve both companies programing.

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    I have been saying since I first heard of Satelite Radio that the two companies would merge.

    I have a reciever that can get both XM and Sirius, but I wont even mess with XM.

    I havent kept up with who was in the lead as of late, but it doesnt matter to me. As long as satelite is around in some form or another, Ill be a happy camper

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