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Marion 19 May 03 - 12:56 PM
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Subject: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 19 May 03 - 12:56 PM

Hello all. I'm working on a plan to take a long tour around the US, paying my way by busking and organic farm working. My general plan is to be on the road from September to April, and right now I'm thinking that I would start in the Northeast, work my way south, then go west across the southern states during the winter, then go up the western side. The only definite plans so far are to stay where it's warm enough to camp, and to go to every Springfield so that I'm sure I've done a Simpsons pilgrimage.

So my question is: which Mudcatters can I visit along the way? Please respond in this thread or by PM, and if you live in a town I haven't heard of, tell me what state it's in. I'll be talking to you more when I have more detailed plans.

Thanks, Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Peg
Date: 19 May 03 - 01:19 PM

I live in Boston, about a hundred miles east of Springfield, MA (easily reached on the bus). I have a spare room and a lot of cats. I won't be around in July, but if it fits with your schedule to be here otherwise, you'd be welcome for a few days here...

happy travelling,

peg


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 19 May 03 - 01:25 PM

I'm in Indianapolis, and I'd be enchanted to have you visit. My Beautiful Wife and I would feed you and provide you a bed for your stay, if you like, as well as some showing of the local sights. I do have to say that the bed available is probably not for a very tall person.

Phone: (317) 251 1017
Email: doesterr@sbcglobal.net

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 19 May 03 - 01:27 PM

We also have a large back yard, where you could pitch a tent if that's more comfortable than the bed we can offer.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: artbrooks
Date: 19 May 03 - 01:30 PM

Welcome to Albuquerque


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Amos
Date: 19 May 03 - 01:37 PM

San Diego is at your service and is almost always warm enough to camp -- but youhave a pied-a-terre with real plumbing at your call.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Peter T.
Date: 19 May 03 - 01:43 PM

Was it something we said, Marion, leaving town like this? And are you SARS free? yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 May 03 - 01:54 PM

Welcome to Torrington, Wyoming. Southeastern corner, large back yard, free park for camping or RV, 3 dogs and 3 cats....come on down.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Bill D
Date: 19 May 03 - 02:44 PM

well, the FSGW Getaway in in October in Maryland, if you can twist your schedule to make that...if not, there are many Mudcatters in this area (near Wash DC) who might provide a place to hang your hat for a night or two...keep us informed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: mg
Date: 19 May 03 - 03:16 PM

sure ..come to Long Beach Washington..lots of (non-organic) cranberries here..April can be beautiful or cold and wet though..( I am assuming I would be near the end of your trip)(.. Lots going on in Portland and area too.

mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 May 03 - 04:55 PM

Portland, ME is on the opposite end of the country. A room, whatever is in the fridge, and four cats. Just PM me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 May 03 - 04:56 PM

I think if you go by way of Meixner, we are on the way to anywhere else, in north central PA an hour south of Corning NY. In fact you coud just proivide a good excuse for a Mudcattering-- Hardi and I are here, and Mmario, Burke, Hogeye, and Hippie Chick can get here from where they are, as can SharonA, Bert, Max, a bunch of people near Philly, Stroudsburg, NJ.... you could drop south from us and hit 80 to proceed west, or go another way and zoom down to Bobertland or maybe he'd head thisaway....

Nice guest rooms, too.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Doug_Remley
Date: 19 May 03 - 06:18 PM

East Boothbay is close to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Fall is the best part of Maine. Large yard for tenting plus all the requirements indoors. Hour north of the city (Portland). Boat price Lobster means free for guests. Welcome to the States!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: greg stephens
Date: 19 May 03 - 06:22 PM

Watch out Marion, I've tried this lark. you get kidnapped by hillbillies and made to sing(or squeal like a pig). Whatever you do, don't go anywhere near West Virginia.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 19 May 03 - 07:05 PM

I'm in Bardstown, KY, just 20 miles north of SPRINGFIELD, KY. We have three campgrounds and are 16 miles from I65 which goes from Nashville to Indianapolis. Come on down.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: michaelr
Date: 19 May 03 - 08:07 PM

Santa Rosa, CA (an hour north of San Francisco), welcomes you.

We're in the Wine Country!

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST,rangeroger
Date: 19 May 03 - 08:21 PM

Feel free to stop and see me in beautiful downtown Smelterville Idaho.

rr


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Ebbie
Date: 19 May 03 - 10:15 PM

There's a Springfield in Oregon, to the side of Eugene, coming up I5, intersecting with 99W.

I'm on the west side of the country and we have a VERY long coastline but I don't suppose you're driving to Alaska? In any case, have fun. Sounds great.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Tinker
Date: 19 May 03 - 10:32 PM

Yup, New Jersey's got a Springfield too, it's about 20 minutes down the road from here.... Just PM if you'd like to share house space with the horde...

Tinker


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Janie
Date: 19 May 03 - 11:07 PM

We're in Hillsborough, North Carolina (near Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh). Major music area and lots of commercial scale organic truck farms. We have done farmers markets (wildcrafted medicinal herbs and organic cut flowers) for years and could put you in touch with a number of the organic growers in the area to check out opportunities.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 19 May 03 - 11:38 PM

Post yer itinery - I'll meet you in Peonix.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Peg
Date: 19 May 03 - 11:44 PM

OH, do go to Bardstown Kentucky! Lovely area...


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 19 May 03 - 11:57 PM

I'm in the Deep South, in northwest Florida, aka Lower Alabama. We have 8 acres of woods that we've left pretty much uncleared except for a 1 acre fish pond and about 1 acre of garden plots including 50 4' X 8' raised beds for biodynamic/French intensive organic vegetable gardening. Lots of room for camping. Feel free to PM.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 May 03 - 12:26 AM

That sounds kewl, Bruce!

I just looked and there IS a Springfield, Colorado!, but it's probably about an 8-10 hour drive from where we are clear across the state! We've got floor space, cats, dog and a big yard. My sister, up the road a couple of hours, if she's home, has a hot tub and lots of space with a cat and dog. There are a few other of us Mudcatters in Colorado, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Mudlark
Date: 20 May 03 - 01:07 AM

Paso Robles, CA...5 hours south of Michaelr...welcomes you also. And it's still wine country, sadly not organic. Some organic truck farms in the southern part of this county (San Luis Obispo) however...and lots of farmer's markets for contacts.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: open mike
Date: 20 May 03 - 02:50 AM

another california stop...in butte county.
no spring field around here as far as i
know , but there is a nuclear power plant
a couple of hours south of here
in the sacramento area where the frog who
won the calaveras jumping from contest was
from...it only had 2 eyes though...
Butte county has 3 main cities-
Chico, Oroville, and Paradise.
in the mediterranean climate olives, oranges
and many other fruits grow well.
Peaches, Apricots, Almonds, walnuts,
and there is an olive oil press that
might need helpers. the season is
nov-dec-jan for the oil pressing i think..
also quite a few apples.
the springfield creamery in oregon
is the home of nancy's yogurt..
a good product. I am not sure where
in oregon Cascadian farms is but they are
a large producer of fruits & veggies
and jams and pickles..
where are you coming from, by the way?


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 20 May 03 - 01:53 PM

Wow, I didn't expect so many responses so soon. Have to get my map out!

Unfortunately, Ebbie, I would say that Alaska is unlikely, but I have loads of time and can probably make it to most other places suggested. Open Mike, I'm living in Toronto. Peter T., you can come with me if you like. Uncle Dave, excessive height is not currently one of my problems. Bill D., I was indeed thinking that I should try to make the Getaway. Doug Remley, unfortunately your lobsters would be wasted on me (strict vegetarian). Bruce, that does sound kewl. Greg Stephens, I think we're going to need more details about your encounters. All you rest, thanks very much for the offers and I will be in touch.

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Amos
Date: 20 May 03 - 03:04 PM

Marion:

I'll pay you $20 if you bring Peter to San Diego!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST,Marion
Date: 20 May 03 - 03:19 PM

Interesting, Amos... but I bet I can get a better offer from another city.

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 20 May 03 - 03:34 PM

I'm just off I-80 on the Ohio/Pennsylvania border. I'm not sure what I can do about roganic farming, but I could hire you to help out on my (large) lawn. *g* You've got a place to stay, if you'd like. And get my phone number for emergencies, just in case.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Big Mick
Date: 20 May 03 - 04:00 PM

You are welcome to stop off in Michigan and rest for a while on the banks of Gun Lake. But I suspect that you have places in mind that are a lot different from Michigan. But know that a spot is open here for you.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Mark Clark
Date: 20 May 03 - 05:41 PM

Marion, You can visit us anytime. Be warned, however, that Iowa has very little organic farming and most farm work is done between April and September, not the other way 'round. Oh, and there is no town named Springfield in Iowa. Still, you wouldn't have to sleep outside and we must be situated roughly between two Springfields so you'll have to get this way sooner or later.

I'll go turn the porch light on.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Amos
Date: 20 May 03 - 05:47 PM

And in case you weren't aware, a "roganic farm" is where they send farmers with receding hairlines; the hands there rub their scalps with rutabaga root after dinner each evening until they get their hair back.

Hope springs eternal....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST,Sorch
Date: 20 May 03 - 06:27 PM

Amos, you beat me to that one! In Wyo the only organic farming is in personal gardens. The big farms are all stuck on mucho chemicals.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: open mike
Date: 20 May 03 - 07:43 PM

i thought roganic might be related to Rodale Press in Pennsylvania...
the organic gardenig people...
and i thought you were saying Hops spring eternal..
I am a vegetarian too so always have lots of tofu on hand.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 20 May 03 - 09:04 PM

Nelson, New Hampshire, is the contradance capital of the universe! There's no one making (or paying) money out of organic farming, but I've got a couch and a shower and a meal or 2 if you care to stop this way! The weekly contra dances are Monday nights- weekly for the past 150 years or so!


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 21 May 03 - 09:22 AM

Marion, if you do drop by to our house, vegetarian cuisine is no problem.   We don't eat vegetarian ALL the time, but often enough that my Beautiful Wife is both knowledgeable and willing to tailor things your way, and very good too!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST,Marion
Date: 21 May 03 - 07:12 PM

Contradancing capital, now that sounds interesting.

Mick, I was thinking that I would include Michigan, especially if I don't make it to the Getaway. And I have to go to Illinois (very good friend there) anyway, so you're practically on the way.

Mark, I like that bit about the porch light - what a simple but elegant way of saying "Come and visit." I'm going to have to borrow that. It's happened more than once before that I've quoted something I read at Mudcat, and when I went back to see who said it, it was you.

Just want to clarify about the organic farming: I intend to get a WWOOF directory of farms that'll house and feed you for short times in exchange for labour. But it's not a paying proposition; I just anticipate that I'll want to take a break from the road for a week or so now and then. And it's a minor thing; this will basically be a busking tour. So nobody should go out of their way to find me a farming job. Thanks for the suggestions anyway!

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 21 May 03 - 09:54 PM

Hi Marion, if you're thinking of the Contradace captial (Nelson NH) well we're just a bit from Animaterra (& you'd be more than welcome to stay), over the monntain & down the road a piece. 45 minutes to the east is Portmouth, NH every Fri night at the Press room there's a singing & playing session & the 2nd Sta of the month there's a great sea music session (plenty of mudcatters). Noe 40 or so minutes to the south is Boston, the captail of Irish music sessions among plenty of any kind of folk music you'd be hungry for, nightly. I like to cook so you'd eat pretty well (my daughter's a not so strict vegetarian). If you do consider the New England area give us an idea, we're thinking of doing a music bash in August, maybe. If not have a great visit anyway. Barry


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 21 May 03 - 10:04 PM

Hi from the West Coast (BC) Marion! I have friends that hire WOOFER's every year to work on their organic farm on Pender Island (BC). PM me if you'd like more info.

LL


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 21 May 03 - 10:58 PM

If your coming through Northern Minnesota, come on over. Plenty of room in or out. One thing I have to tell you though, I always tell folks to make themselves at home because I don't wait on anyone and Mudcatters are no exception! When are you coming through? I'm going to a blues fest, more north than me on June 13-15 and playing on June 27 at our local blues Fest. Another big festival I go to is the second week in July, that lasts 5 days so that's a few times I won't be around unless you want to go too! Then there's August, 2 more blues fests in Duluth and Fargo. Whew, sounds like the dancing season is upon me!
Peace, Rustic~putting out the welcome mat!


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Big Mick
Date: 22 May 03 - 01:02 AM

Then come ahead, dearie. Would love to see you.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 22 May 03 - 09:39 AM

I'm a one day drive from Chicago (500 miles, don't let it scare you), and if you'd like, I'll see if I can scare up possible places for a gig in a nearby college town (to me, not Chicago).


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Dani
Date: 22 May 03 - 10:47 AM

I second Janie's welcome. And I've got a place you can play, as well as a place you can sleep! You can take your chances here at the James Pharmacy Restaurant, or we'll send you down the road to Durham or Chapel Hill for lucrative busking opportunities.

And no shortage of good cooking in Hillsborough, if I may humbly say so.

Come on!

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 22 May 03 - 07:02 PM

Dani, what you said about the restaurant rings a faint bell - has someone written about it on Mudcat or something?

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: maire-aine
Date: 22 May 03 - 11:33 PM

I'm in Michigan, too. Would be glad to have company.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 May 03 - 11:57 PM

Hi, Marion - you ought to stop here in Colfax in the Sierra foothills.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 23 May 03 - 12:48 AM

I keep my pants up with a piece of twine


I keep my arms wide open all the time



Marion, come be mine


And pull my twine.



Sincerely,

Gargoyle



You by any-chance, might not happen to be one of them, "travelers" mentioned about so much earlier in the year? Would Ya???


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: DougR
Date: 23 May 03 - 01:19 AM

Garg, you are a gem! I've always liked you!

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 May 03 - 04:41 AM

Perhaps this has been mentioned earlier in the thread, but I havent spotted it. Marion, you are looking for Springfields. Does anyone know where Springfield Mountain is, in the funny song about the rattlesnake?


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: John Hardly
Date: 23 May 03 - 09:48 AM

Dave and Marion,

If you do make it to Indianapolis, Marion, I hope you or Dave let me know. I've followed your threads on music (and guitar playing) with such interest that I'd love to meet you and hear you play a tune or two!

If you make it to N. Indiana I might be able to get you a coffee house gig too.

Dave -- I'll be in Indy the second weekend of June. i've done the Talbot St. Art fair for the past 25 years - I have the first booth north of 16th St.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Tinker
Date: 23 May 03 - 09:50 AM

The pesky serpent over at Contemplator tells the tale of Springfield Mountain.

"The tune is based on the death of Timothy Myrick, of Springfield, Massachusetts. He was engaged to marry Sarah Blake, but was bitten by a rattlesnake on August 7, 1761 and died.
The tune was originally Springfield Mountain, a somber tale that urges repentance before it is too late, to "be prepared when God doth call." The words may have first been sung to Psalm 100 (Old Hundredth).

Springfield Mountain was redone for the Boston music-hall stage in the 1830's as the tune here. The sheet music was published in 1840."

So, it looks like Peg in Boston is the closest to this Springfield.

Tinker

Whogrewuponetownover


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 May 03 - 11:04 AM

thanks very much, Tinker, just what I was looking for.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 02:21 AM

Lyrical Lady, some friends of mine WWOOFed their way across the Canadian west, but I think they stopped when they reached the coast - I'll have to look into that.

Joe, if I make it as far as California you're definitely on my list. I suspect that I may end up just staying in the eastern half of the country. I'll have to get a feel for how quickly the busking income allows me to travel, once I'm on the road.

Getting a car is proving to be more complicated and expensive than I thought, so now I'm thinking that instead of driving and camping I will be taking buses and trains and sleeping in hostels (and renting cars at a few key places). I would still make a point of staying in moderate weather for busking purposes - but this would mean more cities and fewer small towns. And I'm beginning to suspect that M.Ted is right about the Springfield thing.

Cheers, Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: open mike
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 02:48 AM

most rental cars require a major credit card,
just so you know..and the "leave the light on for you"
is something that one motel chain (motel "6"?)
offers to do...they have a character named Bodine
no i think it is Tom Bodette, who claims they will
leave the light on...


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: BlueJay
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 05:48 AM

Wow, what a long strange trip this is looking like. If you find yourself anywhere near southern Colorado, a side trip to La Veta would be most welcome. I guarantee that you would be glad you visited us. No advance notice is needed, here. Ask the folks at the local grocery how to find Jay, and they'll help you. (living in a small town has it's advantages). Thanks, and hope to see you, BlueJay Jenkins


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: JedMarum
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 10:54 PM

If ya make it to Texas, Marion - I gotta get you out the Sons of Hermann Hall jam. You need to sing 'em your cowboy song. They'll love it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: hesperis
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 07:31 PM

Have fun and remember to come back to Toronto afterwards! ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 11:51 PM

Thanks BlueJay. Are you really the only Jay in town? And can I get a tour of the Pick-Up-The-World factory?

Jed, you sing it, then I can segue into my new lesbian blues song.

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Jazzyjack
Date: 14 Jun 03 - 01:08 PM

Dear Marion; I see that you have been a Mudcat member for some time. This is some jaunt you are planning. What guts you have. Maybe you could wind up here on Vancouver Island, a folkies's paradise. I have an apple orchard but there won't be any to pick in springtime ( and it isn't organic ). I was born in Toronto and lived there until 1978. How do you like fellow Canucks Stephen Fearing, Eileen Laverty and Todd Butler ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 01:17 PM

Hi JazzyJack. I will try to get to Vancouver (city), as my favourite brother is there; and a side trip to Victoria would be great too. Are you anywhere near Victoria?

I like Stephen Fearing, but I don't know the other two.

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 12:01 AM

Hello gang. My plans are coming along swimmingly. I will be PMing y'all individually to ask for phone numbers - then I will call you on the road a few weeks before I come by your towns.

Fielding just gave me a little tape recorder to collect folksongs with, so can you all try to be authentic source folksingers by the time I get there? In return, I intend to leave copies of my original songs and flowcharts along the way.

I've decided to start by crossing Canada then entering the states at Seattle - so my original route for crossing the states will be reverse. I'll go down to CA, go east across the south through the winter, then up the east half.

Cheers, Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: open mike
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 12:20 AM

marion...i will be back in calif. in mid august..
i am near chico, which is the nearest town of size.
let me know if you want to camp out here...
we have a nice pond and lots of rivers..
which is the best place to be in august...laurel


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Amos
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 10:34 AM

And if you're coming down through California, drop by and sing with the Balboa Park crew!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Bert
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 11:41 AM

We have a Springfield near us (Phoenixville PA). I say near but it's less than an hour's drive. I went there yesterday to Value City Department store 'cos they have lots of good clothes cheap. I got a pair of shoes for $14.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: M.Ted
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 11:57 AM

I love that Value City, Bert


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Bert
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 03:01 PM

Do you live around here M. Ted?


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 05:01 PM

Wash. DC
Busking is good in Georgetown.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: M.Ted
Date: 15 Jul 03 - 02:27 PM

I used to live in Philly, Bert--then up near Lansdale--


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: kendall
Date: 15 Jul 03 - 05:38 PM

Now that they have mentioned it, I can highly recommend Sinsull as a place to stop over, and, Dani's place. I stayed there last spring on the way to and from Florida. We had a nice music session at Janies too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jul 03 - 05:29 AM

Marion- You mentioned visiting all the Springfields. There is a Springfield about 150 miles southeast of us here in Colorado, so if you intend to visit them all, (what a task), you will be in our part of the state. We would love to have you stop by. Allan C and Bill Sables visited during their "Great Mudcat Adventure", and I'd like to continue the tradition. In reply to your questions: there may be more than one "Jay" in our town of <1000 folks, but I haven't met any. If you mentioned playing music, the folks at Charlie's would be able to differentiate. And yes, a visit with Pick-up the World is inherent in a visit to me, since PUTW is controlled by my daughter and son-in-law. Both excellent musicians, and we're always looking for someone new to play with. It's pretty low key here, and I think you will be very satisfied if you decide to come. Thanks, BlueJay


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: BlueJay
Date: 16 Jul 03 - 05:56 AM

Cookie reset time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 17 Jul 03 - 01:41 AM

Open Mike and Amos, I do intend to go to California, most likely late November or early December. I have a real life friend in LA, and I'd like to spend some time in SF. What's the Balboa Park crew?

Thanks, Guest, I'll keep that in mind if I get to DC.

BlueJay, I would really like to meet you (and Katlaughing). I'm just trying to figure out when would be a good time to venture into the middle of the country.

Bert, I'll probably go to PA. Can I take you out for a coffee or a shoe shine?

Hi Kendall. I doubt that I'll go to Maine, but you never know.


Cheers, Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: open mike
Date: 17 Jul 03 - 01:59 AM

i do believe i saw a springfield Idaho near Pocatello,
and Rapaire (sp?) in in Pokey...not the pokey, but pocatello.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 17 Jul 03 - 02:20 AM

What's the pokey? Is that valley girl slang?

Visiting all the Springfields is an awesome task and one that I fear to be out of my reach this time. And since my only reason to want to was so that I could confidently brag to my friends that I had visited the Simpsons' town, there's no point in going to any of them if I don't go to all of them. I guess I'll save that pilgrimage for my next mid-life crisis.

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: kendall
Date: 17 Jul 03 - 08:12 AM

How can you tour the country and not visit the most beautiful state? MAINE!


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 12:09 PM

Is Maine really the most beautiful state?

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Amergin
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 04:21 PM

no that would be north idaho...


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: kendall
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 07:19 PM

When the TODAY show came here in 1976, Jim Hart told me that Maine is the second most beautiful state, and that Montana was number one. Hell, they don't even have an ocean!
By the way, we do have a town called Springfield, but, we don't allow people as stupis as Homer Simpson to breed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: kendall
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 07:20 PM

STUPID, that is. proof read, always proof read.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 07:37 PM

Marion:

"Pokey" is old American slang (not Valley, more like the 40's I would guess) for the lockup, hoosegow, slammer, tank, pen or community jail.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: curmudgeon
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 08:30 PM

Kendall's almost right. Maine is the most beautiful state when in combination with New Hampshire. Maine certainly has the rock bound coast, but NH has the mountains with or without the Old Man.

Seriously, Marion, you should try to get up here to the true Northeast. Let us know your itinerary and you'll be well cared for. Just ask Giok, Micca, Cet and others -- Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: kendall
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 09:18 PM

HEY Tom, you never heard of the Longfellow range? I'm sure you know the Appalachian trail starts (or ends) on top of Mt. Kathadin well into Maine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Big Mick
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 11:53 PM

So......Marion.....you coming to Michigan?

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 26 Jul 03 - 01:42 AM

Michigan, Maine, and New Hampshire... right now, I want to go to all of them. However, as I've decided to start in the west, I wouldn't be in that part of the country till next spring, so I'm reluctant to make predictions. I'll have to see how long I feel like staying on the road, and what kind of ground-covering pace seems to work best for me.

Hey Amos, if I can't bring you Peter T., will you settle for a couple of surfer chicks? Two of my girlfriends are considering meeting up with me in San Diego in November, and if that works out, we want to learn to surf.

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Genie
Date: 26 Jul 03 - 08:01 PM

Hey, great idea, Marion! Come visit me in Portland and I can prob'ly get you a couple of nursing home gigs (or we could do some together).
In case you haven't heard of Portland, it's in that state that's right under Washington, BTW.
PM me for details.
Lots of good music stuff going on out here.
I even have a place you might like to stay in Seattle, too.
(You MIGHT conceivably even be in San Diego while I'm down there, in which case you could stay at my folks' house if you're not staying with other SD Mudcatters.

Come on out!
Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 26 Jul 03 - 09:45 PM

Sounds great, Genie. I would be in Portland at the end of October or beginning of November, and I was thinking that we should have a "Take Your Protegee to Work Day". Do you think you'd go to San Diego for American Thanksgiving? I do have a RL friend in San Diego to stay with, and Amos has offered as well. But we always need more surfer chicks...

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Amergin
Date: 27 Jul 03 - 07:55 PM

sounds like guest is a bit desperate....

well, when you're in Portland, Marion I hope to meet you...


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: jbailes
Date: 29 Jul 03 - 03:52 PM

we can put you up on capitol hill washington dc.
as "guest" mentioned, georgetown is a desirable place to busk. i did it a fair amount with a fiddle in the early 1970s. a few years ago i busked with a russian banjoist across from union station in washington dc, a few blocks from our townhouse.
we can supply a bicycle; a very good way to get around dc.
bill day, responding to you, mentioned the fsgw getaway. i'll likely be there, too, october 17.
good luck with your travels.

jbai@loc.gov


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 29 Jul 03 - 11:38 PM

Do.. you/they... drink beer?

Can.... you/they.... run?

I've got 4000 USA connections if you answer YES to both questions.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Special Discounts available if... you/they "flash-their-tits"


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Marion
Date: 05 Aug 03 - 12:47 AM

Cool, Amergin, I didn't realize that you're in Portland too.

Jbailes, thanks for the invite. I would be getting to DC in the springtime; maybe I can lure you back to the streets to play with me.

Gargoyle, I'd be delighted to take you out for a coffee when I'm in Phoenix, but how can I contact you? If you don't want to post a phone number or email adress on the forum, perhaps you could take out a membership just to PM me...

Cheers, Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 05 Aug 03 - 01:03 AM

OK - this can get you started drinking and running in Arizona



http://www.phoenixhhh.org/



Where do you go next?



Sincerely,

Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: BS: Hey Americans! Can Marion visit you?
From: Amos
Date: 05 Aug 03 - 01:40 PM

Marion:

I think we can arrange something!! Bring 'em on!! LOL!

Seriously, there a number of places around here where learning to surf is the happening thing. The water temp is a little low in November-- around 65F--but you can get by with a spring suit or a farmer john.

Just PM me when you know what your plans are! I've got some floor space if you need it!


A


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