The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 May 2006

The official WT06 FAQ

When does the World Tour actually happen?

It begins on 12 June, and continues for somewhere between two and three weeks.

What makes it a World Tour, exactly, since you're not leaving the States or anything?

Two things: it's awfully damned long, and much of it is through relatively unfamiliar territory.

How long is "awfully damned long"?

I expect somewhere between 4500 and 5000 miles.

You've done this five times before. Why do it again?

Because I can. More to the point, it's good for me to get out of town, and it's good for my car to get a serious workout once in a while.

Will you be blogging every day?

That's the plan, anyway. You can still read the reports from 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. I have Wi-Fi capability, I carry a spare CAT 5 cable, and if all else fails, I have a dial-up.

What's the shape of this year's route?

Still vague and inchoate, though it's headed toward the south and east; there is a definite Dixieland flavor.

How much of this is copied from previous World Tour FAQs?

Rather a lot, actually.

Usually you start these in July. What's different this year?

They haven't said so, but 42nd and Treadmill is probably wondering just why it is I've always ducked out of their pet July projects; this year I'll actually participate in them.

Is there any chance you'll say "Screw it" and not go home?

I would have to be extremely fortunate, in the winning-lotto-ticket sense, or extremely smitten, in the "I've been waiting for you all my life" sense. Don't count on either of these actually taking place.

Note: Feel free to post additional questions in the comments box, or by mail if you'd rather.

Posted at 9:33 AM to World Tour '06

Let me know how close you're getting to the SW side of metro Atlanta.

For that matter, maybe Wifey-Ki-Yay and I might head Birmingham-ward to horn in on your meeting with Susanna.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:55 AM on 23 May 2006

I, um, don't have a meeting with Susanna planned.


Posted by: CGHill at 11:09 AM on 23 May 2006

I, for one, can't wait for the road rules reports. You do realize that if the wind blew you far enough south and east, you'd be in the Carolina territories?

I wouldn't take the lotto winnings to the bank just yet, but that smitten thing. Well, you just never know when it will up and grab you. What's the motto? Be prepared?

Posted by: Jennifer at 3:46 PM on 23 May 2006

Charles, if you think you might be in or near the Big Apple, and are amenable to a face-to-face, drop me a line. I'd love to meet you.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 4:18 PM on 23 May 2006

I don't think I'll be getting too close to Lawn Guyland this time around. Sorry.

As for "that smitten thing": I recognize the possibility as nonzero, but I don't think it's exactly measurable in terms with which I'm familiar, either.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:47 PM on 23 May 2006

Now this is a Road Trip.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:55 AM on 24 May 2006

Hope you've saved up enough this past year to afford gas for the round trip. Else you might have to decide not to go back. If you're coming through or close to Nashville give me a holler-out and I'll buy you a burger...or whatever.

Posted by: Winston at 6:56 AM on 25 May 2006