I’m out of town with limited access to the internet. We arrived at my mom’s house in Springfield, Illinois just a wee bit later than planned, thanks to my brain being on autopilot.

There we were, happily rolling along north on Interstate 65, and even making unusually good time. On most trips, my daughters counter-synchronize their bladders to ensure that I’ll be exiting the interstate at least every 45 minutes to find a bathroom. Yesterday, perhaps because of the excitement of seeing grandmas, aunts, uncles and cousins, they forgot to counter-synchronize.

It was when I saw a sign informing me that Louisville, Kentucky was only 120 miles ahead that something in my brain finally clicked … now why would making such good time give me an uncomfortable feeling? … a mere two hours away from Louisville and it’s not even noon yet …

Then it hit me: Louisville is on the way to Chicago, not Springfield. I was supposed to take the exit for Interstate 24 at least an hour earlier. I’d been going north and east when I should have been going north and west.

So we had to take two-lane highways through little towns and work our way west for a couple of hours before we were back on track. At least that area of Kentucky is beautiful, with rolling countryside and forests all around.

I’ll check comments when I can, but mostly I’ll be visiting family.

Another little note: A few people sent in orders for the Fat Head DVD just before we left. We’re waiting to get more in stock, and will likely have them when we arrive home next week. I’ll fill the orders then. Same goes for any Big Fat Fiasco orders.

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21 Responses to “On The Road”
  1. Jenny says:

    Geez! You’re acting like a vegan

    I should’ve had bacon for breakfast.

  2. Verimius says:

    Check out this article from the Los Angeles Times Health section, December 20th:

    A Reversal on Carbs
    http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-carbs-20101220,0,5464425.story

    Is the media finally getting it?

    There is hope, after all.

  3. Marilyn says:

    LOL. I don’t know anyone who drives who hasn’t taken the “scenic route” from time to time. Have a wonderful time!

    At least it truly was scenic.

  4. Sarah says:

    I saw that la times article too! I jumped for joy!

  5. Bruce says:

    One of the sayings my wife and I used (not too often, luckily) on our driving trip through Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, was “We’re lost, but we’re making good time”

    I Googled the quote and found it attributed to Yogi Berra, but used in the movie movie “City Slickers”, which is probably where I had heard it.

    We also call the “getting off the planned route and driving on two lane roads and hope it all works out” Adventure Driving. As long as it’s not lousy weather, it can be more enjoyable.

    Love it. We were definitely lost but making good time.

  6. mrfreddy says:

    hopefully you’ll find a GPS unit under the tree Saturday morning…

    My goal was to get through life without owning one, or at least until my car dies and I’m forced to buy a newer one with GPS built in.

  7. Steve says:

    The mind is a funny thing! I’ve been told I have my head in the clouds from time to time.

  8. Susan says:

    I sure have done my share of “adventure” driving. Good times!

    Have a fun and safe Christmas!

    Susan :>)

    Thank you. Merry Christmas to you.

  9. I use ‘holistic navigation’ at times particularly when driving in unfamiliar territory. I pick a car ahead of me that looks like the driver knows where they’re going, and I follow it. Eventually I will reach somewhere I recognise or will pass a sign that points me in the right direction. Or I’ll end up at their place – tho that’s never happened yet :)

    Have a wonderful holiday season folks, we’ll be thinking of your white Christmas while we’re sweltering in 30 deg C heat and heading to the beach. Hope Santa finds you all and is very generous this year.

    Kia Ora
    T

    Thank you. After a decade in Los Angeles, I’m happy to look outside and see snow on the ground as Christmas approaches.

  10. We’re NOT lost! THEY moved the exits!!

    Enjoy this time with your family. Best wishes for a safe, joyful, and joy-filled season.

    Pete B

    In my case, they moved the entire interstate. Happy holidays to you and yours.

  11. Soul says:

    Cute…. glad I’m not the only one that has taken a wrong turn and driven good distance before realizing. Merry Christmas, and hope you and family enjoy your time in central Illinois. We seem to be in a 3 day warming spell. If you are responsible for bringing the above freezing weather from the south, big thanks! Being from the south myself at one time in my life, one of the most beautiful sights to witness is melting snow, IMO.

    The girls managed to build a snowman before the melting set in.

  12. ekon says:

    How awesome is this? The major Swedish low-carb blogger and MD Andreas Ehnfeldt got a personal Christmas greeting… from the head of the Swedish equivalent of the USDA / Food safety authority. Supposedly, they are looking forward to his book, that´s coming out on the 28:th. (They´ve been having some big dustups over the last few years).

    Hilarious stuff:

    http://www.kostdoktorn.se/julkort-fran-livsmedelsverket

    I don’t know how to say “Outstanding!” in Swedish, but that’s outstanding.

  13. Sabine says:

    You may blame it on Kentucky. Of all the states I have driven through, they have the most confusing signage.
    Thanks so much for making ‘Fathead’. I watch it whenever I need some reinforcement. Seems like I zero in on different reasons each time, to eat right.

  14. Marilyn says:

    Soul wrote: “Being from the south myself at one time in my life, one of the most beautiful sights to witness is melting snow, IMO.”

    Soul, having lived all my life in “snow country,” I can tell you that for me, too, one of the most beautiful sights to witness is melting snow. :-)

  15. Zachary says:

    Have fun. I’m stuck at home with my family and they are absolutely CONVINCED I’m hurting myself. I actually got an email from a family member today: “If you feel that strongly that you are on this super amazing diet and that researcher’s are all part of a giant conspiracy effect to keep the poor man from his delicious meat. Sure. That’s fine. But if 10 or 20 years from now you develop some nasty heart/colon/kidney disease like the rest of hyper obese meat gorging America, I urge you to reconsider your viewpoint”. It blows my mind how the majority of people can be this completely misguided

    Good grief. Ten or 20 years from now, when you’re healthy and your relatives are taking prescription drugs for arthritis, diabetes, or some other ailment, I hope the emailer reconsiders.

  16. Brian says:

    Tom, I wanted to thank you for pointing me to Kerrigold butter, which is awesome. I’ve been on low carb for a long time now, and lighter for it, but lately I’ve begun cooking with lard more, and I can’t believe we ever discarded this amazing cooking fat.

    Interestingly, when cooking, things smell like lard, but I’ll be darned if I can taste it in the final dish. Meanwhile, you get an awesome crispness, and a sense of richness in the dish, that is not equaled by any fat I know of except butter, which is not suitable for the highish heats of the sort of dishes I’m talking about.

    I encourage you to check it out, if you haven’t. I should mention that I’m not talking about shelf-stabilized room-temperature packages of hydrogenated lard, which seem like fake food, and smell like it; I’m talking about fluffy, tasty, rich-smelling lard from Mangolitsa pigs, the original lard pig, available online, though admittedly not cheaply. But I’ve found it an awesome addition to my cooking repertoire. There’s a reason they raised this pig breed to produce lard. Even when I rendered my own from Berkshire back fat, it didn’t come close.

    We’re planning to render our own lard soon. We already have the slabs of fat we bought from a local farm.

  17. Isabel says:

    Once again the media has latched on to some inane study and decided that “A” causes “B”:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40795126/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/
    Therefore, fried fish causes strokes! If the study had decided that most of those dinners were served with collard greens and bacon, they would have probably decided that greens cause strokes! What a load of crap!

    Wow. Talk about leaping to conclusions from some weak correlations!

  18. Hilary Kyro says:

    I’ve been committed to 9 South, a night-clubby euphemism for the psycho ward. To make a long story short; I tried to help my neighbors become better parents and that’s considered lock-up crazy.
    I am stuck in hospital, without any fat. All the staff and inmates are obviously suffering from malnutrition and the vendors of coffee and opioids are loving it!

  19. Hilary Kyro says:

    Rice Krispie squares are the foundation of the Mount Sinai diet, rounded out with Premium crackers and Becel. I’m deteriorating fast…nobody believes diet is important to health. Concern for nutrition is just another obsessive pathology. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi! Please bring nuts to the crazy bin!

  20. Isabel says:

    Another for you:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BR3W220101228
    How is that for a perfectly controlled study? Infants can’t cheat on their diets, and parents are wonderfully consistent once they pick a formula for their babies. According for to the study, infants on a hypoallergenic formula (that just happens to be higher in protein and lower in carbs) are on average 2 lbs leaner. They were also observed to consume less. Wow! imagine that?

  21. Jo says:

    Happy holidays, as you Americans say! I thought of you yesterday when someone dissed my opinions because I am not a scientist. After all these people are experts and I am just stuffing my silly little head with trash from blogs written by idiots on the internet! LOL. The guy is an academic and I think holds the view of many academics that only they can understand the true secret of knowledge. The rest of us need to just believe what the high priests tell us. As it happens I had a good education, and I find it quite easy to recognise BS when I see it.

    OK, I got that off my chest. Hope you enjoy the rest of your break.

    Thank you. It’s been a nice break.

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