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On july 3rd, one day before my older brother's wedding, I was at a restaurant in the town he was getting married at, having lunch. I was talking to my family, eating my calzone. We were all exited for the wedding and the days we stayed in the town were quite busy, due to wedding preparations.
We were at some sports bar and grill that was near an arcade similar to like a Dave and Busters type thing. The restaurant and arcade were built in to this resort kind of building that was connected to a hotel, casino and spa, you didnt even have to walk outside to get to these various locations.
(For those wondering, I do not know the name of the building, but you could probably find it if you looked it up. It's in a small river town called Burlington, located in Iowa. The whole place was very liminal as well, for those of you interested in liminal spa es, but that's aside the point.)
Anyway, as I enter the restaurant, I feel some sort of tension. I dont know if that's because I was catching liminal space vibes from it or whatever, but it felt strange.
I was speaking to my grandma, and suddenly everything froze for a split second. Everything went silent and still, and I continued to speak even though my heart dropped and my stomache clenched up when it happened.
It was a type of silence I can't explain. Typically if you're home alone, theres AC blowing or a fridge making noise, cars driving by. It may seem silent but it's not truly silent. Not like this.
My grandma even asked me to say that again, as if thier world paused and I continued, causing her to not hear some of the words I said.
I went to the bathroom and everything went silent again, even though there were no other people in the bathroom for me to pick up on the physical freeze again. But this second time, the sound I was hearing went silent just like before. Completely silent.
That's all there is to it. I hope someone somewhere can give me a decent conclusion to this phenomenal occurrence. It was truly terrifying, knowing that I was in that restaurant just a few seconds longer than everyone else.
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State League Series - 6/50: Iowa

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Ames RailRiders Ames was originally named after Oakes Ames, a Massachusetts man who was a big part in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. This is where the name RailRiders comes from. The team uses black, grey, and white, which I feel are representative of railways and trains. The font used is meant to replicated train tracks as there is two parts/sides of each letter.
Bettendorf Gamblers In 1991, an area native and businessman named Bernard Goldstein launched the first modern-day version of a riverboat casino in the waters in Bettendorf. This serves as inspiration for team name, colors, and logos. The colors are two shades of blue to represent the water, while the badge features a die with the waves.
Burlington Hawkeyes When thinking of Hawkeyes, most people associate this name with either the state in general or the University of Iowa. Burlington, however, is where the Hawkeye name first came into use. A subtle detail in the logo which I really like is that the B features a hawk eye peeking through it.
Cedar Rapids Expos Cedar Rapids is a city which is notable partly for the fact that it is one of the biggest arts and culture cities not just in Iowa, but in the Midwest. Some of the arts and culture institutions found in Cedar Rapids are Orchestra Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Cedar Rapids Ceramics Center, Theatre Cedar Rapids, and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art hosts the largest collection of Grant Wood paintings, also known as the man who painted American Gothic. The Gothic Era in general was a big influence on the art and culture beginnings in Cedar Rapids, which is why there is a gothic feel to the design. I initially named them because I thought I had read that the art and culture boom also partly came from the Chicago World’s Fair or an expo in Chicago, but I now can not find that. However, I still feel Expos is a good name for Cedar Rapids.
Clinton LumberKings When Iowa came up, this was the first team I thought of. My parents used to take me to LumberKings game all the time when I was little and these are some of my first baseball and sports memories. Hence, I definitely wanted to try my hand and recreating them in SMB2. While the game obviously has limitations, I think I did well with those limitations.
Davenport Rebels In 1837, Davenport was battling with Rockingham to become seat of Scott County. Davenport won, but through devious and creative methodology, which is what the Rebels nickname pays homage to. The town with the most votes by Scott County citizens in the February 1838 elections would win the county seat. Just before the election came around, acquired the services of laborers from Dubuque, who became eligible to vote. This tipped the vote into Davenport’s favor. The vote was ultimately never certified, resulting in a second election with a 60-day residency requirement for voting. Davenport won this election by two votes, a margin so close that it triggered a third election. This one was won by Davenport due to Rockingham basically giving up on the idea of being county seat. Davenport won this election and quickly built the chambers for the county seat.
Des Moines Caps Inspired by the capitol city of Iowa and it’s architecture. The capitol building in Des Moines is known for its big gold dome. This is why the team wears gold hats and gold helmets. The logo is also meant to show this, as well. The bottom half circle is to represent the building while gold half circle represents the gold dome. The reasoning for Caps instead of Capitols is that the team wears gold caps and that the gold dome can be considered the cap of the building. Credit u/dreddfyre
Dubuque Scouts Dubuque is a town on the Mississippi River, which also has an abundance of Scouts. One of the names suggested was Hilltoppers, but I decided to go with Scouts because I feel that this represented both the hills and river. I also think it works decently with Dubuque’s Key City moniker. Credit u/dreddfyre
Fairfield Silicorns My favorite nickname for an Iowa team and one of my favorite things I’ve found for any State League Series team so far is the Fairfield Silicorns. Despite being somewhere unexpected for a tech hub, Fairfield actually has a sizeable technology industry. As a result, locals nicknamed the area “Silicorn Valley”, a midwestern play on Silicon Valley. I loved that too much to not use it. The colors are inspired by corn with the yellow and dark green, with a bright green included to represent the modern tech hub that Fairfield has become despite the typical stereotype of Iowa towns.
Iowa City-Coralville Ancients Iowa City and Coralville are close enough as to where they can share a team. Additionally, the Ancients name fits both cities, but for different reasons. For Iowa City, the “old capitol” building is found here. For Coralville, floods in recent years revealed a huge collection of remains and fossils. The logo features a dinosaur coming out from a shield, meant to represent the old capitol and the fossils. The black represents the past, while blue and red represent the colors of Iowa. The green, since it comes automatically with the dinosaur, I think makes the whole pallet very interesting and unique, which is why I decided to make it so prominent despite it having no real importance. Credit u/dreddfyre
Knoxville Sliders Knoxville, Iowa is known as the sprint car capitol of the world. For those who do not know what those are, they are the racecars with angled roofs which run on dirt. To me, and I do not know if this is technically this is the correct term, they also look as if they were sliding on the dirt when taking corners. This is where the name Sliders come from. It also helps that there is an obvious baseball tie-in, too, with a slider being a type of pitch. The colors and logos reminded me of a 90s local race track look, which is what I was going for. Credit u/dreddfyre
Maquoketa Bats Another team with a baseball tie-in is the Maquoketa Bats. The main attraction of Maquoketa is the Maquoketa Caves State Park. An animal commonly associated with caves is bats, while also obviously being a baseball thing, as well. I used just the bat on its own because I feel that it also somewhat looks like an M, also. Since the team was named after caves and bats, I wanted a dark color scheme, but I did not want to use just black and white, which is why a dark grey is actually the main color in play here.
Muscatine Melonheads This team combines my love of the Backyard Sports franchise with one of the most unique towns in Iowa. Muscatine is also known as Melon City, due to their fame from growing melons. For those who played Backyard Sports, you remember the Melonheads being a team name option on just about every game and is one of the most recognizable Backyard Sports names. Credit u/dreddfyre for the research and u/tengohierbas, who’s awesome Melonheads post I used as a reference!
Ottumwa Space Pirates Ottumwa is known as the Video Game Capital of the World. Additionally, it is also home to Twin Galaxies. For Ottumwa, I wanted to honor this by creating a team that was inspired by video games. It took awhile, but I thought of the name Space Pirates, which I thought sounded video game-y and also had a bit of a tie-in with Twin Galaxies because it references space. The colors are a bright green and black, two colors I think are commonly associated with video games, electronics, and technology.
Sioux City Sting Despite having a nice roll off the tongue, the Sioux City Sting are actually named for another reason. Sioux City honey is one of the most popular types of honey in the world. Hence, the name Sting, a reference to the bees which produce honey. The colors are also inspired by bees, as well.
Waterloo Belters One of the Midwest’s biggest companies, John Deere, calls Waterloo home. The base of the Waterloo logo is actually inspired by the base of John Deere logo, a square with a bit of rounded edges, rather than perfectly straight. Belters is in reference to assembly lines/belts of the John Deere factory. The town was initially known as Prairie Rapids Crossing, which partly influenced the logo and design, as well. The blue waves across the logo represent both belts and rapids. The bats and baseball represent the fact that “belted” is often used to describe a well-hit ball.
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Subreddit Stats: SandersForPresident top posts from 2019-04-30 to 2019-05-30 04:01 PDT

Period: 29.70 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 24295
Rate (per day) 33.67 791.73
Unique Redditors 325 6318
Combined Score 435526 181426

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 37764 points, 26 submissions: Cadet-Bone-Spurs
    1. Bernie Sanders: If I'm elected president, we'll create a national minimum that must be spent per-pupil to educate our kids. No matter where you live, whether your community’s property values are high or low, your kids' schools will be guaranteed a certain minimum level of education funding. (13539 points, 546 comments)
    2. 38 Years Ago, Bernie Marching for Womens Rights (5227 points, 148 comments)
    3. Bernie Sanders' divisive proposal to give all prisoners voting rights is already a reality in countries like Canada and Israel (5128 points, 355 comments)
    4. Bernie: “The workers in the fossil fuel industry aren’t our enemies. They are working to feed their families. And that is why we will provide a just transition in the Green New Deal.” (5035 points, 145 comments)
    5. Bernie Sanders: The truth is that our country has had a long and shameful history of voter suppression. This should not devolve into a debate about whether certain people are “good enough” to have the right to vote. Voting is not a privilege. It is a right. (4308 points, 169 comments)
    6. Bernie: Betsy DeVos is the worst Secretary of Education in the modern history of our country. We need an Education Secretary who is a fierce advocate for public education and working class children and works to integrate our schools—not who is doing everything she can to undermine them. (796 points, 24 comments)
    7. Bernie Sanders didn't need to evolve or be told which side to be on. He's been a staunch defender of women's autonomy 100% of his adult life. (505 points, 24 comments)
    8. Bernie Sanders: When Harry Truman first proposed guaranteeing health care to seniors the idea was billed as radical, “un-American” and an attack on basic freedom. Medicare is now one of the most popular government programs. We can make health care a right to all if we have the political will. (372 points, 1 comment)
    9. Bernie: Did you know that from 1911-1967, Americans could bank at their local post office? At one point our postal banks serviced 4 million customers. We must ensure all Americans can access basic financial services by allowing every post office to offer basic banking services again. (331 points, 16 comments)
    10. Bernie Sanders currently has the largest twitter following of any declared presidential candidate besides Donald Trump (281 points, 12 comments)
  2. 33655 points, 36 submissions: puppuli
    1. Bernie: I was right about Vietnam. I was right about Iraq. I will do everything in my power to prevent a war with Iran. I apologize to no one. (24414 points, 909 comments)
    2. GOP Officials Publicly Denounce Bernie Sanders’ Obamacare Expansion, Quietly Request Funding - Fascinating story from 2015 on how Sanders’ political savvy substantially improved the ACA & directly saved lives (1351 points, 17 comments)
    3. Bernie's rally attendance cross 100,000 🔥🔥 (825 points, 32 comments)
    4. Sanders argued in a CNN town hall that a major sign of inequality can be seen in how much people pay for housing. He was correct (817 points, 15 comments)
    5. Bernie Sanders wrote to Margaret Thatcher demanding an end to the British government's abuse of Irish republican prisoners on hunger strike in the 1980s (742 points, 32 comments)
    6. Iowa Caucus Poll (15-19 May, Change Research): Sanders 24%, Biden 24%, Buttigieg 14%, Warren 12%, Harris 10%, O'Rourke 5%, Klobuchar 2%, Yang 2% (578 points, 121 comments)
    7. Bernie: I understand President Trump is blocking a resolution at the WHO that would require drug companies to disclose actual R&D costs for pharmaceutical drugs. Nobody should believe Mr. Trump when he talks about taking on Big Pharma. (565 points, 4 comments)
    8. Bernie Sanders explains his plan to cut military spending (486 points, 26 comments)
    9. Bernie Sanders Had His Own TV Show. We Found the Archives (427 points, 24 comments)
    10. 24 Million With 'Good' Insurance Are Struggling With Medical Bills (318 points, 15 comments)
  3. 30269 points, 149 submissions: cmplxgal
    1. Glenn Greenwald: Bernie Sanders is 77 years old, grew up with immigrant parents in working-class Brooklyn, spent his entire adult life earning a modest salary as an elected official, and now the media is turning him into a gluttonous, oligarchical mogul because he wrote a book when he was 75. (5741 points, 239 comments)
    2. Bernie: McConnell said he’d fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 after blocking hearings for Merrick Garland. What a hypocrite. Make no mistake about it, McConnell's goal has always been the same: lifetime appointments for extreme rightwing judges by any means. (2386 points, 68 comments)
    3. Bernie: "If we are a nation that can pay baseball players hundreds of millions of dollars, don't tell me we can't afford to pay teachers the salaries they deserve." (2223 points, 181 comments)
    4. Glenn Greenwald: "One of Sanders' best 2016 moments was when he replied to Hillary's boasting of her friendship with Henry Kissinger by proclaiming how proud he was that Kissinger is not his friend. His refusal now to feign respect for murderous neocons & their wars is even better. Very promising." (935 points, 25 comments)
    5. Bernie now has six events this weekend in Iowa! (620 points, 31 comments)
    6. NEW: Bernie Sanders will march tonight w/ abortion rights activists in Birmingham. He will go to the march directly after his rally there this afternoon. (492 points, 15 comments)
    7. "If you’re ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as Bernie Sanders." (483 points, 24 comments)
    8. "There are 612,000 people locked in local jails across this country and 462,000 haven’t even been convicted of a crime. In America, you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, not jailed until you make bail. Criminal justice reform must include ending cash bail." (472 points, 17 comments)
    9. Bernie: "Instead of recognizing and addressing the concerns of workers, American Airlines has moved to sue @MachinistsUnion. Machinists keep passengers safe and on time. My message to American Airlines is simple: Stop the intimidation and bullying!" (472 points, 7 comments)
    10. CNN reporter: In Concord, @berniesanders was asked if he would federally recognize a third gender. “The answer is yes.” Sanders added, “Everything that I’m talking about is trying to create a non-discriminatory society.“ (448 points, 67 comments)
  4. 21192 points, 11 submissions: kaffmoo
    1. Bernie Sanders on Joe Biden saying he's most progressive: "Joe voted for the war in Iraq. I led the effort against it… Joe voted for the deregulation of Wall Street, I voted against that… I don't think there's much question about who's more progressive" (10211 points, 576 comments)
    2. Hindsight is 2020 (9978 points, 653 comments)
    3. Bernie Sanders “Our Revolution is about reaching out and bringing new people into politics.” (222 points, 4 comments)
    4. Ady Barkan a dying Man with ALS Explains to Congress.“In this Country, the wealthiest in history, we do not have an effective or fair or rational system for delivering that care.High costs, bad outcomes, mind-boggling bureaucracy, racial disparities, geographic inequities, and obscene profiteering.” (205 points, 8 comments)
    5. How to keep wages low and working conditions poor (144 points, 13 comments)
    6. How A Plan To Cap Credit Interest Rates Would Affect Your Wallet | Better | NBC News (93 points, 0 comments)
    7. Bernie 2020 Town Hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire. A honest debate with locals about Major Issues. (86 points, 1 comment)
    8. Senator Bernie Sanders: I Can ‘Absolutely’ Swipe Donald Trump’s Base Back (76 points, 4 comments)
    9. The casualties of war we often forget: Veteran victims of overdose and suicide deserve special attention on Memorial Day and year-round (67 points, 0 comments)
    10. Tuition or Dinner? Nearly Half of College Students Surveyed in a New Report Are Going Hungry (56 points, 2 comments)
  5. 14438 points, 4 submissions: relevantlife
    1. Bernie Sanders says all teachers salaries should start at $60,000 (13255 points, 1056 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders: "Billionaire Robert F. Smith's gift to forgive the student debts of the graduating class of Morehouse College was extremely generous. But the student crisis will not be solved by charity. It must be addressed by governmental action." (598 points, 19 comments)
    3. Bernie Sanders to demand Walmart workers get a board seat at annual shareholders meeting. “Walmart workers are sick and tired of being paid poverty wages, while the Walton family is worth over $170 billion." (550 points, 4 comments)
    4. This Memorial Day, I am reminded why I am voting for Bernie. As of this year, we will have been sending our men and women to Afghanistan to die for OVER HALF of my life. Bernie understands that endless war for two decades is unsustainable. Today, let’s make a commitment to BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME. (35 points, 0 comments)
  6. 14182 points, 18 submissions: lrlOurPresident
    1. Bernie responds to Biden: "There is no 'middle ground' when it comes to climate policy. If we don't commit to fully transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels, we will doom future generations. Fighting climate change must be our priority, whether fossil fuel billionaires like it or not." (4362 points, 111 comments)
    2. In the mid 1980s, Joe Biden was publicly praising a segregationist at the same time Bernie Sanders was fighting for justice alongside Jesse Jackson’s rainbow coalition. (3810 points, 152 comments)
    3. Yesterday, Bernie marched for abortion rights, just as he did 33 years ago. Issue by issue, unlike many other politicians, you don't have to wonder if Bernie has been on the right side of history. (1079 points, 18 comments)
    4. Bernie Sanders: "Uber says it can't pay its drivers more money, but rewarded its CEO with nearly $50 million last year. People who work for multibillion-dollar companies should not have to work 70 or 80 hours a week to get by. I stand with the Uber and Lyft drivers going on strike on May 8." (1006 points, 20 comments)
    5. Bernie Sanders just announced that if elected president, he will use executive action to block cuts to workers' promised retirement benefits, and will push his own legislation to permanently block future cuts (583 points, 13 comments)
    6. Bernie Sanders: “One out of every three senior citizens in America relies on Social Security for virtually ALL of their income. I don't think the wealthiest country in history should have seniors living in poverty. Trump wants to slash Social Security. I believe we must expand it.” (486 points, 2 comments)
    7. Bernie Sanders: "Walmart workers are sick and tired of being paid poverty wages, while the Walton family is worth over $170 billion. I’m honored to have been invited by Walmart workers to demand they have a seat on the company’s board." (457 points, 2 comments)
    8. Average annual interest rates on payday loans: Delaware 521%, Idaho 652%, Nevada 652%, Texas 661%, Utah 652%, Wisconsin 574%. It's time to end exploitative lending that keeps Americans trapped in debt. We will cap interest rates on consumer loans and credit cards at 15%. (341 points, 12 comments)
    9. Bernie Sanders vows to end cash bail nationally (316 points, 11 comments)
    10. Bernie Sanders: "This is shameful. A fourth child has died after being detained by Border Patrol since December. Our job is to provide protection and due process to those fleeing violence and persecution—not to threaten the safety of families and children at the border and tear families apart." (284 points, 10 comments)
  7. 11630 points, 38 submissions: amplify-twenty20
    1. J. Cole didn't vote, but he has an interesting perspective (3654 points, 443 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders will fight the total abortion ban in states such as Alabama (652 points, 6 comments)
    3. Private prisons are a failed experiment (612 points, 14 comments)
    4. Bernie Sanders is a strong criminal justice reform candidate (541 points, 7 comments)
    5. Bernie Sanders wants a responsible foreign policy (530 points, 11 comments)
    6. End cash bail nationwide (512 points, 16 comments)
    7. Legalize marijuana (472 points, 7 comments)
    8. How terrible! (445 points, 6 comments)
    9. Bernie Sanders thinks a high-quality public education should be a right (390 points, 5 comments)
    10. Bernie Sanders wants to root out institutional racism (381 points, 17 comments)
  8. 11109 points, 2 submissions: SherSinghz
    1. Bernie Sanders refutes Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz as she attacks Socialism. (10120 points, 499 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders on Twitter: "This is the richest country on Earth and our people don't have clean water. That's an international disgrace. Our solution: the WATER Act, which would create more than a million jobs to overhaul our nation's water infrastructure. (989 points, 12 comments)
  9. 8764 points, 21 submissions: sonofspy
    1. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders call for investigation into TurboTax and H&R Block for allegedly steering customers away from free tax filing (6302 points, 158 comments)
    2. A 10-year-old girl’s $67,957 snake bite is the exact reason we need Medicare for All (589 points, 24 comments)
    3. Bernie Video: GM got a $514 million tax break from Trump. It pays nothing in federal income taxes. Its CEO made $22 million last year. (387 points, 9 comments)
    4. During 2020 Bid, Sanders Looks To Convince Young Voters To Turn Out In Record Numbers (295 points, 37 comments)
    5. Sanders pushes back against Biden's claim he's the 'most progressive' candidate in the Democratic field (287 points, 20 comments)
    6. Pointing to Disastrous History of US Intervention, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela (96 points, 18 comments)
    7. Bernie Sanders slams Joe Biden for downplaying China's economic threat to the US (82 points, 14 comments)
    8. 'Tired of Getting Ripped Off,' Key Swing District Voters Want Candidates Willing to Take on Big Pharma: Poll (79 points, 0 comments)
    9. Daniel Desnoyers died after he couldn’t afford his mental health meds. (78 points, 1 comment)
    10. Bernie Sanders announces a farmers' right-to-repair and antitrust proposal similar to Elizabeth Warren's (66 points, 1 comment)
  10. 7805 points, 2 submissions: WhiskeyInferno
    1. 2020 election poll: Joe Biden's lead shrinks to zero against Bernie Sanders in critical Iowa (7225 points, 410 comments)
    2. Shaun King: Joe Biden is the father of modern mass incarceration (580 points, 30 comments)
  11. 7651 points, 12 submissions: roku44
    1. Bernie Sanders Decides to Play Rough This Time. The senator is playing to win, drawing sharp contrasts with his opponents far more quickly and aggressively than he did four years ago. (4835 points, 193 comments)
    2. Pollster Frank Luntz Predicts Bernie Sanders Will Be The 2020 Democratic Nominee. Ironically, some of the same fears that helped Trump win in 2016 could deliver the Democratic nomination to the Vermont senator, the GOP pollster says. (1434 points, 175 comments)
    3. Bernie-Biden Is a War for the Future of the Democratic Party (322 points, 57 comments)
    4. Are centrist candidates really the most "electable"? It may be the opposite. Despite the mainstream media's centrism fetish, voters want someone inspirational, not just "nicer than Trump" (212 points, 32 comments)
    5. Fox News viewers are more likely to support Bernie Sanders than people who watch MSNBC (184 points, 16 comments)
    6. 'Let's Expand Employee Ownership': Bernie Sanders Backs Plan to Give Workers Power Over Corporate Decisions. "We can move to an economy where workers feel that they're not just a cog in the machine—one where they have power over their jobs and can make decisions." (156 points, 1 comment)
    7. NBC News| Meet The Press| "We're going to create the kind of excitement that we need to bring out the large voter turnout," Sanders said. "The truth is that our campaign, I think, can generate that excitement." (126 points, 2 comments)
    8. 'Caravan' of Americans Crossing Canadian Border for Affordable Medical Care. A group of Minnesotans with diabetes said they were traveling five hours north to buy insulin for a tenth of what it costs in the U.S. (111 points, 13 comments)
    9. Sanders Calls on 2020 Candidates to Pledge Opposition to 'Unfair' Trade Deals That Put Corporate Interests Ahead of US Workers. "What we have seen over the last many years is one disastrous trade policy after another... It has led to a race to the bottom." (76 points, 1 comment)
    10. Bernie Sanders Speech Iran War (72 points, 2 comments)
  12. 7282 points, 7 submissions: bourgeoisfunctionary
    1. Bernie Sanders appears to be the favorite to secure Ocasio-Cortez’s prized endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary (6102 points, 408 comments)
    2. THREAD: It’s almost as if @JoeBiden & @BernieSanders are literally opposites. So the question is: which side are you on? Scroll through this thread (704 points, 102 comments)
    3. Young voter turnout increased by 79 percent in 2018 midterms (184 points, 13 comments)
    4. Indiana: Biden 33, Sanders 23, Buttigieg 20 (105 points, 90 comments)
    5. A plurality of Democratic voters (46%) support giving felons the right to vote (89 points, 14 comments)
    6. NATIONAL PRIMARY POLL (May 17-18, 2019, The Hill/Harris X): Biden 33 (-13), Sanders 14 (0), Warren 8 (+1), Buttigieg 6 (-2), Harris 6 (0), O'Rourke 5 (+2) (58 points, 23 comments)
    7. Morning Consult: Biden 39, Sanders 19, Warren 8, Harris 8, Buttigieg 6 (40 points, 11 comments)
  13. 7184 points, 12 submissions: MightyMane6
    1. Sanders to join Ocasio-Cortez at rally as climate fight heats up (5811 points, 199 comments)
    2. Tomorrow I will be out Canvassing in Downtown Tampa and I brought hundreds of Bernie business cards to give out! I challenge everyone to go out and Canvass! Sign up for a Canvassing event near you at: map.berniesanders.com (323 points, 17 comments)
    3. We NEED to aggressively begin distinguishing Bernie and Warren!! (281 points, 95 comments)
    4. Bernie is asking for our help! We need to reach 20,000 individual donations by midnight tomorrow! We are already at 3,000! Let's crush this goal!! (206 points, 81 comments)
    5. Yesterday the Sanders Campaign sent out an email setting a donation goal before the next FEC Deadline. The goal is set at 20,000 Individual donations by midnight tonight! (115 points, 24 comments)
    6. Paula Jean and Amy Vilela from Knock Down the House are fully endorsing Bernie! 🔥 (86 points, 13 comments)
    7. The Crowd in Birmingham AL (86 points, 36 comments)
    8. NEW Hear the Bern Episode is out | Bernie back in the day with David Sirota, Jeff Weaver, and Chuck Rocha. (69 points, 1 comment)
    9. Road to a Green New Deal - ft. Bernie & AOC | LIVE (68 points, 4 comments)
    10. Sen. Bernie Sanders visits River Region | 27 Photos (54 points, 0 comments)
  14. 6988 points, 43 submissions: axiomsofdominion
    1. For those counting at home, @BernieSanders has now been accused of being in the pocket of Big Poor, Big Human Rights and Big Elementary School (2091 points, 34 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders says the U.S. should be like Iceland and legally enforce equal pay (831 points, 74 comments)
    3. “Nevada's powerful teachers unions are applauding Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' new education plan, which would put a moratorium on charter schools and end funding for for-profit charter schools nationwide.” (301 points, 18 comments)
    4. Bernie Sanders is making 2 stops in South Carolina this weekend. Here’s where you can see him (248 points, 1 comment)
    5. BREAKING: Common Defense surveyed our 125,000 members to see how politically engaged progressive military veterans are feeling about the 2020 primary. Here’s what we found: 1) @BernieSanders 29.1% (up 5.1% from Jan) 2) @ewarren 20.7% (up 10.7% !!) 3) @JoeBiden 18.2% (up 0.2%) (234 points, 28 comments)
    6. Bernie rolls out New Hampshire endorsements: Alderman at-Large Brandon Laws, City of Nashua, Representative Josh Adjutant, (Ashland) Grafton, Representative Mark King, (Nashua) Hillsborough, Representative Skip Cleaver, (Nashua) Hillsborough, Representative Tim Smith, (Manchester) Hillsborough, etc. (174 points, 9 comments)
    7. Shaun King: "In 1989 @BernieSanders gave the strongest speech in Congress opposing the @JoeBiden Crime Bill. Bernie then fought against it for 5 years. This speech, which I think may be the best Bernie ever gave in Congress, was in April of 1994 opposing the Crime Bill once again." (172 points, 23 comments)
    8. Amazing Bernie Video: "The first thing Bernie says when he meets you: 'What can I do for you?' And then...he delivers." (171 points, 5 comments)
    9. "Just listened into the Bernie Sanders rally in Montpelier, Vermont and the speaker is boasting about how Bernie came to a farm to milk a cow and didn't leave until all 130 cows had been milked. Among Democratic presidential candidates in history, can even Jimmy Carter claim that?" (168 points, 7 comments)
    10. No Democrat has ever won I-Bernie Sanders's Senate seat. It was held by JimJeffords from 1989-2007, Robert Stafford from 1971-1989, and Winston Prouty from 1959-1971. All 3 men previously held Vermont's House Seat, which was held only for one term by a Dem between 2007 and 1933. Bernie Is Electable. (161 points, 18 comments)
  15. 6902 points, 7 submissions: BERNIN_FOR_BERNIE
    1. Labor Leader Chuck Jones who took Trump to task endorses Bernie Sanders (5621 points, 107 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders is an accomplished, effective leader (699 points, 15 comments)
    3. BERN UP the New DailyKos Straw Poll! (200 points, 109 comments)
    4. BERN UP the May 1 DailyKos Straw Poll! (159 points, 42 comments)
    5. NEW TODAY: OFFICIAL DAILY KOS POLL, NOT YESTERDAY'S DECOY POLL, PLEASE VOTE! (142 points, 40 comments)
    6. Over 70 Civil Rights Groups urge Democratic candidates to support the right to vote for those incarcerated (42 points, 1 comment)
    7. Bernie Sanders has a campaign machine that is crushing it! (39 points, 1 comment)
  16. 6855 points, 1 submission: nolesfan2011
    1. Bernie Sanders will call for ban on for-profit charter schools (6855 points, 360 comments)
  17. 6714 points, 1 submission: zxlkho
    1. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez want to cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent (6714 points, 467 comments)
  18. 5586 points, 1 submission: donkijote97
    1. Bernie is leading among voters under 50. Each and every one of us should talk to the older people in our lives and convince them that voting for Bernie would be in everyone’s best interest. (5586 points, 380 comments)
  19. 5431 points, 1 submission: sirtinykins
    1. God this at the casino last night. I’m starting to agree. (5431 points, 155 comments)

Top Commenters

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  5. axiomsofdominion (1309 points, 201 comments)
  6. EcoSoco (1272 points, 148 comments)
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  10. edenfairy (1001 points, 46 comments)
  11. MightyMane6 (994 points, 54 comments)
  12. ExpensiveCancel (981 points, 56 comments)
  13. wehaveengagedtheborg (979 points, 3 comments)
  14. ClockworkBlues (913 points, 1 comment)
  15. IsherwoodWilliams87 (893 points, 24 comments)
  16. FireWaterBern (869 points, 89 comments)
  17. Nwprogress (846 points, 43 comments)
  18. bullbear101 (836 points, 13 comments)
  19. IronicEyeCancer (830 points, 23 comments)
  20. cmplxgal (805 points, 145 comments)
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Top Submissions

  1. Bernie: I was right about Vietnam. I was right about Iraq. I will do everything in my power to prevent a war with Iran. I apologize to no one. by puppuli (24414 points, 909 comments)
  2. Bernie Sanders: If I'm elected president, we'll create a national minimum that must be spent per-pupil to educate our kids. No matter where you live, whether your community’s property values are high or low, your kids' schools will be guaranteed a certain minimum level of education funding. by Cadet-Bone-Spurs (13539 points, 546 comments)
  3. Bernie Sanders says all teachers salaries should start at $60,000 by relevantlife (13255 points, 1056 comments)
  4. Bernie Sanders on Joe Biden saying he's most progressive: "Joe voted for the war in Iraq. I led the effort against it… Joe voted for the deregulation of Wall Street, I voted against that… I don't think there's much question about who's more progressive" by kaffmoo (10211 points, 576 comments)
  5. Bernie Sanders refutes Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz as she attacks Socialism. by SherSinghz (10120 points, 499 comments)
  6. Hindsight is 2020 by kaffmoo (9978 points, 653 comments)
  7. 2020 election poll: Joe Biden's lead shrinks to zero against Bernie Sanders in critical Iowa by WhiskeyInferno (7225 points, 410 comments)
  8. Bernie Sanders will call for ban on for-profit charter schools by nolesfan2011 (6855 points, 360 comments)
  9. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez want to cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent by zxlkho (6714 points, 467 comments)
  10. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders call for investigation into TurboTax and H&R Block for allegedly steering customers away from free tax filing by sonofspy (6302 points, 158 comments)

Top Comments

  1. 941 points: wehaveengagedtheborg's comment in Bernie Sanders appears to be the favorite to secure Ocasio-Cortez’s prized endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary
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[OFFER] Roughly $135 worth of Fun City arcade credits. Prefer to give to a Redditor with children but it doesn't have to be.

In November, my family came up north to visit me and we all decided to go to a casino in Burlington, IA. We bought 4 Fun City cards ($20 x 3 & $100 x 1) thinking we'd be able to use it for adult bumper cars and games, etc. We used about $25 then ended up spending the remainder of our time elsewhere.
At this point, I live a while away and I have no intentions of returning to use the remaining credits. It's good for arcade games, bowling, candy store, and bumper cars.
I thought it was enough to make a great trip for some kids and I know many parents are struggling. Also, I think there may be other locations besides Iowa.
No charge.
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Macklemore - The Olympic Hero You Deserve

Although he is not a native-Iowan, Macklemore will be forever remembered as Iowa's first child thanks to his contributions around the state.
Macklemore was born out of spite between an angry Scissor Company heir and her lucky husband Theo. Theo spent all day at the casino picking losers for the big horse races. Then one day, Theo lost all of his money. Bernice, an angry Scissor Company heir was excited by this but hated being poor. She agreed to have one child with Theo, only if that child were to become a High Priest. That's why they decided to make this future prince Macklemore.
Macklemore began his legacy as an Iowa citizen while training to be high-priest at Gary Coleman's world-famous dojo. Master Coleman had never seen such a transformative young man and immediately introduced Macklemore to high school football legend, Ron Jeremy. Ron Jeremy immediately told Macklemore "Iowa is about to have a huge fucking Dolphin problem".
Thanks to years of being trained as a high priest, Macklemore knew the only solution to Iowa's future "drought-induced dolphin epidemic" was to create the state's largest river. Macklemore then called his buddy Dan Marino who helped arrange a group of over 1,000 dolphins that teamed up to create the river before the 1975 drought. Thanks to this river, the state was able to sustain its plentiful production of the nation's "neighborhood restaurant" Applebees, despite three years without rain. While Macklemore was teaming up with his new dolphin friends, he fell into a romatic relationship with a beautiful but rude Coal-Miner named "L". Evantually "L" had a bad case of the "black lung" which caused her brain to shut off after the coal had gotten into "L"'s lungs.
The traumatic events forced Macklemore to reevaluate his spot on Earth as he hid in a fancy Iowa cave for only two years. When Macklemore rose from the cave, he had a special gift to the world that he was busy creating. While hiding away and not showering for years, Macklemore wrote the literary masterpiece "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" that won every major book award except the "Consumer Reports Best Book" award which was won by a fat couple in Berlin.
With money in the bank, Macklemore decided it was time to give back. Despite not having any trees in the whole state because of a giant drought that lasted over two years, Macklemore and his friend from Night Camp named Kobe Bryant went to Nebraska to do some wood cutting. By night's end, Kobe and his pal Macklemore transported enough wood to build three schools for the great city of Sioux City. The second that Macklemore and Kobe brought back that wood, a giant curse (that caused the drought) was lifted by an overweight Native American man.
With good karma now on Macklemore's side, he decided it was time to dive into Mack's one true love, the Olympics. First, the city of Burlington, IA and Arby's came to Macklemore with a bargain not even a sailor could refuse. "Mack, we need someone to write a great jingle for our great city that reminds everyone not only that the Olympics is once every four years, but that Arby's has meat at their food establishment" said the Mayor of Burlington. Macklemore knew that this meant he needed to write the epic tune "We've Got the Meats". WGTM was a smash hit beyond what anyone in Iowa had anticipated and it immediately went to the Alternative Top 40 peaking at #38. Unfortunately, it was ruled that Burlington, IA was too big of a city for the Olympics so that bid was squashed.
Ed, founder of the 54th Street in Phoenix, AZ decided to give ol' Macklemore a call and see if he couldn't get Mack to dust off his ol' Olympic Saving Boots and help get the Olympics back in the states! That's when the unstoppable combination of Ron Jeremy, Ed (from 54th Street) and Macklemore fought off the Russian resistance and landed Atlanta, GA their very first Olympics in 1996.
Now that Macklemore had served his life purpose and finally landed a city the Olympics, he decided to open a business for retirement. Despite the world's geologists begging him not to, Macklemore opened the very first Ruby Tuesday on an active volcano. "Basically Ed from 54th Street was an asshole and his company needed to be destroyed so that's why I made this Ruby Tuesday on a volcano", said Macklemore in a 2004 interview with ESPN. Macklemore was right in his predictions because the very next day Ed from 54th Street ended up in bed with a bear and died a week later.
Thank you Macklemore for helping America get the 1996 Olympics! Your contributions to society will never be forgotten.
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[Table] IAmA Person on day 44 of Paddling the entire Mississippi River

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How do avoid the larger river traffic (barges, ships, etc..) that might not be looking out for something as small as a kayak? Any close encounters? The barges stay in their marked channel well and are not a huge problem. I was in a few large pools this last weekend when everybody took out their motor boats. A bunch of drunks in speedboats are scarier to me. I had a guy Sunday come within a few feet of me. I almost threw my paddle at him.
When I was passing through Burlington Iowa 2 boats collided a few miles down from where I was camping. 4 people died and I have been much more cautious since then.
I had a barge sneak up on me from behind near the Wisconsin, Illinois border. I about pooped my self when it blew it's horn at me. Stupid Iowa NPR had a segment called "steamboat stories" that had that sound every time it started and would send shivers up my spine.
Not that I'd be pulling rank with a barge, but don't you technically have the right of way being that you have no motor? At least sail boats always have the right of way. Barges stay in their channel that is well marked by bouys. I might have the right of way but that means nothing if they can't see me.
Simple question- Why are you doing this? Also, any pics to share? Generic answer I give - "Because life is short and I wouldn't want to live it without having paddled the Mississippi"
Personal answer - "I need to get back to nature to figure out some stuff after Iraq"
Reason Now - "I want to come back next year and help a wounded warrior to become the first paraplegic to paddle the entire river. The amount of freedom I feel everyday is breath taking and I want to share it with someone who deserves it"
*edit - I am uploading an album to imgur now.
I want to come back next year and help a wounded warrior to become the first paraplegic to paddle the entire river. Please let us know when you get to the planning phase of this. I'll gladly kick in some money towards it. First thing when I get back. This is my new biggest priority besides not dying on the river.
Personal answer - "I need to get back to nature to figure out some stuff after Iraq" If you find yourself in New Orleans next Saturday, I will buy the booze. I will be there in 4 weeks.
The first answer is good enough for me, but each one after gets better and better. Best of luck to you :o) The ups is that I go as far as I want everyday, stop when I want and have time to really discover myself. I also can sing as loud as I want to a Kesha or Pink song on the radio while I am paddling.
Another question if you will? - What are the ups and downs to doing this solo? (Note: Solo, not alone) The downside is it is very lonely. When I first started out I would not see people for days and was alone which was ok and I felt fine. Now that I am somewhere where I see people all the time I feel lonely. Every person I meet asks me the same 3 or 4 questions.
Where do you jerk off? In my tent, the hammock makes it hard to maneuver.
When will you pass through Memphis? I reddit work literally on the banks of the river just south of the I-55 bridge. In about 8 days.
1) What are the expected total costs (gear included)? 1) The boat and gear ran me about 2000 dollars. 400 dollars for the ticket to Minneapolis, 300 to the guy who took me to Itasca. Then about 20 dollars per day I was on the river.
If you ever need a ride from Minneapolis to Itasca again, please just come to /twincitiessocial or PM me. $300 is ridiculous and I know that we could find someone to tote you up there for much less. I gave him 300$ because while I was waiting to go up I was bumming around the Mall of America, killing time. A cute girl asked me if I wanted to go to a casino and I said yes, because I love buffets and knew I could eat whatever I wanted. Waiting for the bus back to the mall so I could catch the shuttle back to my hotel I put 20 dollars in the Ghostbusters slot. I won 600 dollars. I don't really gamble and so I bought a nice hat and some nicer sunglasses for my trip. The guy who gave me a ride would have done it for free but I felt he deserved more and so gave him half of my winnings.
Is your name Huck or Jim? I am glad you did not write out Jim's name like Mark Twain did.
Would that even be possible? You'd exert so much energy per mile compared to going downstream... Everything from Minneapolis to St. Louis is flat because of the 29 locks and dams. It makes the river more like a staircase than a slope.
I noticed there was a picture of you inside a lock. Do they actually let a tiny boat like yours through the locks? Do they open and close the locks just for your little kayak? It seems a bit excessive but they send me through all by myself. The people at the locks are the only people I regularly talk to and are usually cool guys. In the locks with the bigger drops it feels like Star Wars with the giant gates opening.
But I mean you're going against the current regardless. Do kayaks skim the water so it wouldn't be too difficult? I guess I imagine paddling downstream somewhat like tubing down a river. Am I wrong? Back when the river was small and shallow there are sections that are class 2 rapids that would be very very difficult to paddle upstream. Also Saulk Rapids a couple of days north of Minneapolis would be almost impossible to paddle through. I think a rowing skiff would work best on most of it.
Pool 26 represent. FYI, St. Louis's sewer company, MSD, dumps raw sewage into the Mississippi. Hows the water quality now that you've come to our fine city? It has been nasty since Minneapolis. Everybody's poo goes into the river.
How do you get on reddit? I am at a hotel today. I have a smartphone and reddit is fun on it.
1) how are you going to paddle to pensacola? is it safe to take your boat through the gulf? 1) I plan on paddling the inter coastal most of the way from the mouth to Pensacola, my boat is very stable and can handle the gulf if I need it to.
2) do you like living in pensacola? do you consider it part of the deep south? 2) I do not like living in Pensacola, I plan on moving back to SLC. Pensacola is a great place to visit but not so much to live in, and yes it is very deep South.
Do you stop and visit some places you pass? If so, did you stop in the quad cities? (that's my hometown) I paddled through the quad cities at night. Your hometown is probably the most polluted area on the Mississippi. The water smelled like paint. I broke my paddle in the quad cities and was not very happy there.
How did you break your paddle? Going through the last lock in the quad cities I had to pee very bad. There is a rocky area just left of the locks when you exit. A lock can take 30 minutes and I had to go really bad. When I was paddling into that rocky area my paddle hit a rock and the blade broke.
Twin cities resident here! Did you see all the dogs along the shore chasing balls and having a merry time just before passing Fort Snelling? I did. They were on my left as I paddled by. Dogs love to come to the banks and bark at me. *edit - I keep a detailed journal while I am out here but you just reminded me of something I might have never remembered had you not asked. Thanks.
Had I been there that day this may have greeted you. Link to imgur.com I do have a serious question though: how has gear weight played a part in your selection of gear? How much does all of your gear weigh sans kayak? How often do you stop to resupply food and how much food and water do you carry with you? I do not have to worry about weight like I do when I backpack. My kayak alone weighs around 65 pounds. My gear is probably around 45 pounds now and I have about 15 pounds of food. I carry usually a weeks supply of food that is mostly mac and cheese and stovetop stuffing for dinner with pop tarts and candy bars for the day. Water is more difficult than food. I have a 10 liter MSR water bag and a 4 liter platypus bag. I have not been able to filter or treat my water since Minneapolis, and usually fill it up with a hose.
Do you not have a good enough filter & treatment for the water or just don't trust it given the water quality? You can't filter water from an oil slick.
So yeah, antiseptic. Hand sanitizer would be cheap and relatively light. I worked in Yellowstone after college at the Snow Lodge. Fly fishing is an art I will never master. If you ever have a chance to go out there and fish the Snake River or the Yellowstone River, take it. I am glad your eye is ok now.
I have plenty of other questions as well: when it's time to sleep do you simply pull off and sleep on shore? I know there has been some torrential rain lately, how has this effected your trip? Any weather situations that have forced you to stop for the day/had you scared shitless? When I was crossing Lake Cass it began sleeting on my and the winds were causing 3 foot waves. I fell in. I had a bag with fleece pants a fleece jacket and a pak-towel in case of this. After I got into dry clothes I paddled upriver to a lodge I saw earlier. I went into the shower and could not touch the water with my hands without intense pain. Without having been prepared I could have died that day, but luckily I didn't.
I usually just find an island on the river and set up there.
Do you have it setup so things stay in the kayak if it tips? Yes everything is strapped down and in waterproof bags.
What is this monkey swing you speak of? I take one arm and grab a tree branch then swing way back so my poo does not hit my feet. I call it the Monkey Swing because I feel like a monkey swinging from branch to branch.
How was La Crosse? Did you stop there by any chance? I did. A beautiful girl at the awesome river park recommended a pizza place and I ate four very large slices. La Crosse was a beautiful town with a great river front.
What did you do with your boat while you went to get the pizza? The rocks up to the park are pretty steep and it was such a nice clean place I felt like it was safe there.
Awesome! It's my hometown. (I'm in Ohio right now for school.) I'm glad you enjoyed it! What pizza place was it, do you recall? Good luck on the rest of your journey, sir! It was across from a bar called the library.
Beautiful women, recommending pizza? I must go to this place. She had just come from a food co-op also.
Australian cricket legend and World War II fighter pilot Keith Miller put things into perspective when he was asked how he handled the pressure of international cricket. His reply: "Pressure? A Messerschmitt up your arse is pressure. Playing cricket is not." My question: Does your currrent undertaking feel like a walk in the park compared to your time in Iraq? Do you think that this challenge is made (or feels) easier in some way by the experiences you made during your service? Apples and Oranges. We relied on each other a ton over there and it was a shared experience. I feel that my time in the service gave me the confidence to try to achieve something that might seem impossible.
Are you going through the locks when you come to them? Or are you going around on foot? I am going through the locks. I pull a little cord right before them that signals the lockmaster and they put me through just like a barge. I sometimes have to wait upwards of an hour and a half for the barges to go through first. Before Minneapolis I would have to carry my boat around the dams, sometimes up to a mile.
How do you carry the kayak? I've found them a lot harder to portage than canoes. I usually take 2 trips. First I carry all my gear then I use a handle on the side of my kayak to carry it.
Once you conquer the Mississippi what will be your next adventure? I want to come back and help a paraplegic be the first to paddle the entire river. I have had this on my mind for the last month and I think it could be done. The biggest obstacle is portaging around all the dams in Minnesota.
Someday I would like to ride a bike from Coney Island, NY to Chicago then take route 66 to LA. Then I will have done my personal triple crown. Walk up the country, float down then peddle across.
Are you worried about how violent the river becomes in Louisiana? That undercurrent is a killer, literally. Yes I am. 5 people have died on the river within a few miles of me since I have been out here. 4 in Burlington Iowa and one near Hannibal, MO. I stay very near the shore to avoid barges and to be safe. I am very aware that it will be dangerous but will continue anyways.
Most people who die on the river do so because they leave their life vests and brains on the dock to make room for more beer. I have never been or will be on this river without my life vest. I keep a small drybag on my vest with my phone and wallet in case I get separated from my boat.
Are you doing your ama from a mobile device on the water or are you taking a break right now? I am taking the day off. I am at a holliday inn with a business center. I do check reddit every couple of nights from my phone but have to conserve my battery in case I need my phone for an emergency. I stay in a hotel about once every 10 days and this is the second time I took an entire day off. I woke up today and was unable to close my fingers in a fist without a ton of pain and thought it would be a good idea to rest.
Where is your kayak while you are in the hotel room? Did you take it in with you? A marina here is letting me keep it there overnight. Sometimes I hide it among the trees on the shore when I run into town.
How much gear have you ditched so far because you overpacked? Haven't ditched any gear but have lost or broken; solar panel, gps, laptop, gloves, knit hat, kayak paddle and a fleece.
What piece of gear do you wish you had that you don't? What piece of gear has surprised you most? What piece of gear has disappointed you most? I wish I had a spare kayak paddle. My kayak paddle dissapointed me when it broke but the worst piece of gear I had was a Brunton Solar charger. It just straight up did not work even with 12 hours of direct sunlight.
Cat can stove? Cat Can Stove! I don't think anything inflatable could make it down this river because of all the debris.
Do you have any plans for future excursions? I want to do the river again but to act as a guide for a paraplegic and help him/her around the dams and such. It has become clear to me out here that life is better when you stop worrying about yourself and start helping others. If I could share this freedom with someone who might feel confined by their chair then that is a pretty good life.
One day I want to ride a bicycle across the country to complete my triple crown. Walk up, paddle down and ride across. I want to touch the South Pole before I die.
Ehat do you mean by "walk up"? Can you elaborate? When I hiked the Appalachian trail I walked up the country from Georgia to Maine.
When you camp on the side of the river, do you just do it wherever? did you have to organize/reserve locations, or do you just hobo-style it? any problems with authorities ever? I usually stay on islands and pull my boat all the way off the water. No one can really see me.
What kind of wildlife do you see?? At the start there was an amazing amount of wildlife. My favorite was a small furry wolf that was drinking from the riverside. I have seen a ton of deer, ducks, geese, loons, herons and beavers. I also saw a whooping crane. I have a picture of it.
How enormous are the whirlpools? I heard the Mississippi gets massive whirlpools, if so, have you ever gotten stuck in one? They can be upwards of 20 feet. They can be frustrating because there seems to be no good way to paddle around them without being spun around a bit. The more speed you have when skirting by them the less effect they have.
How fast does the Mississippi move? Like, you say you're paddling down it, but could you conceivably just float down it? From Minneapolis to St. Louis the river is controlled by locks and dams. Usually the wind comes from the South and if I do not paddle it pushes me upstream. The current picks up a ton after St. Louis because there are no more dams and floating becomes an option.
Tell us about the stuff you need to figure out about Iraq. What have you been doing since you came back, and why the need for adventure right now? The weight of being responsible for other people's deaths weighs heavy on my heart. I worked for the company that made the drone I flew for a while until they told me I would have to go to Afghanistan. I went back to school for a bit and waited tables. I knew in my heart that I was an adventurer and the only way to get back to that is to dive in.
How polluted is the Mississip? Outside of the cities it is not too bad. I have been by probably 25 coal power plants and tons of factories. The quad cities treats the river like a dump. The water is polluted beyond belief but local groups keep the shoreline decently clean, except in Minneapolis.
As someone who is looking at the filthy bastard right now, (Muscatine, Iowa) what made you choose the Mississippi? I grew up in Memphis and used to hang out at the river. I am just one of those people that when they see a mountain they want to climb it.
Ever read the story "Big Two-Hearted River" by Hemingway? You sound a bit like the character in that. Enjoy your journey and thanks for sharing. No I did read The River Why, Down the River, Huck Finn, and A River Runs Through it though.
How swole are your arms? I lifted a while before this and my arms have actually gotten smaller but more toned.
Any close calls with shady people? Any times where you feared for your safety? Thank you for your military service. Whenever I go through a larger town or city there are people who hang out under the bridges. I avoid them.
Once you get to the mouth in Venice, Louisiana. Would you like to have a beer with me? Sure.
How often do you listen to Black Water by the Doobie Brothers? I heard it on the radio about two weeks ago and sang along. The stroke by Billy Squire and Drift Away are 2 good paddlin songs too. You can usually find me singing along to Brittney Spears and Ke$ha to be honest.
How easy would it be to do this? Like how much experience do you recommend having before you set out on this journey? You need a decent amount of paddling experience for this and must know how to read a river.
Cool.... Where would you get started for all of this? Join a local paddling club. I went through the Memphis canoe and kayak club's courses on whitewater canoeing and kayaking in the 90's growing up. Even if you don't own a boat your local club will probably help you find something to paddle. When I am on my kayak it moves like another limb of my body. When you can paddle and not think about it you are golden. I used to work for an Outdoors shop in memphis. After work every day I would go to a small public lake at shelby farms and paddle for 2-3 hours. I did it because I loved it, even though I just went around in small circles. I did not know at the time that it would lead to this. Start small and dream big. I love the feeling of being on the water. Some people love climbing rocks. If it is el Cap, Everest, a solo sail around the world or maybe a float of the Mississippi that is your calling you will know.
Have you been smacked by any Asian carp yet? Yes they do hit my boat daily. Since lock 19 in Iowa they have been everywhere.
Very cool, I think it is very cool to see someone actively crossing things off a bucket list! Too many people just talk about doing those things but are never serious. Thank you for your service as well! I was paddling north of Minneapolis when I saw a couple of kayaks in front of me. I paddled to catch up and there were about 40 people paddling down the river. I had not seen anyone else paddling before and I was excited. They were a river club from Minneapolis that was out for a day paddle. One of the nice older ladies offered me a place to stay but I did not take the offer and paddled another 10 miles after they got out.
Just curious, how did you get by the Coon Rapids Dam in Minnesota? I imagine you just pulled out some where and put back in down river but I'd be interested to hear how anyway. There is a ridiculously long trail that goes up and down over 2 old rail beds, across a concrete path, down a steep hill, across a 2 foot wide bridge, up a hill with a tree fallen in the middle, then down a long path, that turns into another long path, that finally goes down a hill into a parking lot and then down another steep hill. The path was covered in ticks and there was dicarded panties and broken liquor bottles the whole way. I described it in another response as "rapey". It was not a good time.
How long do you plan on this trip taking? And did you do anything special to prepare for a journey of this magnitude? 70-80 days Nothing too special to be honest. Having gone through SERE-C in the Army helped as well as a lifetime of trips in the outdoors.
Welcome to St. Louis! Just wondering if the river's as muddy everywhere else as it is here? We even have a cake named Mississippi Mud Cake, so, yeah... lol. I used to drink the water and see down 6 feet. Since Iowa it has been bad. Remember playing "hot lava" as a kid. It is like that but with cancer.
Why? I once heard that the afterlife might be a separation from time and you live your life over and over again. Do yo measure life in dollars or in sunsets?
To an alien my life has purpose. What do you have. If it is kids and love you win. If not . . .
Because I own things that money could never buy.
Did I miss the imgur link to OP's pictures? The link is in my comments.
I work at a kayak rental shop in Cleveland, on lake Erie. Im assuming the boat is about 17 feet because you are obviously an experience paddler. Is that right? It is 14 feet.
Did you bring any weed? No :(
Bummer man. I might find a stealth grow on the banks one of these days but I wouldn't want to steal it. I will keep on looking though.
Real men paddle FROM Pensacola TO Minneapolis. If I could find someone to fund it I would turn around and paddle back when I am done.
I'd love a brief overview of the gear you're using. The kayak is a Jackson Cuda Sit on top. I was using an Accent kayak paddle until the blade snapped in the quad cities. I use an Accent paddle board paddle now. I sleep in either my REI 2 man tent or on my ENO hammock. I cook with a denatured alcohol stove. I always wear my life jacket which I have a dry bag attached to hold my phone and wallet. I have a rather large river knife attached to my vest also. I use a Marmot 30 degree sleeping bag with a Thermarest Z-rest for my bed. I had a solar panel and a gps but the river took those from me a month ago.
LOVE my ENO hammock! Slept in it all weekend... Good luck brotha! The ENO hammock is my favorite piece of gear.
As would I! I can't imagine using a sit on top for expedition paddling...a sea kayak feels so much more cozy to me. I picked the Jackson Cuda because I can stand and paddle it like a paddle board. I didn't go with a traditional kayak because I was afraid my legs would not be able to handle months inside a regular kayak.
Good luck, sir. I hope you find what it is you're looking for. You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first... first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril. Mm-hmm. You shall see thangs, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... a cow... on the roof of a cotton house, ha. And, oh, so many startlements. I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the obstacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward. Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation.
Post that shit everywhere :D Maybe our numbers will swell abit. And the trivia team will grow.
Please tell me that's not a fishing pole. I hope you don't plan on eating any fish from that river. Polluted nasty poop fish! That's my poop you are kayaking with! (I live in STL) I would not eat anything south of the quad cities.
You are still north of myself - but when you reach Cairo to Caruthersville (spelling) anthing along that stretch - Basically the Convergance of Ohio and Miss - to where I44 crosses the River. Thanks. I will be passing by probably Friday. I could definitely use a new kayak paddle but I think my mom in Memphis has a spare she will lend me. Mine broke in the quad cities and I have been using a paddleboard paddle like a canoe paddle. It is a mess and I can't close my hands fully anymore but I kind of like it.
You need anything because I could probably get it to you. You can come out and we can high five if you want.
So - regarding Paddle and whatever - looks like I can swing heading North along the river on Thursday - so we are not constrained to a Friday crossing timeline. So outside of the Paddle - any "inland" favorites you desire let me know and we will try and work this out. I talked to my mom and I have an old paddle of mine at her place in Memphis. If you just want to come say hi that would be nice.
Because of the width and the height of the Cuda, a 240cm paddle would be best if you're going to provide a replacement. Maybe the Bending Branches infusion with the soft grips... I was using a 240 before because of the cuda's height. When you set the chair in the low position it is actually not that tall. It is an amazing vessel.
You should launch a Kickstarter campaign to write/document your travels. Perhaps when you do the trip again with a Wounded Warrior. The Wounded Warrior project could perhaps help too. If I could raise money I might. I am well read and well educated but I feel no need to share this. If I could help someone by being popular that would be good. I would rather just die with this than let someone sell it.
I plan on writing a book but I do not like attention while I am doing it. I have already written over 120 pages in my journal but I feel the river is the true story, not some asshole like me going down it If I do ever publish a book about this I want it to be like cannery row, a bit of the wild slipping on the knife. Some days I just wish I was like the kid in into the wild and if I die out here it is worth writing about.
I'm pretty sure I recall you posting your "ride wanted" ad in the twinscitiessocial subreddit or something of the like. Glad to see you found your ride! I recently traveled alongside the river just in Minnesota alone and am really jealous of your trip. No questions here, just good luck! Give some love to mn_redditor. Without him I would not be here.
When you come through Vicksburg, Mississippi, let me know! I will send you a message when I am close.
Did you get bitten by a snake. I fear most bodies of water because of this T_T. I have only seen two snakes in the water, both while waiting for locks. There will be more.
Oh my gosh HEY, i know you! I work at the Four Points you stayed at in MPLS and drove you around in the shuttle :) So fun to see your post on here and see the pictures of where you've been! Hey thanks for the radio station advice. You were a cool chick.
I admire your exercise in Zen. I find mine climbing rock walls. Enjoy the solidarity, risk, and enlightenment. The process of present moments is what matters. The best days are the ones where the hours melt like minutes.
When you get back the zombie contamination will be over. I always wanted to be patient zero in the zombie apocalypse. Maybe the foul waters of lousiana will cause this.
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