Gone Walkabout—Post Your Updates and Suggestions Here!

CAH on four wheeler
Not quite…

Hey! I’m going walkabout!

For a few days, I will be incommunicado. My phone will be off. I will not go online. If Trump resigns, or if Pence and Hatch and Ryan make America great again by invoking the 25th Amendment, or if the South Dakota Libertarian Party announces at its convention that an election year with open seats and divisive GOP primaries for the top two races are the perfect time for them to get the national party to invest seven figures in a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate, I won’t hear about it or blog about it for a few days. (If you believe in fate, I’m tempting it.)

This intermission is unusual for me. Since getting serious about blogging in late 2006, I’ve been online blogging almost every day. I’m pretty sure the last time I let a day pass without going online and publishing at least one blog post was at the end of 2012, when my wife and I led my intrepid Spearfish French students on a tour of Paris, Rouen, Caen, and D-Day Normandy. Otherwise, at home or on the road, workday, vacation day, holiday, the first people with whom I communicate at length every morning are you, South Dakota.

Don’t get the impression that I need a break. I just want to go walkabout, and on this walkabout, as on the trip to France, that means not being plugged in. I look forward to plugging back in once I’m back.

In the meantime, use the comment section under this post to share updates with each other and to provide me with a running list of things you think I need to write about when I get back.

You will see some posts pop up while I’m away. I’ve worked up a religious essay that I’ve broken into a few separate posts and set to auto-publish through the weekend. Comment on them all you wish… but remember: I won’t be here to moderate or respond for a little while. I’ll let you know when I’m back!

48 Responses to Gone Walkabout—Post Your Updates and Suggestions Here!

  1. Ben Cerwinske


  2. Porter Lansing

    Waltzing Matilda …..

  3. Perhaps your walking about will bring you by some of the better breakfasting joints in beautiful Rapid City. Even if it does not, my friend Bob and I have things covered here for you, Mr. H.

  4. Enjoy your break, Cory!! Have a great time!

  5. mike from iowa

    We have met the (a) leaker and it is Drumpf hisself.


    Buh-bye perjured AG. The most victimized potus to have served six months wants a pound of yer flesh.

    Good for you, Master. Enjoy walking while you can.

  6. Roger Cornelius

    While the cat’s away the mice will play.

  7. Cory,
    Have a nice time off, you deserve it!

  8. What are you getting at, Mr. C?

  9. Will Kurtz sneak through the block?

  10. Don Coyote

    Walkabout? There you go cah, appropriating culture.

  11. Don Coyote

    Maybe it’s more a rideabout. RAGBRAI starts tomorrow in Orange City.

  12. mike from iowa

    And Ragbrai has an optional gravel route near Sutherland that goes right past my place on Tyler Avenue. Otherwise it is 3 and a half miles up to B-40 from here.

  13. Have fun

  14. What is that, Mr. Coyote? Some sort of organized riot to wreck the small towns of Iowa, the place Mike lives that is not South Dakota. Why is Mike not on that ride? Is Mike not tough enough?

  15. mike from iowa

    Why ain’t you on it, Grudz? Aren’t you tough enough. This ride has been going on for decades. Riders start with their back wheels in the Big Sioux river or Missouri depending on where they start from. A week later they end with their front wheels in the Mississippi.

    They get hometown hospitality all along the way and sample all kinds of different foods. Each host town where they rest for the night puts on entertainment-usually feeding rwnj to lions-that sort of thing.

    Since I had back operations at 26, 28, 44 and 47 I haven’t been able to ride a bike of any kind, but thanks for asking.

  16. Mr. Coyote, as much as Isometimes respect your views, I just don’t consider going ‘ walkabout’ or using the term cultural appropriation at all. Considering there were 200 Australian aboriginal dialects I’m sure ‘walkabout’ was not in that group.

    I consider it a direct quote from Crocodile Dundee, Aussie cousin of Coyote Don. What these two have in common is they both took psychedelics, Crocodile to meld with aboriginal chants n Coyote to meld with Grateful Dead lyrics.

  17. I’m twice your age Mike. Yet I eschew this Iowa ride. Mostly because it’s really flat and easy, and I’m a really old man, and the ride is in Iowa. I think the reasons are obvious. Iowa.

  18. *grudz dancing with mikes goats*

  19. Roger Cornelius

    mike from iowa
    It’s been said that childishness often comes from senility.

  20. It is much too easy to “eschew” things one never could have done and diminish their significance. Go to breakfast at Tally’s and declare mission accomplished.
    The great ride across Iowa may seem to the uninitiated as “really flat and easy”. True, in your SUV, it is. Push the pedals and provide your own energy and those little knolls and valleys will earn your respect.
    I’m fairly certain that we have no clue that Cory is actually participating in RAGBRAI, but this whole thread is evidence of how any topic can be easily steered down an intellectual rabbit hole.

  21. mike from iowa

    How did everyone miss the really big story last week? Afgan Ann Coulter went to Twitter war with Delta airlines because she was forced to move three seats.

    Ann Coulter’s Delta Blues

    Angry, mangy Coulter hound
    iz pissed enough to Delta ground
    if only she had poisoned darts
    this feud be done before it starts

    Annie’s gun is concealed heat
    About a foot above her teats
    Nestled inside a cavernous mouth
    Just itching to be ordered out

    Venom flys and slobber spurts
    to rend proud flesh on korporate jerks
    who happen to make Afghan Annie mad
    and hurt her feelers, that’s too sad

    Our Annie has nefarious ways
    it amuses her to insult Gays
    and libs, Dems and korporate stiffs
    that make fun of her petty tiffs

    What’s next for Ann dear? who gives a spit?
    She’ll make something up, her persona splits
    So many ways much too hard to consider
    Is it true Bill Maher was the last guy that did her?

    So a mystery remains that needs be solved
    Between Delta Air and a blonde involved
    a petty outrage and so many scoff
    a how little it takes to set Coulter off.

    Grudz, since yer so nice I have a passel of red taters and you ain’t getting any.

  22. Porter Lansing

    Good one, Mike 👍🏻

  23. mike from iowa

    Thanks, Porter. I can tell you are a gentleman with refined tastes in the arts.

  24. mike from iowa

    Roger C , Drumpf and Grudz have that in spades. Fortunate,y, Grudz doesn’t know where the nukular football is. Drumpf, much to the peril of the entire world, does. Which makes them equally dangerous as well as childish.

  25. mike from iowa

    Scaramucci cited an unnamed source that told him Russia didn’t hack the election……..oh boy…. Jake Tapper beat the identity out of him pretty pronto.

    During the combative interview that ran nearly 30 minutes, Scaramucci claimed an anonymous source told him the Russians didn’t hack the election– only to fold seconds later and admit his source is President Donald Trump.

    Is the Gong Show still holding auditions?

  26. mike from iowa

    Thune: Senate won’t give up on Obamacare repeal if bill fails this week

  27. Donald Pay

    Journalist Kevin Woster on Facebook has spent a lot of time bitching about how news carriers wrinkle his paper. That seems like a rather minor complaint to me, given that SD journalism descended into hell when Woster ascended into semi-retirement.

    My local paper is a Lee product, like the Rapid City Journal, and I usually pick it up at the store on Sundays. When I used to have it delivered, it came relatively wrinkle-free, but that is not my point.

    Today the paper has some really good reporting providing background on what could be a blockbuster decision on gerrymandering coming sometime after an October hearing at the US Supreme Court. I’m providing a link, because this decision could have implications in South Dakota.


  28. mike from iowa

    Whoa, that is a very informative and wingnut damning link, Mr Pay. O would feel better about the case had Obama not been cheated out of his Scotus nominee.

  29. Today I was told that Mr. Lansing, a chef of some skill, used to be the head chef for the Governor of Virginia. Then they had a TV show tonight about it and I saw his pictures. Indeed, Mr. Lansing does resemble the head chef of the Virginia Governor, in a number of ways.

  30. Mr. Curt seems to have confirmed that Mr. H has picked the easiest and nearest bike ride in which to participate. Let us hope they are not clogging up the roads for real travelers.

  31. Porter Lansing

    Did you steal food at Talley’s again, Barber Grudzie? It’s OK. When libbies take over the world everyone will eat and everyone will sleep under a roof and everyone will see a Doctor. It’s called The Right of Human Dignity. ……. 🐌

  32. Mr. Pay, like you I find the Lee products vastly superior to those produced by the bigger market, in each of our states, Gannett products. The one in your state is every bit as ugly as the one on my state, here where you used to live and work and buried people. Lee is better than Gannett. Can you recommend a libbie Wisconsin blog to me?

  33. Mr “Grudznick” appear to be drinking again.

  34. mike from iowa

    Grudz unlike you Donald Pay probably wasn’t referring to Lee press on nails. Mr Pay sounds more like a manly man’s man.

  35. Porter Lansing

    Top Definition ~ WALKABOUT
    Background: Australian. Given to us by Crocodile Dundee:
    A spontaneous journey through the wilderness of one’s choosing in an effort to satisfy one’s itchy feet, a need to be elsewhere, the craving for the open road, that space over the horizon…yes… something like that… you can’t quite touch it so you have to go find it because it’s you just know it’s there…Or maybe it just feels good to go walking around … :wink: Yeah. It’s WALKABOUT.

  36. Mr Lansing provides some of the more educational material to appear recently in the ‘Comment’ section. And I think Cory was quite familiar with the tradition when he chose that term to describe his current hiatus. May Gaia bless and watch over him.

  37. Porter Lansing

    You rock, Curt. Glad to see Troy’s back. Hope to see Happy, Stace, Lee, The Deplorables, Hoffmans, Anne Beal, Tara, Angie, Melissa, Springer, Duggar and all Pat’s anonymous Conservatives back posting on this side of the aisle. Apologies to all I missed. All opinions welcome, as Cory always says.

  38. Mr. Lansing…I’ll have you know Mr. H left me in charge. Don’t make me delete your bloggings, sir!

  39. Porter Lansing

    Sorry. I know little but I know I’m not a leader. 🎨 I’ll be silent.

  40. It’s OK, Mr. Lansing. I expect fellows like you are out cheering Mr. H as he pedals across the flat plains of Iowa, a place where the libbies flaunt their libbyism and the conservatives have corn in their breakfasts. Did you know that there are vast numbers of these riders of cycles who are politically unaware? I have done some looking into the matter today. It seems insaner than many events. Is the demon weed at play in Iowa?

  41. mike from iowa


    Drumpf’s transformation. Pretty dang accurate.

  42. mike from iowa

    I believe Cory mentioned at one point there were lots of places in South Dakota to explore before he would trek iowa. I hope he does trek across the greatest state in the union. The one Grudz couldn’t find if he fell into it.

  43. mike from iowa

    The state where we have an attorney general that can actually win cases in iowa’s interests and isn’t suing DC and losing all the time.

  44. mike from iowa


    13 trillion gallons of wastewater in Michigan is causing a ruckus. Stuff was stored in unlined lagoons-I imagine to save the company a little bit of money.

    This is yer future with wingnuts in charge of the environment.

  45. RAGBRAI might be fun in its own way, but an organized trip along a planned route with hundreds of other wheeled travelers and support vehicles strikes me as something far different from (if not an antonym of) a walkabout.

    Thanks for the good wishes! I enjoyed myself in the wilderness. Now back to work!

  46. Porter Lansing

    Wilderness? You spent three days in Pierre? LOL
    ~Not to bury the lede, but I’m amused at the current Pat Powers post chastising Stace for anonymously posting glowing and appreciative comments about himself from his Pierre computer IP.
    Two things …
    ~Pat has taken to “outing” the names and addresses he has on file for the anonymous readers of his blog. Banning disagreement isn’t enough. Now you’re bound to be exposed if you contradict the man.
    ~ Pat and Troy do the same thing when they want to be exceptionally snarky and not have their personal businesses affected by guttural posts. I had an IT guy get into the War College and prove it.

  47. mike from iowa

    Ragbrai limits itself to 10000 bikers each year. They turndown mucho peopleo.

    Happy that you had fun, anyway.

  48. Porter, I’d like to hear from your IT guy. (Does he speak Russian?)