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Trucker's Guide to When Every State is Reopening

Trucker's Guide to When Every State is Reopening
We understand business owners and drivers don’t have time to sort through all the different news coming out about COVID-19, so TopMark has made a detailed truckers guide to when each state will reopen. Updated regularly, this article will include the newest information on when each and every state plans on lifting or extending their stay at home orders.
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The current stay-at-home order will remain in effect until April 30.
Alabama Governor Ivey said the state needs to expand its testing before resuming normal economic activity despite being eager to get the state’s economy moving.


On April 24th, Alaska allowed businesses and restaurants to open back up in most parts of the state. These personal services and companies must do so under strict health and safety restrictions.
Bigger cities like Anchorage delayed their partial opening until April 27th.
Additionally, Governor Dunleavy has said citizens may visit their doctors and schedule elective surgeries on/after May 4th.


Governor Ducey has announced the stay at home order will continue only until April 30th. The state also will allow elective surgeries to continue starting on May 1st.
On the other hand, Navajo Nation’s government will remain closed until May 17th.


While there is no exact date, Governor Hutchinson has plans to loosen the restrictions on businesses over the next few weeks. This means certain non-essential businesses will be allowed to operate.
Elective surgeries were allowed to continue on April 27th.


CA Governor Gavin Newsome has not announced any official end to the stay at home order. Despite that, the state has allowed the scheduling of important surgeries like heart surgery or cancerous tumor removal.
The state is limiting the issuing of permits for events and activities for the foreseeable future. On April 13th, the Governor announced the Western States Pact with Oregon and Washington. This pact articulates that these 3 states will operate together in their reopening on when it is safe to do so. Nevada and Colorado have also joined this pact.


Colorado’s stay at home order has been replaced with a “safer at home” strategy that started on April 27th. While not mandatory, residents are heavily urged to stay at home as much as possible. High-risk populations have been asked to stay home at all times possible.
Special businesses that offer curbside pick up are now open. Additionally, personal training and dog grooming have been allowed to resume (if they follow social distancing practices). Elective medical procedures have also been allowed to continue.
Governor Polis states that more businesses will be allowed to open in the following weeks. On May 4th, non-essential office work will be allowed to continue. Colorado has also coordinated its re-opening plans with Nevada, California, Oregan, and Washington.


The mandatory state shutdown will continue until May 20th. Governor Lamont has recommended a higher amount of COVID-19 testing before the state can start is opening plans.
Connecticut has joined with New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Deleware, and Massachusettes to coordinate the reopening of the Northeast.


Deleware Governor Carney has extended the statewide stay at home order until May 15th or when the “public health threat is eliminated.” The state has said that opening can start upon seeing a 28 days decline of new COVID-19 cases.
Additionally, the state has joined up with the other states in the Northeast to ensure a safe re-opening and start to their economy. The governor also stated that even if the state reopens, social distancing, hand washing, face covering, and a limit on large gatherings will stay in effect.


The stay at home order for Florida will continue until April 30th. Beaches of Florida are able to reopen if the local leaders have decided it is safe to do so. On the other hand, the Keys will not reopen to visitors or tourism until June or later.


State restrictions were eased starting on April 24th. Businesses like tattoo shops, gyms, bowling alleys, barbers and hair salons, nail salons, and others have been allowed to re-open if they follow safe distancing rules.
Nightclubs and bars are still closed with no clear word on when reopening can continue.


Governor Ige has stated that the stay at home order will last through April 30th and potentially later. Bigger cities like Honolulu have their own independent stay at home order which extends through all of May.


The state of Idaho is currently allowing businesses to operate under certain conditions like curbside pickup, drive-thru/drive-in, or delivery. The state doesn’t have an explicit stay at home order but rather an “Order to Self Isolate” that ends on April 30th. There is no official word on when the full state will open.


Illinois Governor Pritzker has stated the stay at home order will extend to May 30th based on data they have analyzed in the last two months. Some modifications may be made in that time and restrictions lifted depending on testing and tracing initiatives.


Indiana’s current stay at home order ends on May 1st. Governor Holcomb has said that he is going to work with the state hospital association to determine when elective surgeries may continue.


So far, Iowa has not given an official stay at home order. Governor Reynolds did issue a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency in mid-March. This required all nonessential businesses to close until April 30.
On April 27th, the government stated the 77 of Iowa’s 99 counties can begin reopening on May 1st. This includes gyms, restaurants, enclosed malls, and retail stores if they stay at 50% capacity. The remaining 22 counties have higher rates of COVID-19 and will have their closures extend until at least May 15th.


Kansas’ stay at home order is expected to end on May 3rd.
Governor Kelly has said that the state “nowhere near where we need to be with testing supplies,” which could mean the stay at order will be extended. Either way, the state plans to loosen restrictions in a gradual rollout rather than an all at once reopening.


Kentucky Governor Beshear has begun to reopen the health sectors of the state. On April 27, in person, office and ambulance visits were allowed to continue. Additionally, diagnostic, radiology and non-urgent visits are allowed.
The state plans to reopen the state in phases, with restrictions easing each week for a four week period. This reopening plan will begin on May 11th but could be pushed back depending on COVID circumstances.
Additionally, customers and employees will be asked to wear a mask while visiting/working in essential businesses.


Louisiana Governor Edwards has extended the stay at home order until May 15. Despite that, some restrictions have been lifted for nonessential businesses.
On May 1st, retail stores can open under the condition of offering curbside delivery only. Restaurants will also be allowed to offer seats to customers, but there will be no wait staff or table service. Customers are allowed to sit outside and eat at restaurants as long as the mind social distancing rules. Gov. Edwards has also required all workers that are interacting with the public to wear masks.
Despite the easing of restrictions, Edwards says the state is not near where it should be in regards to new cases, hospitalizations, and testing.


Maine issued a “Stay Healthy at Home” executive order that lasts through at least April 30. Additionally, Governor Mills extended the state’s civil state of emergency until May 15.
The state of Maine has joined its neighbors New Hampshire and Vermont on planning their state’s reopening measures


Maryland Governor Hogan outlined a three-stage reopening plan on April 24th. This will allow a gradual reopening of non-essential businesses, gatherings, and public services. Not giving a clear date, the governor stated that the easing of restrictions may begin in early May if COVID-19 hospital cases decline.
The first phase includes allowing certain small businesses to reopen, outdoor gym glasses, recreational activities to continue, and allowing religious gatherings of limited attendance. Certain medical procedures will be allowed to continue as well.
The second phase allows raising the minimum number of people allowed in a gathering, childcare services reopening, indoor gyms, the return of transit schedules, and bars and restaurants reopening under certain conditions.
The last phase allows larger social gatherings in places like religions services, entertainment venues, and dining establishments along with fewer restrictions on nursing homes and hospital visits.


Currently, the state’s emergency order that requires all nonessential business to be closed ends on May 4th. Governor Baker has informed citizens that he and state officials have begun discussing the reopening of the state but there isn’t a clear plan yet.
Before reopening, the state says they need to have more testing, tracing, and quarantine procedures in place.
Massachusetts is actively working with its neighboring Northeastern states to develop a plan to reopen the economy.


Michigan’s stay at home order extends til at least May 15th. Currently, Governor Whitmer has eased restrictions of their COVID-19 response, allowing some businesses to open and outdoor activities to continue.
Most recently, the governor has allowed landscapers, nurseries, lawn service companies, and bike shops to re-open as long as they follow social distancing rules. Additionally, citizens are allowed to travel between houses and visit family members even though it isn’t encouraged.


Minnesota has allowed some businesses to open starting on April 27th. This order allows 80,000 to 100,000 office, industrial, and manufacturing workers to return to their jobs.
Governor Walz has stated that businesses must create and implement a COVID-19 readiness plan that outlines what measures they are taking to protect their worker’s health and safety.


Mississippi “safe at home” executive order will remain for two weeks and expire on the upcoming Monday. Right now, Governor Reeves urgers all citizens to stay home whenever possible. Any at-risk citizens are required to shelter in place.
State officials have also begun relaxing some restrictions on non-essential businesses if they offer curbside delivery, drive-thru, or other delivery options. Other nonessential businesses remained closed for now.


Missouri’s stay at home order lasts until May 3rd. Governor Parson has stated that he is working with hospitals, health officials, and business leaders to develop the state’s reopening plan.
Businesses will be able to open as long as they keep up the six-feet social distancing rules. Additionally, any indoor retail business will be forced to limit its capacity to 25%. The governor has allowed local leaders to determine if their cities and towns need stricter rules.


Montana began reopening on April 26th, allowing individuals and businesses to have fewer restrictions. Retail and street businesses were able to open on April 27th if they follow social distancing practices and limit store capacity. Restaurants and bars can start offering some services after May 4th while businesses like gyms, theaters, and places of large assembly must remain closed.
The state’s travel quarantine will still remain, requiring non-work related out of state travelers to quarantine themselves for 14 days.


Nebraska state officials plan to relax some of their COVID restrictions on May 4th. Nebraska is one of the few states that issued no stay at home order for its citizens.
On May 4th, restaurants will be allowed to let customers inside as long as they operate under 50% of normal capacity. Businesses like salons, barbers, tattoo parlors, and massage centers are limited to 10 people in a store at a time. They are also required to wear face coverings or masks. Churches will also be allowed to continue worship as long as those attending stay 6 feet apart.
All other businesses like bars and theaters are required to stay closed until May 31st.


The current stay at home order is set to expire on April 30th but Governor Sisolak says the state is currently not ready to reopen.
Despite that, Mayors in cities like Las Vegas have been urging for the reopening of Casinos. Currently, there is no set reopening time or plan for casinos or other similar businesses in the state.


New Hampshire’s stay at home order will remain until May 4th but could be extended depending on the circumstances. The current State of Emergency was extended to May 15th by Governor Sununu.


As of now, there is no expiration date to New Jersey’s stay at home order that began on March 21st. Like many other states in the area, New Jersey has teamed up with its Northeastern neighbors like New York and Delaware to develop a plan on when to reopen their economies.


Governor Grishman has extended New Mexico’s stay at home order until May 15th. After that period, there will be a gradual reopening of some businesses if conditions are safe to do so. The governor states that there is “no magical date” for when the state will be safe to reopen all businesses.


One of the hardest-hit states, New York has some of the most detailed plans for COVID 19. Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order was issued on March 22nd. There is no clear end date for New York’s restrictions, but as of now, nonessential businesses are required to stay closed until May 15th.
The state officials have stated the reopening is going to happen in phases once the state meets the federal guidelines that hospitalizations decline for 14 days. The first phase includes construction and manufacturing businesses to continue. The second phase would be implemented by a business-by-business analysis of risk. Governor Cuomo did state that each phase will have a 2 week period between to monitor the results.


North Carolina’s current stay at home order for North Carolina is extended through May 8th.
Governor Cooper has stated the state could open in three phases if COVID-19 cases continue to decrease. Phase one would be that stay at home orders would remain, but some non-essential businesses will be able to open. Phase two includes the lifting of stay at home orders for those not at risk and the reopening of bars, restaurants, and churches under reduced capacity. Phase three would ease the restrictions for at-risk populations and allowed increased attendance at businesses and social gatherings.


North Dakota has stated that many closed businesses may be allowed to open on May 1st. The state is another one of the few places with no explicit stay at home order and only shut down schools, gyms, restaurants, salons, and theaters.
Governor Burgum says that he is going to follow the federal guidelines in deciding to officially reopen the state.


Governor Dewine’s stay at home order currently extends until May 1st. After that, the state will begin its first phases of reopening but do not have any specifics at this time. As of now, large events with big crowds are not expected to open anytime soon.


Oklahoma began lifting restrictions on businesses as early as April 24th. The reopening plan is a three-phase operation that will progress when COVID-19 data tells state officials it is safe to do so.
Restaurants, theaters, gyms, and sporting events will be allowed to open after May 1st if they follow strict social distancing practices. On the other hand, bars will remain closed.


Governor Brown issued an executive order requiring citizens to stay at home and will stay in effect until ended by her. There has been no official word on when the order will end but some restrictions on businesses will be lifted on May 1st.
This will allow hospitals, surgical centers, and medical and dental offices to resume nonemergency procedures as long as they follow safe COVID-19 distancing and sanitation practices.
State officials say more restrictions will not be eased until the state sees the following: a decrease in the growth of active COVID-19 cases, sufficient personal protective equipment available, large open capacity in hospitals, increased testing, tracing and isolating of new cases, and plans on how to protect at-risk communities.


Pennsylvania is set to reopen the state in three phases that begin on May 8th.
The phases, broken down in red, yellow, and green, will be analyzed and remain in the interest of flattening the curve in the state. Recently, Governor Wolf announced that marinas, golf courses, guided fishing trips, and private campgrounds are allowed to reopen on May 1st under the condition that they follow social distancing protocols.
The state has joined with its northeastern neighbors to develop a plan on when it is safe to reopen their economies.


Rhode Island’s current stay at home order extends until May 8th and is actively working on new measures to open parks and beaches.
Governor Raimondo is actively working with neighboring states in the Northeast to develop a collective plan on how they should open their economies.


South Carolina allowed the reopening of some retail stores on April 20th. This included department stores, sporting goods stores, flea markets, businesses that sell books, furniture, music, flowers, clothing, and accessories. This was done under the condition that the businesses remained at 20% regular capacity or 5 people per 1000 square feet.
Governor McMaster’s State of Emergency has been extended until May 12th.


South Dakota never issued an official stay at home order. Governor Noem stated that despite that, the citizens of South Dakota were staying home at greater rates than states that had an active shelter in place order.


Governor Lee has allowed restaurants and retail outlets to open as long as they remain at 50% capacity. Additionally, some state parks have been allowed to return to business as usual. There is no official word on when other businesses will be able to reopen or have restrictions lifted.


Stay at Home orders for Texas currently extend till April 30th. Retail stores, restaurants, malls, theaters, museums, and libraries will be allowed to reopen on May 1st if they limit to 25% of their regular operating capacity.


Utah’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive extends until May 1st. Despite that, all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the year.
The state has not issued an official stay at home mandate, but citizens have been urged to stay at home as much as possible and restaurants are not allowed to have dining rooms operating. Utah is currently developing a plan for how and when further restrictions will be lifted.


Vermont has a similar “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order that extends until May 15th. Governor Scott has also developed a 5 point plan on how to open the state while fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. Phase one of the plan included allowing construction businesses, home appraisers, municipal clerks, and property managers to continue work on April 20th if they followed social distancing measures. Starting on May 1st, farmers' markets will be allowed to open as long as the social distancing guidelines are followed.


The state of Virginia’s stay at home order is effective until June 10th. Reopening the state will be done in a way that focuses on public health, says Governor Northam.
Limiting state restrictions will be done in phases outlined in the “Forward Virginia” blueprint. Steps include continued social distancing, limited public gatherings, the use of masks in public, etc. The state will begin reopening when data and health experts suggest it is safe to do so.


Stay at Home orders in Washington state currently last until May 4th. Additionally, most parks and recreational areas will be allowed to open on May 5th.
Washington has joined California, Oregan, Nevada, and Colorado in the Western States Pact to determine when it is safe to reopen their economies.


Governor Justice has introduced the “Comeback Roadmap” as an outline of how the state will reopen going forward. The plan contains three phases that are broken up into weeks. Week one allows hospitals to start elective medical procedures and also allows the reopening of outpatient healthcare including primary care, dental, mental health, and more. Daycare centers will also be allowed to reopen.
Week two would allow businesses with less than 10 workers to go back to work. Restaurants with outdoor seating could resume service and church and funerals services could start again.
In the third phase, which is a three-week process, includes retail stores, gyms, hotels, spas, casinos, and other businesses to reopen. Additionally, offices and government businesses could return. Each of these phases would include the required temperature checks and mask-wearing.


Governor Evers’ stay at home order extends until May 26th. Restrictions were lifted on certain businesses like libraries, arts and crafts stores, and other places that provided materials needed to make face masks as long as they could provide curbside pickup. Golf courses have also opened around the state.


Another state without an official stay at home order, Wyoming did request a federal disaster declaration on April 9th. Currently, all out of state travelers are required to quarantine themselves for 14 days until April 30th.



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Adolf Czojor: Orphaned during WWII in Germany, poisoned by cyanide in Delaware in 1996

Adolf Czojor (pronounced CHOY-or) lived in Bear, DE, in the United States. Born around 1935, he grew up in war-time Germany and his life was a series of tragedies. His home was bombed. His brother became a prisoner of war. His father disappeared and presumably died fighting on the Russian front; his mother was placed in a concentration camp. With no one left to care for him, Adolf spent his childhood in an orphanage in Poland. As a young man he was reunited with his surviving family. In 1957, he migrated to the U.S. with his mother, his stepfather, and his wife.
Adolf’s marriage to his first wife Elsa lasted 24 years and resulted in a son and two daughters. After an amicable divorce, he remarried another divorcee, Madeline Joan Thomas Reese, in 1983. His marriage to Joan bequeathed him with three stepdaughters and two stepsons, as she had been previously married to a man named Joe Reese.
Life was going great for Adolf in 1996. Adolf had worked as a sausage maker for over 30 years, but told his employer Springer & Thomas that he would be retiring in July. According to Adolf’s family, he loved to cook and clean, and waited on his wife hand and foot. His wife Joan even told the local newspaper, “No man has ever treated me so good.” In his free time he enjoyed bowling and betting on the ponies at Delaware Park Race Track and Casino, although friends say he never met a winning horse.
Friday, April 26, 1996, was his 13th wedding anniversary, and it turned out to be an unlucky one. He and his wife Joan were celebrating that evening, but when he invited her to come to the track with him, she decided to stay home. There are few details about his night at Delaware Park; one witness, a waitress, had noticed him sleeping in the simulcast lounge area when she left work after midnight. Not long afterwards, a person brushed past Adolf, accidentally knocking him out of his chair. As he was unresponsive, paramedics were called. Around 1 AM he was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. Around 2:30 AM Joan was summoned to the hospital, where she was told her husband had died.
The medical examiner conducted an autopsy and concluded Adolf had died of a heart attack. Given his age, the finding was unsurprising. Some consolation could be found knowing Adolf died doing something he loved.
But then the Assistant State Medical Examiner, Adrienne Sekular-Perlman, received a mysterious phone call: “Are you sure Adolf died of a heart attack?” Curious, the ME decided to order toxicology tests.
The Widow Czojor
After she found out her husband was dead, Joan returned home. She rang her neighbors, Helen and Fred Marini, at 5:30 AM. They rushed over to console their grieving friend, not anticipating how odd and disturbing the morning’s events would be.
First, Joan shook a silver vial in front of Helen’s face. Joan claimed the pills had been found in her husband’s pocket at the hospital, and she didn’t know what they were as Adolf had never mentioned being on medication or going to the doctor. According to Fred Marini, “She was more exhilarated or excited than grief-stricken.”
At some point, Joan had reached out to her ex-husband, Joe Reese, and he had arrived at the house. The couple watched as he retrieved Adolf’s burgundy Members Only jacket and tried it on, commenting that it was a little snug, but that it would be all right.
Perhaps most suspicious was Joan’s industriousness that morning. Within three hours she had enlisted Helen to go over the insurance policies with her “to see how much he was worth.” After determining that Joan was the beneficiary of at least $65,000, Joan had Helen call Adolf’s employer to request the payout.
That morning, in the immediate wake of Adolf’s death, was just the beginning of the odd behavior of Joan and the Reese family following Adolf’s death. Joan’s ex-husband Joe, who had been living with their daughter Terrie Reese, moved into the home Joan and Adolf had shared a mere two weeks later. Joan denied anything was amiss, claiming she was charging Joe rent.
A Poisonous Twist
Seven weeks after Adolf’s death, the ME received the toxicology results. The mysterious phone caller had been correct: Adolf did not die of a mere heart attack. He had been poisoned with cyanide.
The results were surprising for a number of reasons. According to an April 1997 article, at the time of the case there had been no known cyanide poisonings in the state of Delaware since a woman had been caught after spiking her husband’s asparagus soup.
Given two months had already passed, detectives were left with little to work with: no crime scene, no surveillance footage (it was taped over every two weeks), and limited recollections from employees at the track. And, no silver vial of pills. Joan said she lost it.
With this revelation, Joan began to tell everyone that Adolf’s death was a suicide. Adolf’s family vehemently disagreed. At least two of Adolf’s children stopped speaking to their stepmother. According to his son Peter, “His death was like a bomb. When we found out it was murder, it was like a nuclear type.”
The Investigation
Given that cyanide is not as easy to obtain as many poisons, police tried to track down a lead. Soon they found that Terrie Reese, Joan and Joe’s daughter, worked as a material control operator at a chemical company and had access to cyanide.
In October 1996, the police were ready to push the investigation forward. They brought Joan and Terrie Reese in for questioning. Both insisted on their innocence. Joan even told a local television station that she would be happy to take a polygraph to prove her innocence.
Within days of being questioned, Terrie Reese had a nervous breakdown. She did not return to work for two months. Joan blamed Terrie being “humiliated” by the police investigation. The police pressed on, however.
Although police will not comment on any polygraphs or their results, according to Joan, she and her daughter agreed to take polygraphs on February 21. Interestingly, although Terrie had returned to work after her breakdown, she had another relapse in early February and was hospitalized.
Joan said she agreed to take the test because Delaware State Police Detective John Evans told her he would leave them alone if they passed.
They didn’t. Joan told reporters her test was inconclusive and that her daughter had failed on a question: “Did you take chemicals from DuPont?”
At this time, no one has been charged with the murder of Adolf Czojor. Adolf’s death is listed as a cold case homicide by the Delaware State Police. There is a post on their homepage, but it has Adolf’s name spelled differently (Adolph) and says he was poisoned with arsenic rather than cyanide.
As Joan’s ex-husband Joe Reese predicted on the one-year anniversary of Adolf’s death: “I just really believe this is going to end up as an unsolved case.”
Without the mysterious caller, it seems Adolf’s death would never have been revealed as a homicide. Who do you think the caller was?
Obviously the deck is somewhat stacked given a lack of info on this case, but to what extent do you think Joan, Terrie, and/or Joe were involved in Adolf’s murder?
If you were the cold case investigator, what angles would you be pursuing now, 23 years later? (I’ll note a crude search seems to indicate that Joan, 87, is still living in Bear, DE, and that Joe died in 2005).
I found very little on this case, and because of that my writeup is heavily based on an excellent article, “Mystery shrouds poisoning death” by Terri Sanginiti in the Wilmington, Delware, newspaper, The News Journal. (April 27, 1997)
Delaware State Police cold case homicide listing:
Adolf Czojor, 61, sausage maker. May 24, 1996, obituary in Newark Post (p. 26).
Mrs. Thees Heidelberg. August 5, 1971, obituary in The Morning News (p. 26).
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It is very easy to park by the City Market right now (and always)

Free lots at 6th/7th and Main are 25% full right now. It took me 1 min and 44 seconds to walk from there to the corner of Delaware and Indy Ave, and another 3 min and 30 seconds from there to the giant City Market sign at 5th and Grand. So 5 1/2 min total from parking to having arrived. I saw 5 street parking spots open during my walk. The lots around the market were full and had a couple cars queued at the entrance waiting for people to leave. And I think if I had parked on 3rd or 5th or any of those north/south side streets east of the market, it would have been even faster.
You could also park in Columbus Park and ride your bike in, or park anywhere and take the bus, or park near a RideKC bike share dock. Park at Isle of Capri and take the Riverfront trail to the pedestrian bridge at 2nd and Main, or the Casino Cruiser bus (hourly on Saturdays) to 3rd and Grand. Park and take the streetcar (not fast). Park and Ubelyft/taxi. Park and ride scooter. Or use this app There's also a ton of private parking that isn't open to the public because someone decided it wasn't worth their time to charge for it.
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In 2019, a major war between Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio is raging, and the entire city of New York has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. When the MTA is hijacked by fat upstate cats and ceases to operate well, your sanity is taken hostage by a myriad of high pressure stresses. The asknyc mods, former Special Forces soldiers turned criminals, are recruited to develop a fool proof plan help you...Escape from New York city


A cute downtown harbor area with a number of bars and restaurants and beautiful colonial architecture. The train station is right downtown and mercifully the post road is farther north" taarok
Cold Spring is on the Hudson and is a quaint river town with good hiking on nearby trails and "mountains".
See below for a tiny write up from weizenbock
"Indoor Water parks!" tmm224

"Mount Airy Lodge, where all you have to bring is your love of everything." timspc

"There's also a casino and a shooting range in the area. My friends took me away for a birthday weekend. Very affordable. Very fun." ravelight

If you're willing to go a little further than 3 hours (more like 4 or so) It's a nice college town with lots of good restaurants and shops and has a lot of cool hiking trails with waterfalls nearby. It's also located at the bottom of one of the finger lakes with a bunch of wineries to go wine tasting at along the lake. u/drjimmybrungus
"it's a spa town. If you're an American history buff, the Battle of Saratoga took place about 15 minutes outside of the present-day town." chengjih

Adirondack Trailways Bus , plenty of B&Bs to choose from, quaint city with a bunch of options for side-trips. carpy22
Lenox and Great Barrington are nice, great dinner spots, hiking outdoor activities, plus museums like the Mass MOCA and the Norman Rockwell museum for indoor adventures. Chesterwood is a fantastic outdoor sculpture park with light hiking and outdoor installations, and Tanglewood for amazing music (mostly classical) if they haven't yet closed for the season. lizzyism
"1.5-2 hours by car. Worthington State Forest is a good campsite with shower. Hike Red Dot Trail for a good view, or Tammany Trail. Kayaking in the river is fun, too." consuellabanana
There is an old motel there which you can walk up the hill to. The rooms were built in the 50s and are kinda small but most have views of the Hudson Valley. Also, it's a discount place so ask for a remodeled room (room 39 is very nice) and there are bunches of great restaurants in the area. I think you can get discounts from for the room. You can spend a day walking around the city of Peekskill. Great bookstore, old shops, art district etc. If you want, you can hop a train for a side trip to a number of smaller towns and cities like Sleepy Hollow. Anonymoustard
1:30-1:50 from city- Take the NJ Transit train down to Long Branch. From the station its a short walk east to the beach and Pier Village. Make sure to take a stroll to hit up the Windmill, Max's, Surf Taco or The Inkwell for lunch, Lighthouse for ices. Good bars w/ local crowd on Brighton Ave. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, you can also change trains in Long Branch and head down to Asbury Park. Walk down Cookman Ave. to the Boardwalk & beach area. You can do this out-of-season as well but it's quiet and trains run less frequently. sokpuppet1
"For hiking / picnicking. Also possible to get a bus from NY17 on the other side of Harriman at Arden Valley Rd. Hike from Bear Mountain Inn to that point on the Appalachian Trail is ~25 miles." frankiepoops
Ferry from Wall Street Pier 11 to the Highlands and taking a quick Uber to Donovan's in Sea Bright (in the summer). Beach bar and easy to get to/from. Can be a day trip! Flaythemall
Drive down Seven Lake parkway and choose whichever lake suits you best. Some have sectioned off swimming areas, and the first lake tends to be the most crowded, but further down the parkway is usually quiet. If you can manage to get up during the week, it is virtually empty. There are a few lakes that have some tucked away little coves that are good for swimming, though it is not allowed and park rangers will yell at you if they see you (or so I have heard...personally, never ran into one). Its about 1.5 hrs outside nyc. roboecho
Storm King, the largest outdoor sculpture park, is great. It's an easy drive, about an hour and half. Then you could possibly continue on to Peekskill (~30min from Storm King) and have drinks/snacks at the Peekskill brewery. And I love Hudson Valley, great restaurants/scenery and lots of nice charming towns to visit like Milton, the aforementioned Peekskill, Cold Spring, or Kingston are all worth checking out. Read this NY Times article. And if you're going up this weekend, you might be able to get tickets to the "Jack O'Lantern Blaze" at Van Cortlandt Manor in Cronton-On-Hudson. Check out these pics. You could visit the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park and get a meal at one of the campus restaurants staffed by the students. Bear Mountain is another nice outdoorsy getaway OIlberger
Really nice grounds for the kids to run around, you can all tour the old house(where if I remember right they have a mummy) and there's a planetarium. Also on Long Island you can go to Sagamore Hill which is Teddy Roosevelt's house. Its pretty cool to tour since he was an avid hunter. FirstLadyofBeer
" The Martz Bus is frequent and convenient. carpy22
"Historic downtown along the Hudson, the home of Uncle Sam." carpy22
I love Nyack! I live here now actually. You can get there by taking the Metro North to Tarrytown and then take the Hudson Link across the River.
Lots of little shops and restaurants. On the weekends there’s lots of bikers around. Monthly there’s a pretty big street fair that garners a lot of visitors.
Strawberry place is the best for breakfast (cash only). UP Lounge or OD’s for dinner. The Local or Karma for drinks.
Piermont is very close (biking or cheap bee distance). They have cute stores and restaurants. You can rent kayaks and kayak in the Piermont Marsh, or walk out on Ferry Road which is the furthest you can get to the middle of the Hudson without being on a boat or ferry. nakedrottweiler


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Blog Update: Monday Casino news report - 16 September 2019

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Five Fast Facts

  1. The Fundamental Orders, adopted by Connecticut Colonists on January 24, 1639, is considered to be the first written constitution in the western world. While short, it sets principles that were later applied to the US Constitution. These include government based on the consent of the governed (including spelling out individual rights and how they are ensured) and election of leaders by free men.
  2. Connecticut was the first state to set a speed limit for automobiles; in 1901 the Connecticut government set a speed limit of 12 miles per hour. In 1937 it became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.
  3. Among the silly laws allegedly on the books in Connecticut: in order for a pickle to be considered a pickle, it has to bounce; silly string is banned in the town of Southington, and it is illegal to walk backwards on city sidewalks after sunset in Devon.
  4. The Hartford Courant is the oldest continually published newspaper in the United States, having been established in 1764.
  5. Opened in 1846, Lake Compounce, located just down the street from ESPN’s Bristol headquarters, is the oldest continuously-operated amusement park in the United States. Its premier attraction, Boulder Dash, is the first wooden roller coaster built entirely into the side of a mountain, and has won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Wood Coaster four times since it opened in 2000, including the past three years.
The Constitution State, The Nutmeg State
Abbreviation: CT
Time Zone: US Eastern (UTC-5/-4)
Admission to the Union: January 9, 1788
Population: 3,590,886 (29th)
Area: 5,543 sq. mi (48th)
State Capital: Hartford
Largest City: Bridgeport
Demonym: Connecticuter, Nutmegger
Borders: Rhode Island (E), Massachusetts (N), New York (W), Long Island Sound (S)
Subreddit: /Connecticut


Governor: Dannel Malloy (D)
Lieutenant Governor: Nancy Wyman (D)
Connecticut General Assembly
  • 36 Senators (20 Democrat, 15 Republican, 1 Working Families Party)
  • 151 Representatives (87 Democrat, 64 Republican)
  • President pro tem of the Senate: Martin Looney
  • Speaker of the House: Brendan Sharkey
U.S. Senators: Richard Blumenthal (D), Chris Murphy (D)
U.S. Representative(s): 5 Democrat
Last 5 Election Results (election winner in italics):
  • Barack Obama (D) – 905,083 (58.06%), Mitt Romney (R) – 634,892 (40.73%)
  • Barack Obama (D) – 997,773 (60.59%), John McCain (R) – 629,428 (38.22%)
  • John Kerry (D) – 857,488 (54.31%), George W Bush (R) – 693,826 (43.95%)
  • Al Gore (D) – 816,015 (55.91%), George W Bush (R) – 561,095 (38.44%)
  • Bill Clinton (D) – 735,740 (52.83%), Bob Dole (R) – 483,109 (34.69%), Ross Perot (I) – 139,523 (10.02%)


Racial Composition:
  • 71.2% White (non-Hispanic)
  • 10.1% Black
  • 6.4% Hispanic
  • 3.8% Asian
  • 2.6% Mixed Race or Multicultural
  • 0.3% Native American
  • 5.6% Other
Ancestry Groups
  • 19.3% Italian
  • 17.9% Irish
  • 10.7% English
  • 10.4% German
  • 8.6% Polish
  • 6.6% French
Second Languages – Most Non-English Languages Spoken at Home
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French
  • Polish
Religious Affiliation – Largest Religious Denominations
  • Catholic (43%)
  • Protestant (27%)
  • Non-religious (23%)
  • Jewish (1%)
  • Other Christian (2.5%)
  • Buddhist and Hindu – 1.5%


The first law school in the nation, Litchfield Law School, was operated from 1773 until 1833 in Connecticut. Connecticut State Schools are governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, a body established in 2011 to accredit schools and programs as well as to set budgets and coordinate operations.


Unemployment Rate – 7.0%
Wealthiest Cities/Towns (by per capita income)
  • New Canaan ($100,824)
  • Darien ($95,577)
  • Greenwich ($92,759)
  • Weston ($92,735)
  • Westport ($90,792)
Largest Employers, excluding Wal-Mart and state/federal government
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Aetna
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Immucor
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Group


Major Highways
  • Interstate Highways: I-84, I-91, I-95, I-395
  • State Routes/Highways
  • Rush hour traffic on I-95 between New York and New Haven is some of the most congested in the United States, and frequently affects the nearby Merritt Parkway. The state has begun encouraging ride-sharing and rail-use to alleviate the congestion.
Public Transit
System Services Area Description
Metro-North Rail Southwestern Connecticut Operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, offers rail service between New York City and New Haven, with several local branches
Amtrak Rail Eastern/Northern Connecticut Commuter rail between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts, with local lines opening to Hartford and Central Connecticut
CT Transit Bus Statewide Public bus system
CTfastrak Bus New Britain to Hartford Rapid bus transit
  • Bradley International Airport (BDL)
  • Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN)
Connecticut has some of the highest rates of bicycle ownership and use in the U.S., and New Haven has the highest percentage of commuters who bicycle to work of any major metropolitan center on the East Coast.


So what does nutmeg have to do with Connecticut? Well, no one really knows. One theory (the most popular told to Connecticut children) is that swindlers from the state were notorious for selling counterfeit nutmegs made from wood to unsuspecting travelers and residents of seaside towns. Another more innocuous explanation is that traders from Connecticut were in fact selling real nutmeg, but customers unfamiliar with the unusually hard native form of the spice may have felt they had been tricked into buying a wooden counterfeit. The source of the legend traces back to the 1830’s newspaper column “The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville”, who claimed that Captain John Allspice, a popular trader who did business in Charleston, would cut his purchase of fifty barrels of nutmeg into two and fill the remaining space with wooden counterfeits, which looked so real that it was impossible to spot the difference unless you bit the nutmeg with your teeth.
Sikorsky Aircraft and United Technologies
Igor Sikorsky, a Kiev-born immigrant, founded Sikorsky in 1925 in Roosevelt, New York. In 1929, the company moved to Stratford, Connecticut and became part of United Technologies Corporation. Originally focused on multi-engine airplanes and amphibious aircraft (such as the Sikorsky Clipper), Sikorsky began developing the first practical helicopter, continuing work he had begun in Russia in 1909. In 1939, the first tethered and free-flight helicopter flights took place between 1939 and 1940; the V-S 300 design remains the basis for most helicopter designs today.
New Haven-style pizza (known as “Apizza”) is considered by culinary historians (such as Jeffrey Steingarten) to be among the best styles of Neapolitan-American pizza, along with New York City. While limited geographically until recently, restaurants specializing in the style have opened in the Washington DC, Oregon, Michigan, Texas and Tokyo.
The lobster roll originated in Milford in 1929 at a restaurant called Perry’s. The Connecticut-style lobster roll is simply warm lobster meat soaked in butter and served on a steamed bun. The more popular Maine style, consisting of cold lobster meat served with mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, and lettuce is known locally as a lobster salad roll, and is more well-known outside of New England.
Connecticut is recognized by the Library of Congress as the birthplace of the modern hamburger. Louis Lunch in New Haven is known as the oldest continually operating hamburger restaurant, and is known for disliking the addition of any condiments to the burger, especially ketchup. Yale students who sneak in ketchup have been asked to leave in the past.
Charter Oak
The Charter Oak was a large white oak tree estimated to be around 600-700 years old at the time it fell in 1856. According to tradition, the state’s Royal Charter of 1662 was hidden in the hollow portion of the tree to prevent its confiscation by the English governor-general; this story became a symbol of American Independence. Captain Joseph Wadsworth (ancestor of Revolutionary general Elijah Wadsworth) was was credited as the person who hid the charter from Royal authorities, who did not like the amount of local autonomy the charter gave to colonists. After it fell during a violent storm, timber from the tree was made into several chairs, which are displayed in the Hartford Capitol Building. The Charter Oak adorns the state quarter and is still a symbol for the state as a whole today.
While Connecticut does not currently have a “big four” franchise, it has hosted multiple teams in all of the big four previously:
League Team Years Active
NHL Hartford Whalers 1972 - 1997
MLB Hartford Dark Blues 1876
NFL Hartford Blues 1926
NFL New York Giants 1973 – 1974 (played at Yale Bowl while Giants Stadium was under construction)
NBA Boston Celtics 1975 – 1995 (various home games)
The WNBA Connecticut Sun are the only current major professional sports team playing in the state, and are considered the most successful franchise in the WNBA to not win an overall championship.
The Pilot-Pen Tennis Tournament and the Travelers Championship both take place in Connecticut (in New Haven and Hartford, Respectively).
Lime Rock Park is a 1.53-mile natural-terrain course located in the Northwestern corner of Connecticut. It currently hosts events for the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and has hosted events for NASCAR, Grand-Am, ALMS and the Pirelli World Challenge. The track also hosts a Historic Festival every Labor Day which features classic car shows and historic race cars taking part in exhibition races.
Connecticut’s NCAA Division I teams are:
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Fairfield University
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • University of Hartford
The UCONN Huskies are the only team to win men’s and women’s basketball championships in the same year, having done so twice (2004, 2014). The UCONN Women hold the NCAA record for the longest winning streak in college basketball at 90 games, having gone undefeated from 2008 until December 30, 2010 after a loss to Stanford. The Women have not missed the NCAA Final Four since 2008.

List of Famous People

Previous States:
  1. Delaware
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. New Jersey
  4. Georgia
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What we Learned in the Russia Probe: March 25 - 31

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Week of March 25 - 31: What we Learned in the Russia Probe

Mueller investigation

In a new court filing in the sentencing of attorney, and son-in-law of a Russian oligarch, Alex van der Zwaan, Mueller revealed the most direct connection between Trump and the Russians that we know of so far.
The FBI has in their possession a second report written by Christopher Steele that alleges Putin has sanctioned killings of Russians on U.S. soil.
There are two other suspicious Russian deaths on U.S. soil (plus over a dozen on U.K. soil) that I know of. I’m sure there are more. Here are the ones that occurred in the states:
Mueller is probing Russia contacts at that occurred at the Republican National Convention in 2016.
In attempting to obtain cooperation from Rick Gates, Mueller has reportedly been pushing him for information on Trump’s contacts with Russia rather than information on Manafort.
Infowars contributor & Trump campaign associate Ted Malloch was detained by the FBI as he arrived at the Boston airport from London. He was questioned about about Roger Stone and Julian Assange, and was subpoenaed to testify before Mueller's D.C. grand jury on April 13th.
Kirill Dmitriev, the Russian financier Erik Prince met with in the Seychelles in January 2017, has closer ties to Putin than previously known.
European counterintelligence officials have revealed that Papadopoulos had meetings with Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who is close to Putin, both before and after the election. They state that these meetings should concern the U.S.
George Nader, a political adviser to the UAE and now a cooperating witness, paid Trump fundraiser and former RNC chairman Elliott Broidy $2.5 million last April. Broidy then made large donations to U.S. lawmakers considering legislation targeting Qatar, UAE’s rival.
John Dowd, Trump’s former lawyer, reportedly spoke to Flynn and Manafort about Trump pardoning them for their crimes.
Manafort is reportedly betting on receiving a presidential pardon, not planning on cooperating with Mueller.
The jet of Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch and Putin ally, arrived in the US (in New Jersey) within hours of a meeting between Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the former Russian military intelligence officer Konstantin Kilimnik. This occurred just weeks after Manafort offered "private briefings" about the Trump campaign to Deripaska.

Russian interference

CNN’s Jim Acosta reported on Twitter that NSC spokesman Michael Anton confirmed the administration has still not enforced any sanctions against Russian oligarchs, contradicting Raj Shah’s statement at Monday’s press briefing. There is already criticism that the announced sanctions do not touch Putin’s oligarchs or government officials.
In response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and daughter in the U.K., the Trump administration has expelled 60 Russian diplomats/spies and ordered a Seattle Russian diplomatic compound to close. However, the State Department has confirmed original reporting by Julia Davis that the expelled diplomats/spies can be replaced by others, in a loophole that greatly reduces the impact of Trump’s actions.
A former Russian double agent has reported that he found out he was on a Kremlin hit list with Skripal, just weeks before Skripal was poisoned. Also on the list were several other ex-KGB agents, Bill Browder, and Christopher Steele.
After months of trying to convince Trump to sign off on a plan to supply new U.S. weapons to Ukraine, National Security advisers finally got him to approve the plan. However, Trump told his aides not to publicly tout his decision because he didn’t want to anger Putin.
The $380 million included in the omnibus spending bill for election security is likely not going to end up fixing key election security issues in all states.


Mark Zuckerberg has decided that he will testify before Congress, but is sending representatives to testify before the U.K. Parliament. He is going to be asked questions about Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica, a company that harvested the data of 50 million users without their knowledge.
House Dems have called for the FBI to investigate claims that Kushner leaked classified information to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Reportedly, the prince has said that Kushner revealed Saudi leaders who were disloyal to him, resulting in their arrest and perhaps torture.


In 2015, the FBI looked into Trump plans in 2010 to build a hotel in Latvia with Putin supporter Igor Krutoy. The plans were abandoned after Krutoy and an associate were questioned by Latvian authorities as part of a major criminal inquiry there. The Guardian states that, “ Latvian investigators also examined secret recordings in which Trump was mentioned by a suspect.”
Kushner has called newly-named National Security Adviser John Bolton on numerous occasions for advice and to brief him on key national security issues.
To note…
Ecuador has cut off Julian Assange’s internet connection at the embassy in London, “after his recent activity on social media decrying the arrest of a Catalan separatist politician.”
Stormy Daniels’ 60 Minutes interview aired last Sunday. The new piece of information we learned is that Stormy and her daughter were threatened about Trump in a parking lot in 2011.
Trump has lost arbitration to win back control of the former Trump International Tower & Hotel in Panama. The owners of the hotel evicted the Trump Organization earlier this month over allegations of "horrific" mismanagement.
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July 10th, 1982

If you are ever in Arizona and find yourself on the Interstate-17, pay attention when traveling through a town called Black Canyon City. With a population just over 2,000, and nothing to recommend it to highway travelers but a small gas station, most people will blow right by this little community without a second glance. But if you slow down and look to the West of the highway, you may see a dilapidated, crumbling building with the simple words "DOG (C)RACK" written on the side in faded, orange lettering.
You have found the Black Canyon City Dog Track, the site of one of the worst massacres in Arizona history. The property has remained derelict and neglected since the 80's, slowly rotting away on the hilltop where it was once a thriving den of debauchery.
If you were to exit the highway and park on the corner of Maggie Mine Rd and Coldwater Canyon you could walk to the abandoned building and explore the stale, decaying ruins of a once popular greyhound track.
If you approach the side of the building with the fading orange letters you will see a silver gate standing open. If you venture through you will come to an unlocked door into the building. If, by chance, you are on the north side of the building, you will instead find a smaller doorway, this one with the door torn off the hinges. Graffiti to the left of this door reads "Why didn't you kill yourself today?"
If you then venture inside, you will find yourself in a cavernous, crumbling lobby. You will find a booth for reservations, a wall of betting windows and even a bar. Beyond that, you can explore the kennels, the private offices of the management, and even the overgrown dog track below.
Of course, one of the first things you'll see are the grandstands; rows and rows of red and yellow plastic seats, many of them still attached, while others have been torn up and thrown in an unceremonious pile nearby. This part of the building has an unsettling feeling as thousands of seats, all eerily expectant, face an empty field of weeds and a small mountain range beyond through large, broken panoramic windows. A large, metal sign hanging above tells you that the red seats cost 50 cents while the yellow seats cost 75.
If you continue to wander, you will find more graffiti such as "Who watches the Watchmen?" and "His name was Robert Paulsen". You will no doubt finish your tour feeling unsettled and ill, and with good reason.
The story of this dog track is mysterious and difficult to find, having been all but erased from history. After doing over a years worth of research, I believe I have learned enough to warrant writing this article.
Our story begins with a citrus farmer named David K. Funk. In 1942, tired of his Phoenix farm, Funk opened a successful race track in Tijuana called "Caliente Race Track", which was the first combination horse/dog track in North America.
It was enormously successful and with his new found wealth, Funk moved his wife and four young children - Albert, Charlotte, Richard and David Jr. - back to Arizona and opened several more thriving greyhound tracks.
The Funk children grew and while Albert and David Jr. followed in the family business, Charlotte and Richard showed little interest and went off on their own paths. Charlotte married a young entrepreneur named Monte Kobey and Richard became a university professor.
David Jr. and Albert moved around the country opening tracks in Florida, Oregon and Colorado. David Sr., impressed by his son's excellent work ethic, named David Jr Vice President of the Arizona race tracks, of which there were five.
David Jr., an aggressive but inexperienced businessman, decided in 1965 to open a new greyhound track in central Arizona. He choose a sleepy, rural town called Black Canyon City, less than an hour north of Phoenix.
When his father wouldn't approve the funds to build this track, David Jr. found funding through a Delaware company called Western Racing Inc., a well known mob-run enterprise on the east coast.
With their help, Black Canyon City Dog Track was opened in 1967, much to the chagrin of the locals, a devoutly religious group, who were horrified to find their pious town host to such a sinful sport.
David Jr. brought his sister and her husband to live in Black Canyon City and oversee the track's management. Charlotte's husband Monte was interested in greyhound racing and so Charlotte found herself once again enslaved to the family business. She noted in her diary that year how much she hated dog racing and how much she resented her family for forcing this life on her.
The track was an enormous success despite local protests and harassment by the town's small police force. Gamblers from Phoenix would drive up on the weekends to get out of the heat and spend time drinking and betting at the greyhound track.
In 1973 David Jr left Arizona to open a new property in Las Vegas, leaving Monte and Charlotte behind to run the Black Canyon track. Charlotte strongly objected to being "abandoned in the middle of nowhere" but Monte was excited about the chance to run the business alone.
David Jr. didn't return to Black Canyon City until early in 1982, when Charlotte called him to complain about the increased tensions between locals and track management. In the years he had been gone, the protests had turned to vandalism, death threats and finally violence after a flaming bag weighted with a brick was thrown through his pregnant sister's window.
Monte and Charlotte argued to shut the track down, citing violence and poor profit margins. David Jr. would not agree to it. He was by this time deeply in debt to Western Racing and they were no longer asking nicely for their money. The threats had grown so violent that David Jr. showed up in Arizona with his humerus broken in three places.
When her brother refused to release the Kobey's from their obligations, Charlotte begged David Jr. permission to leave, telling him about a local man who was harassing her named Brad Davidson. She said she didn't know him and had no idea why, but that he followed her when she was alone and came to the track everyday to try and speak with her. He was an alcoholic and a gambler, she said. In April, a man accosted David Jr. in the street claiming to be Brad Davidson, and pleaded with him for help, claiming he was the real father of Charlotte's baby.
In May of 1982, Monte and David Jr. got into a violent fist fight in the management offices when the latter went through the track's accounting. David Jr. accused Monte of running the track into the ground due to gross financial mismanagement. David Jr. was so angry that he told Monte about his conversation with Brad Davidson. Monte broke the cast off his brother-in-law's arm.
David Jr. was taken to the hospital to have his arm reset but the local ER staff refused to help him because he was the man who had “brought the very devil himself" to their town. Police were called and they escorted David Jr. off hospital property, roughing him up a bit. They told him that crime in their community had gone up ten fold since he had "invited all the sinners" down upon them.
The following month, David Jr. received another convincing threat from Western Racing to ruin him and decided on one last ditch effort to revive the track. Attendance had dwindled to almost nothing due to patrons being harassed and assaulted by locals as they came and left the dog track.
David Jr. bought adspace in Phoenix and Tucson and advertised the "comeback of the century" for the failing business. On July 10th of that year, all patrons of the track would not only receive $10 in betting credit but also drink for free between 11am and 1pm. Much to Charlotte and Monte's disappointment, the response was overwhelming.
When the day arrived, David Jr. and Monte had to open the track early. Though the races weren't scheduled to begin until 10am, hundreds of people showed up at the track just after 8 in the morning. Phoenix locals had organized their own buses to transport them in mass.
At 9am Monte and the general manager shared an opening-day drink down on the track, which David Jr. declined.
The morning of July 10th, 1982 was a scorcher and the decision to allow people to drink for free quickly became an expensive one. Monte opened the bar early, at 10am and by 10:30 the line for the bar wrapped twice around the lobby.
David Jr., Charlotte and another barman opened two more makeshift bars - one next to the outside grandstands and one on the other side of the lobby - to deal with the demand.
Every seat in the inside grandstand was taken and people fought for the outside seats as well. Around 150 people stood mingling around the lobby, watching the races from above and sticking close to the bar. They won money, they lost it, they laughed and cried and drank. By noon, the party was in full swing and everyone was in a boisterous and rollicking good mood.
The first sign something was wrong was around 11:45am when the lines for the bathrooms grew as long as the lines for the bar.
At around 12:20pm people in the lobby started to get sick. Only a handful at first. but within an hour people were vomiting where they stood - this quickly spread to the grandstands.
The general manager of the track, who was stuck behind the reservations desk, informed concerned patrons that it was simply a bad batch of liquor and that it would pass. When several people in the lobby began to seizure, David Jr. closed the betting counter to stop people from asking for their money back.
By 1:30pm, the first person was dead.
He was followed in quick succession by others - death spread like wildfire. Some were found to have dropped dead in the bathrooms, others simply never raised themselves out of their seats and died where they sat and yet others keeled over in the lobby, screaming in pain.
Local emergency services, who had finally been called after the first death, were slow to respond and by 4:30pm 618 people were dead and a thousand more were hospitalized. Tents were set up in the dirt parking lot and medical staff were called in from every town within a 200 mile radius. Of those that were hospitalized, another 381 people died just outside the dog track. The 999 deaths were ruled as poisonings.
David Jr., Charlotte and Monte all survived.
David Jr., the first to cast an accusation, wrote a letter to his father the following day which included a timeline of events on the day of the murders and a paragraph detailing why he couldn't help but be suspicious of his sister. Charlotte had appeared unfazed as so many people died violent deaths next to her bar, and had also gone to considerable lengths to ensure that the man called Brad Davidson was served several free drinks.
Charlotte, in turn, openly accused her husband of the murders, after every bottle of liquor in the building tested positive for Arsenic. She stated that on that day she had twice raised a glass of bourbon to her lips, only to have Monte slap it away. Peculiar, she mused, that he had suddenly become so concerned for her pregnancy when he never had before. Monte disagreed that this ever occurred.
David Jr., a seasoned drinker, was also suspected of the murders due to his refusal of an opening day drink with his manager, a tradition that David Jr. had always taken part in. In fact, no one had ever seen David Jr. turn down a drink in his life.
Monte, for his part, quietly accused Western Racing Inc., as he had started to receive threats from the east coast company the week before.
David Sr. wrote in correspondence to a business partner later that year that he believed the towns religious zealots had organized the poisonings since they were the only ones to gain from it.
The governor of Arizona at the time ordered a hasty investigation and a purging of all mentions of the tragedy from the local media, thereby ensuring it wouldn't get picked up nationally.
Most of the families of the victims (those gamblers who even had families) were purportedly bought off and the FBI closed the investigation on July 16th. The governor was in the throes of his own scandal at the time (accusations of handing out Indian casino licenses in return for campaign donations) and didn't want more bad press for his state.
In the end, no charges were filed. The track was closed that day and abandoned until the mid-80's when Albert Funk tried to revive the property as a swap meet venue. He abandoned this venture two years later after it failed to draw vendors.
David Jr. and his brother-in-law Monte gave up race tracks and opened a successful string of portrait studios throughout the southwest. David Jr died in 2005 and Monte in 2007. Charlotte and Richard are the only Funk children still alive today. No one has ever admitted to the murders.
Perhaps one of the more confusing aspects of this case is the fact that Black Canyon City's well water was also found to be contaminated with high levels of arsenic in 1985. Today, residents of the town and local businesses are served by a private water company due to the toxicity of their ground water.
Sadly, the culprit in this case may never be known due both to the local authorities refusal to investigate the massacre and the federal government's disinterest in it. And even if someone did decide to reopen the 30 year old cold case, most of the evidence has probably decayed and been destroyed by time.
Of course, as you know, Black Canyon City Dog Track still stands today and you can even visit the bar where almost 1,000 people met their deaths. If you do decide to visit, take your time walking the grounds. You may even stumble on betting tickets with the date "July 10th, 1982" printed on them, as I did the last time I was there.
Even the bar still stands, though it is hidden beneath a pile of detritus. If you do manage to dig it out you may even find an unopened bottle of gin. But I won’t tell you not to drink it. I’ve always thought 999 was an unsatisfactory number.
View from the Road
Gate Inside
Why didn't you kill yourself today?
First floor Lobby
Betting Counter
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View of the Track
Racetrack 1
Racetrack 2
Loading Dock
Outdoor Grandstands
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Who Watches the Watchmen?
His name was Robert Paulsen
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The BIG LIST of 2015 Delaware holiday events!

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Poker on the Rise In Delaware

Poker is alive and well in Delaware with record profits reported from cash games at just over 1600 bucks. An exact figure is still unknown as most of the money came in the form of nickels and dimes. That’s a 4% profit spike last month, compared to July of last year, showing that the Diamond State can still be counted on when the chips are down.
A representative from Delaware Park Casino had this to say “We might not have the stretch limos, High rise buildings, Hookers, or Cocaine like they have in Vegas, but we do have free car parking, and we’re next to the park which has ducks in it. There’s also talk of Lindsay Lohan coming to do a show here. let’s see Cirque du Soleil compete with that.”
Mike Hunt of the Delaware Gaming Commission released this statement on their website. “The poker is dying mantra is getting old now, and it simply isn’t true. We have players flocking to the casino in groups some times as large as five. One night we filled three tables, we were surprised Poker After Dark didn’t try to make a television series out of it. We hadn’t seen the poker room fill up like that since the peak of the Chris Moneymaker era.”
The future for the Delaware poker industry is bright, with the Park Casino now in serious negotiations with one of its chefs to stay back for an extra hour after evening meal service to make sandwiches and cocktail sausages for the poker players. This should add a touch of glamor to the game, and help attract the higher stake players. With talk of opening a 5/10 dollar table and possibly even a 25 dollar buy in tournament for Christmas, Vegas could be facing some stiff competition for its customers in the near future.
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What's happening around town (Wed, Sep 3rd - Tue, Sep 9th)

Tulsa's event list. Combined from 11 sources

Wednesday, Sep 3rd

Thursday, Sep 4th

  • American Miniature Horse Registry National Show (Tulsa Expo Square) Thru Sun, Sep 14th The American Miniature Horse Registry and American Shetland Pony Club are bringing their National Show to Tulsa’s…
  • AMHR Nationals (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Thru Sun, Sep 14th
  • Bluegrass & Chili Festival (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Thru Sat, Sep 6th Claremore's Bluegrass & Chili Festival is cooking up plenty of family fun in the month of September. Join…
  • Delaware County Free Fair (Delaware County Fairgrounds - Jay) Thru Sat, Sep 6th The Delaware County Free Fair in Jay is an old-fashioned county fair that features livestock events for the young and…
  • Drillers (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:05pm vs Arkansas Travelers Thirsty Thursday
  • The Escatones + Cucumber and the Suntans + Madd Comrades (Soundpony)
  • Mayes County Fair (Mayes County Fairgrounds - Pryor) Thru Sun, Sep 7th Featuring a fun-filled carnival and celebrating livestock and farming, the Mayes County Fair is an enjoyable experience…
  • Movie in the PArk: The Outsiders (Guthrie Green) Start Time: 8:30pm
  • Okmulgee County Fair (Okmulgee County Fairgrounds - Okmulgee) Thru Sat, Sep 6th Come to the Okmulgee County Fair in Okmulgee for a myriad of exhibits, livestock shows, livestock judging, a horse show…
  • Osage County Free Fair (Osage County Fairgrounds - Pawhuska) Thru Sat, Sep 6th The Osage County Free Fair celebrates the agricultural abundance of Pawhuska and the surrounding area with livestock…

Friday, Sep 5th

  • American Miniature Horse Registry National Show (Tulsa Expo Square) Thru Sun, Sep 14th The American Miniature Horse Registry and American Shetland Pony Club are bringing their National Show to Tulsa’s…
  • AMHR Nationals (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Thru Sun, Sep 14th
  • Bluegrass & Chili Festival (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) 1 day left Claremore's Bluegrass & Chili Festival is cooking up plenty of family fun in the month of September. Join…
  • Delaware County Free Fair (Delaware County Fairgrounds - Jay) 1 day left The Delaware County Free Fair in Jay is an old-fashioned county fair that features livestock events for the young and…
  • Green Corn Rebellion + Hamby (Soundpony)
  • Mayes County Fair (Mayes County Fairgrounds - Pryor) Thru Sun, Sep 7th Featuring a fun-filled carnival and celebrating livestock and farming, the Mayes County Fair is an enjoyable experience…
  • Okmulgee County Fair (Okmulgee County Fairgrounds - Okmulgee) 1 day left Come to the Okmulgee County Fair in Okmulgee for a myriad of exhibits, livestock shows, livestock judging, a horse show…
  • Osage County Free Fair (Osage County Fairgrounds - Pawhuska) 1 day left The Osage County Free Fair celebrates the agricultural abundance of Pawhuska and the surrounding area with livestock…
  • Symphony in the Park (Guthrie Green) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • TU M Soccer (Hurricane Stadium) Start Time: 5:00pm vs UAB vs CSUN
  • TU M Soccer (Hurricane Stadium) Start Time: 7:30pm vs Virginia
  • TU W Soccer (Hurricane Stadium) Start Time: 1:00pm vs Central Arkansas

Saturday, Sep 6th

  • American Miniature Horse Registry National Show (Tulsa Expo Square) Thru Sun, Sep 14th The American Miniature Horse Registry and American Shetland Pony Club are bringing their National Show to Tulsa’s…
  • AMHR Nationals (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Thru Sun, Sep 14th
  • Bluegrass & Chili Festival (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Last Day Claremore's Bluegrass & Chili Festival is cooking up plenty of family fun in the month of September. Join…
  • Car & Collector Show (Honor Heights Park - Muskogee) Visit the beautiful Honor Heights Park in Muskogee for the Car & Collectors Show. This one day event invites all car…
  • Cherry Street Market (15th & Peoria) Start Time: 7:00am
  • Craft Bazaar (7410 N 127th E Ave - Owasso) Expect to be pleasantly surprised at the Craft Bazaar in Owasso, which features a variety of items you can't find…
  • Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour (Whitaker Park - Pryor) The Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour in Pryor features some of the best fall cycling in Oklahoma. This bicycle tour features 31,…
  • Delaware County Free Fair (Delaware County Fairgrounds - Jay) Last Day The Delaware County Free Fair in Jay is an old-fashioned county fair that features livestock events for the young and…
  • The Griswolds (The Vanguard)
  • India Fest (Expo Square: Pavilion) The India Association of Greater Tulsa is hosting a day of fun and Indian culture at India Fest in the Pavilion of…
  • Mayes County Fair (Mayes County Fairgrounds - Pryor) 1 day left Featuring a fun-filled carnival and celebrating livestock and farming, the Mayes County Fair is an enjoyable experience…
  • Okmulgee County Fair (Okmulgee County Fairgrounds - Okmulgee) Last Day Come to the Okmulgee County Fair in Okmulgee for a myriad of exhibits, livestock shows, livestock judging, a horse show…
  • Osage County Free Fair (Osage County Fairgrounds - Pawhuska) Last Day The Osage County Free Fair celebrates the agricultural abundance of Pawhuska and the surrounding area with livestock…
  • Roadkill Chili Cook-Off (Delaware County Fairgrounds - Jay) Bring the family and enjoy this annual chili cook-off in Jay at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Bring your…
  • Smokin on Route 66 BBQ Championship (Miami Fairgrounds - Miami) Head to Miami for the Smokin on Route 66 BBQ Championship. Taste delicious barbecue from various teams competing in this…
  • Soul Night!! with DJ Soul Fingaz and DJ Sweet Baby Jayzus (Soundpony) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Sweet Talk + The Daddyo's + Noun Verb Adjective (Soundpony) Start Time: 5:00pm Happy Hour Show !!
  • TU Football (H.A. Chapman Stadium) Start Time: 11:00am vs Oklahoma
  • Tulsa Flea Market (Expo Square: Exchange Center)
  • Tulsa Restaurant Week (Various Locations) Thru Sun, Sep 14th Tulsa Restaurant Week, held in various locations throughout the city, is a food lover's paradise as 40+ eateries…
  • Vance Gilbert et al. (Guthrie Green Park) Start Time: 1:00pm

Sunday, Sep 7th

Monday, Sep 8th

Tuesday, Sep 9th

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What's happening around town (Wed, Aug 27th - Tue, Sep 2nd)

Tulsa's event list. Combined from 11 sources

Wednesday, Aug 27th

Thursday, Aug 28th

Friday, Aug 29th

  • Central States Shrine Association (Expo Square: River Spirit Expo) 1 day left
  • Cherokee Homecoming Art Show (Cherokee Heritage Center - Tahlequah) Thru Sun, Aug 31st Visit the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah for the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show. View authentic Cherokee…
  • Cherokee National Holiday (Various Locations - Tahlequah) Thru Sun, Aug 31st The Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah celebrates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839. …
  • Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival (OK Blues Hall of Fame - Rentiesville) Thru Sun, Aug 31st Three days and nights of Oklahoma, regional and national blues. This event will feature 30 bands with over 200 musicians…
  • Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Festival (Grove Civic Center - Grove) Thru Sun, Aug 31st Attend the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp and Music Festival and witness as fiddlers of all levels and ages come together in a…
  • KISS & Def Leppard in Concert (BOK Center) Two of the greatest rock bands of all time, KISS and Def Leppard, are gracing the stage at Tulsa's BOK Center. Fans…
  • My So Called Band (The Vanguard)
  • Ottawa Powwow & Celebration (Adawe Park - Miami) Thru Sun, Aug 31st Join members of the Ottawa tribe for dancing and family fun during their annual celebration. This event is hosted by the…
  • TULSA OVERGROUND PARTY !! w/ Lesbian Summer + Creepozoidz + The Daddyo's (Soundpony)
  • Tulsa Reining Classic (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Thru Sun, Aug 31st The Tulsa Reining Classic is an action-packed display of equestrian skills at the Tulsa Expo Center. Watch cowboys and…
  • TU W Soccer (Hurricane Stadium) Start Time: 7:30pm vs Missouri State
  • Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo (American Legion Rodeo Grounds - Vinita) 1 day left The Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo, a PRCA sanctioned rodeo held each year in Vinita, will feature all of the exciting rodeo…

Saturday, Aug 30th

  • Central States Shrine Association (Expo Square: River Spirit Expo) Last Day
  • Cherokee Homecoming Art Show (Cherokee Heritage Center - Tahlequah) 1 day left Visit the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah for the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show. View authentic Cherokee…
  • Cherokee National Holiday (Various Locations - Tahlequah) 1 day left The Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah celebrates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839. …
  • Cherry Street Market (15th & Peoria) Start Time: 7:00am
  • Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival (OK Blues Hall of Fame - Rentiesville) 1 day left Three days and nights of Oklahoma, regional and national blues. This event will feature 30 bands with over 200 musicians…
  • Eufaula Powwow (East Ball Field on Lake Eufaula - Eufaula) Day 1 of 2 Native Americans in the Lake Eufaula community come together for the Eufaula Powwow each year during Labor Day weekend.…
  • Gary Allan in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Catoosa) Travel to Tulsa's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to hear country star Gary Allan present his Set You Free tour. Allan is a…
  • Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Festival (Grove Civic Center - Grove) 1 day left Attend the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp and Music Festival and witness as fiddlers of all levels and ages come together in a…
  • Living Legends Rodeo (Jim Shoulders Living Legends Rodeo Arena - Henryetta) Day 1 of 2 This outstanding International Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned rodeo, in its 21st year, pays tribute to all…
  • Ottawa Powwow & Celebration (Adawe Park - Miami) 1 day left Join members of the Ottawa tribe for dancing and family fun during their annual celebration. This event is hosted by the…
  • Rob McCann (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Societysociety (The Vanguard)
  • Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin (Private Function)
  • TU Cross Country (Tulsa, Okla.) Start Time: 6:00pm vs Hurricane Cross Country Festival
  • Tulsa Flea Market (Expo Square: River Spirit Expo, Lower Level)
  • Tulsa Mini Maker Faire (Expo Square: Central Park Hall) Over 150 "makers" and inventors fill Central Park Hall of the Tulsa Expo Square with amazing projects and…
  • TULSA OVERGROUND PARTY!! w/ Bugchaser + Lizard Police + Barry Johnston (Soundpony)
  • Tulsa Reining Classic (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) 1 day left The Tulsa Reining Classic is an action-packed display of equestrian skills at the Tulsa Expo Center. Watch cowboys and…
  • Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo (American Legion Rodeo Grounds - Vinita) Last Day The Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo, a PRCA sanctioned rodeo held each year in Vinita, will feature all of the exciting rodeo…

Sunday, Aug 31st

  • Cage / CAGE et al. (The Vanguard)
  • Cherokee Homecoming Art Show (Cherokee Heritage Center - Tahlequah) Last Day Visit the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah for the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show. View authentic Cherokee…
  • Cherokee National Holiday (Various Locations - Tahlequah) Last Day The Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah celebrates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839. …
  • Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival (OK Blues Hall of Fame - Rentiesville) Last Day Three days and nights of Oklahoma, regional and national blues. This event will feature 30 bands with over 200 musicians…
  • Eufaula Powwow (East Ball Field on Lake Eufaula - Eufaula) Day 2 of 2 Native Americans in the Lake Eufaula community come together for the Eufaula Powwow each year during Labor Day weekend.…
  • Gala Of The Royal Horses (BOK Center)
  • Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Festival (Grove Civic Center - Grove) Last Day Attend the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp and Music Festival and witness as fiddlers of all levels and ages come together in a…
  • Living Legends Rodeo (Jim Shoulders Living Legends Rodeo Arena - Henryetta) Day 2 of 2 This outstanding International Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned rodeo, in its 21st year, pays tribute to all…
  • Ottawa Powwow & Celebration (Adawe Park - Miami) Last Day Join members of the Ottawa tribe for dancing and family fun during their annual celebration. This event is hosted by the…
  • TULSA OVERGROUND w/ Motherfolk + Taylor Thompson + Dead Shakes + Bitchcraft (Soundpony)
  • Tulsa Reining Classic (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Last Day The Tulsa Reining Classic is an action-packed display of equestrian skills at the Tulsa Expo Center. Watch cowboys and…
  • TU W Soccer (Hurricane Stadium) Start Time: 7:00pm vs UMKC

Monday, Sep 1st

  • Escape from Turkey Mountain (Races start at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area)
  • Labor Day Celebration (Downtown Main Street - Henryetta) The Henryetta Labor Day Celebration is one of the largest Labor Day events in Oklahoma. Make your way to the town…
  • Manik Mondays with DJ Rdubb (Soundpony) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Run to the SON! 5 km and 1 Mile Run (Parkview Baptist Church) In Conjunction with SONFest!
    Registraion Opens at 6:30 am 5 km race begins at 8 am, 1 mile run begins at 8:10 am. Award Ceremony Following Race. Free food and inflatables for the entire family!

Tuesday, Sep 2nd

  • Delaware County Free Fair (Delaware County Fairgrounds - Jay) Thru Sat, Sep 6th The Delaware County Free Fair in Jay is an old-fashioned county fair that features livestock events for the young and…
  • Earphunk (The Shrine)
  • Trivia with Jack (Soundpony)

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[Table] IAmA: We are THE BURIED LIFE. Torri was born without a hand and we surprised her with new bionic arm. She's here. AMA!

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Was Barack dirty on the b-ball court? They had sniper rifles trained on us the whole time so it was kinda hard to push too hard, lol. -jonnie.
He's pretty smooth and he's a lefty. tip for when you play him: he's got a low release, if u want to block the prez. - ben.
Duncan, Did you ever get that date with Taylor Swift? If so how was it? Did you get any songs written about you? Do you guys keep in touch? Take it easy guys! Get back on tv soon! Yes, I did end up going on a date with T. She's a very sweet, nice gal. I donno about songs I haven't read enough lyrics but yes we stayed in touch. Thx. - Duncan.
Thats awesome man! If you guys are ever in NC and need anything let me know dude! Duncan, can I have Taylor Swift's #? - ben.
When will you guys be back on TV? I loved the show. Hopefully soon! Thank you very much. - Duncan
I know I'm late to the party but I just want you to know that the Buried Life is one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. So glad to hear that it's not over. You guys are great! Thanks for the laughs and feels. Cheers jbird, appreciate it. -ben.
Is Dave still married? No. they got it annulled the day afterwards and then dated for 6 months. they do still see each other time to time though. she is a good friend of ours now. (backstory: Dave got married in Vegas to a girl he'd know for 24 hours. it was #91 on the list: Link to -jonnie.
Was the plan to get it annulled right after from the beginning? No, we left it up to dave, it's his life. his mom wasn't too happy about it.
Also, good to see you again giraffe boner. -ben.
Funny thing is I was in that episode and you two were talking right behind me at the pool. I must of been pretty hungover because I had no clue we were being filmed. I must have been hungover too, i don't remember being in that episode either. -ben.
What do you look forward to crossing off your list? And has it been harder to accomplish these tasks without MTV's help? MTV actually never helped us cross anything off, that was part of our deal with them. We wanted it to be like we'd been doing it the 3 years prior, 4 regular dudes. Cause what's the point if MTV's making all that stuff happen... we wanted it to be real. - ben.
What has been the strangest request for help that you've received? Someone wanted to have a 3some while skydiving. - Dp.
Also, a guy wanted to start a real Jurassic Park.
Is that going to be on the next episode? Haha. Yes. We're partnering with Icy Mike.
Has there ever been a situation where you weren't able to help someone? Or something went wrong in the process? We met a old man who wanted to reconnect with his long lost love, a woman named Joyce Hook, they lost touch in their 20s. We searched for 2 years but couldn't find any trace of her. - Duncan
ACTIVATE REDDIT SEARCH POWERS. Sadly, Bob, the elderly man who searched for her, has since past. He never gave up though. If you find the one, #takethechance -jonnie.
What's your favorite thing you have done so far that has helped someone? I'd say it's different for all of us. For me (jonnie) it was helping Lucas in DC who wanted to get a home for his dad, who became homeless after a fractious divorce. He's a good kid.
For me, it's the first person we ever helped in Kelowna, BC. we helped a guy that used to be homeless get a truck for his new business. i still talk to him on fb 7 yrs later. he's in the first vid we ever made: Link to -ben.
I've been a huge fan of you guys since Season 1 and you guys inspired me to start up a fundraiser to purchase Bio-fuel conversion systems for a School/Orphanage in Tanzania, Africa. I've always wondered what inspired you guys to actually break the mold and set off for the adventure? This is so cool. Thank you for asking. It inspires me to hear that.
What motivated me to set off when we started in 2006 was a) I wanted to work with my brother b) I couldn't figure out why more people our age weren't protesting and c) I was unhappy with my life. It felt like we had all these problems in the world that weren't being addressed. Things like global warming that were too complex for any single leader to conquer. I thought to myself, how do I help? At the time my brother had lost one of his best friends to a drowning accident in British Columbia and it made me think a lot about death. I realized that mortality is a (maybe, the) most powerful motivator for our species. Then I thought, I wonder what people want to do before they die? Then, what do I want to do before I die? And I decided from there that I wanted to ask people and to learn what they had to say. I thought the soberness of it might help the conversation. It helps put all the bullshit to rest. That's kinda also why we called this The Buried Life. It felt like we get buried by day-to-day stuff that makes us forget what's truly important in life.
Then we decided to go after our list of 100 things (Link to and to help a stranger each time we got one done. The name specifically I should add is courtesy of an 1852 poem called The Buried Life by Matthew Arnold. -jonnie.
Torri, your story is incredible, and you obviously have great people in your life. What has been the most positive or unexpected change in your life since receiving your new arm? Becoming more confident in myself, i feel like i can do anything now -Torri.
What is the list item that will be the hardest to cross off? The one you're scared may never happen? Grow a moustache.
#95: Play Basketball with the President. That was tough. #100 Go To Space will be hard too, but we've been having some conversations with people about it.
The idea of never crossing off #78: Fall in Love used to scare me, but less so as I get older. I'm beginning to realize that love is all around you, you just need to be open to it. I hope that doesn't come off too cheesy. -jonnie.
Grow a moustache.
Talk to Hanger Clinic. Bionic Moustache. That's my favorite comment. -ben.
If the video gets to 2 million views Hanger Clinics will donate a bionic moustache to Torri. Tor, I'm sorry. -jp.
What was the craziest/ most daring thing that you guys have done? Probably streak a field. We got arrested but it was fun while it lasted. Thanks. - Dp.
Def streak: Link to
Hey guys! I remember watching one of your shows when you tried to make a million dollars. If you could redo that episode, what would you do differently? Probably taken our time with it. Gambling was a quick chance to make 1Million but if we really wanted to make it, it would have been better to slowly build. Maybe use the money made on investing and keep slowly building. Thanks. - Duncan.
Just don't go to the horse tracks. those horses are stupid. -ben.
Hey guys, have you added anything to the list since you made it? Yes we add and remove things. The list changes and evolves with us. We really want to lower the suicide rate in North America, so we added that to our list last year. - Duncan
Did you ever end up actually getting to play basketball with Obama? Yes, we were actually surprised on the white house courts by Obama last year. He's got a good 3.
Here's a pic: Link to
When do you guys expect to have your bucket list complete? Never! No.. people ask us all the time, "What are you going to do when you finish your list of 100 things to do before you die?" Die, we tell them. Die! -jonnie.
THE BURIED LIFE. There's a name i haven't heard in a long time. Glad to see you're still at it with a vengeance. I'm in a band that absolutely loves doing charity work and helping others. Any chance you guys need a theme song? Cheers. send tracks to [email protected] we're making a lot of different stuff right now and would love to check it out. -ben.
We would love to donate one to your cause. We can't offer much other than our music, but it's yours if you want it. That'd be great, we're working on a lot of stuff and could use some music. send us an email at [email protected] -ben.
What is your advice to those who are suffering with depression? Hey johnny. first remember that depression doesn't last forever and everyone goes through things like this, so you're not alone. one thing that may help is to try to do little things that make you happy, take small steps. when i was feeling depressed after high school, even though it was hard, i tried to stay active, force myself to hang out with people that i loved and made me smile, eat things that i liked, etc. sometimes it's good to do things that push u out of your comfort zone, even if you don't feel like it because it brings you out of your head. important thing, as i said before, is to remember that you're not along. a lot of people struggle with this, and you will get through it. a great site to check out is To Write Love On Her Arms: Link to stay with it mate.
Do you expect to ever have a TV show again? We hope to have a show again but only if it makes sense. we were executive producers of our last show and were involved in every aspect of making it so it's important that we have a say in what it looks like. regardless, we'll still be putting out videos like Torri's online and helping people do things they want to do before they die. The Buried Life started in 2006 as a documentary project, long before the tv show, and we're just going to keep doing it. - Ben.
Are there any things you were unable to air that you would like to tell us about? Yeah we played basketball with Obama, finally, on the white house courts, we weren't allowed to film but we snuck a camera in anyways. We now have footage but aren't allowed to air it. We will one day ;) - Duncan.
Big fan! Can't wait to see more of you guys! How did you feel after loosing so much money as the casino? Thanks, mik. Like idiots.. haha. In the end though the casino did donate a good portion of it to charity. (Backstory: we lost 250k on one roulette spin while attempting #71: Make a Million Dollars. It's been called 'the biggest roulette spin in vegas history')
P.s. not sure what music you're into, but this flight facilities decades mix is really good: Link to
Not good! Although we did get the record for the single biggest roulette spin in Vegas history which was nice. - Duncan.
I feel good about it, it was a rip!! -ben.
You guys are honestly the best. What inspired you to start The Buried Life? Also, what's your go-to happy song? We just had a desire for more from life, we were bored. Buried Life came from wanting to prove to ourselves and our friends that anything was possible. Thx for watching it! - Duncan.
Go to happy song: Link to
Did Jonnie ever kiss Ben's sister at the prom? So curious! Jonnie? - Duncan.
No. No make out. We're just friends. -jp.
Damn straight. -ben.
What's the most inspiring story that you guys have heard from someone you've met along your travels? We met a woman named Trudy who was just diagnosed w breast cancer and was told she had 6 months to live. when we asked if there was anything she wanted to do before she died, she said yes but not for her, she wanted to help kids born w cancer - cause she had had 52 great years of life. we linked up w a group of kids under 12 with different types of cancer and took them on a shopping spree. trudy was one of those woman who had awesome energy, lit up a room when she walked in. she was very cool. here's shot of the kids: Link to
This question is 4 TORRI BIDDLE: are u wearing 2 pairs of pants? yes or no? i must know, I MUST KNOW. Well no i am not sam -Torri
Ok thanks bring two pairs on saturday. Ok mate peace love applesauce.
I hate giraffes. They think they're all high and mighty with their long necks and such. Who the hell do they think they are?! What's your take on this issue? I hate them, takes them so long to swallow their pride.
If you weren't doing The Buried Life, what would each of you be doing now? Dave would be a stuntman, Jonnie would be doing political activism/filmmaking, Duncan would be hiking mountains and Ben would running a wee pie shop deep in the Himalayans named "Mountains of Joy"
Also what unusual advice would you have for a college student today? I know you guys decided to start your adventure around this time in your lives. Best advice would be if you have an idea or dream you want to go after. Don't think about it as a dream, think about it as project. Dreams have a way of staying dreams but projects get accomplished. And dont ever give up! Delaware and Arkansas are surprisingly beautiful. We toured the country in a big purple bus named Penelope which changed the way I saw places. I'll never forget the part from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance where talks about how seeing cities from a motorcycle means seeing them without a frame around them. You're "in" the city, as opposed to being outside looking in. Being in that bus for years on end has been similar, for me, in a way because we would cruise with the windows open and be able to walk around in it as we drove. It would also attract the attention of the locals wherever we went. It's a 1968 GMC Diesel Pusher, the same model as in the movie Speed (except it can't go over 50miles/hour). I'm off on a tangent. The point is, Delaware and Arkansas took my breath away. They were just so quiet and beautiful and American. EDIT: you said cities. I love Berlin and Montreal. They are places that remind you that anything is possible. You can live in downtown Montreal for $400 a month. That changes the dynamics of a city. It means artists and political thinkers can survive on a basic wage and commit deeply to their craft. In a time when many student's ambitions are being extinguished by debt, it's these cities I think we can turn to for leadership and innovation. There are many cities I haven't visited though. On the debt issue, which came up in another thread, I met with Peter Ludlow, a professor at UCLA, last month and he said the reason college kids don't protest like they did in the 60s is because of student debt. They can't afford to. He said his students run around in fear of one misstep. The way the economy has changed has made it even harder to get a second shot if god forbid you fall off the wagon at any point. To make matters worse, student debt is the only debt in the country that you can't default on. So.. you're hooked. It's a shame. I don't know what the solution is but I do hope it changes.
Do you have any advice as to what I can do to make sure I live life to the fullest and help other people as much as possible? Yeah, we put a lot of time into writing this article for Tim Ferriss' blog, you should check it out: 6 Steps to Crossing Anything Off Your List: Link to
What's the next big thing on the horizon for you guys? #100: Go to Space and #26: Tell a judge, "You want the truth, you can't handle the truth!"
To be honest, for me personally, my latest goal has been to direct the first feature length film with a 360 degree camera. I've been into this oculus rift stuff and have been working with a company called Centre Cam (Kickstarter Page: Link to It's a game changer. VR just opens whole new realms of possibility for story telling. -jonnie.
I am a very big fan! and I love everything you guys do. What was your favorite thing to crossed off your list? I think it's different for everyone but for me it was probably 'Streaking a Field'. My favourite help story was when we reunited a father with his son after 17 years. Thanks - Duncan
When was/is the deadline for submitting an entry for the #5thmember contest? We're picking them tomorrow, u can enter as many times as you want.
Finally made a reddit account just for this! You guys are great- can't wait to see more of your accomplishments. Right around the same time as your show began, my friend Matt and I had a similar list with similar goals of traveling the world and doing amazing stuff. At first we were pissed because you beat us to the punch, but after years of seeing your show, we're glad you guys made it and can inspire so many people to be great, ourselves included. What was your first official cross off, or first thing you put on your list? That's great. Thanks, tvafi. The first one we crossed off was #34: Be a Knight for a Day. We traded beer for a restaurant voucher for a suit of armor rental at a costume shop (it's the only way we could afford to do it). Then we told the press in our town to come see it and kick off our "tour" To our surprise/horror.. they showed up. The next day it was on the front page of the newspaper and that was the 2nd thing off our list. There's a story somewhere out there you can see. +1 point if you can find it. The newspaper was the Times Colonist in Victoria, BC Canada. -jonnie.
What inspired you guys to start looking for a 5th member in Italy? We partnered with Contiki Tours (who do travel trips for young people across the world). They said they would help us help fans cross off list items in Italy so we came up with @5thmember. You can still sign up: Link to
Where's Dave?! He's diving for giant pearls in Afghanistan.
No I heard he was air ballooning in Mongolia rehabilitating wingless camels. - DP
Hi Torri! Hows life? Also, would you rather fight 1 horse sized duck, or 100 duck sized horses? Hello and life is great -Torri.
And i would fight 100 duck sized horses lolz -Torri.
Me too! We could fight them together Tor. - Duncan.
I'll be fighting the duck's side guys, can't help you. sorry. -Ben
How did you guys find the courage to stray from "normal life" and follow your dreams? I'm searching for that same type of courage right now. It helped that we started it with our friends, it's always good to work with people you like. they pick you up when you're down. and honestly, we didn't think about it too much, we just took a road trip and starting crossing off list items and helping people and it grew from there. if you just start doing it, taking small steps, you'll figure it out. good luck and have fun. -ben.
If someone doesn't win the contest, can they still come and cross off something from their bucket list with you guys in Italy? Huge fan. Are you in Italy? Yeah come meet us why not. ; ) - Duncan.
Are you guys going to start touring Canada again? We love Canada, we go back a lot. Where are you from? - Duncan.
Waterloo. Awesome, looking forward to it! Love Waterloo, have friends at school out there. Whats up Canada!?
Yeah, if you guys could come to Edmonton soon, that'd be great... Duncan and I grew up in Edmonton. Butter Dome!
Not sure about @cwadden, but I'm from Victoria :) Do you head home often? Visiting with your moms this weekend? Jonnie and I were just back last weekend for our Mom's bday. We love Vic! - Duncan
Hey guys, can I get a shout-out to my sister? She is a huge fan of yours and is currently living her dream of traveling around Europe. Whats her name? Does she have twitter?
Her name is Kelsey--it's @KelseyHeath14 and I think she has like 10 tweets. I am so getting best sister of the year award for this. 12 tweets actually. We are friends now. - DP.
It looks like it is the same, but does it feel different to have a bionic arm to a normal arm? I don't really think so it might be heavier than a normal arm but it's not to bad- Torri.
What are you guys currently working on? We started a production company and have been creating new tv shows, living and working in Venice, CA. we're going to Italy tomorrow and bringing someone with us (Link to we're doing a lot of speaking at colleges, helping ppl and making vids like the one we made with Torri. we're working on #100: Go To Space. i'm working on my biceps, a little bit of tricep work, but mainly biceps. -ben.
Right now we're about to fly to Italy and are surprising someone who has a dream in Italy, bringing them with us.
We launched a production company recently and have been developing new concepts for television - some of them related to Buried Life, some of them new.
We speak at colleges and businesses, encouraging people to go after the things they want to do before they die and talk about our book.
Ride bikes around venice beach.
Still going after our list and helping others do the same.
If this video gets 1 million views Hanger Clinics will donate another bionic arm to a deserving teenager: Link to Link to
Would you guys be down to have a guest (like me) travel with you this summer and help out people in need? I love what you guys do and I would love to be on your team! Actually yeah we are doing a contest right now to take a #5thMember on the road with us. Come on down
Duncan, you planning on getting the new Smash Bros? If so, make your way back to Victoria and we'll have another match. (HSkey) Congrats on all your amazing success. HSkey, haha. Lets do it! Good to hear from you old boy! Hope things are great for you. - Duncan
I ordered a copy of your book when you said you were signing the preorders but when it showed up it wasn't signed. Who do I call crying to? Thank you so much, would love to meet.
Any good tips on how to travel in Europe for cheap? I'm from U.S. and have never been. Love the show and love telling people about your adventures! Yes come to Italy with us and Contiki Tours. We are bringing one person along to cross off list items. Link to
Any advice for asking t swift out? I've written songs about my exes so I guess I've got that going for me. Become a fake country music star.
How does the bionic arm feel like, Torri? At first it was really heavy because i was not use to the weight but now it's fine- Torri.
It can be amazing for hitting around. I suppose. Right? Haha yes-Torri.
For anyone who doesn't know it, the song is We Dont Eat. His latest album, Post Tropical, came out in January. I like Cavalier, Red Dust, and Gold. Adventure Club did a dubstep remix of We Don't Eat. All credit to @jaysalbert for the song choice. He helped edit it all together too.
If they made a movie about your life, who would play you (other than yourself)? Morgan Freeman. - Duncan.
Jonnie: harry potter duncan: james dean dave: anyone from a Sunny D commercial ben: amy adams
I love you guys so much, and I love what you do and how you're teaching people to live life to the fullest. But what about when you WANT to die? What are your tips for struggling with finding meaning to life? Emily, thank you for this. There's an article by Camus (a philosopher) who asks if suicide is the only truly serious philosophical problem. You can see the link below. I think the answer to your question is a deeply personal one for each person, but for me the answer may be that you cannot 'find' meaning in life, you have to make it. It is the process of discovering what makes you happy that makes you happy, even if your search begins with humble joys like laughing or enjoying a good meal. If the feelings that you're having disrupt your daily life and prevent you from ever feeling happy, I'd encourage you to check out the help of professionals. But that's up to you. We work with a group called
Each of us have struggled with depression in our lives (and probably will in some capacity until we die) but it's the process of searching out joy that makes us happy. Starting a life-list can help :) Thanks for sharing. -jonnie.
Link: Link to
P.s. duncan often says, "happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know." You might just be exceptionally bright :)
Hi Torri. 6 weeks ago our daughter Isla was born with a shortened ulna and a severely under developed hand, but she is absolutely perfect in every way. Do you have any advice for us on how to be the parents she will need us to be? What my parents did for me that helped the most is that they didn't treat me differently than my brother and sister. Being raised that way it helped a lot, and just be positive! :) -Torri.
What is your favorite joke to tell? Knock knock...
Hey! I've been a huge fan of the entire concept! You guys inspried me to go to Burning Man this year! Have fun. burning man may be my favourite place on earth. -ben.
Do you guys think you'll ever come out to Arizona? we have some big mountains you can climb to check of your list (#51).. also Im a huge fan of your work and would love to meet you guy! hope your show comes back on Tv soon! Nothing better than a solid mountain climb. Also, great name FannyPackBen. Ben loves fanny packs.
Hey Torri, how easy/complicated is your bionic arm to use? I have a similar arm, but it looks like you've better reach. I've been looking into them but they seem odd to me. Proof, I guess: Link to Yeah for me its really not that hard to use with me not having a right hand before but it really depends on the person using each person has a different level of difficulty -Torri.
Hi guys, what do you like on your pizza? Jonnie- hawaiian Ben- veggie Duncan- pepperoni Dave- whatever the waitress recommends. Dave has put more thought into meals than he has into major life decisions. just the way he is.
What is the hardest thing you had to overcome for the list? I love the show and you've inspired me to do so much, I hope it comes back soon! #53 Make a TV Show was a doozie. We started TBL in our parents garage and it took 3 years to cross that one off.
Hey! Love you guys! How easy is it to just be in places you have no business in being there? I get it it's for a tv show, but still you have to be a little uncomfortable, right? Oh god yes. I had to sit in a bathroom stall for 3 hours after sneaking into the premiere of Transformers 2 to try and get Ben a date with Megan Fox (#59 on the list). I would say I was shitting my pants but that wouldn't be necessary. I had the stall.
Can I be the fifth man? Yes. Link to
Hey Tony here! I love what you guys do! Any advice for a man with a bucketlist on a budget? I'd love to do a lot of the things you guys have done! How did you guys get enough money to take all of these trips? Link to
How many bucket list items do you have left to cross off on your list of 100? Is there an updated list somewhere that shows which ones are left? We have crossed off around 84 things. Here's our list but it's not completely updated. Link to
Hey Ben, we talked on the phone after your speech in Indianapolis. I couldnt attend because of the disaster in the Philippines and my line of work. You said "Talk to you soon." How long is soon?! How bout now? haaayyy - ben.
What was it like sitting in a cake for 6+ hours? It was hot and I had to piss.
Should I buy a moped? Yes, for sure. But be careful.
Any plans to do more episodes of the show with MTV? Proud of all you guys are doing... making Canada proud! Thanks. Yeah would always consider a comeback season!
How soon is now? NOW.
How many items have you guys managed to scratch off the list at the moment? You guys are incredible. Around 86.
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