The Visited States Maps Generator at the Defocus Blog allows you to create a map of US states (and Canadian provinces if you chose) that you’ve visited, color-coded by the amount of time and commitment you’ve given to each place.
Here’s the key:
Red means I’ve just passed through, maybe seen a thing or two.
Amber means I’ve at least slept there and seen a few things. I have a first-hand idea of what the state is like.
Blue means I’ve spent a good amount of time in that state.
Green means I’ve spent a lot of time in that state, weeks at a time on multiple visits – or lived there.
Here’s my map:
I made the decision not to include states where I only changed planes at the airport (for me that would be Minnesota and Texas). I also think that there should be a distinctive color for states one has lived in compared to states that one has just visited a lot. The states I’ve resided in are New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, and Massachusetts. I’ve also included New York, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire in the green category because I’ve traveled to those states frequently (the first two primarily due to family living there).
What does your map look like? Go to http://www.defocus.net/visitedstates/ and find out.
Spring descended on Jamaica Plain this past weekend with the annual Wake Up the Earth Festival presented by Spontaneous Celebrations. This was the 35th annual festival, an event that grew out of the “highway revolt” of the 1960s & 70s when local activists opposed the construction of highway infrastructure in Jamaica Plain & Roxbury, leading to the creation of the Southwest Corridor as a system of train lines, bike paths, and parks that we enjoy today. Ironically, some people who want to create new prioritized highway infrastructure for cars marched in this year’s parade which I guess shows that this festival takes all kinds. The festival itself was home to many tents of activists of many causes, food, games, and musical performances. My family and I sang a few songs with the intergenerational chorus SingPositive, JP in preparation for our concert on May 19th. We also danced to Maaak Pelletier’s jam band the Mystical Misfits as they played Grateful Dead classics. Finally, the potato sack slide down the hillside was great fun for everyone.
A peace sign and yin yang grow out of the hillside at Jamaica Pond’s Sugar Bowl.
Peace and flowers!
The Brendan Behan quote seems appropriate to the occassion.
Spanish banner for the festival.
Here comes the parade.
The stilt walkers always impress.
I’m pretty sure this woman participates every year.
The theme of the year is snakes and these folks won the Best Family Costume award.
Hula hooping is another big highlight of the festival.
Mobile percussion unit.
The wolf and the lamb dance in the street.
A rocking marching band and dancing stilt walker.
Scholars from my son’s school march.
The Mystical Misfits lead the dance.
More photos from the parade and festival on Universal Hub and JP Patch.
Today, Jamaica Plain woke up the earth at the annual festival sponsored by Spontaneous Celebrations. I took my son to soccer practice this morning and afterward we biked to Centre St to watch the parade. Stilt-walkers, bicyclists, drummers, dancers and lots of bunnies starred in the procession. After the parade passed, my son wanted to follow on our bike. I got a bit frustrated with the stop & go and having to put my foot down all the time so I took a shortcut to Stony Brook. There we were able to watch the parade arrive at the festival where all the participants formed a circle with much rhythmic drumming and swaying. The stilt-walkers and puppets were a little scary for Peter but it was cool to feel the drumbeats reverberating in the soil. With a storm and naptime approaching we pedaled home but enjoyed a fun morning.
This morning we attended the parade for Jamaica Plain’s annual Wake Up The Earth Festival. The fun started at Ferris Wheels bike shop where I brought my bike for a tune-up and while there a woman dressed as a chicken came in to get air for her bike tires. Only in JP.
The parade was great fun. We saw puppets, stilt-walkers, cute kids in strollers, dancers, marching bands, political activists, cute kids in costumes, and yes, chickens on bicycles. Peter picked up some good loot: a water bottle from the Mosaic School and a handmade magic wand (made from a pipette).
One can’t get the true sense of the Wake Up The Earth Festival without sounds and action, so here are a few short videos too.
Dancing Man on Stilts:
It was fun Waking Up The Earth, and we didn’t even have to give her a Box of Joe from Dunkin’ Donuts. Now it’s time for a good nap.
Previously: Wake Up The Earth 2009