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Come and get me America!

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    This RULES!

    Posted by Debbie on 17 July 2007 at 7:36 am

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    you could get some wheels by stealing an ice cream truck or catch a lift from drunk rednecks in a winnebago.. With an over-the-top Kazakhstani accent, this can happen

    Posted by Chirag Patel on 17 July 2007 at 10:12 am

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    Your site is pretty, the video is well made, and you seem quite genuine…but…..this has been done before:
    http://www.hometowninvasion.com/

    Posted by Andrew on 18 July 2007 at 10:22 am

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    Andrew,

    Thanks for the kind words. :) You’re totally right. People have taken similar trips. Here are a few more:

    Ze Frank’s Human Baton - www.zefrank.com
    www.luckofseven.com
    and in a strange way…
    www.couchsurfing.com

    Although complete and utter originality would be wonderful, I must concede to the fact that there are individuals out there that have more extraordinary ideas than I could ever hope to conjure up. But, that’s great! That’s the point. I want to meet them!
    This trip isn’t about originality. Quite the opposite actually. It’s about understanding, appreciating, and coming together as a collective for inspiration, fun, and prosperity.

    The communicative playing field has been flattened, and I’m enjoying rolling across it. Hopefully I’ll meet others, like the guy you mentioned, on my trip doing the same. However, I have no intentions of racing them.

    Posted by admin on 18 July 2007 at 3:45 pm

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    Dude, come to scranton, PA….stop at the bog and have some drinks….woot

    Posted by Steve on 18 July 2007 at 4:41 pm

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    There was/is a book by Jack Barth written in 1990 called American Quest. He traveled around the country in quest of doing weird things - getting a job manning the Coca Cola hotline, working it out so he could kiss ten 60’s TV stars like Barbie Benton, having his dog pee on the grave sites of the players he’d pick in his all-time fantasy baseball team… Really funny.

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Quest-Jack-Barth/dp/0671682407/ref=sr_11_1/105-0685460-4323657?ie=UTF8&qid=1184861221&sr=11-1

    Posted by Billiam Coronel on 19 July 2007 at 9:08 am

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    i emailed tons of people across the nation your site. good luck with this! i will keep up on your travels. sounds fun. i am jealous.

    Posted by chris on 19 July 2007 at 12:16 pm

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    Hi Matt!

    This is pure genius! You must stop by Bethlehem, PA and get a tour of Bethlehem Steel and have some drinks at Lehigh University, the #3 Party School in the country! I really hope this comes together!

    Rob

    Posted by Rob Sandie on 19 July 2007 at 8:31 pm

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    Wonderful idea! Your presentation last night at the NYC Vloggers Meeting was superb. Have you put this video on Blip or Veoh or YouTube or in iTunes?
    Jan, from Node 101, did a slightly different project traveling around several cities promoting vlogging & meeting people in different areas who vlogged.

    Getting “corporate” sponsorship would be compromising. However, some motel/hotel chain might be happy to give you free lodging so it would be part of the story.

    Posted by Randolfe (Randy) Wicker on 20 July 2007 at 1:06 pm

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    Hey dude. Well done, well frickin’ done! You better make this happen! I want to see this done. Everyone in the country needs to do something like this. I can’t say enough about my trip. I don’t know who Andrew is though. And if you did want to race you would win. But I’ll be finishing my tour the same time you state.

    but hey! I’ve got one bone to pick with you. WHAT ABOUT MICHIGAN! You need to get yo’ butt to Michigan! It’s the great lakes state! I’ll be about 90 miles north of the IN/IL/OH border. Make it up that way. I’ll get you some good shindigs.

    Take it easy and give it hard.

    Peace like the bojangles,
    Bugsy.

    Posted by Bugsy on 20 July 2007 at 5:22 pm

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    Oh… and one more note… I’ve got more connections than Radio Shack across this country thanks to my trip. If you ever need a place to stay, a ride, or just a good bite to eat somewhere make my e-mail ring ring ring.

    *tips hat*

    Posted by Bugsy on 20 July 2007 at 5:24 pm

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    Randy - Thanks so much! And, thanks for the dvd and cds. Education and music - can’t get better than that! I’ve been getting some sponsorship requests. I guess I’m looking for the right ones. Maybe I’ll say it here actually… for my trip what I left to get is a Macbook Pro, a boom mic, and I figure I’ll need 4K backup cash (refundable upon nonuse).

    Bugsy - Ha! That’s so funny. I think we need to cross paths on the road. It’s a done deal. Not even in question. Michigan, eh? I’m down. Remember, it’s a tentative schedule. I have so many questions for you and would love to interview you about your trip! By the way, your site is rad!

    Best guys,

    Matt

    Posted by admin on 20 July 2007 at 11:41 pm

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    Looks like a great trip!
    If you make your way into Colorado, look me up. All I can offer is a place to sleep, food and a tour of some of the most amazing skiing/snowboarding on the face of the planet!
    Good luck!

    Posted by Scott on 30 July 2007 at 7:44 am

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    If you end up anywhere near Jacksonville, FL I’ll set you up with Southern hospitality and a tour of the biggest city in the continental U.S. (area-wise that is.) May even be able to get you a shout-out in the local paper since I work there and all.

    Posted by Jennice on 1 August 2007 at 8:16 am

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    you’re nuts!! but you got me, i will watch and i want to see if you can disprove the scary stories of freaks in the online world. i am afraid of those peeps and would like to sleep better at night knowing i can safely have online friends!

    Posted by Diane on 5 August 2007 at 8:32 pm

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    Hi Matt,

    I backpacked through Scotland with your insane uncle Jim Nicolson when we were in college together and went to the UK for a semester abroad. I can definately appreciate the spirit of your trip. We had an outrageous time and I know you will too. I live in Maplewood, NJ, very close to the start of your trip, but let me know if you need some local help.

    Ken

    Posted by Ken on 11 August 2007 at 6:17 pm

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    Hey you should see if you can make it to the Podcast and New Media Expo in Ontario Cali Sept 28th-30th.
    I’m sure everyone there would love to say hi!

    Posted by Lorri Randle on 13 August 2007 at 3:07 pm

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    WORD! Arizona is definitely in the house.

    Posted by Clintus McGintus on 14 August 2007 at 10:34 pm

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    Hey Matt–

    It’s your old friend Ari from college. Nate and Geoff told me all about your Web site and trip. F’in great stuff, dude. Hope you make it all the way…let me know if you plan on passing through the Columbia, Md. area.

    P.S.

    Sorry about the time I watched you and that girl being all talky when I was pretending to be asleep…my bad.

    Posted by Ari on 22 August 2007 at 5:07 pm

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    I would also need some money to go to NY and meet a guy I dated on the web :) Can anyone help me, pelase? I’m from Italy. Thanks ;-)))

    Posted by Chris on 23 August 2007 at 10:36 am

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    Eric…

    Nice entry. You made some great points….

    Posted by Eric on 28 August 2007 at 6:35 am

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    yo, matt. I saw the article in the paper and thought this was a great idea. I wish I had some means to help you, but you already have a place to stay in Dunmore. Good Luck, man.

    Posted by corey on 10 September 2007 at 7:36 pm

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    […] Matt Danzico, giovane giornalista di New York City, il quale ha preannunciato il progetto in un video-clip diffuso alla Internet community lo scorso luglio e racconter√† le sue avventure in brevi filmati […]

    Posted by Da On the Road a Around America in 2.0 : Fronte della comunicazione on 15 September 2007 at 1:53 pm

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    Hey! need to crash in Tampa. Florida or be drivin around? More than welcome here! Got two comfy couches and a nice house to chill at! =o) good luck and be safe…apparently my friend Joe picked u up somewhere along the way? lol…awesome

    Posted by Samantha L on 19 September 2007 at 9:33 am

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    This is freakin AWESOME idea! Kick ass!

    Posted by Anna on 20 September 2007 at 11:31 pm

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    perhaps i am email impaired, but i attempted to offer a place to stay via matt@acrossamericanproject.com, and it sent itself right back. oh, the perils of the internet age.

    Posted by kate on 21 September 2007 at 10:55 pm

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    Hello! Good Site! Thanks you! ktwcgvxwhl

    Posted by tyvcigmyjc on 13 October 2007 at 3:07 am

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    best site! thanks!
    pjihk.

    Posted by xegalxneyw on 13 October 2007 at 5:25 am

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    it really doesn’t matter if this has been done before or not, the fact remains that you are sincere. and, if this country is still worth its stuff, (and abiding by the rules of hospitality) you should meet your goal. more to be emailed to regarding our town and your ETA here. good luck for now, and take care,
    chacal

    Posted by chacal la chaise on 13 October 2007 at 2:04 pm

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    Hi Matt!
    Good job on your progress
    Travelling on the good will of human kind is so necessary in this day and age. And whats even more important is for that reality to be shared on a mass comminication stream.
    There are sooo many wonderful people on this planet and we can easilly get bogged down and forget.
    Good luck on the rest of your journey, my friend
    If you make it to Canada let me know.
    Im in Ottawa. I dont drive I bicycle. Theres lots of nice forests to check out though once you get out of the city, and lots of hidden paths to hit.
    You might even find that you wanna try the same thing in this country. Its a gorgeous place
    My name is Zoe, by the way. I am too, a wandering soul. I travelled all over British Columbia with my thumb and my video camera last summer.

    Keep treking

    Posted by Zoe on 20 October 2007 at 12:31 pm

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    hey matt! you interviewed my brother Chad Worth when you were in San Luis Obispo on Calpoly’s campus. i watched the video and was so happy that you got to chat with him. he really knows his stuff. anyways, if you get a chance to cruise up north to Chico CA, definitly get in contact with me. id be willing to drive you a couple hours in any direction. let me know if i can help. Chico needs people like you!

    Posted by Brittany Worth on 23 October 2007 at 1:55 pm

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    Hey, I’m friends with Drew in Palos Verdes, CA. I just moved from there to New Orleans. If you want some fancy food and a tour of the really F’d up bits of the big easy drop me a line. I’d be happy to drive you from Houston or Tallahassee or something. Drew can vouch for me… I’m really fat.

    Posted by Stephen on 27 October 2007 at 3:05 pm

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    my sister sent me a link telling my you are trying to get out of el paso, my hometown. i am not going to san anton nor do i know anyone who is, all my friends are in nursing school with me. i can say that if you can hitch a ride, should be kinda easy, to the gas station in/or around fabens, i think is called love’s, that should def. get you a ride to san antonio. Good luck! hope el paso treated you well.

    Posted by elizabeth on 3 November 2007 at 8:34 am

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    sup buddy. good luck on your ride to DC. it was mega-awesome hanging with you for a day in charlotte. you’re a good man. and i’m drunk again. damn house parties. that’s all charlotte’s good for. see ya.

    Posted by wojtek on 25 November 2007 at 3:01 am

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    Hey im alice im 18 female i live in chicago. this is awesome. you probably have someone else from chicago you should email be back, some information knowing when your coming by here would be good and i can send you a video.

    Posted by Alice on 25 November 2007 at 9:33 pm

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    Well I missed out. I live in Jackson, MS and Baskin was my roommate this past summer before he moved up to Oxford for law school where you encountered him. Ha. Awesome.

    Posted by David on 26 November 2007 at 11:09 am

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    Eric…

    I\’m not sure I agree with you….

    Posted by Eric on 4 December 2007 at 7:27 am

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    When you get to Texas, maybe G.W. could share a couple of doughnuts with ya and with any luck maybe he will choke on his, maybe even choke on the hole!
    What a video that would make, DOH!!

    Good luck in your travels…..If your stuck for a place in Dublin, drop me a line and I will see how I’m fixed.

    A Dub.

    Posted by Michael on 4 January 2009 at 2:49 pm

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