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2012-10-03 01:03:06 PM

JackieRabbit: My wife bought me a signed first edition of Forrest Gump for my birthday, since I had never read it. The movie is nothing like the book. Only a few scenes have any similarity. Not in the book: Forrest running across America. Not in the movie: Forrest farking Jenny silly on a regular basis. Bubba is a white boy Forrest met at UAB. Capt. Dan is really quite cerebral and gentle. And Forrest's momma is a neurotic mess.


not in the movie.. forest was not only fast.. but HUGE and carried a whole wack of extra food and grenades into the bush with him,.
 
2012-10-03 01:03:48 PM

grinnel: coeyagi: grinnel: coeyagi: Forrest Gump, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.

Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Forrest?

God didn't make Forrest - I did.

Who the hell are you?


Dan. Lt. Dan.
 
2012-10-03 01:06:26 PM
this guy

walking monk

is on his fourth walk across Canada.
 
2012-10-03 01:08:43 PM
When he grows a beard, he's a hero
When i grow a beard, i'm on several gov't watchlists.
 
2012-10-03 01:11:14 PM
I remember meeting Nimblewill Nomad while thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. This year he finished the last of all of the National Scenic Trails. The guy is truly inspirational and has thousands of walking miles under his belt including walking from Key West Florida, to the tip of Newfoundland (The Eastern Continental Divide Trail).
 
2012-10-03 01:11:38 PM
Link" target="_blank">I don't think these people would be very impressed either

Plus there are all of those who couldn't afford a conestoga or a train ticket.
 
2012-10-03 01:12:34 PM

Rastapopulous: For a similar story check out 'Kintaro Walks Japan'. It's about an American guy, Tyler, who wanted to prove how much he loved his Japanese/American girlfriend so he walked the length of Japan for her. He actually was on the Amazing Race after this and won with his friend BJ. His girlfriend, now wife's father, George Meegan, was actually a sort of celebrity in the 70's-80's when he completed the longest unbroken walk in human history from the southern tip of South America to the northernmost point in Alaska.

The actual movie: Link



Im't not watching that.
I already got tricked into watching those Hobbit POS's.
 
2012-10-03 01:12:44 PM
"say hello to my fat asian wife" ~Lt. Dan
 
2012-10-03 01:15:00 PM

grinding_journalist: Tr0mBoNe: I prefer driving long distances.

This this and more this.

I have to take a long sojourn every year, if for no other reason than having 10 hours in a car to drive somewhere, knowing you can't really do anything until the drive is done does wonders for clearing your head. There's just something about being alone on the road that makes you extremely introspective.

Some of my faves have been:

STL to Las Vegas, solo, no non-gas stops, 23 hours, ~1600 mi.

Vegas to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with wife and dog, 9.25 hours, ~700 mi.

STL to Savannah, GA, solo, 11 hrs, ~800 mi.

It's a beautiful country, and it's hard to see from the window of an airplane at 35k feet. I'm pretty stoked about setting a new personal best this spring for total distance- I'll be moving (driving) a Jaguar convertible from Saint Louis to Seattle, WA- I really wanna see if I can cover ~2100 mi in less than 30 hours.


I would subscribe to your newsletter. My personal best is Sherwood Park Alberta to Vancouver British Columbia and back in two days. A friends and I did it five or six years ago to pick up a boat, 2,342 kilometes round trip through the Rockies.
 
2012-10-03 01:20:36 PM
STL to Savannah, GA, solo, 11 hrs, ~800 mi.

jesus. How fast were you driving?
 
2012-10-03 01:20:45 PM

JackieRabbit: My wife bought me a signed first edition of Forrest Gump for my birthday, since I had never read it. The movie is nothing like the book. Only a few scenes have any similarity. Not in the book: Forrest running across America. Not in the movie: Forrest farking Jenny silly on a regular basis. Bubba is a white boy Forrest met at UAB. Capt. Dan is really quite cerebral and gentle. And Forrest's momma is a neurotic mess.


If I remember correctly, in the book he goes into outer space with an orangutan and Raquel Welch.
 
2012-10-03 01:21:36 PM
Now you wouldn't believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running.
 
2012-10-03 01:22:31 PM

johnny farker: When he grows a beard, he's a hero
When i grow a beard, i'm on several gov't watchlists.


Stop being brown. Problem solved.
 
2012-10-03 01:24:37 PM

under a mountain: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 500x500]

Better story


Seconded.
 
2012-10-03 01:34:11 PM

kvinesknows: not in the movie.. forest was not only fast.. but HUGE and carried a whole wack of extra food and grenades into the bush with him


Yes, 6' 4" and 246 lbs of pure muscle.

LockeOak: If I remember correctly, in the book he goes into outer space with an orangutan and Raquel Welch.


Yes. He went into space with an orangutan and the first woman astronaut. The mission went completely wrong when the orangutan became upset and threw a jar of piss into a control panel. The almost diet, but were marooned on New Guinea and lived with cannibals for several years. He and the orangutan became good friend, but were later separated. He met Raquel Welch on a movie set, where he had landed an acting job. Welch was a real biatch and the episode went comically wrong. Welch made sure Forrest would never get a job in that town again. Forrest was an autistic savant in the movie, who was a whiz at math and physics and a chess champion.

The book is pretty awesome.
 
2012-10-03 01:44:55 PM
Was he wearing his purple stretch pants?
 
2012-10-03 01:49:24 PM

Godscrack: Bet he still carried his id. Real men don't need id when they hobo across the country.


You and your giant balls could coach him.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2012-10-03 01:50:33 PM

TrainingWheelsNeeded: Godscrack: WhyteRaven74: the guy started the trip with no money.

But he still had money. Real poor people just don't get up and walk across the country as a publicity stunt.

They'd get thrown in jail so fast for vagrancy, trespassing and a list of other trivial laws targeted to keep poor people out of sight.

he was an electrician and a cabbie. I don't think he was storing money in the caymans.

/CSB
My cousin is a lot like this. He has hiked the the Appalachian, PCT and is always out hiking around for weeks at a time. He works as a personal trainer, makes enough to go on a trip then leaves. He says he is still trying to figure out what he wants to do but i think he has it right. And I was supposed to be the cousin that would become "somebody" and here I am stuck in middle mgmt posting to FARK.
/end CSB


Myself, I would love to do this. There is only 1 thing standing in the way.
I have an ex-wife, a child, and a fiance that all have placed their trust in me to be their 'pillar'.
I have responsibilities, some debts (the usual) and things that need looking after.
And I also have my career. There, colleagues come to me for guidance, wisdom, assistance and overall support.
They would be very disappointed in my leaving them in such a lurch, to slip off for such selfish folly.
It may seem wonderful to do this, but it will never be a reality for me. In my life there are too many 'have-to's.

I will just have to live with my memorial stone reading "Steady and reliable as times passing".
Maybe that's good enough, after all is said and done.

My point to you....
If you are holding down a good job, looking after those that depend on, and love you, you ARE somebody.
Just think of where they would be WITHOUT you there.

/The common man, the very foundation of society and the civilized world
 
2012-10-03 01:53:01 PM
t3.gstatic.com

Pussies.
 
2012-10-03 01:56:56 PM

coeyagi: Godscrack: WhyteRaven74: the guy started the trip with no money.

But he still had money. Real poor people just don't get up and walk across the country as a publicity stunt.

They'd get thrown in jail so fast for vagrancy, trespassing and a list of other trivial laws targeted to keep poor people out of sight.

Forrest Gump, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.


Was that the plot of Rambo?
 
2012-10-03 02:01:18 PM

HatMadeOfAss: johnny farker: When he grows a beard, he's a hero
When i grow a beard, i'm on several gov't watchlists.

Stop being brown. Problem solved.


I tried that once, it didn't work.
 
2012-10-03 02:02:48 PM
"I knew Forrest Gump. I worked with Forrest Gump. You, sir, are no Forrest Gump." - Lt. Dan Taylor
 
jvl
2012-10-03 02:05:43 PM
He "backpacked" across the US? How, exactly, did he get across the desert where you can walk for three days without locating water?

I'm going with "hitchhiker", not "walker".
 
2012-10-03 02:07:20 PM
Gap YEAR?
 
Good lord.  I was doing summersaults because I have a three-day farking WEEKEND coming up.
 
2012-10-03 02:13:33 PM

dallylamma: I would subscribe to your newsletter. My personal best is Sherwood Park Alberta to Vancouver British Columbia and back in two days. A friends and I did it five or six years ago to pick up a boat, 2,342 kilometes round trip through the Rockies.


I do the run from Halifax to Montreal pretty regularly. 1300 km, 12 hours is my normal pace.. I've done it in 10.5 but that's pretty rough on my car and bladder.
 
2012-10-03 02:27:41 PM

18 Wheels of Love: coeyagi: Godscrack: WhyteRaven74: the guy started the trip with no money.

But he still had money. Real poor people just don't get up and walk across the country as a publicity stunt.

They'd get thrown in jail so fast for vagrancy, trespassing and a list of other trivial laws targeted to keep poor people out of sight.

Forrest Gump, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.

Was that the plot of Rambo?


It was a close approximation of a quote from First Blood character Col. Sam Trautman, creator of Tartar sauce.
 
2012-10-03 02:31:24 PM

Blackbird: [upload.wikimedia.org image 200x432]

This guy ran. With cancer.


Yeah, half way then died. Quitter.
 
2012-10-03 02:45:11 PM

stpauler: Blackbird: [upload.wikimedia.org image 200x432]

This guy ran. With cancer.

Yeah, half way then died. Quitter.


yeah.. but his twin finished it for him so its all good
 
2012-10-03 02:54:06 PM

dallylamma: I would subscribe to your newsletter.


I actually write a newsletter that gets published weekly, but it's about Fantasy Football; dunno if you'd be interested. That Canada drive sounds great, though I'm not a fan of crossing mountains at night, which strikes me as inevitable during your journey.

drumfreek: jesus. How fast were you driving?


My little blue logbook that I keep for all my long drives says that the driving average speed (doesn't include two gas stops at about 6 minutes each) says 78.6 MPH. The majority was at night, with a radar detector. Still managed to do 28.5 MPG at that speed, which is the most interesting stat about that trip. (Mazda 3 2.3 hatch)

Personal best distance/time average was my front door to the edge of Chicago traffic in 164 minutes (between 275-285 mi); I was younger, dumber, and all hopped up on something, driving a borrowed M5. Got up to about 140 on the straight, flat sections of IL highway; don't think I ever dropped below 75. Again, younger and dumber. I don't think I'll ever beat that over a long distance. I think I got it in my head that if I averaged over 100mph I'd win some kind of prize.
 
2012-10-03 03:10:26 PM

grinding_journalist: dallylamma: I would subscribe to your newsletter.

I actually write a newsletter that gets published weekly, but it's about Fantasy Football; dunno if you'd be interested. That Canada drive sounds great, though I'm not a fan of crossing mountains at night, which strikes me as inevitable during your journey.

drumfreek: jesus. How fast were you driving?

My little blue logbook that I keep for all my long drives says that the driving average speed (doesn't include two gas stops at about 6 minutes each) says 78.6 MPH. The majority was at night, with a radar detector. Still managed to do 28.5 MPG at that speed, which is the most interesting stat about that trip. (Mazda 3 2.3 hatch)

Personal best distance/time average was my front door to the edge of Chicago traffic in 164 minutes (between 275-285 mi); I was younger, dumber, and all hopped up on something, driving a borrowed M5. Got up to about 140 on the straight, flat sections of IL highway; don't think I ever dropped below 75. Again, younger and dumber. I don't think I'll ever beat that over a long distance. I think I got it in my head that if I averaged over 100mph I'd win some kind of prize.


We did it over two days, somthing like 12 hours on the leg there and 14 or so coming home with the boat on a trailer, so most of the early morning and night driving was on the prairies. The worst part was the weather. The trip was over the Easter weekend so we'd have different road conditions with each new mountain pass, some rain, snow, ice and sunshine.
 
2012-10-03 03:28:25 PM

grinding_journalist: It's a beautiful country, and it's hard to see from the window of an airplane at 35k feet. I'm pretty stoked about setting a new personal best this spring for total distance- I'll be moving (driving) a Jaguar convertible from Saint Louis to Seattle, WA- I really wanna see if I can cover ~2100 mi in less than 30 hours.



Yep.  Too bad I don't have the time to do such things right now in my life.  My favorite:
 
Chicago - Somewhere In Nebraska - Colorado - Santa Fe - Amarillo - St. Louis - Chicago.
 
Was on a very high cliff overlooking Santa Fe for New Years 2000.
 
2012-10-03 03:46:22 PM
A former classmate of mine completed a RUN across the US this summer to benefit Wounded Warriors.

He did it in 100 days. He completed his run in Annapolis MD, then ran another 100 miles in 24 hours just to soak his feet in the Atlantic.

He averaged 30+ miles a day on foot. I am still in awe of his dedication.


http://www.runforwwp.com/
 
2012-10-03 03:51:18 PM
The Terry Fox reference...

I love you Farkers.
 
2012-10-03 04:08:41 PM

stuhayes2010: WhyteRaven74: Godscrack: Rich people sports.

Actually the guy started the trip with no money.

He's got a magic free smart phone to tweet with?


Obama phone
 
2012-10-03 05:17:23 PM

grinding_journalist: Tr0mBoNe: I prefer driving long distances.

This this and more this.

It's a beautiful country, and it's hard to see from the window of an airplane at 35k feet. I'm pretty stoked about setting a new personal best this spring for total distance- I'll be moving (driving) a Jaguar convertible from Saint Louis to Seattle, WA- I really wanna see if I can cover ~2100 mi in less than 30 hours.


Yes, it is a beautiful country. I prefer seeing it from the seat of a motorcycle, much more visceral than looking through a windshield. My last trip, Austin, TX - Mt. Rushmore - Glacier National Park - Denver - Austin.
 
2012-10-03 05:59:57 PM

gja: TrainingWheelsNeeded: Godscrack: WhyteRaven74: the guy started the trip with no money.

But he still had money. Real poor people just don't get up and walk across the country as a publicity stunt.

They'd get thrown in jail so fast for vagrancy, trespassing and a list of other trivial laws targeted to keep poor people out of sight.

he was an electrician and a cabbie. I don't think he was storing money in the caymans.

/CSB
My cousin is a lot like this. He has hiked the the Appalachian, PCT and is always out hiking around for weeks at a time. He works as a personal trainer, makes enough to go on a trip then leaves. He says he is still trying to figure out what he wants to do but i think he has it right. And I was supposed to be the cousin that would become "somebody" and here I am stuck in middle mgmt posting to FARK.
/end CSB

Myself, I would love to do this. There is only 1 thing standing in the way.
I have an ex-wife, a child, and a fiance that all have placed their trust in me to be their 'pillar'.
I have responsibilities, some debts (the usual) and things that need looking after.
And I also have my career. There, colleagues come to me for guidance, wisdom, assistance and overall support.
They would be very disappointed in my leaving them in such a lurch, to slip off for such selfish folly.
It may seem wonderful to do this, but it will never be a reality for me. In my life there are too many 'have-to's.

I will just have to live with my memorial stone reading "Steady and reliable as times passing".
Maybe that's good enough, after all is said and done.

My point to you....
If you are holding down a good job, looking after those that depend on, and love you, you ARE somebody.
Just think of where they would be WITHOUT you there.

/The common man, the very foundation of society and the civilized world


You sir, are a hero. People that slog through mundane shiat for the betterment and protection of others are underrated. It gives the people you love the option of having the life you dream of. It is selfless.
 
2012-10-03 06:09:05 PM

Tr0mBoNe: I prefer driving long distances. I've already gone east to west and back across Canada. I'm planning the Churchill Falls loop from Baie Comeau to Lab City and I'd love to drive as far south from Inuvik as possible... which is Panama or Costa Rica.

/In my 1998 Cavalier
//Beast Mode


Get a Unimog and do the complete North to South, from Churchill, Manitoba to Tierra Del Fuego.
 
2012-10-03 06:53:08 PM

basemetal: Get a job, hippie!


/Ya, i would do that, but I'm married with a mortgage and car payments, i don't have the luxury of being able to be a worthless panhandling bum. hero tax asplodes.
 
2012-10-03 07:10:04 PM
 
2012-10-03 08:12:53 PM

Mugato: God I hated that farking movie.


Because movie remakes and making old TV shows into movies are so original and entertaining?
 
2012-10-03 08:29:49 PM
www.waseca.k12.mn.us
David Kunst walked around the world. I did about 5 miles with him.
 
2012-10-03 11:43:36 PM

Blackbird: This guy ran. With cancer.


img87.imageshack.us

This guy danced. With wolves.
 
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