What we learned about you last week (April 20-26)

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By Emily Woodbury

Jeez, I really do feel like there’s some magic spell that gets put on me throughout the week because I blink and I’m writing this all over again! Is it always Friday? They say that time speeds up as you get older, which I’m sure we all believe to be true. One theory is that time goes by faster as we age because we’re usually doing somewhat of the same routine every day, and our lists of “firsts” have slowed way down.

When you’re a kid, so many activities we do in a day, or a week, or a month are our “first time” or are marked by a specific event; we’re doing so many different things, and we are learning so much on a daily basis, that forces us to live more in the present.

I believe this theory has some truth to it, but I do believe that many of us are still experiencing many “firsts” daily, especially because so many of us reading this are travelers. Anyway, nothing I write is going to slow down time, so we might as well jump into things!

What we learned about you last week (April 20-26)
Thanks to Damian Gadal on Flickr!

Last Saturday we wanted to know if high gas prices would affect your upcoming RV travels and more than half of you, 59 percent, said nope, the prices won’t make any difference. We broke it down by miles (11 percent of you will cut down on mileage) and trip length (16 percent of you will cut back on both miles and trip length). A small 6 percent of you said high gas prices would keep you from traveling as frequently, but 7 percent of you said you don’t have any upcoming RV trips planned so it won’t affect you at all.

We’ll keep Monday short and sweet. Most of you, 76 percent, have a will, and 24 percent of you do not. My name is Emily Woodbury, and I am hereby volunteering myself to be added to any will, preferably those with large sums of money and nice kitchenware. Thank you very much.

What we learned about you last week (April 20-26)
Photo by Daniel Barcelona, Wikimedia

You know what they say, “Come hungry, leave happy!” On Tuesday we asked how often you dine at fast food restaurants (a full meal, not just a drink). About a third of you, 32 percent, “think outside the bun” and never dine at fast food restaurants, but the majority of you, 34 percent, dine at a fast food restaurant a couple of times per month. About 20 percent of you have fast food about once a week, and 13 percent of you eat it a few times a week. A tiny 2 percent of you, which was 42 votes, eat fast food almost every day. “Have it your way!” Reader Robert commented, “When traveling I put Dairy Queen in the GPS so I can get my wife an M&M Blizzard for lunch.” How sweet of you, Robert.

Wednesday’s poll told us that most of you, 44 percent, have gray hair. Hey! You don’t have gray hair, you have wisdom highlights! A quarter of you have brown hair, 11 percent of you have white hair, 8 percent blonde, 6 percent of you are bald, and 3 percent of you are redheads. We’re sorry that we forgot to include black hair as an option – that was our mistake. Only 2 percent of you answered “other,” so I guess we heard from all the people with black hair, aka the “other” voters.
*There were some pretty negative comments on this newsletter, folks. How many times do we have to tell you to keep your negative comments to yourself? Jeesh! We sound like a broken record, and we’re tired of it!

What we learned about you last week (April 20-26)Thursday taught us that you don’t want to spend more than $2 on one cup of coffee. I’m embarrassed to tell you how much I spend on coffee…but c’mon, it’s single-origin, pour-over, and tastes-like-elderflower-and-coriander coffee! Kidding…sort of. Almost half of you, 45 percent, won’t even spend $1 on a cup of coffee (OK, yep, you can judge me), and exactly half of you would only spend up to $2. A teeny tiny 5 percent of you would pay $3-$4 on a cup of coffee, and 0 percent of you (which was actually 19 votes) would pay more than $4.

Okay, you travelin’, fast-food-lovin’, gray-haired, $1 coffee drinkers, I’ve got to run. We’ve still got lots to do to make sure our Saturday newsletter is up to your standards (meaning great) so I’m off! Take it easy, and jeez, for the love of potatoes, stop with the negative comments!

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Art M.

My hypothesis is that our brains measure time in fractions of our lifetime. Then each year, a year feels shorter.

Astrid Bierworth

The reason time goes faster when you get older is because once you are “over the hill”, you speed up on the way down.

Salette Andrews

I think you’re using the word “majority” when you mean “plurality.”

Tommy Molnar

Actually, looking up the ‘official’ meanings of both words, I think “majority” IS the right word.