R Scott Jones

September 23, 2021

Friends for the sake of memories

I’m in the process of substantially shifting how I use social media. I want to focus on using social media solely to connect with actual people—not to consume so-called breaking news or procrastinate over memes or fight social battles or dunk on the political villain of the moment. It’s become clear that none of those things is helping...
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April 16, 2021

A collectible car versus a free college education

The Barrett-Jackson car auction took place last month in nearby Scottsdale. I was at a small outdoor party with someone who had attended the first day, intent on buying a Ferrari (or one of three other options) the following day. His budget was up to $400,000, so his purchase choice would simply depend on how the bidding played out. He...
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April 7, 2021

I paid $100 for the privilege of travel today

Today we paid $100 for the privilege of taking our two big road trips this year. What does that mean? We are privileged to be able to travel as often as we do. That doesn’t mean we don’t work hard to capitalize on our own personal situations, or sacrifice in other ways to create these opportunities—we most certainly do both. But it mea...
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March 29, 2021

The last years of your life suck

Unless you die earlier than you need to, the last years of your life generally suck. When planning out the course of our lives, many of us see retirement as our “golden years.” Not just the slow wind-down of our lifespan, but the culmination of a long-time goal: the end of the “ugh I have to go to work again today” phase of our lives. ...
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March 18, 2021

The only possible way to drive directly from Missouri to Kentucky

My questing buddy Tom Thrash and I both have a quest to cross all 107 state borders—the boundaries where two US states meet via a land crossing. One of them is particularly sneaky—the tiny border shared by Kentucky and Missouri. There are a number of border anomalies along the Mississippi River, as its course shifted after state bounda...
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March 15, 2021

How can a digital camera from 1999 change your life?

I spent a few minutes tonight looking through my old Flickr account, which I'm in the process of finally closing. The earliest photos I posted there came from my first digital camera, a Kodak DC240, that I bought in 1999. It was an expensive purchase for me at the time, but an impactful one. Looking back, the camera probably played a s...
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March 14, 2021

How many countries are there?

You’d imagine that this would be a simple question to answer. But for many people with a quest to visit them all, it’s a much more complicated answer. The most commonly followed list is probably the UN member states list, which is 193. Unless you count the observer countries—Palestine and Vatican City—in which case it’s 195. And becaus...
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March 11, 2021

Cautiously planning our first trip

As more and more people get vaccinated and covid infection rates decrease, a glimmer of hope has started to emerge. We’ve cautiously started trip planning again. It feels both extremely familiar, but also oddly foreign. It’s been 16 months since I’ve taken any sort of trip to a new-to-me place, unless you count a quick weekend camping ...
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March 4, 2021

A new place for some thoughts

I'm not sure exactly what topics I'll write about here at Hey World, but I'm really excited to have the platform. Something that's incredibly quick and easy, where it doesn't feel like work to post. The less friction, the better. And no vanity metrics, either. A place to write some random musings, perhaps, or the place to post a quick ...
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