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Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part V

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part V Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Where does the Travel Channel take us? Rolf Potts embarks on a one-week gonzo experiment to find out THE REAL WORLD IS LACKING IN PLOT-RESOLUTION Day 5, Hour 67: 12:53pm. This morning, while playing hooky from my Travel Channel marathon, I was nearly robbed by a couple of con artists in a downtown Las Vegas alleyway. Or at least I think I was. It all started during Chowdown...

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 4

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 4 Feb 24th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Where does the Travel Channel take us? Rolf Potts embarks on a one-week gonzo experiment to find out AMERICA: IT'S WHERE FAT PEOPLE ARE MADE Day 4, Hour 50: 9:25 am. The narrator of a show called Breakfast Paradise has just announced that he's found a restaurant that will indulge my "deepest cereal fantasies." An hour ago, at a Texas barbecue joint, the same narrator suggested...

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 3

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 3 Feb 23rd, 2011 at 10:00AM: Where does the Travel Channel take us? Rolf Potts embarks on a one-week gonzo experiment to find out SAMANTHA BROWN NEEDS A DRINK Day 3, Hour 36: 12:51 pm. Just one day after having declared my infatuation with Samantha Brown, I'm beginning to feel like the love has faded. As with many relationships, our falling out has been a slow accumulation of irritants. Since noon, Samantha...

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 2

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 2 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 10:00AM: Where does the Travel Channel take us? Rolf Potts embarks on a one-week gonzo experiment to find out JACKASS COMMENTATORS AND DUBIOUSLY RANKED DESTINATIONS Day 2, Hour 17: 9:04 am. The first Travel Channel show of the day has already begun by the time I wake up and turn on the TV. As the picture tube slowly comes into view I can hear some jackass droning on about the gentle...

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 1

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 1 Feb 21st, 2011 at 10:00AM: PRELUDE Day 5, Hour 77: 9:53 pm. Twenty-three hotel floors above the gritty neon splendor of downtown Las Vegas, I am nearing the end of a bewildering travel experiment: For the past five days, I have been watching the Travel Channel for the entirety of my waking hours, without ever changing the station or (save a few key occasions) leaving my hotel room. My goal has been to create...

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