2010 – The Year In JoliePosted: December 31, 2010
2010 was the first year of the Jolie Pez Project. I want to start out by saying that the project has already gone far beyond what I thought it could. My thanks go out to each of you who, at great risk to your safety and reputations, have allowed The Jolie into your lives.
I also would like to thank all the friends of The Jolie who read her adventures. Many of you are still awaiting a visit from our favorite action figure. I am happy to report that The Jolie will be traveling for quite some time. She has committed to visit all who invite her, anywhere in the world.
Jolie Project Facts
Let’s talk numbers, shall we?
The Jolie has been in seven states – North Carolina, Connecticut, New York, Tennessee, California, Maryland and Florida. Her travels have been the subject of nine posts here on Blurt, six of those by friends of The Jolie.
Perhaps most impressively, she has traveled 7676 miles since the first time she left my house a little over four months ago. I expect that mileage record to fall in 2011.
The Jolie’s Travels
How could I make a summary of the first year of the project without reviewing our inappropriate little friend’s adventures? Each photo in this post is a link to the adventure it came from. I urge you to also take the time to explore the links to the sites of the creative folks who The Jolie has visited this year – I know you will like what you find there.
The Jolie started her adventures here in North Carolina, with me. In this photo we see her enjoying fried pickles at The Penguin. The Penguin was an institution in Charlotte until it was recently shut down in an ownership dispute. I miss “The Dirty Bird”.
Connecticut was The Jolie’s first destination, where she was hosted by Betty. The Jolie’s personality clearly did not win everyone over.
A particular girl from Queens was The Jolie’s next
victim hostess. Together, they took in The Jolie’s first Major League Baseball game. The Jolie was so excited by the chance to be there that she developed a bladder control issue.
The Jolie dropped off the radar for longer than expected. She finally made it to my front porch and collapsed. The police came and drew a chalk line around her before she was sent to the hospital. Things looked bleak, but she regained her health and hit the road.
In Nashville, Todd Pack (who has an unkempt desk but a tidy blog) was The Jolie’s host. She took advantage of the chance to the Grand Ole Opry House. Rumor has it that she was inspired to sing Stand By Your Man to Todd, who responded by mailing her to California.
In California, The Jolie spent time with a high school friend of mine, Margie. They visited the studio of the Flaming Lotus Girls.
In transit to Maryland, The Jolie stopped in North Carolina to take in the North Carolina State University versus University of North Carolina football game. Before the game, she put a lot of effort into stealing bits of my chopped barbecue lunch.
The Jolie moved on to the state where I grew up, Maryland. She visited my fellow University of Maryland grad, The Hipster. The Hipster is the creator of the fine blog, Hippie Cahier. Naturally, a trip to visit the statue of the University of Maryland mascot, Testudo, was in order.
I have this picture on my screen saver at work and refuse to explain it to anyone who asks.
The Hipster sent The Jolie on to Thoughts Appear in Western Maryland. TA promptly hopped on a plane and flew to Panama City, FL for a walk on the beach with The Jolie.
The Jolie is currently in Baltimore on a soon to be posted adventure. Following that, she will be leaving the country for the first time, starting her Canadian Tour. My hope is to keep The Jolie traveling the world for a good long time. If you’re interested in sharing an adventure with her, it is never too late to let me know!
Also, this seems a good time to thank you all for supporting Blurt – all of it, not just The Jolie. This is post number 300 for me. Thank you all for making this fun!