We are almost done with this thing. Or more to the point, God is almost done with it. We have 95% of our monthly support committed, and if you’ve been following our road map progress illustration you may have noticed all the little towns we have stopped in (virtually) along the way. Some are places that have made the news (Paducah, KY) and others are noteworthy only because the exit features a Chick-Fil-A. But others are fun for their names. There is Micanopy and Sparks, Adel, Byron and (oh, there you are) Perry. There is St. Elmo and Ina, Joppa and Metropolis, Ramah (lama ding dong), Colby, Genoa, and Limon. And this is not even the route that takes you through Toad Suck, Arkansas.
A few weeks ago I was looking ahead at what else we might hit along Interstate 20 and I came across the little burg of Kanorado. Yes, that is a combination of Kansas and Colorado and it sits right on the border. Having driven through Texarkana and near Mexicali on our road trip in 2013, I got to wondering how many other places like this exist. So I tooled around our giant USA wall map looking for other portmanteaus.
Yeah, that’s a word. Turns out that combining the names of two or three places to name another location is fairly common and even has it’s own Wikipedia entry. Here is a partial list, and I will let you guess where they are located:
On Monday a few new ministry partners sent us flying right on by Kanorado. In fact, they sent us rocketing so quickly down the road that I felt like doing my best Speedy Gonzalez impersonation. And wouldn’t you know, we landed right in Arriba, Colorado. I am totally NOT making that up. It is Spanish for “up,” which is fairly appropriate, given the altitude. And Speedy was always yelling something like, “Andale arriba!” (roughly translated: “Hurry up!”) I don’t know how to wrap up all this randomness except to say, you are now prepared to do well on Jeopardy! If you win, thank us. If it turns out you (we) are wrong, blame Wikipedia.
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