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A few weeks ago, I said that I was looking at two options: either employment, or a massive trip by Amtrak around the United States of America. Since I didn't obtain employment, the train trip is on. I have a 30 day Amtrak pass. I have my first two tickets, Chicago and New York. After spending some time in the Northeast, I am planning to go through New Orleans, Texas, back to Chicago, to California, and then back home. A rather bold itinerary, one that will take me through every region of the country and to some of the biggest cities in the world.

It is kind of scary. I've been in Montana for five years, for much of that time becoming ever more focused on ever-finer details of obscure subjects. Pretty soon I will be dropped in some of the biggest, busiest cities of the world with nothing but a backpack. But I need to do that.

When I was 17, and attending community college, I got bored in the middle of the day. I took some money…

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”Hi, I’m Phil Hartman, perhaps you may remember me from my portrayal of such well known celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Bush, Charlton Heston, Phil Donahue and President Bill Clinton back in the days when I was working at Saturday Night Live. But there’s probably so much more you don’t know about me so I’m getting ready to tell you the story of my life.”

Believe it or not, I was born in that hotbed of comedy, Brantford,…