Ten things I have done that you probably haven’t

I live a boring life compared to,say, John Scalzi, and I’ve done this before but here goes:
1. Had my photography featured on their website by a local National Public Radio affiliate.
2. Been to the Headwaters of both the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers.
3. Stood on a Glacier (Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park)
4. Had a Professor whose experiment (in aquaculture) wound up on a space shuttle mission
5. Ridden every line of the NYC Subway at least one stop, and many to full length.
6. Worn a kilt at a Scottish Renaissance Faire
7. Played laser tag in a cemetery
8. Hit a tombstone with a car
9. Been to a *triple* Continental Divide (at a spot on US 53 near Hibbing, Minnesota)
10. Been tuckerized into a book (The Exiled Blade by Jon C. Grimwood features a “Captain Weimer”)

No way Out

So let me get this straight.
The endgames for this government shutdown and debt ceiling fight are:
1. Speaker Boehner passes a “clean CR” and debt ceiling hike. The result of this is that he loses his job, more than likely.
2. President Obama caves in and negotiates to get a CR and a debt ceiling hike. This has the small effect of causing pain, but it legitimizes political extortion as a tool. So, the next debt ceiling or budget fight, the Tea Party would be fools not to ask for *more*.
3. The country goes into default and the U.S. economy crashes hard until scenario one or two take place.
We’re fucked.