Life in Lists: Every State

‘Gnothi seauton,’ inscribed in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi and made famous by Socrates, established the fundamental dictum of western philosophy. But how to go about it, when memories are faulty or forgotten, stories embellished or lost, beliefs and personalities ever evolving. A ‘life in lists’ removes narrative, lessens subjectivity, and provides a way to review some of the facts. Also, lists are really fun to do.

This list presents every U.S. state I’ve visited — i.e. lived in, spent the night in, attended a wedding in, or driven through on a roadtrip. Airport layovers don’t count.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

44 of 50. Missing Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Other life in lists: Every Wedding, The 221 Bands I’ve Seen Live in Concert, My 17 Favorite Songs (and the 17 project).

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