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May 27th, 2009
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3 things I am currently interested in...

Anti-depressants

I am currently using prescribed anti-depressants
11(9.3%)
I have previously used prescribed anti-depressants
28(23.7%)
I have never used prescribed anti-depressants
71(60.2%)

How many people die walking in the mountains in England annually?



What is there to do in New Orleans other than drink chartreuse and avoid vampires? What have I forgotten to take to America? Plane tickets, passport, money, ESTA application, fingers for fingerprints... Help me, LJ, you're my only help!

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From:meihua
Date:May 27th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Your only hope, surely.
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From:smhwpf
Date:May 27th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Are you looking for a correlation between people's experience of anti-depressants and their assumptions about mountain deaths?

Listen to jazz. Eat cajun.

Clothes. Toiletries & cosmetics. Things to read. Laptop possibly. Eyes for iris scanning possibly? Do they do that?

Generally best to take own fingers and eyes. Other peoples' might not be accepted.
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From:pozorvlak
Date:May 28th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)
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You can't do correlation analysis on LJ polls :-(
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From:lnr
Date:May 27th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Music!
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From:fluffymark
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm basing my answer on there being no mountains in England. There are some nice big hills, but no mountains.
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From:jane_somebody
Date:May 27th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
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I'm wondering if it's one of those trick questions, like "how many of each kind of animal did Moses take into the Ark?"
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From:keirf
Date:May 28th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
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The Ark of the Covenant? None, I hope.
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From:bugshaw
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Drink hurricanes, drink grasshoppers, go on a river trip on the Mississippi (too thick to drink, too thin to plow) and perhaps see alligators? Buy lots of tourist merchandise with crabs on (I forget why they're relevant).
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From:makyo
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
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According to the Mountain Rescue Service for England and Wales, mountain-related fatalities vary between about 20 and about 40 per year.
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From:atreic
Date:May 28th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
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Yes, that's where I got my figure from, although I mean to see if I can triangulate with ONS's causes of death when I have more time. Although if my memory serves, some of those are not walkers and some of them are not in England (Snowdonia mainly) so it needs refining as an answer.
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From:gareth_rees
Date:May 28th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
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They are nearly all walkers: for example, in the 2006 report the deaths are broken down in the table on page 3, which I summarize here:

Fell running1
Hill walking (summer)25
Hill walking (winter)2
Scrambling2
Other2
Total32
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From:pozorvlak
Date:May 28th, 2009 07:42 am (UTC)
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That'll include climbers too, but in general (IIRC) walkers make up most of the total.
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From:sphyg
Date:May 28th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
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Wow, my complete guess of 30 was about right ;)
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From:gerald_duck
Date:May 28th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
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I'm astonished. I was going to speculate that the majority of those would be in Snowdonia, but instead bothered to follow the link. It seems three times as many people die in the Lake District as Snowdonia every year!
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From:hazyjayne
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
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(x) I am currently using prescribed mood stabilisers.
From:stephdairy
Date:May 28th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
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Are they little wheels which stick out the sides of your head to stop you falling off?

(S) (sorry...)
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From:wellinghall
Date:May 28th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Where can I get some from? ;-)
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From:mobbsy
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
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It's over 10 years since I was there, and there was a bit of a breezy day in the interim... However, things I did:

Music - I just went to the terribly commercial House of Blues chain, but that's because a band I wanted to see happened to be on.

Bourbon Street - be surprised at the sheer amount of public drunkeness the Americans can manage when they really try. Really, even if it sounds off-putting, Bourbon Street is an experience not to be missed.

Paddle Steamer on the Mississippi - I assume that this is the one I went on, but don't remember. Linus Torvalds was on the same table, but I didn't talk to him much (out of a fear of fanboyism then, but I'll name-drop now).

Eat a Po'boy - it should keep you going for a couple of days.

Eat other food, just wander around the French Quarter and find interesting looking restaurants and order the Cajun specialities. The Web might give recommendations.
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From:the_alchemist
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
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One of my (non-mutual) livejournal friends, chefcdb has recently opened a restaurant there which sounds really good. You should visit it and tell me what it's like.
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From:ghoti
Date:May 28th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
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That was exactly what I was going to say! He keeps posting comments on the food and making me hungry.
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From:numberland
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
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[x] and they were prescribed for exhaustion and nearly killed me
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From:beckyc
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Observation: your answers may get skewed by people taking preventative migraine drugs, many of which are technically anti-depressants. I don't know how common that is though...
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From:deliberateblank
Date:May 27th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Potentially also Zyban for smoking...
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From:rjw76
Date:May 28th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
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also citalopram is used for anxiety disorders, which is *kind of* like prescribed antidepressants, but not...
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From:rjw76
Date:May 28th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
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oh, and amitryptiline for sleeping problems when standard sleeping pills are contra-indicated.
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:May 28th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
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What is there to do in New Orleans other than drink chartreuse and avoid vampires?

Flash random strangers in return for shiny beads. Eat Cajun food. Go on a boat trip. Visit the preserved/film-set old (antebellum) mansions near Thibodeaux. Drink daiquiris. Buy cheap tourist tat. Buy expensive tourist tat. Drink Southern Comfort. Drink moar.

(Sadly, you're about 3 months too late for Mardi Gras)

What have I forgotten to take to America?

Travel insurance. Driver's licence. Credit/ATM cards. Airline frequent flyer registration number - something for nothing, might as well claim the points. Address/phone number (or at least name of hotel) of where you'll be staying (needed for I-94 form which you'll be filling out before/on the plane). Pen with which to fill out forms on plane.

PS - Don't take too much money. Just use an ATM when you get there, the rates are much better. You'll need a bit for airline shops/cab fare/etc. of course...
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From:aldabra
Date:May 28th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
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Travel insurance. Visa card or enough money to keep you while you're there.

Things not to take: Christmas pudding wrapped in silver foil.
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From:wellinghall
Date:May 28th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
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How many people die walking in the mountains in England annually?

England, the UK or the British Isles? What about climbing or fell-running? ;-)
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From:davefish
Date:May 28th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
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What is there to do in New Orleans other than drink chartreuse and avoid vampires?

That is the Anne Rice holiday. The Storm Constantine one is to drink chartreuse and shag vampires.
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From:deliberateblank
Date:May 28th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
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I thought that was the PZB holiday. The Storm Constantine one would be to join a secret society of vampires who secretly control the whole world.
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From:davefish
Date:May 28th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Can I drink chartreuse with that?
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From:vinaigrettegirl
Date:May 28th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
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Eat gumbo, for sure. See if you can take a guided tour of the bayou, in a pirogue. Eat jambalaya, crawfish with your fingers, and drink cold beer straight from the bottle when you're out there. Dance to live zydeco.
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From:gerald_duck
Date:May 28th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
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Make sure you have good travel insurance. The cover's limit needs to be an order of magnitude higher than for travel in Europe. My rule of thumb is that $5m is the bare minimum cover for travel to the USA.

Also, make a hotel reservation in advance, at least for the first night, and have a record of which hotel it's at in carry-on luggage. You'll need it for the immigration form.

Take a pen onto the plane. You'll need that for filling in the form, too, and the cabin crew never have enough to go round.

Take your driving licence. Cars are much more useful there than here; even if you think you'll be fine without, you might find yourself wanting one for a day or two. Also, even though you probably shouldn't risk leaving your passport in the hotel, your driving licence is a safer document to flash around when IDed for buying alcohol.

Carry proof that all your medicines were prescribed to you. i.e. take the cardboard box not just the inhaler, etc. If you're taking anything extremely hardcore, make sure it's legal in the USA.

Credit card. Debit card. Phone.

Make sure you know the international stolen-card and stolen-phone numbers for your bank and airtime provider. The 0800/0845 number doesn't work from outside the UK.

Three simple tips I've received over the years and always do, but thankfully haven't yet been grateful for:
  • Make yourself a tinyfont summary of a few useful phone numbers, your passport number, your driving licence number, your flight numbers, your travel insurance policy number, the SSH host key of your Linux server, etc. Keep one copy in your wallet, one in your back pocket, one in your carry-on and one in your checked-in.
  • Print your name and home address big on a sheet of A4 and leave it above everything else in your checked-in luggage. This apparently dramatically improves the chances of getting things back if baggage handling fubars.
  • Put one change of socks and pants in your carry-on luggage.
Oh, and have a good time. (-8
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From:lnr
Date:May 28th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
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Um, you have to do visa waiver forms in advance on the web now, rather than on the plane don't you? Since January this year.

I know because they turned my mum down.
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From:gerald_duck
Date:May 28th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
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You have to get ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) approval in advance, yes. But my recollection seems to be correct that you still have to complete the old I-94W form on the plane.
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From:lnr
Date:May 28th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Ah, fair enough, impossible for my parents to tell under the circumstances. After being turned down for the ESTA they decided it was easier to come back from NZ via the east again rather than bothering to go get a full visa to let them come home via a few days in San Francisco as originally intended.
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From:rochvelleth
Date:May 28th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
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What is there to do in New Orleans other than drink chartreuse and avoid vampires?

Hang out with the vampires! It could be fun...
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From:ghoti
Date:May 28th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Don't do what I did, which was to make sure I had good health insurance before I went, carefully store the papers somewhere and only remember that they were still there when Benedict picked up a tick and I didn't know what it was and completely freaked. Take the insurance papers with you, and ask the hotel receptionist whether it's actually a reasonable walk or whether you should take a taxi.
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From:ashfae
Date:May 28th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
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What is there to do in New Orleans?? Oh darling, it's one of the most interesting cities in the world! It's fabulous! ...okay, it's true that I was only there before the hurricane, and I don't know how much it changed things, but New Orleans had too much spirit to not come back from that. It's known for several things: *amazing* seafood, especially in cajun style; JAZZ and music in general; really weird stuff. Go to the French Quarter. Find street performers and hang with them. Eat fantastic food.

One piece of advice: do not walk alone through graveyards as you WILL be robbed.
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From:the_elyan
Date:May 28th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Interesting poll, and a statistic that I have always vaguely wondered about as well. I'd imagine that's a way off the national average, but I could be wrong.

Incidentally (and I appreciate this is a dull and probably stupid question), any idea why the polltracker's percentages don't add up to 100%?
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From:atreic
Date:May 29th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
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Some people answered both 'I am currently' and 'I have previously'.
From:writinghawk
Date:May 28th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
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My guess of 2 was far from the truth, it seems ...
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