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a plot hole, plothole or plot error is a gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the story’s plot. Such inconsistencies include such things as illogical or impossible events, and statements or events that contradict earlier events in the storyline.

This definition suits my life pretty well.

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US cities

I stumbled upon a quiz that lets you list all the US cities that pop into your mind. I got 61. I did not open the state dropdown to see the list of states, otherwise I would have remembered that it is of course Arizona that sits between California and New Mexico, and then I would have gotten Phoenix, one of the two >1 mio people cities I did not find. The other one is San Antonio, Texas. No way I could have thought of that. I did not look anything up, just typed whatever popped into my head.

61 US cities I could remember in 15 minutes
61 US cities I could remember in 15 minutes

Here is my weird list of cities in the order I typed them:

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. New York, NY
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Houston, TX
  7. Dallas, TX
  8. Austin, TX. Been there
  9. San Jose, CA. Been there
  10. San Diego, CA
  11. Santa Fe, NM. I recently heard about it
  12. Pittsburgh, PA. I lived there for a year
  13. Philadelphia, PA. Been there
  14. Miami, FL. Been there
  15. Orlando, FL. I have been to the Universal theme park there with Alex
  16. Atlanta, GA. Big airport
  17. Las Vegas, NV. Been there
  18. Raleigh, NC. I don’t know
  19. Niagara Falls, NY. Been there
  20. Reno, NV. I don’t know
  21. Flint, MI. Michael Moore, obviously
  22. Washington, DC
  23. Portland, OR. A place I want to visit at some point, and Marina is there now
  24. Minneapolis, MN. I remembered Minnesota
  25. New Orleans, LA. Been there
  26. Tallahassee, FL. Drove through there
  27. Woodward, OK. I wanted Woodward, PA
  28. Woodward, PA. Home of every BMXers dream skatepark of late 90s
  29. Springfield, MO. I had to type “Springfield” because of the Simpsons
  30. Boston, MA
  31. Jersey City, NJ. Random
  32. Oklahoma City, OK. Home of Mat Hoffman
  33. Albuquerque, NM. Not sure
  34. Detroit, MI
  35. Providence, RI. Viviane studied there
  36. Burbank, CA. I don’t know
  37. Venice, FL. I was actually thinking of Venice Beach, Los Angeles
  38. Huntington Beach, CA. Been there
  39. Roswell, NM. Aliens!
  40. Boulder, CO
  41. Moab, UT. Model name of my 22 year old bike
  42. Salt Lake City, UT
  43. Santa Cruz, CA. Been there. Also a bike brand
  44. Campbell, CA. Stephen lived there
  45. Charlotte, NC. Stephen lived there
  46. Bethlehem, PA. BMX trails were there
  47. Long Island, KS. This is an error, I thought Long Island in New York is a city
  48. Columbus, OH. Columbus is a kind of steel bike tubing
  49. Oakland, CA. Been there
  50. Emeryville, CA. Home of Pixar
  51. Cupertino, CA. Home of Apple
  52. Redwood City, CA. Home of Electronic Arts, Serena worked there
  53. Rochester, NY. No idea how that came up
  54. Indianapolis, IN. The Indy 500
  55. Denver, CO
  56. Kansas City, MO. An error, I wanted Kansas City, KS
  57. Kansas City, KS
  58. Honolulu, HI. Been there
  59. Anchorage, AK. I almost forgot about Alaska!
  60. Halifax, VA. I actually wanted the Halifax where Swissair flight 111 went down. But that’s in Canada, oops.
  61. Bakersfield, CA. Drove through there

I should have remembered Memphis, TN or Cleveland, OH. I couldn’t figure out how to spell Tehachapi, and did not remember Temecula.