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Review of Goby.com (and a chance to win $50!)

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Have you ever had those days when you've wanted to get out with your kids, but you're tired of seeing the same sites... attending the same events.. and you want something new! There is now a really cool search engine that provides families with appropriate events and activities they can enjoy, and it's super simple to use.

Goby.com allows you to create your own adventure. Just type in what kind of activity you'd like to do , where you'd like to do it, and when you'd like it to happen! We typed in "movies" "Omaha, ne" and "tonight" and got a list of ideas that we expected (like the theater we often visit), as well as some new ideas we hadn't thought of (like the local water park and a new museum!)

Families looking for an escape from the ordinary will enjoy this new search tool. By just filling in two of the three search fields, you can gain access to fun ideas, interactive maps, and photos from sites like Google and Flickr!

We really enjoyed using this search tool as a means of finding a different kind of activity for our family. Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration (or like us, you don't keep up well on new venues that have opened in your area.) This search tool is definitely a way to escape from the ordinary and the perfect place to discover something new!

Wanna Win? We have one $50 American Express Gift card to give a lucky family so that they can use the search tool and have a day out -- for fun! To be entered to win, just visit Goby.com and leave a comment on my blog post with what type of adventure you were looking for -- as well as what you found! You have until February 10th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in, and you can enter every day! (Just comment as directed for your first entry, and for each entry after that, type "Today's Entry!")

Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. Open to persons 18+ U.S. only, please. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!

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  1. I searched for a family adventure in Chicago for the whole family and found the Museum of Science and Indsutry - a great choice for our little ones!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I searched for book/literature events and surprisingly found two nearby.

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  3. I searched for a kids and family event in my area and found a car show happening this weekend.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  4. I searched for biking trails in my area and found two that I have never been on.

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  5. I looked for the extreme adventure in NJ and found Drive a Dragster
    Great Meadows, NJ. Sounds like fun. Thanks so much.

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  6. i searched for food in arizona and august moon restaurant came up!

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  7. cdziuba@aol.com

    I typed in Arizona Hike and got a Grand Canyon area hike, and a number of other hikes.

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  8. i searched for amusement parks in Texas and found 6 flags over Texas in
    Arlington
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  9. I searched for a coffee house in San Diego. There were quite a few suggestions of places to go. Great site...thanks for the info...this is something I'll be using before each trip we go on.

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  10. AN animal adventure, which I can have at the cleveland zoo.

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  11. I searched for fun and found the Zuma Fun Center.
    austma7@aol.com

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  12. Searched for pizza joints in my area

    droopydog63@hotmail.com

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  13. I am looking for an adventure to Las Vegas!


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  14. I searched for Sporting events for this weekend and found 16 events, mostly basketball and hockey games.

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  15. I was looking for something fun to do for hubbys birthday and found this- Brad Paisley, Justin Moore and more on 3/4/2010 at Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, SC to take hime to. Birthday present done!

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  16. spa in ca and found shutters on the beach in santa monica -- good for the whole family
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  17. I'll take granddaughter to Knotts Berry Farm.

    joemack3@gmail.com

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  18. I put in Chicago looking for tapas and over 100 restaurants came up!

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  19. search
    events near haines city
    found
    Moonlight Concert
    Friday, Jan 29 7:30p
    at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL

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  20. I searched for an adventure to a science museum and I found the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for our family!

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  21. Fun site!! I searched for Performing Arts and Theater in Rapid City, SD, and found that Hairspray is going to be there in March!!

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  22. I searched for zoos and aquariums in Virginia and found an aquarium in Virginia Beach my kids might enjoy.

    Christine
    dazed1821@aol.com

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  23. I searched for deep sea fishing and Goby told me to head to Hawaii!

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  24. I searched for pubic gardens near Milwaukee, WI and found Mitchell Park Conservatory
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  25. My adventure is to see over 4000 animals at the San Diego zoo.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  26. My adventure was to go surfing anywhere and I got Oceanside, California. It looks amazingly nice there =)

    henniferus at gmail dot com

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  27. cdziuba@aol.com Todays entry Jan 27

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  28. I searched for a day spa in my area and came up with 68 results including Somata Spa.

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  29. Today's entry

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  30. Being big fans of Ghost Hunters, I decided to search for local haunted attractions for the weekend. Unfortunately of the 7 places that came up, 6 were seasonal attractions that are not open now. I was very disappointed as I know there are dozens of haunted places in our area and none of them came up in the search.

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  31. I searched for kids and family events in ga and found the shark exhibit at the ga aquarium

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  32. I searched for an amusement park in New England that we hadn't been to and found one in ME that we will be planning a trip to this summer

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  33. search
    events near orlando
    found
    Duke Ellington
    Friday, Feb 5 8:00p
    at Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL

    What a great find

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  34. I searched for a place to stay at the beach in Delaware in May, and I found the perfect place for us. Thanks!

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  35. I search for hiking trails and found Cranbrook Institues Science trails nearby (Metro Detroit). (main entry)

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  36. I searched for zoos between our home and my son's college location in NY. I found the Binghamton Zoo, which looks like a great place to visit on our next road trip!

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  37. I searched for Zoos and Aquariums in the Tulsa area, and received info about 2--1 of them was actually listed 5 times!

    clynsg at yahoo dot com

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  38. Today's entry.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  39. I searched for musical theatre in the Metro Detroit Area and found out that the Wizard of Oz is playing! How fun! I really like the simplicity and ease of the site. Thanks!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  40. I searched for a science and nature event and found lots of winter time activities. My favorite was one at a zoo called Frozentoesen!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  41. searched for Museums to take my kids to on our trip to Philadelphia in the spring and found the Please Touch Museum

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  42. Today's entry!

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  43. I really enjoy this site and have it saved to my favorites. It helps out when i ask the kids what you wanna do this weekend. The even can use it to help with suggestions of things to do in our town. I enjoy the outdoor activities it list. Like picnic areas.

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    hotmail (DOT) com

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  44. i just sent this website to a friend in ny who is planning a b-day party for 6 yr. old

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  45. I looked for a family adventure and found a good one. I might take my niece to the GA aquarium. Please enter me.

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  46. I was looking for a go-kart adventure and it led me to Boomers, which has that and more

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  47. I love amusement parks, the closest is Six Flags Amusement Park in New Jersey

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  48. I am in the mood for Asian food so i searched and found a bunch of local Asian restaurants. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  49. I found places to watch dancing in henderson, nevada!

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  50. I searched for local lakes and found Lake Alatoona, about 45 minutes away. :)

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  51. That's a great site. I searched for SCUBA diving in the Florida Keys and got 115 results in seconds. Too cool.

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  52. I was looking for family fun and found Fort Hunter Mansion and Park in Harrisburg, PA.

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  53. I found great waterpark hotels up in the Wisconsin dells for a getaway
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  54. I searched for OFFBEAT ATTRACTIONS. I was plesantly surprised by the search results. I was only familiar with a third of the search results. I now have a list of todo's.

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  55. I searched for Food and Drink in the Coffee and Cafes category, near us in NC and found the Cosmos Cafe on College Street in Charlotte, NC. Pretty cool site. Hubby and I were looking for a coffee shop just the other night. :-)

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  56. The Harlem Globletrotters would be great for the entire family.
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  57. I searched for coffee and cafes for my next month trip to SF and got plenty of info! Fabulous!

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  58. I was looking for an interesting place to visit this weekend and found The Dallas World Aquarium.

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  59. i went looking for an off-beat adventure like the supposedly haunted Warner Pacific Theater in West Hollywood!
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  60. cdziuba@aol.com Jan 28 todays entry

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  61. I found the Booker T. Washington monument and historical site in Hardy, VA that gives tours and hikes! Great idea!!

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  62. Today's entry.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  63. Here's my search :) http://www.goby.com/snorkeling--in--florida-keys-fl

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  64. Found Dollywood in Tennessee!!

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  65. I searched for family fun in MS and found the Tupelo Buffalo Park.
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  66. Discover Alaska's wonderful scenery

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  67. Today's entry. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  68. today's entry

    Christine
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  69. I searched for yoga classes & found quite a few in my area

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  70. I did two searches (so far): one for a fun family outing in Southwest Ohio this weekend, and another for an adult evening out in Southwest or Central Ohio.


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  71. Today's Entry!

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  72. I searched for outdoor recreation to do tomorrow in Jacksonville, NC and found a local horse farm I never knew existed!

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  73. I got 138 results for museums close to my area. Sure didn't know there were that many!

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  74. family fun & found a local zoo

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

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  75. searched for low cost family activities in my area and found loads of places to take the kids!

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  76. I did a zoo search and found one I've never been to before just 60 miles away AND a family free day coming up in a week!
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  77. I want to go on BIG rollercoasters.
    There is Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

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  78. I want to go to a diner, it found one I haven't been to in kansas

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  79. Today's entry!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  80. First Entry searched for bowling activity. Found Gladbrook Rec Ctr.

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  81. We were looking for family fun in New York! We would love to see the Empire State Building and the Aquarium.
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  82. We searched for a weekend getaway to the beach.
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  83. I searched for something for the whole family to do and was directed to the local Natural history museum

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  84. I was looking for swimming with sharks, but ended up at the zoo in San Diego. Still fun!

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  85. I was looking for something to do with my kids this weekend and I found this: ROBOTS: an interactive exhibition...my kids will love this!

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  86. Todays entry

    droopydog63@hotmail.com

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  87. I found great waterpark hotels up in the Wisconsin dells for a getaway

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  88. Today's entry!
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  89. I searched for a museum with a collection of antiquities, and found one in my area-we went, and it was great! Thank you!

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  90. i searched for spas in my area and found a neat one called aqua that i have never heard of

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  91. Daily entry!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  92. I found Dollywood!! Tennesse here I come. Thanks for the chance. mogrill@comcast.net

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  93. cdziuba@aol.com Today's entry Jan 29

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  94. Today's entry.


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  95. Today's entry-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  96. Today's entry. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  97. search
    events near orlando for tomorrow
    found
    Phantom of the Opera

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  98. Today's entry!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  99. Today's entry!

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  100. Fun! I searched for food and drink and came up with some restaurants I didn't know we had in our town. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  101. I found a ton of restuarants around my house in Las Vegas, NV

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  102. to visit Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum of Geology
    map 1000 Main St, Chadron, NE
    1000 Main St, Chadron State College - Rocks, minerals and fossils from Nebraska and around the world. Exhibits include... from visitnebraska.org

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  103. Today's entry

    renski17@fortaj.com

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  104. I love amusement parks and the closest is Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey

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  105. I found a great new African restaurant to try in Dallas

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  106. I searched for dancing near me and found some belly dancing classes...fun!

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  107. I asked for places to shop in new york and the first option was grand central terminal.

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  108. January 29 Entry

    I searched for deep sea fishing and Goby told me to head to Hawaii!

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  109. I found a public garden that had completely escaped my notice...this site was better than I thought it would be. Thanks.

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  110. todays entry

    Christine
    dazed1821@AOL.COM

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  111. I looked for historical things to do in the Springfield, MO area and found the Day House - the one that is built in a huge cave!

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  112. Todays Entry!
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  113. I searched for "events" in Cleveland for this weekend and then filtered the results to "family & kids" and found out that this weekend is Polar Bear Day at the Cleveland Zoo...looks like a good time.

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  114. Jan 30 todays entry cdziuba@aol.com

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  115. Today's Entry!
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  116. Today's Entry....let it snow, let it snow, let it snow:)

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  117. today's entry!
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  118. Today's entry!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  119. Today's entry.


    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  120. Today's entry., msmith572@yahoo.com

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  121. I looked for "camping, ocean, july" & found Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, NJ- opposite side of country from where I was thinking ;-)
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  122. Today's Entry!

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  123. Daily tweet!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  124. search
    events near orlando for tomorrow
    found
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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  125. I typed in family fun in Kentucky and found:
    Mammoth Cave National Park.
    Largest Cave system.

    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

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  126. I'm looking for an amusement park adventure. I found Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

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  127. Today's entry

    droopydog63@hotmail.com

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  128. I searched for live music and found a great new venue to check out!

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  129. Today's entry

    I searched for deep sea fishing and Goby told me to head to Hawaii!

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  130. I found some american restuarants around my house in las vegas nv!

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  131. Today's Entry

    renski17@fortaj.com

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  132. Today's Entry!
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  133. cdziuba@aol.com Todays entry Jan 31

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  134. I searched for a kid and family event in or near Seattle and found a symphony performance with an explanation of the ring cycle.

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  135. Today's Entry!

    I searched for deep sea fishing and Goby told me to head to Hawaii!

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  136. I searched for museums, portland,or and afternoon & I found OMSI!

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  137. Today's Entry

    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

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  138. today's entry.


    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  139. Today's entry

    droopydog63@hotmail.com

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  140. Today's entry-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  141. museums in downtown chicago
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  142. Today's entry! :)

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  143. Today's entry, msmith572@yahoo.com

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  144. I found a great italian restuarant two blocks from my house in las vegas that i didn't know was there!

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  145. Today's entry

    renski17@fortaj.com

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  146. I searched for museums in Dallas and came up with the Sixth Floor Museum.

    luckycat1818(at)yahoo(dot)com

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