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Welcome to Keychain of the Day!

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I collect keychains! Я собираю брелки! I update often featuring a different keychain from my extensive collection. If you have questions about how many I have, how I got started, or other common questions I get, please check my inaugural post here. If this interests you, feel free to add me as a friend- you don't have to ask first.

If you want to donate your old, unwanted keychain(s) to me, please comment, PM, or email me at my LJ username @ gmail.com. I would be happy to accept any keychain in any condition and you will be helping to contribute to one of the world's largest high-quality keychain collections as you can see here above.


Current Count: 4128 as of 9/11/21

Please check out my photos from most of my trips to 35 countries and all the American states here and in the photo area of this journal.

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haikus

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My "friend" Pami got this keychain from me from his American home state of Ohio (I'm specifying American because he was actually Punjabi and "friend" because he apparently thought we were dating and I wasn't aware of it but found out when he kissed me unexpectedly. oops!). Even with that mishap, Pami was a cool guy and we had a lot of fun together.

We met at my first internship while I was in college because the only free desk was next to him despite the fact that he was in another group. I must have looked very lost and pathetic because he immediately took me under his wing and to lunch at least once a week. We kept hanging out whenever I would come home from college as well as emailing while I was 5 hours away at school.

He was looking for a wife but alas! You guys know me by now. I had to sadly tell him he was great but not for me and I was thrilled when he got married a year later to a nice lady with similar life goals.

Either way I still fondly enjoy this keychain because he took my rejection in the most graceful manner that I have ever seen and I really do feel like we are still buddies even after all this which in my case is honestly living the dream.
haikus

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North Dakota for sure isn't as entertaining as South Dakota (one of my favorite states and an underrated gem of a travel location) but it is still not bad. Bismarck is the capital and it is kinda interesting because it is the only other state capital to have a vertical capital building like Tallahassee Florida. Apparently every other state wastes space by going horizontal. The more you know! I happened to be there when the ghostly Tornado sirens were being tested and thought I was nuts because no one seemed to act like they could hear it at all but I guess they're just used to the monthly tests. Fargo was ok too and has a nice place called Space Aliens Bar and Grill.

In North Dakota you can also see the world's largest buffalo sculpture, feed a buffalo, buy keychains (mine was on sale for 50 cents!) and possibly catch a glimpse of a beautiful rare white buffalo if you are lucky which I was on one visit and not so much on the other. Lots of nice state parks as well.


White Buffalo

In the bottom right, behold the mystical white buffalo. She was beautiful and I feel so blessed to have seen her with my own two peepers.
g5 pegasus rat

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My dad got me all of these keychains maybe 25 years ago on some trip to Raleigh. He used to like getting keychains with either universities or animals on it for me. I really treasure these ones now and I ended up going to an ACC school for my undergrad that regularly played most of these times. We beat them in football and they beat us in basketball except for one year when we were all in shock at beating Duke in basketball! It was a wild time.
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New Mexico is supposed to be the fabled Land of Enchantment. It says so on their license plates. I've always been a little wary of it though because two of my friends, Robby and Julio, both were in love with it before going and ended up having really wretched experiences. Robby was worked to the bone in a rock mine and Julio acquired a crazy ex wife. Now you could say this wasn't necessarily the state's fault but still why take a chance?

Anywhoo, while poor Rock Savvy Robby the geologist was being tortured by that finicky goddess Science, he did find time to get me this Taos keychain so thanks for that, dude! You always were a Riveting Spectacle of Rugged Manliness (TM). :)
haikus

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NJ is another of those states that gets made fun of a lot but I didn't think it was so bad. Probably because my expectations were in Purgatory if not Hell itself. You'd think I would hate it because while we drove through the Pine Barrens, I did not spy the Jersey Devil.

One interesting thing about NJ that it shares with Oregon is that it's illegal to pump your own gas so every time you need to fill up, it's like going back in time to Mayberry and an attendant does it for you. I don't really like being forced into a social interaction but I suppose the novelty was aight. Supposedly this is to save money on insurance but the gas didn't seem that much cheaper. Dunno. My friend Kalpana in Oregon tells me it is nice in the rain to not have to get out for gas but my social anxiety would beg to differ. Give me rain over people any day.

This particular keychain didn't come from NJ or I guess I should say it probably did but I found it in the Publix parking lot in Coral Springs, Florida as a kid. It's pretty cool though!
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Like Connecticut, New Hampshire made finding suitable keychains tougher than I would like because why are the states in New England so small. Like dang, bro. Manifest Destiny!

There was a lot of granite there and that Live Free or Die is pretty dramatic for such a boring place but still, I'm glad to have this keychain because I like moose.
g5 pegasus rat

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So it took me about a year after grad school to realize that I actually was making money and could spend it on whatever I wanted. I'm not sure why it took that long. I guess I was just used to being a broke student and when you are a science major you are a broke student for a very long time usually haha. It takes awhile to amass all those degrees just so you can study owl toenails or something.

So I decided to come up with trips to go on with my three best friends at the time in hopes that once they all got themselves husband'd up, we'd all have nice travel friendship memories to look back on. In keeping with their interests, I took Robby to Key West, Josh and I went on a Canadian roadtrip, and Les came with me to Las Vegas.

I don't gamble but there is still a lot of nice stuff to do there and the surrounding Valley of Fire is very pretty. This keychain is from when I was walking through Caesar's Palace with Les and saw a $5 chip on the ground. Les snatched it up for me and then I used it to buy this cute little gladiator bear keychain for FREE so that all worked out really nicely.

Clearly I don't believe in the keychains I acquire in Vegas staying in Vegas ;)
luna shakespeare

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I was expecting Nebraska to be like boring and stuff but it really wasn't. The countryside is full of cute little dilapidated farm houses and of course there's plenty of corn and cattle. This keychain is from the airport.

Omaha has a Czechia museum which also had some Polish and Ukrainian stuff. It's appointment only and well worth your time. Please stop there! Sadly it did not have keychains but there were a lot of interesting items like a clock with the numbers in Czech so you can learn as you go, Poles Against Hitler buttons, and delicate lace and glassware that is just like gossamer.

One might say you should go to Nebraska and "czech" it out :)