I'm visiting the SF Bay area over roughly the next week. Want to meet up? Email me or comment here. I'll be staying with a friend for the first few days, but I'd welcome the chance to crash with someone else for the rest of the stay -- wouldn't want to impose on him that long. (I'll find a hotel if there are no volunteers.)
From there I was going to take a trip around the country on Amtrak; they have several-week rail passes at an attractive price, recommended by papersky. They also, it turns out, require photo ID, which I no longer have and certainly won't get just for them. So I'm not sure -- I suppose I'll try and set up a ride to the east coast via craigslist and then get around there somehow or other -- needs some research. Are there regular east-coast trains without this internal-passport silliness?