Until about one year ago, you used to be able to go into google mapmaker and make corrections/additions to their existing map. This meant that you could name roads, add restaurants and business for example. If a confluence of local cartographic devotees deemed your input worthy they could approve and voila: one small step for the Kruzoo and one giant leap for Madagascar...or something like that. So one night I went on a quite a tear and named some 20 roads and landmarks.
So for posterity's sake, I thought it prudent to note here everything that I named before I forget (or google gets wise...who knows they are probably reading this now...watching me...watching you). There are a multitude of streets that I also named after historic Malagasy figures but I didn't write those down and I can't distinguish those from those that are already legitimately on google maps--and I can't find a way to go back into mapmaker and see all the changes/additions that I made. Incidentally, I went on mapquest and they must build some of their maps from google maps because some of these streets below showed up there too.
Street and roads named during the illustrious three year cartographical reign of the Kruzoo:
- Morakrusebe Alley: literally translated to a little bit of a lot of Kruses alley
- Ronald Reagan Loop: I thought long and hard about the perfect name for a street that would irk my uber-liberal State Department cousins when they noticed it for years to come--who better than the conservative lion Ronald Reagan.
- Rue Macee Elizabeth: named for our beautiful oldest daughters
- Rue Francois Bayle: named for Tamatave born French musician and well-known composer in the electronic art music scene (try not to LOL--or MDR--that that is actually a thing)
- Rue Anicet (Abel) Andrianantenaina: named after the most (only?) well known Malagasy footballer
- Rue Annabelle: named for our dearly beloved deceased oldest puppy dog who died here this past year.
- Lac d'Emily: named for the love of my life
- Elhoff Alley: named for Emily's dad David Elhoff--a longtime alleyman
- Jackson Alley: for our joyful little baby boy
- Ladybird Lake: named for our dearly beloved deceased youngest puppy dog--she was named after Ladybird Lake in Austin--which was named for Ladybird Johnson--wife of our 36th president
- Lake Michigan: named in honor of the Kruse lineage that progenated from the Great Lake State, plus it's pretty funny to name what's basically a swamp after a huge lake in the US.
- Coronado Beach: named this for the most beautiful beach in America--the one in Madagascar is just a tiny sliver of sand you can trek down to from the back end of the Talinjoo hotel in Fort Dauphin. Once there you will find lots of great shells and waves smoothed rocks.
- Rue Bobby Flay--Love me some Bobby--especially his BBQ tv show
- Mario Batali Lane--American chef and TV personality--he always annoyed me a little bit so I am glad that he will remain behind (metaphysically at least) here in Tana
- Rue Paul Bocuse--auteur of french nouvelle cuisine who emphasizes high quality fresh ingredients
- Emerill Lane--American tv personality/chef--my buddy Dug Hales indoctrinated me to his cooking show during our flight school years. He kicks it up a notch.
- Rachel Ray Lane--American tv personality/chef--my buddy Doug Hales indoctrinated me to her cooking show during our flight school years.
- Rue Boyardee Chef--Italian-American culinary lion whose factory ran 24/7 during WWII to produce army rations.
- Rue August Escoffier--20th century French cuisine lion with a walrusuva moustache--the perfecter and codifier of the five french mother sauces. His influence lives on in the Malagasy haute culinary world today.
- Julia Child Terrrace
Other Notable Mada Posts:
'Veloma' List of Poems/Notable Prose Written While In Madagascar
Veloma List of Madagascar Posts
Our 'Veloma' Restaurant List
Things I Love About Madagascar (TILAM): Drumline, Bubba, Chameleons, Dancing, Bazaars, Clouds, Tennis and more