And, here's a link to the full spreadsheet, showing the guide that I'll share with Tomashi when she visits.

Of course, this is great for a lot of other things, apart from visiting friends. These include:
  • House hunting (enter the addresses in one column, and any corresponding numbers, or information in the next)
  • Road trip planning
  • Charting restaurants, shops, or other places you'd like to visit
  • Anything else where a map could flesh out a list of addresses :)

Not into trains? Don't worry, you've got a number of other choices (including worms, truffles and rope).

If you're ready to get started making your charts cool, follow these simple steps (and maybe discover some other great gadgets, while you're at it):
  1. In a spreadsheet, enter the data you'd like charted, each item corresponding in a single row across two columns.
  2. Highlight the range occupied by the data you entered.
  3. From the upper-right, above the editing toolbar, select "Insert Plugin..."
  4. Scroll through the list until you find the Bars of Stuff plugin. Click, "Select Plugin."
  5. Add a title, a header, and, very importantly, choose the type of chart you'd like from the drop-down menu (do you want chocolates? a train? It's up to you).
  6. Click "Apply and close."
And there you have it! Your chart is fun, attractive, and ready to roll (if you'll pardon the pun :)

Note also that, as proved above, you can publish and embed your chart in your blog, webpage, or any other HTML page.