I suspect that I may like planning trips more than I like going on them. Not that I don't like travelling, obviously, but there's just something about reading a guidebook. You stay in all the best hotels, eat all the best food and never get lost, sick or bored. Of course, you don't actually go anywhere, but nothing's perfect.
Anyway, what I'm getting at is that I've been doing a lot of reading for this trip. (Which is kind of counterproductive to the goal of not overplanning and being so damn neurotic, but whatever.) Total guidebook count: 6. I've got general guides to the USA, Texas and Florida (although the Texas and Florida guides are from 2001 and 2003 respectively, since I bought them at a discount store). City guides for Las Vegas and New Orleans and one book about roadside restaurants. So I don't have a car yet (more on that later) but I do know where I want to eat in Mobile.