Monthly Archives: June 2006

We’re home

We left Cincinnati this morning, but the 850-ish mile, 15-hour drive is now over and our home is still here and we had a good time.

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A Cubbie in the lion’s den

We’re just outside Louisville, Kentucky, tonight. Neither of us had ever been to Kentucky before. There are more trees here south of the Ohio River. The roads curve a bit more. We’re in Eastern Daylight Time again. Drivers have a … Continue reading

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John Brown, Terrorist

“Considering his Harper’s Ferry raid, was John Brown a terrorist?” Last Saturday Lisa and I visited the Adair cabin and John Brown museum in Osawatomie, Kansas. There isn’t a lot to the two-room cabin and the shelter that surrounds it, … Continue reading

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Branson in pictures

Ozarkland Mini-golf, part 1 The Titanic theatre The Wax Museum Baldknobbers Jamboree Big Hat for Lisa A Bad Lie

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What is this place?

I don’t even know where to start. This place is just so overwhelmingly shitty — what’s the word? — bizarre. Yet, we’re having a great time. We left Winfield, Kansas, where we stayed with Lisa’s auntie and uncle and visited … Continue reading

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Sun screen rules! (And so do obscure country and western performers)

[ed. note: Fabulous guest writer Lisa brings you another posting.] Hidee-ho neighboreenos! Here we are in Branson, Missouri. Wild, wacky, weird Branson, Missouri. It’s hard to describe the experience that is Branson. I once heard it described as the hillbilly … Continue reading

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To the open road…

The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways turns 50 this year. My parents’ generation grew up as it was being built — my father did road construction for a bit, among many other things, and has … Continue reading

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Theories and hypotheses

I have been developing a lot of theories and questions about American life (or subsets of it) on this trip: Americans — myself included — don’t really understand class or regional differences. And for an unknown reason we are inclined … Continue reading

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The Pokey

Today we visited my brother in prison. If I were going to write a memoir — tentatively entitled A Million Little Miles — I would fill it with all sorts of (probably) inappropriate details about how my family set me … Continue reading

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Silos and Smokestacks?

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area? WTF? Sites in this 37-county region of northeastern Iowa illustrate the transformation that took place as mechanization paved the way for a distinctly American system of industrialized agriculture. Tractor design and manufacture, mechanized farming, … Continue reading

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Life Lessons with Lisa

Lesson numer one … babies don’t make sense. Among my relatives with whom we visited in Kansas were my two second cousins, aged three months and eight months. The three-month-old … no problem. She let me hold her and made … Continue reading

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Still in the Midwest

We’re still here in the Midwest. Time expands here and is full of nostalgia and goes on and on. But despite this, our trip is not quite half over, and we’re still having a good time. Minneapolis On the 14th … Continue reading

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The Midwest in Pictures, Part 1

The baseball trip ’06 so far. Click for bigger pictures. Jacob’s Field, Cleveland (from I-90) Poisonous frogs, Chicago Anaconda and child, Chicago Frozen Margaritas? U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago View from the seats, U.S. Cellular Field Mr. Sweep, denied Chicago, from … Continue reading

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Bob Wickman . . .

Bob Wickman, you’re dead to me. True, you made the final two outs last week after the previous two relievers gave up five runs, but you did give up one of your own (if my scorecard is correct). But tonight … Continue reading

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Baseball update

The trouble with rooting against a team — such as we did Sunday against the White Sox — is that fate may call in its markers. Tuesday we went to Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs . . . my … Continue reading

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