Views and Observations from 5716 Miles of Road

Looking out at the road rushing underneath my wheels. –– Jackson Browne One thing you have a lot of while you're driving across country is time.  Time to look.  Time to think.  Time to talk.  Some observations from a lot of highway. Scenery.  As I said before, this vacation didn’t permit long treks into gorgeous…

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Columbus Day to Thanksgiving Reading

One of the B-list holidays in America is Columbus Day, which falls next week – celebrating (or not) the “discovery” of the New World by the intrepid Italian-sailing-for-Spain navigator a mere 517 years ago.  Every American school child knows that “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” and in a few weeks we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving…

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QotD: Meaningful Words

Constitution What is your favorite quote and why? The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner's manual for a Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world's most unruly, passionate and energetic people safe, prosperous and free. P. J. O'Rourke (1947 – ) Read…

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For the Love of Money

During my recent trip to Germany, I found myself missing a few guys that I don’t think of that often – George, Abe, Alex and Andy*.  That’s right, good old US Legal Tender. I don’t think of them that much here, because I am mostly a credit-card guy.  Like those incredibly annoying Visa commercials, I…

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I Woke Up This Morning and My Diabetes Was Killing Me

No one ever says that, and it’s too bad because it’s too often true.  The other day, I heard from a good friend that his mom was diagnosed with Type-II diabetes.  Older and not-as-active-as-she-used to be (aren’t we all??) she was a prime candidate. I also saw an article today that contained data that the…

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A Favorite Quote About America

I know that Independence Day is about the Declaration of Independence, but one of my favorite quotes about America is from the satirist PJ O'Rourke : "The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of a Toyota Camry owner's manual, and it has managed to keep 300 million of the world's most unruly, passionate and…

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mp3eme Vox: The American Way

POST A TRACK THAT REMINDS YOU OF AMERICA and/or JULY 4TH   This song always conjures up for me an America that I don't think anyone lives in anymore (if they ever did).  It evokes in me a nostalgia for a simpler time, where the world really was just your town and the people in it.…

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