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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Train Pulls Out of Kankakee...

Less than twenty-four hours but more than six hundred miles since I told Dan Markel that I would just as soon not do blog posts that are purely personal rumination, I feel obliged to say something about the longest solo drive I have ever made in my life.   I am now safely down for the night in a Holiday Inn Express somewhere in Mississippi, having left Indianapolis at 7:00 a.m. today.   In no particular order of importance:

1.  If tonight I'm staying in a Holiday Inn Express, then tomorrow when I arrive I should wait until Dean Ponoroff is out of the office and then slip into his chair.  When somebody walks in and asks, "are you the dean?" I can reply, "no but I stayed in a. . . ."

2.  My son and I went to see Talladega Nights:  The Legend of Ricky Bobby a couple days ago.  When I arrived here, I could not bring myself to eat dinner at the Applebee's.

3.  This is the first time I have ever stepped foot in Alabama or Mississippi.  The model of the Saturn 1-B at the Alabama welcome center near Huntsville is cool.  I wasn't so sure about the three sided pillar just across from it that says:  "Alabama:  we dare to defend our rights."  (For the record, I have Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota to go.)

4.  Pilot truck stops have the best coffee.  The one outside of Louisville also had fresh bananas.

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw on August 9, 2006 at 07:55 PM in Blogging, Culture, Lipshaw, Odd World | Permalink


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TypePad seems to be posting multiple copies of comments. When I went in to clean it up, by mistake I deleted the comment to which Linda was responding. I wouldn't want anybody to miss it. It was:

"That will happen when Ricky Bobby says shpilkes."

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Aug 10, 2006 3:49:30 PM

Would, "it gives me shpilkes in my genecktecessoink - and it aggravates my hiatus," be enough?

Posted by: Linda Richman | Aug 10, 2006 7:48:25 AM

This is quite a travelogue of Americana, Jeff. If they need a law professor for "Talladega Nights II: Ricky Bobby Goes to Law School," you're clearly the man for the job

Posted by: Scott Moss | Aug 9, 2006 10:05:03 PM

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