Sunday, July 03, 2005

Happy Independence Day

I give you an All-American quote for the day from Charles Kuralt:

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.
Charles Kuralt


Hopefully you all take the backroads to wherever you go on the 4th. Charles would want it that way.

Enjoy and stay safe...

Snabby

8 comments:

Pandabonium said...

Wow. You just jogged a bunch of memories mentioning Charle Kuralt. He had such insightful comments on America at its roots.

It also reminds me of a great book about America in the early 60's - John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley".

Thanks Snabby. What a great thing to think about this weekend - though I've wandered quite far off the US Interstates - and even the back roads.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Yesterday (the 3rd) the orchestra from Garfield High School in Seattle came to my school, performed a joint concert with our orchestra, and then had one heck of a nice reception in our school cafeteria (complete with dancing girls complements of our 11th graders??!?)(more on that event on my site very soon). They are flying back to Seattle today (the 4th).

The interesting thing is that, thanks to the International Date Line, they get to experience July 4th twice. Twice the patriotism, twice the pride.

Unfortunately, there won't be any fireworks on the plane...I hope...

Don Snabulus said...

I just read "Travels with Charley" last year and got to see the pickup camper setup when we visited the Steinbeck museum in Salinas, CA. I agree that it was a great book. Steinbeck has a great way of reporting about people and letting them tell their own story.

PusBoy said...

Why does Charles Kuralt hate freedom?

Don Snabulus said...

It is actually a secret grudge against Denny's.

Seymour said...

I'm adding a post here to make Kevin feel better.

Seymour said...

This post is in response to Charles Kuralt, and is NOT intended to make Kevin feel better.

Dear Charles,
As someone who has traveled across the country using the Interstate Highway System, all I can say is, you're wrong. I saw all kinds of things. I saw the Mississippi river, a snow storm in the Rocky mountains, antelope herds in Idaho. I saw things which I've never seen before. In fact, I gained an important understanding of the size and diversity of this enormous Country in which we live. You see, traveling at 60mph is not fast enough to suck the memories out of your skull. And just because you don't happen to hit every little town from Virginia Beach to Astoria, or stay to learn the natives unique cultures, I can say that traveling by car is a great way to see the US. I'm not quite sure of the advantages of using rural routes over Interstates. I mean, you're in a car! Either way, the sensory depletion is about the same. What exactly do you suggest? Trains? Well, the view is just about the same, dude. At least in a car you can get out and look around if you want. Wagons? Motorcycles? Walking? Christ, I hate pithy comments from journalists. Even Kuralt, who I think is neato.

Corn Cob Bob said...

Wendy, I'm home!