Tag : driving

Where I’ve Woken Up the Last Eight Mornings

Just because this is a pretty good spread of places over a short amount of time (for me).

  1. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii (Saturday, Jan. 9)
  2. Tacoma, Wash.
  3. Tacoma, Wash.
  4. Norman, Okla.
  5. Norman, Okla.
  6. Tacoma, Wash.
  7. Grants Pass, Ore.
  8. Rancho San Diego, Calif.

It’s something like 9,000 miles or so traveled over that time via plane and automobile, fwiw. And since the new blog theme all but requires photos, here’s one I took with my cell phone while driving past Mt. Shasta yesterday:

Mt. Shasta and I-5.

Hopefully photography-while-driving is not against the law in California.

As far as interstate driving goes, I think the stretch from about Grant’s Pass to Redding on I-5 is about the most scenic I’ve ever driven. Can’t think of another one that’s comparable. The H3 on Oahu, I-90 across Snoqualmie, I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge in Arizona, I-89 in Vermont, and I-80 in central Pennsylvania are the first challengers that come to mind, but at the end of the day I don’t think any of them are in the same league. IMHO, I guess.


Ways in Which the US Has Become More Fascist in My Lifetime

Fascism = “the welfare of the state is more important than the welfare of the individual”.

  1. Seatbelt laws.
  2. Patriot Act.
  3. Airport security.
  4. Airport closures for “suspicious comments” (and exploded batteries).
  5. Homeland security.
  6. DUI checkpoints.
  7. Helmet laws.
  8. Mandatory waiting periods.
  9. Car seat laws.
  10. School attendance requirements.
  11. Having to register with your driver’s license in order to buy Sudafed.
  12. Marijuana busts by helicopter.
  13. Real ID.
  14. Social Security identification for newborns.
  15. Neighborhood speed bumps.
  16. No Child Left Behind
  17. Tax refund IOUs.
  18. Increase in paramilitary police units.
  19. State-enforced smoking bans in private establishments.
  20. No-knock warrants.
  21. Sorbanes-Oxley maybe.

Note: this isn’t a particularly serious piece of research or anything. But I still think I’m probably right. And I’m probably missing several major instances. Meh.