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We'll go roughly 1700 miles (2735 km) in the next couple of days.  If you want to really enjoy it the best way, set in front of an open oven in a thinly padded chair with a fan blowing the hot air into your face and a light aimed in your face.  Keep looking at the pictures-maybe put some earphones on your head with no sound to them-hold this position for about an hour and a half at a time just looking at the pictures from a slightly different vantage point each few minutes-over and over and over.

The oddest part is that it is so enchanting in person and sounds so dismal when told.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson

by NearlyNormal on Sun Aug 19th, 2007 at 12:51:34 AM EST
Thanks, NN!  I love seeing these.  I lived in Fallon for a couple years and used to drive home to LA quite frequently, so most of this looks so familiar to me!  The explosion of casinos across the state line always made me laugh, too.  The worst trip was getting stuck in a fluke blizzard in the middle of Donner Pass, but we survived and no one ate anyone.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 19th, 2007 at 02:28:12 AM EST
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Izzy, I noticed that the old block whorehouse east of Fallon has been torched, Salt Wells I think it was called.  Rode by there many years ago and there were a couple of guys in uniforms sitting on a bench outside having a beer.  I didn't know what the place was and told the guys I was with that was odd to go that far out of town to have beers.  They thought I was a fricking idiot.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Mon Aug 20th, 2007 at 11:31:37 PM EST
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Yes, the, uh, establishment was Salt Wells.  I don't know anything about it, but it was frequently mentioned in jokes.  

btw, I couldn't help but notice the ivy in your driveway.  Is it considered a bad thing in your neck of the woods?  Here, they refer to it as "English ivy" and it's listed as an invasive species.  People have been trying for years to get Home Depot and various garden centers not to sell it.  It just goes crazy in our climate and chokes trees to death.  Seems like a losing battle, though -- it's everywhere.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Aug 21st, 2007 at 12:45:48 AM EST
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Yes, it is invasive.  It got ripped out a few years ago and needs it again.  Probably will take out the two bay trees that it is climing because they seem to be vectors for the stuff that is killing the oaks around here.  

Good eye.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson

by NearlyNormal on Tue Aug 21st, 2007 at 09:28:31 AM EST
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