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November 14, 1998

Driving Across the USA

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I finally got my butt in gear and spent the day driving across the desert in Arizona. I think it was about 335 miles but believe me that even at 75 mph it was an endless trip. Not much to say about the trip except that if you've seen the cover of ARIZONA HIGHWAYS (any issue) you pretty much get the idea.

Flagstaff was pretty, at least the snow-covered mountains around there was. I saw two people walking with two Elk that they had leashed. That struck me as different.

I finally crossed over into the Pacific Time zone and into the state of Nevada where in the middle of the desert the sky lit up with the neon of casinos.

Now I am not a hardcore gambler, in fact I get bored pretty quickly. But the rooms were cheap ($15 a night) and the food cheap (I had a large breakfast of steak and eggs this morning for $1.98). So it seemed like a good deal and was for the most part.

I marvel at the people that come to this place on vacation. In fact I have several friends that come here regularly. I'm not sure I understand why.

Plenty of smoke from cigarettes and more noise than the loudest child’s video game, yet the casinos are filled with old folk (people I always have associated with hating noise). Go figure.

I'm trying to think if anything else struck me about the whole enterprise. Nothing readily comes to mind.

I was asleep by 9 p.m. (which is 12 p.m. EST), and unfortunately was awake by 5 a.m.

I went down and played some of the video poker slots with limited success and ultimate failure.

Finally I got my butt out of Nevada and than traveled through a lot more desert (the Mojave) in California.

Now I think I'm going to sleep.

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