Category Archives: Passing Through

On the road: Colorado

I’d like to believe that the WPA artist who made the figurines intentionally made one who’s just sick of everyone’s shit. Burned forest at Mesa Verde. Despite the weed rush, it’s still the Rockies.

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On the road: Arizona

*takes a deep breath and then in my best R. Lee Ermey voice* As an American and more importantly as a goddamn human being I COMMAND you to visit your National Park System and experience things that are bigger and … Continue reading

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Algiers Hotel R.I.P.

While most of Los Angeles awaits the demolition of the Ambassador Hotel, I’m using up my tears for the Algiers Hotel in Las Vegas which I only just learned was demolished last September. The Algiers was certainly not the nicest … Continue reading

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Take the highway that’s the best

After hours and hours of relative nothing, I have to admit that it’s pretty exciting to round a corner and see this in front of you. I forgot to even notice that I crossed the Mississippi (which I always get … Continue reading

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Wheeling, West Virginia

What struck me first about Wheeling was what I didn’t see. No Wal-Mart, no pawn or check cashing shops. Barely any strip malls. No obvious attempts at last-ditch downtown redevelopment. Almost like a cloak of invisibility descended over the city … Continue reading

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Things I Like (January 2005 edition)

1. The statue of Godzilla in the Ginza district of Tokyo. 2. The terrazzo floor of the Clark St. subway station in Brooklyn. 3. The Yu-Mex music movement. When Yugoslavia broke with the Soviet Union during the “Informbiro” period, the … Continue reading

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Eastbound VII

Somewhere near the TX/LA border on I-10 Near as I can tell, the entire state of Tennessee is filled with pyromaniacs. There’s no way that many fireworks stands can stay in business. These two were directly across the street from … Continue reading

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The Island Of Lost Luggage

On the way up I-59, I just HAD to check out the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. You can’t beat the appeal of rooting through interesting stuff people left on airplanes, but everything is just worthless (or easily replaced) … Continue reading

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Eastbound VI – New Orleans

New Orleans was the last major American city I hadn’t been to, and I suppose it’s a little anti-climatic. Unless you smoke, drink, gamble, or go to strip clubs there’s not much to do except to look at the architecture. … Continue reading

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