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March 06, 2007

Day 2: Thoughts of John Wayne in Iowa

I am writing from I-80, just west of Des Moines, Iowa. Half an hour back, the traffic was all stopped on the eastbound side, and there was a guy in jeans trying to coral a big pig off the paved shoulder, but the pig seemed to like it just fine where he was. About 300 yards further down the road, we passed a school bus filled with convicts.  The theme of the day, it would seem, is forcible confinement.

I am sending this to you thanks to a miracle of technology known as the Novatel Merlin XU870 ExpressCard. I popped it in my MacBook Pro expecting there to be some long and drawn out installation process that would result, two hours later, in a drained  battery and a guy on the phone from Bangladesh telling me I had a hardware problem. Instead, it just started working. I am reading the latest wire headlines--a real shame about that verdict, Scooter--while following a Pegler Sysco semi.

We just passed Desoto, Iowa, birthplace of John Wayne. My mother can't stand John Wayne Movies, though I've never seen one all the way through. If it came down to a gunfight, though, I'm pretty sure Clint Eastwood could take him.


Mark, when you hit the Pacific, turn left. Good news about Bubbles. By the way, we found out the sex.

I'm glad I came across one of the blog posts on MSNBC because this looks like fun. Have a great trip.

I've put this blog on my favorites and after 2 blogs already enjoy it.
One word of caution. The opinion is not mine, but my husband's, be careful what you say about John Wayne. Midwesterners think John Wayne could take on Godzilla and make a pair of boots....

Hmmm. Wikipedia says, that John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, not in Desoto.

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