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“Half a World Away” September 27, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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By R.E.M., circa 1991.

That tears it September 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses.
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We’ve heard for many months about Route 66 travelers being treated rudely by the proprietors of Indian Harvest Trading Post, near Sullivan, Mo.

We did a story about this. Theft had been a problem, so it was understandable why the owners felt the need to vigilant. Nevertheless, we implored the owners to be more hospitable.

Today, Andie Smith of the F2 Chicks blog reported getting the same old bad treatment from Indian Harvest.

Complaints about Indian Harvest have been too numerous to ignore. Its actions are doing nothing to help Route 66’s image.

Until the owners make amends for their churlish behavior, I’m recommending that Route 66 travelers bypass the business entirely.

Art exhibit pays tribute to the road trip September 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Art, Events, Road trips.
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The San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, Calif., is hosting a major exhibit this fall called “Road Trip,” a sometimes-whimsical exploration of that uniquely American experience. The museum’s associate curator, Kristen Evangelista, put it together.

According to this report from the San Jose Mercury News:

The artists Evangelista chose for “Roadtrip” not only use a wide range of medium — from video to quilt to diorama — but come at the subject from an array of perspectives. One constant: The exhibit is much more Route 66 than Interstate 80; the artists tend to go for the scenes and imagery of backroads.

Much of the work falls into the “fun” category.

Artist Steve Deo revisits his days of traveling by bus with “Trailways Baggage” — a delightful three-dimensional piece built around odds and ends found in a bus depot. (Be sure to note the crushed coffee cups, cigarette butts and other small details.) It would be hard not to smile at Eleanor Antin’s “100 Boots” — in which the artist marched an army of boots across America in a series of gelatin silver prints that suggest postcards.

Danville artist Roger Minick mixes wit with a touch of the surreal in a series of photos taken in 1981 at Sunset Point, an outlook in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. They are classic “grin-for-the-camera,” “wish-you-were-here” shots that manage to capture the essense of the American road vacation.

The museum’s Web site contains several photos from the exhibit, as does this video:

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 25.

“How Fast Them Trucks Can Go” September 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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This was a hit for Claude Gray in 1967, peaking at No. 12 on the country charts.

This truck-driving song contains a specific reference to Route 66.

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