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       Monday, July 5 2004 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Travel writing (touring New Mexico)

It's hard to imagine an easier assignment for myself than commenting on a touring experience, especially one that produced many positive impressions and experiences. Though I spent last week in New Mexico on a job assignment with an expense account, there were enough daylight hours after work to see a few of the highlights of the northwest quarter of the state and to wish I had time to visit at least the southeast one (which begins just east of El Paso, Texas, and includes the Carlsbad Caverns and the UFO world capitol of Roswell).

In my youth, when I was doing my first serious travel writing, I adopted the pragmatic philosophy of ticking off as many locations as I could, even if I'd only driven through the city or historical district en route to somewhere else. I've been to every "major city" in the United States except New Orleans (with the "lesser ones" of San Antonio and El Paso just behind). But many of those visits are little more than a blur, like Montgomery, Alabama, which I crossed at midnight, and Jacksonville, Fla, which I've driven through several times but never stopped in even to buy gas. But they had checkmarks on my list, as Albuquerque did.

Back in the mid-1980's a woman I knew mentioned having just driven to Michigan to fulfill an annual obligation to family, and that she'd gone through Oklahoma. Having that same family obligation, I'd always made the same trip (more than half of it identical) via Interstate 80 (the main street from San Francsico to New York City) which, after a dozen or so trips had becme boring (face it, it's boring much of its length the first time you drive it).

"But 80 is so much closer," I piped up. "Not so," she replied; "from San Jose to Holland, Michigan, is about 50 miles shorter and several hours faster via I-40" and whatever cuts up from Oklahoma to Michigan. It was an epiphany to learn that I could actually justify taking the more scenic, and less expensive (in motel and gas prices) I-40 than I-80. From that point on it was always south from San Jose to Barstow, where I-40 ends, thence on I-40 to east of Knoxville, Tenn., to the intersection of I-81 north east via western Virginia and Maryland to I-70 and thence to Bedford and home.

Thus I had driven through Albuquerque a half dozen or more times on those round-trips to see the folks in Altoona. I had even stayed there over night more than once, and driven around a bit, even to and through Santa Fe about an hour north, but didn't really tour Albuquerque until last week.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

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6. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum. .

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I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

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