Monday, October 19, 2009

Road trippin'

Thoughts after a road trip to Norman, OK to see U2 at Memorial Stadium:

- Communities sure like to let you know they are the home/birthplace of those who are famous...or the nearly famous. On the way down I-35, we were reminded again that Emporia, KS was the home of William Allen White ("the sage of Emporia" and namesake for the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas) as well as NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. In Moore, OK, there were signs proclaiming this town between Oklahoma City and Norman as the home of Toby Keith.

- The Flint Hills, between Emporia and Wichita, are gorgeous in their stark beauty and open vistas.

- There are four guys who can command an audience, in any venue--Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks...and Bono.

- I've driven north-south many times on I-35 between Kansas City and Oklahoma City, Dallas and/or Waco and, without fail, I end up having lunch, going or coming, in Blackwell, OK. So, citizens of that fine town, your strategic locating of Braum's, Sonic, Taco Bell, McDonald's and Subway there, right off the highway, is indeed driving revenue to the community.

- Speaking of which, don't you miss the days of road trips where you would stop at places marked "Good Food" or "Diner" for your breakfast or lunch?

- If you're looking for outside work, there sure is a lot of road construction in Oklahoma. And, it doesn't appear that it will be finished anytime soon.

- Quick, name the last stadium concert you've attended. Hard, huh? There are very, very few current acts who can fill a stadium or have the wherewithal to take on a stadium tour.

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