Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Road Trip!

While driving on a multi-day, multi-state road trip to my Thanksgiving destination (no naked scanning for my family), many random thoughts crossed my mind. Here are just a few in no particular order.

Why do so many people in America live in mobile homes? And why do so many mobile homes have piles of junk cars parked around them?

Who assembles those giant radio antennas that dot the countryside? Do they attach the tension wires that keep the antennas erect before or after they are raised upright?

God bless the American pioneers two centuries ago who drove the country westward. I couldn't imagine the hardship of crossing the country in covered wagons going ten miles a day at best. We should all be thankful for them on this holiday.

Whoever invented the terms "wind swept landscape" and "wide open vistas" must have been going across the Texas panhandle. Other words they might have coined include "moonscape", "desolate", and "stark."

Is McDonald's a sign of civilization? When we couldn't find a McDonald's along the main business road of Flagstaff, AZ, my wife commented that this isn't a real town if it doesn't have a McDonald's. We eventually found a McDonald's there.

The GPS navigation is scary accurate. It is a godsend when driving in unfamiliar territory but its ability to track your precise location feels like a precursor to "1984."

Anesthesiology is great training for being a truck driver. Our jobs are very similar. We both sit on comfortable padded chairs all day while scanning our monitors and surrounding environments for signs of trouble. And we both can't go to the bathroom whenever we want.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

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