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Mar. 19th, 2004

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Highlights so far of my trip to rural Missouri.

A sign at a gas station declaring Budweiser's support for hunters. Mmmm. Beer and hunting, two horrible things that go worse together.

Once again spotting a gas station called "Kum 'N Go".

Taking US Route 136 through Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri rather than taking any interstates. LOTS of tiny towns. Very scenic. I'm glad I wasn't driving.

Turning two new people on to Phil Ochs.

Good chatting with cool Greens.

Meeting David Cobb, our next President of the United States (I love calling anyone that, it's hilarious).

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From:rawley69
Date:March 20th, 2004 06:20 am (UTC)
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I've taken that route before. It's enjoyable. Kind of slow going though, especially when your destination is on the other side of rural Missouri in the southwest corner of Iowa.
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From:boannan
Date:March 20th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
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Ah yes, the Kum 'n Go. Jason and I saw many of them on our trip out West. Took a picture the first time!
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From:eee1313
Date:March 21st, 2004 07:01 am (UTC)
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Dude, I so want to see pictures. Because right now I'm not believing in such thing as a Kum N Go gas station. Bwa ha ha ha!
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From:aces219
Date:March 22nd, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
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I went to college in Des Moines, Iowa, and this was the big joke. The non-Amoco gas stations were Kum 'n' Go, Git 'n' Go, and Quick Trip.
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From:wespennest
Date:March 20th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
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No, no, drunk hunting is great if you're a deer or bear or living creature or plant or tree or rock because the only thing the hunters manage to hit is themselves.

Driving through southwestern Virginia at night is spooky. If it's not the long, spaceship like lights of chicken / pig factory farms, it's the sea of nickel-sized bugs that you have to drive through and the giant white neon cross looming in the distance.

You should try it some day! ;D
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From:fujerica
Date:March 20th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)
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You hit the nail on the head with driving through Iowa. We did that once (we were trying to get from St. Louis to Minneapolis but didn't want to drive all the way across MO and then triangulate BACK... was was a "straight shot" up the state highway). We drove for HOURS and HOURs, passing through what seemed to be the same little town over and over and over again. We were using the mileage as our gas guage, as our friend's gas gauge was broken, so after the obligatory 300 miles, we stopped for gas. We asked a local how far away from MN we were, and they told us we were at least *6* hours from the BORDER, much less from Minneapolis. And when we filled the tank up, we discovered that despite going the "limit" of mileasge, about what ahould have been a full tank, we had only used 1/2 tank of gas. And none of us could remember what had transpired the past several hours.

We think we were picked up by aliens. There is just no other "logical" explanation.

We never got to MN, btw, at that point we took a sharp right and determined to go to Chicago (though we never got there either). All in all, a VERY strange trip (the next day we got chased through Indiana by a tornado, hit a bird while we were going at least 100 mph, and found a gas station in Indiana with a video game from Japan wherein you solve a puzzle and get to look at pics of naked women).
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From:dlkinney
Date:March 20th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
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What do you have against hunting? I myself don't hunt, but I have a hard time conceiving of a moral objection to it.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:March 23rd, 2004 12:51 am (UTC)
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I don't have a moral objection to hunting (though I have an easy time conceiving of them, since I know and respect a lot of vegans).

I have a social objection to the dominant hunting culture. I feel like the mainstream hunting culture (members of which are the targets of a rural missouri budweiser hunting ad) does not focus on hunting for food and maintenance of healthy wildlife populations but rather than conquiring/dominating nature by treating animals as sports targets, as trophies, as tokens of machissmo.

I'm well aware that there are hunters who have great respect for nature. I am aware that there are hunters who understand their role in an ecosystem (rather than as dominators/destroyers/conquerors/subduers of the wild). I am aware that there are folks who humbly hunt strictly for food. I have no beef with those folks.
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From:the_sween
Date:March 22nd, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
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I spent a year in semi-rural Missouri when I attended theUMR. I had a ton of fun backing and spelunking through there. And the "Kum 'N Go" refenrence brought on a nostalgic laugh...I had forgotten about those...

BTW, how'd the campaign school go?
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