#AMTHINKING: ON THE ROAD, ALL THE WAY TO THE WEST COAST.
|Louisville, KY, Water tower|
Louisville, KY Vote here if you think that the Louisville water tower is the world’s most glamorous pumping station. What do you call this type of architecture: Belle epoque? Roman empire revival? Epic kitsch?
Midland, TX The architecture of the Midland Super 8 is less spectacular, but if you want to see men with ripped muscles, this is the place. It’s a hotel for oil workers. In the lounge, men in hardhats are eating their dinner out of Styrofoam boxes. They leave their dirty boots out in the corridor – does the hotel have a shoeshine boy who comes around nightly? You know those angelic voices in the elevator announcing the floor. Well, in Midland, it’s something between a drill sergeant and a construction foreman’s snarl.
El Paso, TX I WALKED to Mexico from El Paso. You pay 50 cents at the border, no questions asked. Walking back into the US is another story: line-ups, short for American pedestrians with documents, very long for visitors with or without papers. No line-up in the bicycle lane. Yes, there is a bicycle lane, and we were considering turning back and buying a used bike so we could use that lane.
USA Today. I had a hard time getting that paper en route (I love their continental weather map). I thought tabloid news had a large market in the land of Trump, but I guess print is dead, and those news are now on Tweet.
American coffee culture: I am Casablanca shocked. Starbucks is everywhere now, and I mean everywhere, right next to MacDonald’s and Super 8 in the most godforsaken little places.