Sorry for not posting more often this past few weeks, but the day job and family demanded our attention. We previously posted some observations and offer more after driving 5,400 miles in two weeks.
–Without question the USA is BIG, beautiful, diverse, a true sleeping giant, and probably in for many months of bad economic times. Unemployment dominates every newscast and coffee shop conversation throughout the Midwest. Three of our family are out of work (lost jobs) and none of the younger college set can find jobs.
–Wisconsin farmsteads are well kept and a joy to see driving the back roads from Madison to Minneapolis. They look prosperous with clean fields and plenty of dairy cows.
–An outfit called CARBON MOTORS plans to build a factory–or occupy an existing plant–for the exclusive production of police cars. They are pitting cities in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio against each other for the 1,500 jobs they claim to create. The cars will be built for the single purpose use, not retrofitted brand names.
–In rural Michigan it seems like every residence has a boat, car, tractor, or shed for sale in the yard.
–Restaurants are full up in Minneapolis and Lansing. Partly due to graduations, but people are still dining out.
–Many on unemployment are working part time “under the table” which will create a financial burden on employers and state budgets.
–Didn’t see many coppers on the highways, but that can be attributed to stealthy cars with “visor lights” as much as layoffs–like the 145 Michigan troopers out of work.
–Wind generators are as much a part of the countryside in many places as trees. Especially large concentrations abound in Wyoming, Kansas, and even Minnesota. Propellers and giant tubular center columns are seen aboard trucks on most major highways.
–Chicago is one of the most beautiful “big cities” in the country. Lots of new towers, including the latest Trump venture. The view from the waterfront of Lake Michigan is spectacular by day or night. Good bus system with hybrid power.
–The capitol building in Madison Wisconsin sits on the highest real estate in town and streets radiate off in all directions with “Capitol Boulevards” all over the place. Charming, but also confusing to strangers. The lakes within the city limits are an added charm.
–The best idea Eisenhower stole from Hitler was the Interstate “Defense Highway” system.
While not pretty in many areas, it speeds cars and goods to destinations from coast to coast.
–Freight trains are big, powerful, modern, profitable and haul more coal from the West than one can imagine to generate electricity in the East.
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