Back from the American Southwest
Well, I just got back from Route 66 and there are a couple things I wanted to note. First of all, at virtually every store or restaurant we visited there's a sign at the entrance reading something like: "Please don't bring firearms in." It was a subtle reminder that while issues like gun control and immigration don't resonate for many Americans in the Northeast, they're a prime concern in the border states.
Also of higher concern (I imagine) is the price of gas since the distances between destinations can be vast. As somebody who grew up in New Jersey where gas stations are spaced out by the football field, I started to worry when I didn't see a gas station for a hundred miles.
The Grand Canyon is as breathtaking as promised. This is a school vacation week across Massachusetts and I think everybody there was either from the Bay State or another country. I heard every language under the sun except Latin: French, Russian, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and others unplaced.
Naturally, everybody wearing a Nantucket T-shirt or a New England Patriots sweatshirt was following the events in Boston from Monday through the end of the week. Neither the Internet sources nor the mainstream media demonstrated much integrity reporting on the manhunt but the so-called "professional" journalists completely beclowned themselves. I'm looking at you, CNN and the New York Post. Remember, we bloggers who didn't go to a fancy-schmancy J-school, are the ones who are irresponsible for sure.
Speaking of an "Army of Davids," Boston was brought to a standstill as hundreds of police officers swept the city looking for Suspect #2...who was found when some guy went out to his backyard for a smoke.