Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Everybody Loves a Road Trip

I knew it wasn't just me.

There is just something about hitting the road, driving down a winding highway, and seeing sights unknown.  You never know what waits around the next bend:  A toothless hillbilly selling melons?  The world's largest ball of twine?  A giant statue of some guy who discovered something once? 

Maybe it'll just be another stretch of road, but still, it's something to discover, just waiting out there.  And you'll be the one to find it, behind the wheel of your smooth ride.

Taking the road trip seems to be part and parcel of the American Dream, doesn't it?  Nearly everyone has gone on a road trip at least once in their lives, and they always have a story to tell about it.

Including, apparently, a rather famous former president:

I just finished reading this, and what a delightful book it was.  Funny and touching, with remarkably well-written prose, it was an insight to an adventure in post-war America.  It's hard to imagine, but it wasn't until the 1960s that Ex-Presidents and their families were guarded by the Secret Service, nor did they receive a salary after serving in office.  It wasn't the Big Machine that it is now, complete with book deals and speaking tours and seats on Boards of Control with multi-figure salaries.

Nope, when Truman finished his job, he went home with his wife and picked up where they'd left off.  And that, my friends, included taking a road trip.  You'll have to read the book to get the whole story, but trust me:  it is a very good read.

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