Wednesday, March 15, 2006

State Writes: A Meme

Matt Weiner tagged me with a meme--my first! Mercifully, it's a pretty cool meme: write a sentence about each state you've visited.

[Update: *cough* That should be a one-sentence anecdote about one's experiences in that state. Please feel free to follow Weiner's example rather than mine.]

California: While it's easy to talk to anybody there, it's difficult to move beyond talk.

Nevada: The casinos are only touristic fronts for a beautiful landscape and an eccentric and unpredictable people.

Oregon: It's possible to be a Mormon fundamentalist in the Portland suburbs.

Washington: The driftwood on the foggy, deserted beaches were soothing when I contemplated my great-aunt's isolation.

Arizona: A strange mixture of senior-citizen compounds and devil-may-care desert-rat towns, Arizona is a beautiful place where I'd never live.

Utah: Southern Utah has all the natural beauty and the anarchic weirdness; Northern Utah has all the pragmatic discipline.

Colorado: Despite the truly magnificent landscape, the fascinating political divide, and the familial ties, I don't think I could ever live there because it's so damned white.

Massachusetts: So cute, so green, so rural (even when it isn't), so bloody boring: still, it was where I first saw snow in a domestic setting.

New Jersey: What visitor can presume to understand the soul of New Jersey?

Hawaii: More than anything else, I remember my plan for escaping with the car when the rest of my family were consumed by the volcano.

Alaska: "Okay, like, sure, Dad, it's pretty and all that, but, like, what the hell do people do around here because, like, if you have to take a plane to get out of town and this is all the town I see, I really do not understand what people are doing for fun."

New York: The state that contains the pragmatic city that overthrew all of my unconscious, engrained ideas about race still runs its politics as though ethnic-identifications were sacrocant.

When I earn more money, I really do plan to travel more within the US.

Okay, I get to tag three people, eh? I'll tag Liberal Japonicus, Charles Bird, and hilzoy.


Blogger apostropher:

Your tag links need a little remedial attention.

3/15/2006 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous matt w:

The next meme I'm going to spread is "record a concept album for every state you've visited."

Anyway, don't worry, if you stick with academia you'll probably get to see a lot of states too. Visiting assistant professorships, yay!

3/15/2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

I keep hearing that the new Sufjan Stevens album is really good.

Those links are really embarrassing, aren't they? I should really do something about that.

3/15/2006 03:04:00 PM  
Blogger Ben Wolfson:

I wish you success in that endeavor, Matt, because I've long wanted someone to do just that!

Your complaint about Alaska reminds me of my (new yorker) cousin's complaint about, I think, Long Beach: it's nothing but houses houses houses and it's boring boring boring.

3/15/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Blogger Ben Wolfson:

Also, JM, check your email.

3/16/2006 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger The Modesto Kid:

Cool -- my streak of not being tagged with memes continues uninterrupted. I think, however, that I will tag m'self, and write a sentence about every state I can remember visiting.

3/19/2006 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

I tag you! I tag you! I call an extra-tagging capacity.

3/19/2006 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Waitaminute. You keep changing names on me. The Modesto Kid=Anacreon, right?

You're still tagged, of course.

3/19/2006 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger DaveC:

Jack, when you come to Chicago, make it when you can see Chevere. They are an awesome Latin Jazz band that we saw at the Green Mill. My wife and I talked with a bunch of the guys, especially Steve Eisen, who never let on that he was a member of Styx.

And Howard Levy (world's best harmonica player) knew immediately that I was from Tennessee, because he had worked in Nashville.

Summertime is the best, because if it's not happening for you in Chi-town there is always something going on up the road in Milwaukee. But you absolutely have to rent a car, and drive up Lakeshore drive, then Sheridan road all the way up thru Kenosha, maybe stop at the Bahai Temple in Wilmette and Kenosha Harbor along the way, before cutting over to I-94.

3/20/2006 01:44:00 AM  
Blogger The Modesto Kid:

Thanks for the tardy tag, JM! The Modesto Kid goes by Anacreon on Blogger. Throw 'em off the scent, you know.

3/20/2006 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger The Modesto Kid:

Oh and: You can read about states I have visited here. Plus I finally got off my ass and added you to my blogroll, along with several other Mineshaft regulars.

3/20/2006 09:53:00 AM  

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