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