Continuing with our travels along Route 66 featuring iconic motel signs and other landmarks. November and December 2012 saw us taking our first winter sojourn away from cold and snowy Toronto. We drove across from Toronto to (eventually) Los Angeles and back in the spring of 2013. We made many stops along the towns of Route 66 on interstate 40.
Winter 2013 and spring 2014 saw us do the same trip but we took interstate 10, further south from Route 66.
A trip to Chicago gave us another Route 66 photo op.
In earlier years we had taken many vacations in California which also led to some Route 66 icons.
Standing along Route 66 west of Amarillo, Texas, Cadillac Ranch was invented and built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco. They called themselves The Ant Farm, and their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh III. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin. Ten Caddies were driven into one of Stanley Marsh III's fields, then half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt (supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza). They faced west in a line, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, their tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle.
That was in 1974.
Yet Cadillac Ranch is more popular than ever. It's become a ritual site for those who travel The Mother Road. The smell of spray paint hits you from a hundred yards away; the sound of voices chattering in French, German, and UK English makes this one of the most polyglot places between the UN and Las Vegas.
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.
I loved learning all the Indian history and traditions. The book held me until it neared the end when I found it got a little trite and unbelievable. Suddenly it was like the author was rushing to end it.
It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.
This book attracted me because of the story line about Facebook and computers in 1996. It reads like a YA novel. The kids are vapid and self-absorbed but then aren't most teenagers?
It was a quick, mediocre read, very disappointing.
When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl's grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece - the one who had committed suicide - was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved - and of the things she may have done to escape her past.
Now, twenty years later, she's back, and she's telling George that he's the only one who can help her...
Not technically a mural but I thought it was worth highlighting. Taken with my phone.
Toronto Scottish Regiment Mural at Lakeshore & 6th Street dedicated in December 2013.
This mural graphically traces the regiment’s history from the trenches of the First World War, through the D-Day beachhead to their service with the United Nations around the globe and with NATO in Afghanistan. Today, the regiment provides the Canadian Army with a fully trained and equipped battalion of reserve soldiers, who stand ready to serve their community and Canada in any emergency at home or abroad.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, colloquially called The Royal, is an annual fall fair which takes place over two weeks in November. Inaugurated in 1922 and originally housed in the Coliseum, on the grounds of Exhibition Place, the event has expanded to also take up the Direct Energy Centre and remains an important exhibit for livestock breeders.