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Sunday, July 17, 2005
 
Baton Rouge
We flew in after dark, due to getting the snot beat out of us by the 1800 or so thunderstorms that finally got tired of the heat and humidity and blossomed like giant, lightning filled popcorn over the eastern half of the country today. Baton Rouge isn't as fun as New Orleans. This is the deep South. The GED, Grandma's 32nd birthday was last week South. Being the capital of Louisiana takes a back seat to its identity as a refinery town. We flew over a couple of blowoff torches just a mile from runway 13 that I was pretty sure would cook us if we were much lower. It reminded me of the hell world that Anakin Skywalker gets fried on in the latest Star Wars film.

We stay on the freeway. Normally, I would be annoyed at being stuck next to an Interstate, but this seems to be about as good as it gets here. Outside my hotel window is one of those jumbotron rotating billboards. It has ads for various businesses that I won't be patronizing during my 15 hour stay, but there's another ad, too. It says:

I'm for W, how about you?

accompanied by a picture of Bush. The picture changes each time the ad comes up in the rotation. Sometimes it shows Bush at Ground zero. Sometimes it shows Bush speaking in front of a huge cross. Sometimes it just shows the cross. It reminds me of the billboard for Dr. TJ Eckleburg in the Great Gatsby.

I'll be happy to check out.
 
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