College, Days 1 – 3

June 20

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. ~ Charles Kuralt

The Super and I had not been outside the borders of the state of Minnesota for two and half years. The farthest we had been away from home was to the Twin Cities in late 2020 – and that was to adopt the babies. Ruthie was gettin antsy . . .

The Middle Way included the largest public works project in American history: the Interstate Highway system, which updated American roads for a driving generation with leisure time on their hands, but expanded the federal government’s purview. ~ Heather Cox Richardson

[We had done Mini Unversity one time previously – in 2017. I think she who must be obeyed wants to do it every year from now on . . . ]

We didn’t build the interstate system to connect New York to Los Angeles because the West Coast was a priority. No, we webbed the highways so people can go to multiple places and invent ways of doing things not thought of by the persons building the roads. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

June 10

[That morning we somehow got thru the Cities in record time and here were approaching Wisconsin in a little over two hours since leaving home . . . ]

We weren’t visiting. We live here!!

[Hudson, the first city in Wisconsin after one crosses the St. Croix River . . . ]

[Crossing over the St. Croix . . . ]

Interstate highways dull the reality of place and distance almost as effectively as jetliners do: I loathe their scary monotony. ~ Jonathan Raban

High-speed rail would revolutionise interstate travel and would also be an economic game-changer for dozens of regional communities along its path. ~ Anthony Albanese

[There once was a woman from this place who worked in the same Department of Labor office as me. I’ve always thought the school nickname should be the Hawks . . . ]

[When you come to the fork in the road . . . ]

[Take it . . . ]

[We thought this was either a yellow submarine . . . ]

[Or a Henry Moore sculpture . . . ]

[Home of the Fighting Illini . . . ]

[But, are they still the Illini, and are they still fighting?]

[The Super selected a motel in Urbana because of its proximity to a Steak & Shake . . . ]

[But because it was we who were traveling, the Steak & Shake was closed for renovations . . . ]

[We settled for Toro Loco, which was fine . . . ]

Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way. ~  Emma Chase

“Driving is boring,” Rabbit pontificates, “but it’s what we do. Most of American life is driving somewhere and then driving back wondering why the hell you went. ~ John Updike

A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car. ~ Emile Ganest

June 11

Arrived at Ruthie’s sister Rita’s in Nashville, Indiana, where we enjoyed a day of rest . . .

June 12

[The rear end of Rita’s house in Nashville. It was built in 1935, but logs came from another building from some 75 miles away. Nashville is a small (population 1,000) artist community and a lot of homes there are in this vein . . . ]

[Two blocks from Rita’s house – downtown Nashville . . . ]

I can imagine no sweeter way to end one’s life than in the quiet of the country, out of the mad race for money, place and power – far from the demands of business – out of the dusty highway where fools struggle and strive for the hollow praise of other fools. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

[The town’s main intersection. The white building on the left is the Hobnob, a 5-star Michelin restaurant (well, maybe not quite) . . . ]

[This is the road from Rita’s in Nashville to Indiana University in Bloomington . . . ]

[It’s a joy ride through the “mountains” of Brown County . . . ]

AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ is the greatest meshing of vocal, guitar, and content I’ve ever heard. That’s what I aspire to. ~ Bonnie Raitt

[We’ve completed our trip and are settling into our room in The Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, located in the Indiana Memorial Union where our classes were. How convenient!]

[The Biddle (canned photo) . . . ]

1810-28_10.CR2 1810-28 IMU Exterior Photos donated by SFL Oct 19, 2018 © Copyright 2018 – Indiana University Student Affairs Marketing https://iustudentaffairs.smugmug.com/

[Our window view – ensuring that our neightbors would be quiet . . . ]

[It’s a privately owned cemetary located on campus, the creek on the left was the River Jordan. Jordan was IU’s first president. However, Jordan was a eugenicist – the name of the creek was recently changed to the Campus River . . . ]

[And so the menage a trois with The Biddies began . . . ]

[Not to worry, we’ve been a traveling trio over the years . . . ]

[He seems happy about it . . . ]

People would far rather complain about high gas prices and blame those who have nothing to do with it. ~ Jacqueline Brux (Strib 6-14-22)

[The campus, from our portal . . . ]

[Rita’s son David told us to check The Biddle for art from his friend, Joel Washington . . . ]

[We found this one . . . ]

[Whom amongst us doesn’t like a good banquet . . . ]

[The Sunday night welcome dinner for the students . . . ]

[Which included the DOM, a longtime friend from IU’s Camp Brosius . . . ]

I’ll never forget when I was, like, 17, and ‘Highway to Hell’ came on the radio, and I was like, ‘Dude, listen to that guy’s voice!’ ~ Tommy Lee

[The Tudor Room, the next day classes would begin . . . ]

Throughout U.S. history, competent public investments have been an essential complement to private investments – from the Louisiana Purchase, to land-grant colleges, to the Interstate Highway System, to the Internet. ~ Felix Rohatyn

If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you are talking about! ~ Barbara Ann Mojica

Up Next: College continues . . .

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