Thursday, October 30. 2008
Woke up this morning in a motel in or near Princeton, IL. Got here late last night, after slogging through yet another interminable Chicago traffic meltdown. Couldn't see much then, but peeking through the window this morning reveals blue skies over a sea of bright yellow cornstalks, with the occasional John Deere logo in the background. Will drive back through Iowa, so should see more of the same. Will also see dozens of manufacturing plants, since people still build things, as well as grow things, in this part of the country. Michigan was like that too, on an even larger scale. Admittedly, I saw one huge building with a "space available" sign out front (550,000 sq. ft.!), and a few more in worse shape, but most of the factories I saw looked functional.
Taking a leisurely drive. Will be back in Wichita Friday, to face a dead computer and a mountain of mail.