Quote of the week

TTAC’s Jack Baruth pauses his road trip in St. Louis, and makes the following non-automotive observation:

In the post-Patriot-Act America, it is necessary to stand in a long line, remove one’s belt, and grovel before security personnel just to enter the area beneath the [Gateway] Arch. Paying ten dollars secured me a ride in a very Tomorrowland-esque little capsule to the top, 630 feet above the river. I thought for a while about the America that would build a stainless-steel arch for no particular reason, and the America that would make you remove your belt to get close to it. They are not the same. I grew up in the former and I cannot stand the latter.

At least there’s still an America through which you can take road trips. For now, anyway.


  1. Kirk »

    23 July 2010 · 9:13 am

    Yes, Chaz, I fear we’re headed toward checkpoints and nasty little men saying, “Papers, please!”. I pray I’m wrong.

  2. Teresa »

    23 July 2010 · 2:55 pm

    Reminds me of that scene in Hunt for Red October where Borodin is talking to Ramius about living in America… and he says, “Do you mean I can drive all the way across America and not have to show any papers?”


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