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Barenaked Ladies Edition – Research Tour Travelog

Today I started on a trek through the Southwest and some of the middle states, conducting in-person research and visiting more than half a dozen military and aviation museums. I’ll do my best to blog every day of my trip.

Left home about 10:45, worried that I would get caught in the “Cajon Crawl” in the Cajon Pass on I-15 to Victorville. Although the traffic was heavy, I beat the Crawl. Temperature was 97 degrees in the Pass. Listened to Bare Naked Ladies CD.

Four miles west of the Kielbaker Road on I-40, came upon a recently overturned big rig. Ominous and appropriate music playing at this point was “Nothing is Easy” by Jethro Tull, which band is most unfairly not yet inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

Thirty miles east of the Arizona border saw a huge semi, with a painting of Kim Kardashian nearly falling out of her top on the back door. While this itself didn’t seem so unusual, emblazoned on the side of this black truck was an ad for “Kim Kardashian Fragrance,” apparently for “the modern girl who does it all.” The first time I saw the truck, I was listening to “Sailing to Philadelphia,” a great duet by Mark Knopfler and James Taylor. The song is much better than the artwork.

All the way to Needles, CA, the truck and I kept passing each other; in my case, I was trying to get away from that painting for once and for all. Shortly after Needles, the truck took an off-ramp, and I was free. The temperature in Needles was a comfortable 108 degrees.

Once I got past Kingman, AZ, the terrain became green and lovely, more so with each gain in elevation. Here in Williams, I am surrounded by beautiful green pines and great mountain scenery.

In research news, I sent out four proposals. The soldiers to be researched were all infantrymen killed in World War 2.

They are:

  • PVT Eugene Hix
  • PFC Howard D. Peddicord
  • SSGT James W. Probst (I researched his cousin, a downed airman, about five years ago)
  • SGT Henry R. Tracy

Stay tuned for more research news across the Southwest through Middle America. Live from Williams, AZ.

–Bill

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