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Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why does Mount Rushmore Exist?

I hope you have a good trip! Wall Drug isn't a must-see by any means, the natural wonders in the area are well worth giving priority to.

I'm also pretty happy with it. Was curious to see what would happen with Mondanile leaving, but it's a solid album with new ideas. I'm jealous you've seen them live...

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: /quit: X-COM 2

I've never cared for the X-COM series and titles like it, pretty much for the reasons you mentioned. When I have the time to, I usually play Overwatch. I also bought Guild Wars 2 when it was on sale recently.

Wait, somebody else likes Real Estate? What's your thoughts on the new album?

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why does Mount Rushmore Exist?

Yeah, there is that. Some people just don't care.

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Shopski: MR2 Intake Pipe

Yup, my biggest problem is space. I don't have a place where I can set up and work on a car, and that's been holding me back. I just hope that once I do have the space I can still find a 3rd gen Camaro to tinker with (I have an irrational fondness for those cars).

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Shopski: MR2 Intake Pipe

Really cool! It must be super satisfying to get results out of a project like this.

I claim to love cars, but I wouldn't know the first thing about what to do about fixing one. I don't know how I would go about accumulating any experience.

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why does Mount Rushmore Exist?

And Hamilton. Ignorance and snobbery go hand in hand, it seems.

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why does Mount Rushmore Exist?

Never been to SotB but I have seen some signs for it in passing. Definitely a Wall Drug kind of vibe. Another one of my favorites is Santa's Land Office.

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why does Mount Rushmore Exist?

When I was a kid I took a similar trip. Was a truly formative experience for me, and I'm glad it was for you too.

I don't recall spending much time at Mt. Rushmore when I visited, either. We elected to visit Custer SP for longer instead.

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why does Mount Rushmore Exist?

I think the best way to describe Wall Drug is that it's an experience. Love it or loathe it, it's completely unique. From the free water to the godawful animatronics. And you've got a point about Mt. Rushmore. One of the more interesting things to me is how much they love Custer out there. For a lot of people, he's just known for the last stand bearing his name, and is seen as a dumbass at best. In South Dakota he's basically a folk hero.

Trombone  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why does Mount Rushmore Exist?

This was offputting. It drips with disdain. I understand that he's trying to make a political point, but way to do that by being an arrogant tool to the entire state of South Dakota. The best compliment he can come up with in the whole thing is "It was as beautiful as any land I’ve ever seen". That's the compliment equivalent of "meh" while looking down your nose. I've been to South Dakota, and yeah, Mt. Rushmore is kind of strange. "The hubris of man" and all. But? Custer's a great little town, and it's an excellent base of operations to see the state. There's more than a freakin' Pizza Hut there. Try out Wall Drug. Custer SP is quite beautiful. There's Pipestone. There's Badlands. There's Teddy Roosevelt NP. South Dakota is a treasure trove of nature's wonders. Instead of appreciating any of this, our narrator tosses his backhanded compliment out and spills more words talking about the local fauna come begging to lick the salt off his car. Does he ever mention another human being outside of his family unit? Is he that self-absorbed?

If I was to give Mr. Anderson some polite advice, I'd say:

- Go on your trip in season, because things will be open.

- If you want to actually see things, do some research and take some time to get out of your car and take a hike.

- Put down your electronics, and please make your kids do the same. If they're unshackled from their screens for a while, they might actually look around them, and appreciate it. They should understand how fortunate they are to be able to go on such a trip to such a beautiful area of the country. If all they do is Snapchat, you've wasted all your money getting them there.

- Check your preconceptions at the door and talk to people.

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