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