Like sheep. The wise people of California have determined that jails are a more effective means of dealing with youth than schools. I expected Prop 22 to pass, but I thought my fellow Californians might have the intelligence to defeat Prop 21. But once again, like sheep, they fell hook, line, and sinker for the ludicrous “anti-crime” idea.
Call something “anti-crime” and I guess it doesn’t matter how misguided it my be, nor whose rights it violates. It doesn’t even matter that the “anti-crime” measure will almost certainly result in the production of MORE hardened criminals. Sending 14-year-olds to jail with murderers generally has that effect.
All in all, it’s got me thinking about getting on the road again. Of course, my new road atlas probably had more to do with it than the election.
I didn’t get to do my annual road trip last year for a number of reasons (money being the biggest of these). I really need to make up for lost time, and I’m already pondering this year’s route, even though I have no idea when Ill be leaving. I’m also pondering how to pay for it, but that’s a whole different story.
So far I’m thinking of crossing Canada in one direction, heading south into Detroit for the return trip, which might include the original route of an old US highway. The following examples come to mind:
- US 40, from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Atlantic City.
- US 6 Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago, Cleveland and Providence.
- US 80 from San Diego to Phoenix, and El Paso, and then US 90 to San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, and Jacksonville.
Of course, everything’s subject to change. But now’s the chance to say that your hometown (or heck, even your living room couch) should be part of Planet SOMA US Tour 2000. Find out more: read about 1997 and 1998.