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6.14.2011 … Safely arrived … now to hit the town running …

MegaBus, followup, imo:  OK, it was cheap and timely … It got me there in 8 hours.  But the quality of your trip depends on a) your bus, b) your driver and c) your fellow passengers.  My first trip ended today at 6:10 am (about 20 minutes early).  My bus was clean but not very comfortable (take a blanket and a pillow), had electrical outlets and wifi that worked.  It also had a DVD player and the driver showed two movies, one at 10:30 pm and the other at 12:15 am.  Since there are no headphones, this was a huge negative.  People also talked loudly on their cellphones until the wee hours of the morning.  Another BIG negative.  But now I know, take a pillow, choose your seatmate carefully (mine was a space invader) and get earplugs. I will do it again … tomorrow … and again for cheap trips to DC.    MegaBus

US National Parks, freebies, summer:  Just so you know …

Get outside this weekend! The US National Parks, the universe and your friends here at Tonic want you to go explore the great outdoors. Why? Because this Saturday is officially the first day of summer and US National Parks have decided to let people into more than 100 parks for free!

via US National Parks will be waving park entry fees this Saturday | Tonic.

random, Davidson, silk purse/sow’s ear:  When is a convenience store not a convenience store? When you call it an “urban market?”  Jury is still out on that one. 🙂

Bob Rusher Jr. describes the business not as a typical convenience store, but as an “urban market.” The site includes the food market, offices, and gasoline pumps under a canopy. And other details stand out, from its prepared foods and ice cream right down to the environmentally friendly car wash out in the parking lot that recycles waste water.

via Rushers bring a different kind of market to Exit 30 | DavidsonNews.net.

politics, conservative v. liberal, definitions:  Interesting article.

Conservatism, he explained, was rooted in reality. Unlike the abstract theories of Marxism and socialism, it started not from an imagined society but from the world as it actually exists. From Aristotle to Edmund Burke, the greatest conservative thinkers have said that to change societies, one must understand them, accept them as they are and help them evolve.

Watching this election campaign, one wonders what has happened to that tradition. Conservatives now espouse ideas drawn from abstract principles with little regard to the realities of America’s present or past. This is a tragedy, because conservatism has an important role to play in modernizing the U.S.

via Party Politics: How Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality – TIME.


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