After spending three days with friends, to be alone tonite is really quite different. And as I pour over my road atlas trying to map out a route home, I can't help but think of one of my favorite Paul Simon tunes from his days with Simon and Garfunkel.
Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together
I've got some real estate here in my bag.
So we bought a pack of cigarettes, and Mrs. Wagner Pies
And walked off to look for America.
Kathy I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
Michigan seems like a dream to me now.
It took me four days to hitch hike from Saginaw,
And I've come to look for America.
Kathy I'm lost I said though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why.
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike,
They've all come to look for America.
America -- Paul Simon
I have to admit though that you can certainly find a version of America here in Las Vegas. The Strip is crowded and full of tacky tourists, and hucksters hawking stripper bars. Everything costs way to much, and the cacophony of the slot machines (which are really just computer monitors these days, as they don't even take coins), rings constantly. People smoke like mad. It's not really a version of America I want to spend time in.
I'm looking forward again to the open road and the solitude, and especially Route 66. This section between Kingman and Seligman is what inspired the scenery and background in the Disney Pixar flick "Cars" -- the only animation flick to make my cry, hell one of the only movies to make me get teary. However the Paul Simon tune is sort of doing the trick now.