Beth Visits America

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  • Come see what Beth's up to! She's living in her pickup truck (lovingly known as Tach), and rambling the byways and backroads of America. When she has money, that is. When she runs out, she stops and gets a job until she can drive on again. Stop in here, add your comments, and wish her the best. And heck, if you have a driveway, can she sleep in it?

Beth's 100 Things

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August 17, 2004



Oh I do hope you have a spy camera by the time you 'unveil', the look on the faces of those good-god-fearing-open-hearted-closed-minded-people will be worth a thousand words, only wish speech bubbles would appear above their heads too to record the confusion they are sure to experience when one of them becomes one of THEM!

Taking care/improving/loving seems to me to be pretty much a way of life be that neglected buildings or neglected people. Weirdo's have the strangest dreams, like love before law and people before politics.

Isn't the secret that we don't REALLY own anything its just given into our care for a moment, yep money may have changed hands, debt may have incurred but when it comes down to it taking care/improving/loving is translated into life and living especially if your a weirdo :0)

I just wish you hadn't mentioned old Barry reaching for my flip top lighter is just too cheesy first thing in the morning.


you crazy, sneaky, communist you!


I love the image! ( I know the Little House reference - unless its more obscure than I think it is...)


It's very interesting to hear your comments. Much like yourself, we have recently purchased a home in the country. Well, a home in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area, which is only a 4 hour drive from my home but I was so surprized how different people think and react to "outsiders" or "flatlanders." "There's a militia forming against blacks and people of dark skin" I was told. Humm, didn't know that was happening around these parts but maybe they wanted to see what my reaction was to see where I stand. Being someone of "dark skin" I just smiled and said, "really." Don't get me wrong, they are all very friendly up there, it's just a different way of thinking.

I can't wait to read more about how your neighbors react to you, your thoughts, and even your dress.


Ahh, so there is a plan behind those church visits! I think if I were faced with such a small minded bunch I would high tail it and run.. Good for you for hopefully making them THINK down the line when your true self comes to light.

Also enjoying the quiet.. Hubby and kids at the MIL's for 4 nights now. IT ROCKS!! First bit of piece and quiet I have had since the first born arrived 12 years ago.. Loving the solitude. Think we are kindred in that way. Something about being alone with your thoughts..


Holy Smokes Bethany! You have a lot going on at your little house! What an amazing if the trip across the country wasn't enough. But when will we get pictures?? Good luck with all of the repairs and pests.


Where else can I possibly read in one post about Neil Diamond possibly inciting a fist through the invisible old man spurtily dragging a shovel toward your doorstep...a 90-year-old plumber...and conservative church folk drumming up the Republican vote? For someone who spends so much time alone, you sure lead a fun life! :)

Dan Herron

Mmmm..the smiling revolutionary. You are indeed my daughter.

I particularly like the distinction you make between open-mindedness and libral/conservative. We have to be truly understanding, loving and yet clear: liberal closed folks are no more fun than the other side.

Today, someone took me to task for my comment that Rolls Royce drivers are the ones that should vote Republican. He didn't like my opinion that tax breaks that benefit the top 5% of income earners should be supported by only that 5%...its called democracy, right? He pointed out that those states with all the vowels in them are always voting republican and THEY don't drive Rolls. My point exactly, I cried, they need to be reeducated to see that they dont HAVE TO vote against their own interests. He huffed out, but my office mate, who is pretty openminded republican, laughed good.

Your uncle Jack, who recently registered Democrat cause he really, really, really hates Bush, is now re registering Republican. He figures his Republican vote against Bush will hurt Bush more.

Heres a hurrah for Passion! and one for Human Caring! but lets not forget a shout for freethinking openmindedness. We can only be truly liberal if we have reasoned our way to that conviction.



Wow, it's wonderful to hear someone make the distinction between liberalism and openmindedness! You'd think there'd be a big ole correlation between the 2, but oftentimes there doesn't seem 2 B. I've met liberals with minds as shut as steel traps, and I've met Republicans and Evangelical Christians who're way out there in outer space when it comes to free-thinking openmindedness. It's funny you should mention Barry Manilow, too. I've been thinking about him a lot for no particular reason. Maybe the tides of the Universe are flowing in a Barry Manilowly direction. Hmm.


more neil diamond synchronicity - on Wednesday I was at the dentist getting three fillings (ug ug UG), and of course the radio in the office was tuned to an am station and so I ended up trying to distract myself from the burning tooth enamel smell by concentrating very hard on the lyrics to "sweet caroline." turns out I like that song. then later I read your blog. whoa, man. keep writin', writer.

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