Different Planets of South Dakota and Minnesota

23 06 2008

J: You said something really funny the other day, and I wanted to quote you for the blog, but I can’t remember what it was.
L: Okay, give me a context.
J: Um.. We were driving.

It may have been while we were trying to find vegetable oil at 4 a.m. yesterday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We found some, luckily, and it got us to Madison, WI. Madison is a lovely town. We met a guy at a coffee shop called EVP Coffee who is the director for a play called “Celeste and Starla Save Todd and Win Back the Day.” The striking thing about the play is that the set is supposed to look and function like a giant pop-up book. It is said to be remarkably controversial—half the people in town think it’s really cool and half say, “That’s not theater at all!” Sadly, it shows Thursday through Saturday so we won’t be able to catch it.

One of the best things about traveling is waking up to a new landscape. Yesterday, I went to sleep in South Dakota and woke up at a rest stop in Minnesota. It was still flat, but a new, exciting and different type of flat. Places occupy an emotional part in your mind or body, and anywhere that’s not ‘home’ always strikes a different, unfamiliar chord. It can take anywhere from a few days to weeks to adjust.

Cities tend to smother that feeling, a bit, because they hide the landscape somewhat. Though, different cities have different atmospheres as well. Sometimes they’re a lot flatter or lower, or maybe there is more space between buildings.

I imagine settling another planet would have the same feeling, but much stronger because the sky would always be different—day and night. Would you ever be able to really call an alien planet home?

I think I would always find myself in conflict, because I feel a really strong attachment to where I grew up—but I have come to like that displaced feeling. What do you think?

P.S. Crossing the States in our bus, one way, takes more than 60 hours of driving. We’re a bit over halfway home! Five weeks on the road non-stop is taxing, so I’m really excited to get back and actually get to work on the blog!

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23 06 2008
Rachel

Aw, hooray! I have yet to do any of my sci-fi or other geekery updating, mostly because I don’t want to interrupt the lovely stream of Circusy updates. That said, I have stuff to post here as soon as…well, you guys say the word!
Love love LOVE! I can’t wait until I can talk to you all again.

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