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Monday, September 04, 2017
Visiting the Kid
We went up to visit the kid yesterday, on a day trip. Since almost all the other students had gone home for the long weekend, the campus and the town were less crowded than usual.
Still crowded though. I remember when Fayetteville was a sleepy little town, population forty thousand people, and no interstate leading into it (you had to take what we called the "Pig Trail," a twisty two-lane black top which was terrifying and steep).
Now Fayetteville, Rogers, and Bentonville have been colonized by Wal-Mart, and the university is fat with Wal-Mart money, as is the tri-urban area. This means some good things -- the museum, for instance, Crystal Bridges, which we visited yesterday, and a number of resources, parks, and libraries which weren't there when I was a student and graduate student.
All that's nice.
The traffic, though, and the utter asshole behavior of the people who drive a hundred miles an hour on those interstates, jeez, that is not an improvement. A hundred miles an hour while tailgating.
If I could be granted one superpower, it would be to erase from existence anyone who tailgated.
But other than that, we had a nice day. Crystal Bridges was having two special exhibits, one up in a walking trail, Chihuly in the Forest, and the other Animal Meet Human. My favorite paintings at the museum, though, remains Will Barnet's Woman Reading
And this George Copeland Ault painting: