Road Songs….

On the return portion of my recent roadtrip, I cranked up my iPod. Here’s what was playing.

Song Artist Album Genre Timestamp
The Girl’s Gone Wild Travis Tritt My Honky Tonk History Country 11/23/08 03:23 PM
When Somebody Loves You Alan Jackson When Somebody Loves You Country 11/23/08 03:27 PM
Waitin’ On A Woman Brad Paisley & Andy Griffith Play [Brad Paisley] Country 11/23/08 03:32 PM
That Was Yesterday Foreigner Agent Provocateur Rock 11/23/08 03:36 PM
Hong Kong Blues Junior Brown Semi Crazy Country 11/23/08 03:40 PM
It’s Only A Paper Moon James Darren This One’s From The Heart Easy Listening 11/23/08 03:42 PM
I’ve Been Better Brad Paisley Who Needs Pictures Country 11/23/08 03:46 PM
East Bound And Down Jerry Reed Trucker’s Jukebox [Compilation Album] Country 11/23/08 03:49 PM
Waiting for a Girl Like You Foreigner 4 Rock 11/23/08 03:54 PM
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven Phil Collins …But Seriously Rock 11/23/08 03:59 PM
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles Different Light Rock 11/23/08 04:02 PM
Big Ball’s in Cowtown George Strait/Ray Benson A Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys
[Dance Version Remix] [Asleep at the Wheel]
Country 11/23/08 04:07 PM
Mainstreet Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Night Moves Rock 11/23/08 04:11 PM
Phantom 309 Boxcar Willie Trucker’s Jukebox [Compilation Album] Country 11/23/08 04:15 PM
The Best Thing That I Had Goin’ Brad Paisley Mud On The Tires Country 11/23/08 04:19 PM
I Know a Wall When I See One Toby Keith How Do You Like Me Now?! Country 11/23/08 04:22 PM
Morning Train Sheena Easton Totally 80’s (Disc 2) [Compilation Album] Rock 11/23/08 04:25 PM
Leave Him Out of This Steve Wariner I Am Ready Country 11/23/08 04:29 PM
If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’) George Strait If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’) Country 11/23/08 04:32 PM
Old Blue Chair Kenny Chesney When the Sun Goes Down Country 11/23/08 04:35 PM
Somebody Bryan Adams Reckless Rock 11/23/08 04:40 PM
Right Here Right Now Jesus Jones Doubt Rock 11/23/08 04:43 PM
The Harry Shuffle [Instrumental] Steve Wariner Two Teardrops Country 11/23/08 04:45 PM
El Tejano Cowboy Troy Loco Motive Country 11/23/08 04:48 PM
Won’t Let You Down Keith Urban Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing Country 11/23/08 04:52 PM
Do You Believe in Love Huey Lewis & the News Picture This Rock 11/23/08 04:55 PM
American Daughters Sarah Buxton Almost My Record Country 11/23/08 04:59 PM
I’ll Be Coming Back For More T.G. Sheppard 3/4 Lonely Country 11/23/08 05:02 PM
There Ya Go Alan Jackson What I Do Country 11/23/08 05:05 PM
Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome Rock 11/23/08 05:09 PM
I Go to Extremes Billy Joel Storm Front Rock 11/23/08 05:13 PM
The Search Is Over Survivor Vital Signs Rock 11/23/08 05:17 PM
Dream Walkin’ Toby Keith Dream Walkin’ Country 11/23/08 05:22 PM
The Letter The Box Tops The Letter/Neon Rainbow Rock 11/23/08 05:24 PM
Into the Groove Madonna Like a Virgin Rock 11/23/08 05:28 PM
That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be Carly Simon Carly Simon Rock 11/23/08 05:32 PM

November 2008 Roadtrip

I took a roadtrip to check on the progress of the new US 69 freeway under
construction in Linn County. Nothing special, I took 69 down to the north
end of the existing southern freeway, then turned east on the back roads to
US 71, returning home via 71. On the way to 71, I found an old truss
bridge.

http://route56.com/gallery/v/Season14/112308/

In addition, I have updated the US 69 and US 71 exit guides to reflect what
is signed on the road and what is being built.

http://www.route56.com/highways/69exit.shtml
http://www.route56.com/highways/71exit.shtml

1st Half November 2008

Photos from the rails; featuring a couple of trains led by NS power,
as well as the Model Railroad layouts of the Old Depot Museum in
Ottawa and of Mike Tomei in Lawrence

http://route56.com/gallery/v/Season14/111408/

Sarcoxie Township is definitely GOP territory

Once again, I present my not-so-surprising voting decision.

POTUS: McCain. In a previous post, I noted that the a presidential picking website generally favored McCain as my pick. If there’s any other reason for me to choose McCain over Obama, it is this: The National Federation of Independent Business gave Senator McCain a rating of 100 in its 110th (2007-2008) Pre-Election Congressional Report, versus a 50 for Obama. The NFIB determines the ratings of its candidates using information gathered by surveying its members… people like my uncle Marty. Basically, McCain is considered better for small buisness than Obama.

US Senate: Pat Roberts. I find it somewhat amusing that Jim Slattery is riding on the Obama style change Bandwagon. Slattery was our US representative in the 2nd District for many years, then ran unsucessfully for Govenor in 1994. (That election was basically called at 7:01 CT) Outside of Douglas County, Senator Roberts remains popular. He also received a 100 from the NFIB.

US House – District 2: Lynn Jenkins. Although Boyda received a respectible grade from the NFIB (70), the fact is, the rest of her party, particulary the incumbant speaker of the house, generally have low marks.

State Senate – 3rd District: Roger Pine. His opponent, Rep. Tom Holland, has been running attack ads, to which the incumbant Senator has found unworthy of response.

State Rep – 47th District: Republican Lee Tafanelli is running unopposed

County positions – All GOP, all unopposed.

Sales Tax – 1/4 cent for County matching KPERS. Yes.

Judicial Retention – None of the Judges that serve my district have run into contraversy. I voted to retain them all.

Other issues of interest
Lawrence Sales Tax – since I no longer live in Lawrence, this issue is not on my ballot. There’s currently a ballot measure for major infrastructure projects and for the transit service. I support the infrastructure measure, but oppose the transit measure on the grounds that, based on ridership and demographics, a fixed route bus system is *not* an nessecity for Lawrence and should be decommed.

JoCo question 1: Johnson County has a ballot measure to switch Judges from an appoint and retention system to direct election. This should be interesting

JoCo question 2: This question is on a sales tax to fund research development in cooperation with the state universities.

Kansas City Light Rail: This one is similar to the “T” question in Lawrence. Those opposed to the Light Rail basically argue that the demographics are not present to support rail transit just yet. I do believe, however, that the use of rail transit should be considered in cooperation with busses and automobiles.