This rant is going dark for awhile. We are off to explore the Blue Highways and talk to people who don't live in California.
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America is an absolutely charming book by William LeastHeat-Moon. In the mid-1990's, William lost his job teaching, lost his wife to divorce and his life just crumbled around him. He sold everything and outfitted a Ford van for living and went off to explore the Blue Highways, i.e., not the Interstate. The book is about all the people he met along the way.
It is in paperback and you can get it from Amazon.
Enjoy the book and we will enjoy the ride.