I scored a copy of "Cars" really cheap on Amazon. I missed it when it was in the theaters. Wow. Since most everyone reading this has already seen it, I’ll just comment on two things.
1) The "Tractor Tipping" scene. My GOD, was that FUNNY. I laughed longer and harder than I have in a LONG TIME. I don’t know why I found it so, so HILARIOUS, but damn, was that FUNNY!! Just…wow.
2) I was particularly struck by the sub-plot that was the "towns that time forgot." I have believed for a long time that the Interstate Highway System was one of the worst things to ever happen to this country. It was the beginning of the end of the "Good Old Days" as far as I’m concerned. I know it’s hard (impossible?) to be nostalgic for something you never personally experienced, but we really lost something important. Trips used to be more about the journey and less about the destination. The other way around is a comparative bore. About 15 years ago I went to visit a friend who lives south of Rochester. I decided I would get there and not set tire on an Interstate. I left Keeseville and drove down US Route 9 until I got to Albany and then went west on US Route 20. It was one of the most fun drives I have ever taken, but I saw many, MANY towns like Radiator Springs. 40 year old shadows of former glory, all but forgotten, ruined in the name of "progress".
I don’t have a very long "Bucket List". I’m not sure I even have one at all yet. But I have had a dream for a very long time now: I want to drive cross-country in that same manner. No Interstates. No McDonald’s. No Burger King. I might not be able to tell you where I went, but I’ll sure have fun getting there!