My sister forwarded
me an email, the gist of which was that the new dollar coins are
"godless". I sent her back an email explaining that they had moved the
motto containing GOD to the edge of the coin. I took this picture of a
Washington dollar to prove it. Then I figured the rumor is out there,
so I put this here for you to see, just in case you missed it.
I took that
picture in the
background on August 21st, 1998. At the time digital photography was
new to me. I got a chance to take a better picture of a buffalo, but my
battery died before that time. I was on a tourist trip to Catalina
Island, the only place in Southern California where you can take
pictures of "wild" buffalo. Christina and I took the tourist bus trip,
and somewhere in that trip the guild explained that if you wanted to
drive a car on Catalina Island, first you had to get your name on a
list in City Hall and wait a decade for it to bubble to the point where
you're next in line for a license. He said the book with the list in it
looks like a bible. As I type this, anybody that got their name on the
list in that general time frame has probably taken home a car, if they
still wanted one after going without for a decade.
Ever get that "everything is
connected to everything else" feeling?
When I showed an
Idaho quarter to Jean Marie Rosenmeier, she suggested that "ESTO
PERPETUA" can be boiled down to "sustainability". Me, I think it
translates more as "into perpetuity" and is closer to "future focus".
As far as
alphabetical order is concerned, Wyoming is the last
State in the USA. I remember reading an article in the New York Times
that called Wyoming "a small town with long
streets." Driving through it on I-80, I saw dramatic vistas without
The spot where
they finished the first transcontinental railroad by driving the golden
spike into it is near the upper end of the lake, where the red square
That event truly made Utah the "CROSSROADS OF THE WEST", as the slogan
on their quarter claims. I have gone through Utah many times, usually
the way to somewhere else on I-80. I got that pin at the Greyhound
Station in Salt Lake City during one of those trips.
I was working the
crowd at a trade show back in '05, and I came across this New Mexico
table. I think it was their Chamber of Commerce or something like that.
They were trying to lure business away from Silicon Valley. They were
giving out spicy salsa and NM pins like this one. I told the guy I'd
take a picture of his pin with his quarter when they came out. That was
then. This is now. I remembered my promise.
In case you were wondering, I came in
4th, making me one of the seven
that got elected. The last time I'd won an election was 16 years
earlier, when I beat none of the above in the 5th CD Green Party
Growing up, many
times I heard my father say "Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest
canyon in the USA, but nobody's heard of it. Everybody has heard of
Arizona's Grand Canyon." Seeing the Grand Canyon on the Arizona quarter
reminded me of that. The green blob on the Arizona map for Grand Canyon
State Park is huge compared to a quarter. The pieces of Texas's Palo
Duro Canyon I've seen weren't that dramatic. I have no idea how many
other places there are that think they have the second largest canyon
in the USA. Wouldn't surprise me much if one of them was right after
all. I still haven't heard about it though. Until then I'll guess my
Dad was probably right about it. Either way, he grew up on the above
map, which means something to me.