Thursday, September 14, 2006

She's An Eight, She's a Nine, She's a Ten I Know

A few days ago, one of my readers sent me a pi...

(Wait, wait, wait...hold on. I thought I could pull that off and make it sound believable. But that line sounds as if I have, know...readers, or something.)

Let me start over.

A few days ago, Mark (much better) sent me a picture of a sign he spotted on the interstate just south of Chicago.

If you know anything at all about country music, you know that John Michael Montgomery had a song in the mid-90s called, "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)." While I don't know a whole lot more than that about the genre, I do know that song. And a good one it is. (if you haven't heard the song, you won't understand the title block. sorry.)

Anyway, Mark sent me the picture, wondering if perhaps the Grundy County Auction was real, and not just a fictional location invented for the song. Pressed for time, he said he wasn't able to take Exit 112 and go exploring for the aforementioned auction, or any such "incidents" that may have occurred there.

But it got me to wondering...

...what other destinations made famous in songs would it be cool to run across while driving down the highway?

I'll take the easiest one out of play right away, so people aren't scrambling to their keyboards to be the first to send in Margaritaville. (where some people claim that there's a woman to blame.)

Another one I'd love to see on an interstate sign is an exit for Funkytown. (I'll take the Psuedo Echo version over the original by Lipps, Inc., thankyouverymuch.)

I haven't given this like seventy hours of thought, or scoured my CD collection for other possibilities, but those were two that popped into my head immediately. Any others out there?

China Grove, by the Doobies, perhaps? I think that one's real, though, down in Texas.

If I ever see an exit sign for "Sullivan Street," my car will probably steer itself onto the ramp. (I'm a Counting Crows freak.)

"Thanks to the interstate highway system,
it is now possible to travel across the country
from coast to coast without seeing anything."
—Charles Kuralt


  1. Back in May, 2005, we drove across Arizona, on our way to Las Vegas. We pulled over and stopped in the city of Winslow.

    It was a great photo opportunity. Yes, my family and I can say that at one point in out lives, we were "standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona." I don't know how fine it was. But it was ok.

    Here's a picture that's not of us.

  2. That's a great one, Burt!
    Made me laugh out loud.
    Cool pic, too.

    I think the fine sight to see was supposed to be a girl in a flatbed Ford, but there probably aren't too many of those around (flatbeds), so I doubt you saw one of those during your time on the corner.

    Um...Take It Easy, Burt.
    *ba dum bump*

  3. Actually, when we were there, that "standin on the corner" statue was unreachable, due to the fact that the building behind it had suffered fire damage recently. So there was a big fence around the whole thing.