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Racing and reclining January 28, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Towns.
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The Mohave Daily News has a wrapup story about the 17th annual Great Oatman Bed Race in Oatman, Ariz., on Saturday.

Oatman, a little Route 66 town nestled in the Black Mountains, periodically holds these goofy but lovable contests, including a sidewalk egg-frying event on the Fourth of July.

The Mohave Family Health Care team won first place. If someone on their team got injured, there wasn’t far to go for a doctor. The News West team finished second.

And even though it had been the team’s first year, Pynakker joked they’d soon start practicing for next year.

“It was way harder than it looks. We’re not in shape, so…,” she said, trailing off. “We’re going to hit Mad Dog [Fitness] on Monday.”

Well, not everyone on a bed-racing squad has to use athletic prowess. After all, one member has the slacker duty of simply reclining on the mattress while the others do the heavy pushing.

That doesn’t mean you can eat Oreos with impunity, however — there’s no sense in gaining weight and making the race harder for your teammates.

Boom to bust to boom again January 28, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Towns.
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Heather Clark of the Associated Press takes a look at the Route 66 town of Grants, N.M., which is undergoing a boom of economic activity again because of a rise in uranium prices.

With uranium prices approaching $100 a pound, it’s anticipated that Uranium Resources Inc. will create the nation’s largest uranium mill and draw 4,000 jobs. Other companies have exploration permits in the area.

Some residents are wary of uranium companies coming back into town. Many former mine workers are having trouble getting treatment for work-related illnesses. And the previous boom-to-bust cycle has made locals tentative about the current upsurge.

It’s a good story about a town that’s too dependent on one industry, but doesn’t know what else to do.

A “Route 66″ detour January 28, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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Here’s Joe DiVeglia playing “Route 66″ on an old upright piano, in quite a bit of a New Orleans style.

Mother Road Transfer January 28, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music, Television.
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In this old clip from “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, here’s the Manhattan Transfer performing “Route 66.”

Living in Tulsa Time January 27, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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This was during Eric Clapton‘s Tulsa period, in which all his road musicians were from Tulsa. This song was written by a Tulsan, too, by the name of J.J. Cale.

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