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Have you ever driven on Route 66 ?
Everybody knows the song, right ? "Flagstaff, Arizona don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino." It's one of the most covered songs in pop music. "It winds from Chicago to L.A., more than two-thousand miles all the way." I think it actually starts on
the outskirts of Chicago and it doesn't end in downtown L.A. but at the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, near where modern-day I-10 terminates. It crosses eight states on its way to the sea, including Kansas where a 13-mile section just barely clips the corner of that state. Route 66 was established in 1926 and wasn't fully paved until 1937. It has some interesting history.
The full title of the famous song is Get Your Kicks on Route 66 but the folks in this picture were not getting any kicks, believe me. During the Great Depression, the first one, Route 66 was the main route to California for Dust Bowl refugees. I'm sure most of you have read John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, and no doubt seen the film adaptation released the following year. You've probably heard the songs and stories of Woody Guthrie or seen the photographs of Dorothea Lange. Those stories, those songs and images, represent the real Route 66, not two guys in a Corvette convertible.
Now, when the refugees got to California, that section of Route 66 is now called I-40 and crosses the state line a little north of Lake Havasu, they were not welcomed with open arms. While a few at the top of the economic food chain might welcome a large influx of desperately poor, low-wage immigrants, many did not. "Okie" was not a term of endearment. Dust Bowl refugees faced real bigotry and discrimination. A popular joke in Southern California during the War went like this: C'mon all you Okies let's go to Japan, we took California without losing a man. Now that's actually kinda' funny, but underneath jokes like that was talk about ignorant Okies and dirty kids and how can those people live like that. Merle Haggard's famous song Okie from Muskogee is more than just social conservatism and gratuitous hippie-bashing, although it is that. When Merle sings, "I'm proud to be an Okie ..." he's owning the slur that had stung him in his youth. That's why that song resonated with its audience.
So what changed ? Whence all this nonsense about getting kicks on 66 ? The War of course. A big chunk of The Arsenal of Democracy was located in Southern California and there was manufacturing, jobs for all who wanted them, prosperity. Right after the War, in 1946, Nat "King" Cole released the first recording of (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66. Route 66 was no longer a Trail of Tears but a place to celebrate freedom, prosperity and the newly-born car culture.
Old Route 66 is mostly gone now, bypassed by Eisenhower's interstate system. Some modern highways use the same route under a different designation. Anybody in SoCal who's driven over Cajon Pass has driven a piece of it. I've driven a lot of it here in Arizona. It's called Old 66 in Flagstaff where it's still a major thoroughfare. The tiny town of Williams, Arizona, the so-called Gateway to the Grand Canyon, sits on the last section of Route 66 to be bypassed and that's their other claim to fame. There's whole industry of Route 66 kitsch now and there are a bunch of Historic Route 66 tourist traps in New Mexico. How 'bout it Newdists ...
Have you ever driven on Route 66 ?
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.• Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney
• Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol
• Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS
• Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem
• Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba
• Vermont Kossacks: Kosmail 4Freedom
• California Central Coast Kossacks: (San Luis Obispo & Pismo Beach area) Kosmail CentralCoasterNote to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
I'm so impressed with the Seattle Kossacks, right now. EagleOfFreedom offered to take up the reins of collecting local Kossacks for camaraderie and action. In a very short time he started the group, communicated with me, set the event and got almost a dozen folks to join the ranks in person. Kudos!
So, you Seattle Kossacks, you've got a group now and John Crapper has offered to be an admin of the group. How swell is that?
SEATTLE KOSSACKS! Look for each other in the comments and gather together, invite one another and let's see more folk show up at the next event. AND the next action event.
Once again Kossacks prove they are for real.
L-R: N in Seattle, Regina in a Sears Kit House, bleeding blue, doingbusinessas
L-R: ?, John Crapper, EagleOfFreedom, mlharges
All photos courtesy of mlharges
SFKossacks Welcome Matching Mole and bwren
with a Birding Event Plus Dinner
Last Sunday, matching mole, who flew in from the East Coast, and bwren, who flew in from Seattle, were picked up and chaffeured by the founder of Dawn Chorus, lineatus. She drove them to meet with other SFKossacks and Central Valley Kossacks to do some bird watching in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area on San Francisco Bay. I'll leave the telling of that story up to lineatus in her Sunday morning series.
I'll be covering the dinner we had that evening to welcome our out-of-towners.
Wow, the standard setters for Daily Kos group organizing just one-upped the bar again! Not only do they meet for socializing, they get themselves on radio shows to advertise the event, they invite local candidates and progressive causes to speak to our Kossacks and then fully cater an event to reward all attendees. Wow. Just wow.
More than 30 Kossacks got together amping up and organizing the Asheville atmosphere for getting out the vote. Here's one photo:
L-R: DKos Asheville Kossacks
LAKossacks at it again, please see diary for food pr0n details.
Wow. Boom! ericlewis0 blew us all away on Sunday. He provided a LIVE BLOG of the NYC event complete with photos and bonafide commentary from the attendees. Amazing!
Photo 1 L-R: In the orange, thankgodforairamerica, ghchaucer2, sidnora, joanbrooker, dave g & kathny Photo 2 L-R: Plf515, Laura Clawson, mets102, son of broccoli, Communitygis, no exit, designthefuture & mattc129
sidnora promises her faithful follow-up diary and she could likely have food pr0n. I hope so. I live for explicit photos of the fries at Spitzer's Corner.
California Central Coast KossacksWednesday, February 12th
California Central Coast Kossacks Attend CCC Hearing on Fracking
TIME: 9:00 AM
LOCATION: The Cliffs Resort Hotel
2757 Shell Beach Road • Pismo Beach
ORGANIZER: Send CentralCoaster a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Stop Fracking In The Ocean Along California's Central Coast
Saturday, February 15th
Los Angeles Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: The Sidewalk Grill
1727 N. Vermont • Los Angeles
ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks - Saturday, February 15, 2 PM - The Sidewalk Grill, Los Feliz
1. Dave in Northridge
6. Joe Bacon
11. Floja Roja
Little Loner (Who's not so little anymore)
Saturday, February 15th
Boston Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: Midday, TBD
LOCATION: The Barking Crab at Fort Point Landing
88 Sleeper Street • Boston
ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.
Afterward, a walking trip to the Design Museum Boston to see the free exhibit Green Patriot Posters.
Mexican Kossacks & Democrats Abroad Annual Meeting in Puerto Vallarta
Saturday, Feb. 15, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Welcome Reception with Tom Hayden at private home.
Sunday, Feb. 16, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM: Annual Meeting at International Friendship Club - (to include business meeting, address by Tom Hayden, and presentations on Fundraising, Web-Ex training (replaces Calliflower), Get Out the Vote (GOTV), and Communications including Social Media
Monday, Feb. 17, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM: Presentation by Tom Hayden supporting the importance of voting in the 2014 election. Hosted at chapel across from Hacienda San Angel.
Advanced Full Registration: $35 USD (450 pesos) Includes all events if you register before Feb 1st.
Tom Hayden Presentation (Monday only): $12 USD (150 pesos)
To Buy: Email GOTVfromAbroad AT yahoo DOT com with the quantity of tickets needed for either “Full Registration” or “Tom Hayden (Monday only)”. You will receive a PayPal bill and a written notification once your payment has been processed.
ORGANIZER: Send roberb7 kosmail to connect at the event.
Saturday, March 15th
Sacramento/Central Valley Kossacks Demonstrate at "Don't Frack California"
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: California State Capitol
1315 10th St. • Sacramento
Latest diary: Quick re-mention of March 15 statewide "Don't Frack California" demonstrations
1. Anthony Page aka SecondComing
Saturday, April 5th
Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle
ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Arrive
Saturday, May 3rd
DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
[Address] • [City]
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?