Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Life as a western

In every western movie there is a journey. It is one of the defining characteristics of a western. By traveling from one place to another the characters grow and the story is told. Things happen, the world changes. In the buddy movies there is bonding, in the action movies there is a villain to thwart, the romances of course have the girl to rescue or woo. In all cases something of the world changes forever with no chance of an undo.

The journey metaphor is so powerful that we can sometimes expect it from our lives. Take a trip and expect the world to turn out shinier and better for it. And so we take a vacation. A road trip.

It is important when road tripping to be prepared for every contingency. Every stop on the road has perils to overcome, bullies to subdue, damsels needing rescue. There are crazy antics and outlandish pratfalls around every corner. It will be a heartwarming adventure of growth and understanding.

Or not...

It could turn out to be just a long drive. A change of scenery. No adventures, no adversaries to smite, no bullies or damsels. My greatest peril is cured with aspirin. No growth of character or profound meanings.

Either way, it's the same damn empty fridge when I get home.