1. There is something inescapably lovable about the Midwest and all of the people in it. It's sophistication is honest. There are few things more admirable than honest sophistication. We do not honor it enough. The idea that the Midwest has to be escaped is one of the great forces of self-delusion and corruption in American life.
2. It's true. All of the Barack Obama T-Shirt phenomena are occurring, just as Jimi Izrael predicted they would.
3. I love my new job. So far.