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Wall Drug - why it's one of my favorite places
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Whenever I head out west on I-90, I always look forward to stopping at Wall Drug in South Dakota. A tourist trap? You bet; in fact, it doesn't get much more tourist-trappy than Wall Drug. But it's that excess that draws me to it. It's such an over-the-top tourist trap that I find it impossible to ward off its charms, cheesy as they may be. I always stop in, stroll past the mannequins, wind my way through the multitude of shops to the cafeteria, get my maple-iced donut and 5-cent cup of coffee, meander through the 'backyard' and then head on back out, all the while with a big silly grin on my face, as if I'd just gotten a contact high at a Grateful Dead concert.

It's not just that they've taken kitsch and made it their god; it's because they offer a welcome relief to the same old crap you see in nearly every town - the same fast-food restaurants, the same Wal-marts and Walgreens, the same Starbucks and Ihops...

Wall Drug is its own gaudy entity, transcending its tourist-trap label and shining in the wilderness like a 1970's cop-show hooker decked out in a day-glo tube top, spiked pumps, and a perm bejeweled with faux-diamonds. How could you not walk away with a silly grin on your face?


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More Blogs by Joel Arnold
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• Mississippi Pearls and a Car Biding Its Time on the Ice 'til Spring - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• One Decade, One Story - or how One Thing Leads to Another - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Racing Minnesota-style! - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• This Here Minnesota Horror Author was a Big Old Scaredy-Cat - Thursday, December 22, 2011
• Jack the Blob Killer - Monday, December 19, 2011
• Death Rhythm - Tuesday, September 20, 2011
• More Writing What You Know - Monday, September 19, 2011
• How I Interpret 'Write What You Know' - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Blessings - or - What I write after having one too many... - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• 120 Miles in a Canoe - Monday, June 27, 2011
• On Stephen King - Thursday, June 23, 2011
• Why Horror? - Wednesday, June 22, 2011
• Zen & the Art of Swearing - Friday, June 10, 2011
• If Coffee Shops were Run by Airlines - Thursday, May 12, 2011
• Trying to Figure Out What Scares Me - Monday, March 21, 2011
• My Confession - Tuesday, March 08, 2011
• Going Indie with my novel Northwoods Deep - Friday, March 04, 2011
• How I Envision Conflict When Writing - Thursday, March 03, 2011
•  Wall Drug - why it's one of my favorite places - Wednesday, February 02, 2011  
• Jonesing for a Road Trip - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Snowmapocalyptopalooza - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• How Do You Remember? - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• When your parents are librarians... - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
• The genesis of a novel - the first 6 days - Tuesday, January 04, 2011
• Searching for Truth - Characterization - Thursday, December 16, 2010
• Control - and a little more about Northwoods Deep - Monday, December 13, 2010
• Bukowski - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
• Flies, Flies, Spam, and Flies - Friday, December 03, 2010
• Naivete and the Young Writer - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• For Writers looking for some Adventure - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My usual rider for family/friend appearances - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• Writing and Me - a dramatization - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day (now with vitamin C!) - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• The Power of Music - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• To All the Bookstores I've Loved Before - Monday, November 15, 2010
• The Care and Feeding of Writers - Sunday, November 14, 2010
• Rudiments - Thursday, November 11, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Tragedy - now with 50% more pathos! - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Perspective - Monday, November 08, 2010
• The Daunting Dauntiness of Tweeting on Twitter - Saturday, November 06, 2010


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