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  • The conversation at the bar started with "You are all working for corn, man."

    I'm next to a raving man in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is passionate, loud, yells a bit, but he is no lunatic. He may sound like one. He mentions being influenced by Foucault.

    "You can't consume something without corn in it. Pepsi. Vodka. Those plastic chairs. The gas in your car. Your hamburger. Can't you see, you all work for corn, man!"

    The middle aged couple on the other side nervously toss too much money on the bar so they can exit.

    "Yeah, go ahead and run, Corn is your overlord, you do its bidding, man! You gotta bunch of corn on you, man."

    I'm intrigued.

    I buy him another vodka tonic (it's good corn I say). I want to know more.

    So he lays it out for me. He has statistics, demographics. He has insider interviews, laboratory data. He could step in fo Al Gore and do "An In Corn Venient Truth".

    And it make sense.

    The real estate bubble? Corn.

    Red Sox win the World Series? Corn.

    Wildfires in Colorado? More places to plant corn.

    The success of reality TV shows? People eat more corn chips.

    The election of Barack Obama? He serves Corn's purpose.

    Rising fuel costs? Helps corn.

    Melting of the arctic ice pack? Waters corn.

    Corn is not just a crop, it is controlling us. Well, not me. I know its secret. And we, the Corn Fighters, have a serious plan to overthrow the Corn Overlords.

    After one more round of drinks.

    You think I am writing fiction here? Go watch King Corn and then talk to me.

    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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