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The Continuation of a Long Term Bit: Alabama

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As we continue our quest to see something unique or essential about all fifty states we make our way to the lovely state of Alabama. What are the first things you think of when you think Alabama? Football and Civil Rights? Yep, me too.

Football:

This trip was a lark more than anything else. Our beloved University of North Texas Mean Green play a "money game" (or opportunity game, or bodybag game, depending on your preference) every year, and while many schools in the non-BCS conferences will do this we somehow manage to get a top 5 team in this game just about every single year. This year, our beloved alma mater was going to take on the number 2 ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide. The game itself went about how everyone expected, the final score was 41-0 if I remember correctly.
I'm not really sure what I expected from the whole Bama gameday experience and I'm really not sure what to say about it. Bryant-Denny stadium is certainly an imposing edifice, fo…

The continuation of A Long Term Bit: Nebraska

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We have returned from our adventure in Nebraska. For those who don't know (and how could you not?) we're endeavoring to see something unique to or interesting in each of the 50 states. "What's interesting or unique about Nebraska?" you ask. Well, there are these guys:



That is a sandhill crane. Every year these lovely things leave their snowbird residences in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Mexico and take off for Canada and Siberia. That's a pretty wide area at start and finish, but they all stop along a 60 mile or so stretch of the Platte River in Nebraska to bulk up for the second leg of the journey.

We stayed at the Oldfather Farm guesthouse near Kearney, NE. If you decide to make this trek yourself, I recommend staying at this place. They have friendly dogs and horses, the house is nice and has some pretty big windows so you can look at the cranes as they feed in the fields around it. Also, FYI, Kearney is home to the Museum of Nebraska Art. It'…