Patrick Mooney, TA
Eng 150, Prof. Duffy
2 October 2013
Wherever you are, even in California, nothing is more demoralizing than being there and nowhere else. One of the pleasures of travel is to dive into places where others are compelled to live and come out unscathed, full of the malicious pleasure of abandoning them to their fate. Even their local happiness seems tuned to a secret resignation. It never compares, at least, with the freedom to leave. This is when you sense that it is not enough to be alive; you have to go through life. It isn't enough to have seen a town; you have to have gone through it. With an idea, it isn't sufficient to have thought it; you have to have gone beyond.
—Jean Baudrilliard, Cool Memories II: 1987-1990, p. 43
Digging(p. 3 in Opened Ground).