Spud visited Arkansas
in October of 2013. The state's motto is 'The Natural state' but the
tato was unable to determine exactly what that referred to. While the
Ozark mountains in
the North and its beautiful Hot Springs National Park could certainly
give ample reason, it may also be that the state beverage is milk and
that fewer plastic surgeries are done here than most anywhere else in
Regardless of the
motto, Arkansas is the home of one of Spud's favourite NASCAR stock
car drivers: Mark
Martin. That in itself was reason enough to make the trip. The
small town of Batesville is Martin's hometown so Spud drove out to Mark
Martin's museum, strategically located inside his Ford dealership. On
display were many of Martin's trophies, firesuits, helmets and race
cars from his stories career. There were also interesting photo albums;
cobbled together from early family photos and from Martin's own race
diary at the start of his career.
was not to be seen, however many of his employees were eager to talk
him into buying a Ford Fusion. The tater respectfully declined given
that its impossible to reach the pedals.
Mark Martin is not
the only celebrity to emerge from the backwoods of Arkansas. It is also
home to the 42nd President of the United States, none other than William
Jefferson Clinton. Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas and gradually
made his way to the city of Little Rock. The Clinton
Presidential Library is located in Little Rock and Spud thought
he'd make a visit.
Spud found it odd
that the Clinton Library was next door to a company called 'Heifer'
as that would be the last thing you'd expect to find around Bill. Well
then again, Monika Lewinsky wasn't exactly 'wafer-thin'. Turns out that
is merely an organization committed in the fight to end world hunger.
Inside the vast
walls of the Clinton library, Spud found an enormous archive containing
2 million photographs, 80 million pages of documents, 21 million e-mail
messages, and 79,000 artifacts from the Clinton presidency. Oh, and
a few boxes of cigars with the word 'practice' marked
on the outside.
Spud is not a big
bookworm however he was looking forward to combing through the emails
and pictures involving Clinton's many women. They would be an infinitely
more interesting read than anything related to government policy. Not
surprising, Spud couldn't find anyone working at the library that knew
where the items were. Curiously, the entire library staff consisted
of female interns.