The only downside of having a baby soon is having to delay one of my dreams for a bit: driving Route 66. A friend of mine described it as "American Zen." Nothing makes me happier than gliding on ribbons of road, enjoying the childlike pleasure you get from old signage. So for years now I've been mapping the route and collecting things in anticipation, like this Thelma and Louise necklace by Cheeky Jewelry. I obsess over the photographs of Wim Wenders, Stephen Shore, and my flickr favorites. And of course, I started to make some mixes for a soundtrack to it all. But my soon-to-come little girl has shifted my priorities a bit, so instead of hitting the road, my goal is to watch as many road films as I can. One of my all-time favorites is Paris, Texas, with its thick atmosphere and fetishized road locations. I'll probably watch that again, along with some new selections. I recently watched a campy early noir road film, Detour, about a pianist who hitches a cross-country ride from a bookie and gets involved with a boozy femme fatale. Next on my list is Stranger than Paradise...the list goes on and on. I'll keep watching them all until she's old enough to come with me!