An Ode To Illinois

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Oh, Illinois.
How does one describe such a state?
In one week of March you can get enough rain to flood streets and highways.
And then on Tuesday it will freeze over.
For the next 3 days it will be icey and cold.
It may snow 2 feet.
But then on Friday it will be a nice 65 degrees.
And there will be mud.
So over the weekend, it will dry.
And then on Monday the weather man will be wrong.
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Some days when it's humid-
or just really foggy-
or just any day in particular-
you can smell the soybean factory.
You see, that's what we do here.
We farm.
Corn, soybeans-
soybeans,
soybeans.
So instead of smelling the dew, the wet grass, or the clean air
you smell processed beans.
Mmmm.
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For fun, you've got to check out Lincoln's tomb.
his library,
his home,
his depot,
his pew,
his law offices,
or even the capital building.
Trust me-
we live it up there all the time.
It's where the cool kids are at.
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But,
did you know
in Illinois,
you can see for miles.
Look out over a cornfield
and the horizon is truly the ground
wherever it may end.
And you grow up knowing the world is big
and connected
not because a textbook told you
but because of Illinois.
Posted on March 28th, 2008 at 11:57pm

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