Yesterday we entered Nevada, still on Hwy 95. In McDermitt, just across the state line, I interviewed Chris Abbruzzesa, who is a local project coordinator for the Student Conservation Association. Abbruzzesa, two college interns and some local high school students doing a Service Learning Project, were all working on a prominent native plant display along the highway here. He said the naitve plants will be accompanied with descriptions written in English and in Shoshone. (The Parute-Shoshone Reservation is close by and some of the Native American high school students were collaborating as well.) McDermitt High School science teacher Mary Baird told me some of the tourist revenue generated from the display will go to financially help the reservation here… Today we drove through the desert to Fallon, Nevada where I was interviewed by the Lahontan Valley News. Reporter Burke Wasson asked me what my most “interesting” campaign stop in the past seven years had been. I said: Savannah, Georgia, but not for, oh, “traditional reasons.” I told Mr. Burke that while in Savannah seven years ago, I was walking down a downtown street with my then 3 and a half year old daugher, Sarah. We saw a homeless man sleeping on some steps. Sarah asked what was wrong. I said the man was homeless. Sarah then frantically tugged at my shirt, saying: “Daddy, Daddy… we have to find him a home.” From this, I developed part of my platform on dealing with the homeless: “Everyone become three and a half years old again.” Note: Speaking of homelessness… Last week in Weiser, Idaho, I learned about a church project to build rather nice homes for fairly large families in the Third World for: $2,000 a home. Then, on Hwy 95 in Oregon I was passed by a Lexus, that looked like it had all the options. The car probably cost some $60,000. If you do the math, $60,000 would house 30 homeless families in the Third World. The Lexus license plate said: “SPOILD2”. And I couldn’t help but think, yep — aren’t most of us in America. And I wondered: How many of us would be willing to sacrifice the new Lexus, Saturn, Honda… for a used, $1,000 or $2,000 car (or better yet, public transportation), and spend just a little bit more to get it running good enough — so that little homeless children in the Third World had a roof over their head (and adequate food, clothing, medicine…)? Mother Theresa once said America was the most materialistically rich, and most spiritually poor, country in the world. It’s not hard to see why.