On Convenience

“Now I began to experience a tendency in the West that perhaps I am too old to accept. It is the principle of do it yourself… If I wanted ice, there was a machine near the [motel] office. I got my own ice, my own papers. Everything was convenient, centrally located, and lonesome.”

– Travels with Charley, 139

“I went back to my clean little room…In the bathroom two water tumblers were sealed in cellophane sacks with the words: ‘These glasses are sterilized for your protection.’ Across the toilet seat a strip of paper bore the message: ‘This seat has been sterilized with ultraviolet light for your protection.’ Everyone was protecting me and it was horrible.”

– Travels with Charley, 38

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