Shane went to Paducah, KY on a biznass trip two weeks ago. Why? I'm not sure. Apparently people in Paducah also need styling irons and shampoo. I had never heard of Paducah before, but I enjoyed creating various nicknames for the town such as "po-dunk-ah," and "pa-dunka-dunk." After a month of speculation and anticipation, Shane finally arrived (by propeller plane) into this fine Southern city. I couldn't wait to hear what Paducah was really like. Unfortunately, I never found out.
Me: So what are you doing now?
Shane: We just had lunch, and now they are showing me around downtown Paducah.
Me: Ooh! So what's downtown Paducah like?
Shane: Um (audibly distracted) there's uh, buildings...some are taller than others. Like, there's a four-story building. There's also trees.
I waited for more, but that was it. That's all I got. Why would I need more, really? The imagery was so strong, I felt transported to this quintessential American town which, by Shane's vivid description is CLEARLY not at all in a desert.
I was suddenly reminded of Paducah's famous tourist slogan: "Come to Paducah: The city of variously sized buildings!" Or: "See the 4-Story Building!" and "Paducah: Now with more trees!"
Oh, Shane. Future travel guide author extraordinaire.