Then in the evening I finally went to see Disney/Pixar's Cars. I never did get around to seeing it last week. I was trying to see it with someone but it didn't come together, so I decided to catch it this week before it was out of theaters. I'm glad I did. z_gryphon, I think you'd like it. The underlying story is really about Route 66 and the old towns bypassed by the highways. I know that's near and dear to your heart, having driven The Mother Road across country. In the end credits there is a thank you list of places on Route 66 that inspired the film makers, and I recognized a few from your tales - like The Big Texan. Oh, and do stay through the credits. The bit at the end is pretty good. ;-)
I got a kick out of a lot of the NASCAR cameos too, even though I'm only a casual race fan at best. All the characters are cars, of course, and there is a blue Plymouth Road Runner with #43 on the side called 'The King' - voiced by Richard Petty. The race commentators are Bob Cutlass and Darrell Cartrip - Bob Costas and Darrell Waltrip, of course. And there are other neat cameos - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is 'Junior', a rookie #8 car. Michael Schumacher and Mario Andretti also do voices. I didn't figure out while watching the movie that George Carlin is Fillmore (a hippy VW bus), but in retrospect I should've caught it. It was his 'hippy-dippy weatherman' persona. Overall a fun movie and worth seeing. Technically great work too.