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Post photographer Michael Williamson is traveling across the country covering the economic situation.

Half a Tank: Along Recession Road: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Melon-choly Man

A man sells watermelon by the side of the road. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post NEW ORLEANS--He couldn't keep his head up or his eyes open. Like a marionette controlled by a distracted master, his head would pop...

By Theresa Vargas  |  July 10, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Running On Empty In The Big Easy

Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post NEW ORLEANS--Michael blames the car. He will tell you that it did not give us fair warning that the fuel was low and even when it did, it did not indicate how low....

By Theresa Vargas  |  July 10, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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A Golden Moment Along Bourbon Street

Deatrick Holley is Goldie the Bourbon Street Cowboy. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post NEW ORLEANS--On Bourbon Street, Deatrick Holley is not an unemployed Amtrak ticket agent. He’s Goldie, the toy gun-pointing, big-talking Bourbon Street Cowboy. “Every night, I...

By Theresa Vargas  |  July 9, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Can-Do Spirit in New Orleans

Earnest Hammond started collecting cans to sell after Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post NEW ORLEANS--Down a street of homes with plywood patches, in a bedroom of a house that was once a home, sits Ernest Hammond’s...

By Theresa Vargas  |  July 8, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Souvenirs We Collect

Some of the souvenirs we’ve collected so far on the trip. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post One morning, instead of knocking on my motel door, Michael stood outside of it, puffing out a tune on a harmonica he...

By Theresa Vargas  |  July 7, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cashing In On Clunkers

A car in Clarksdale, Miss., that would likely qualify for a voucher under the "cash for clunkers" legislation recently passed. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post Michael and I have seen tons of them on the road: Clunker after...

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Shacking Up In The Mississippi Delta

Forget finding a hotel, shacks are for rent in a former cotton plantation in the Mississippi Delta. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post CLARKSDALE, Miss.--The Shack Up Inn says it all – if this ain’t your kind of place,...

By Theresa Vargas  |  July 6, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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