There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas really is another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players, and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else.
— Pete Hamill
I’m back, and I have pictures, thanks to Aimee indulging my blogger whims and loaning me her digital camera! I almost bought my own while I was in Texas, but the 8.25% sales tax persuaded me to wait and get it here. There’s too much to tell, I think, for one post, so I’m going to split it up and see how it goes, and I’m exhausted today, so I’ll just start with this:
Things I Learned In/About Texas:
1. It is FLAT
2. There is at least one Sonic in approximately every square mile (we have plenty of Sonic commercials here, but I’d never actually seen a Sonic until I got to Houston)
3. They love gullies:
But a gully, despite the image it might conjure in your head, is really just a low-rent stream or a glorified ditch:
4. They also love donuts. I have never seen so many individual, independently-owned donut places in my life.
5. They have more car dealerships than you can shake a bundle full of sticks at. Driving down I-45 into Houston, you can buy any kind of car you can dream of.
6. I now love America’s Next Top Model. I had never seen it before and was sure it was inane and not worth my time, but Aimee Tivo’d one of the marathons on MTV, and I got so into it, I stayed up way too late last night just so I could see who won before I had to leave this morning. According to that link, a new “cycle” starts this week. I may be in trouble.
7. I may also need to get Tivo. It’s genius and I want it.
8. They have funny stoplights:
But they have normal “stoplight ahead” signs:
9. Without any sense of irony, George Bush Intercontinental Airport is less than a mile from Halliburton.
10. Young Benjamin is supremely handsome: