Did You Miss Me? (Or: Houston, Part 1)

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:


Go figure.

9. Without any sense of irony, George Bush Intercontinental Airport is less than a mile from Halliburton.

10. Young Benjamin is supremely handsome:



9 thoughts on “Did You Miss Me? (Or: Houston, Part 1)

  1. It’s a great start, especially the part about our handsome Benjamin! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see the next one!!!

    (A: I had to edit this to be from you – the login info on your computer must have autofilled with my info since I was the last one to log in from your house!)

  2. America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) is an addictive show, I’ll give you that. For reality T.V., it isn’t so bad. It is kind of bad still, but entertaining. Same goes for American Idol.

    And yes, Tivo and DVR rock. I recommend getting one immediately. It will change how you use your television.

    If you pay for a cable box from your cable company, ask if they offer a model that has built in DVR. There are advantages to using a DVR provided by your cable company as opposed to using a third party service and device like Tivo.

    Just a couple cents.

    That is a handsome baby. The “Gerber” likeness is uncanny.

  3. Wow, Ben really is a very good looking baby!
    (more to Aimee, the co producer of him πŸ˜‰

    Glad you had fun and Happy Belated Birthday!!

  4. Thanks, Colleen!

    And I cheated a little on the picture of Ben – that’s actually from when he was only 2 weeks old; I didn’t take that many of him with Aimee’s camera and I haven’t gotten my own pictures of him developed yet. But it’s such a great shot I had to share it.

  5. I apologise, for bumping an ‘old’ blog entry…
    Texas isn’t all flat, just the part you were in.

    Gullies, well… they look nicer BEFORE roadway construction gets ahold of em, if you’re interested in what it looks like further down the road.
    …and well, the reason I had to check out the blog, was a random search that brought up the photo and the fact, it’s named after my family. πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks so much for pointing out the humor in Houston πŸ™‚ I actually live near Lemm Gully and the major street to my house is Aldine-Westfield! I definitely can’t stand seeing donut/kolache shops everywhere and Sonic is more popular here than Starbucks. In California (where I’m originally from), you can find a Starbucks on all four corners of one street! And I think the street lights are horizontal because of hurricanes (don’t quote me!). I’m just another random person who was looking for funny Texas signs πŸ™‚

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