Oct 21, 2008
That's Right (I'm Not From Texas)
Maybe I'm seeing something different because I expected something different. But man, Texas is different. Late last week I drove eight hundred miles from El Paso (at the western tip) to Mission (near the southern tip), and what I've seen makes me believe I can understand why Texas thinks of itself as "apart from".
I can't at all explain it, but Lyle Lovett will sing you the distance between his people and me:
I've been listening to Lyle all week -- my tour guide and friend in an unfamiliar space. In Las Cruces, NM near the border, I had acquired two Obama stickers and put them on my back window. At the Texas welcome center I added a "Don't Mess With Texas" sticker (handed out free with every tour magazine) underneath. Kind of for protection.
Last night at an open-air honky tonk on the Rio Grande (you could throw a baseball into Mexico if you wanted), I discussed politics with folks who did not necessarily share my point of view. A Border Patrol SUV prowled the parking lot nearby. And my cell phone frequently reminded me that automatic time zone changes were not guaranteed for where I was sitting, and that roaming charges would apply.
Yeah, I "know" Texas....and in our own "back yard" ~ sometimes hard to believe....there is more to this thought; maybe for later.
Posted by: | Oct 22, 2008 11:22:49 PM