I really liked what I got to see of the Austin area this Christmas. Never having been to Texas before, here are two things that made it special:
1. In the Southeast an ugly store, strip mall or factory can totally dominate the landscape, what with the uneven terrain, high trees, and smaller sky. In Texas, though, humanity's crapitalist follies are always, always dwarfed by the sky, no matter how much neon they spackle themselves with.
2. Because there's more space (and maybe because it's the Holidays) everywhere we went seemed populated, but not crowded. In the Southeast urban centers it can seem like Soylent Green days are here, but in Texas I finally lost that sensation of the world being overrun by a plague of humans. It ennobled humans and the landscape both.
Anyway, I had a good time meeting Laurie's family and thank them for their hospitality.
P. S. Eric, start a blog, please.