Texas: A Cautionary Tale of Preconceived Notions

Downtown Ft. Worth as seen from the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth's Cultural District (more on this awesome place later)

Arriving at 8am there are a few stark things my fever-soaked brain quickly took in about Texas.  It’s beautiful.  East and North Texas resemble something between Spain’s (and the American southwest’s) desolate semi-arid deserts, populated mostly by tumbleweed and olive bushes, and the rolling hilly grasslands of the plains.

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Dispatches From The Foreign Nation of Texas

This will undoubtedly encompass a long sequence of posts, narcissistic though they may be – and unfortunately tainted by my current novel of choice (Infinite Jest), which tends to have a lot of run-on sentences, and also forces me to bring my pocket dictionary for clarification on some purposely pedantic language.  Like, for real.

I accidentally on purpose referred to Texas as a nice trip to a foreign nation.  There are a few problems with this, although Texans won’t mind the mistake entirely as Governor Rick Perry has occasionally flirted with seceding from the United States in order to draw attention away from his deplorable term as governor. (Note: He was elected in 2006 with a plurality because two legitimate third-party contenders secured 18 and 12 percent of the vote each.  Third-party candidates are pretty inconceivable, and when two of them secure that many votes, the incumbent is what the political establishment refers to as “weak-sauce”.)

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