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06-16-2008, 07:19 PM #21Stainless
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- Aug 2006
- Brisbane, Queensland
It's obvious that the rot and complete disregard for standards has infiltrated all stratas of your society.
With different cultures we can enjoy the diversity of opinion but shoddiness is a poor reflection on yourselves.
06-28-2008, 08:04 PM #22Stainless
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- Mar 2001
06-29-2008, 10:52 AM #23
I spent a couple of years in Houston, late sixties.
It was only a decade since Alaska had been admitted to the Union an' them good ol' boys was still-a-smartin'.
I found a sure way to clear barstools, "hey, did ya' know that LBJ, (for our furrin' friends, the US president from Texas), wants to split Texas through the middle, making it the 5th largest state in the Union and call the upper part Baja Oklahoma?" I can still smell the tar and feathers.
Actually, I only tried that one on a few good Texan friends, I don't drink and I'm not nearly that brave.
Had a great time exploring a large region, as far as N'arlin's, (New Orleans to most) on my bike. Caution: them 'Cajuns an' a whole mess a' visitors gets crazy in February.
There's a fun game they use to play in Houston; Bridge Spinnin'. First good frost of winter ices up the hundreds (seems like) of bridges going over the bijous, Inner Loop and Outer Belt. The object of the game is to be the first on the bridge in the morning, so that when all the cars quit spinning, yours is in the middle. Paralyzed the city 'til the sun warmed it up. Has global warming ruined that game?
I'd probably better stay out of Texas for a while.... Bob
06-29-2008, 03:03 PM #24
Splitting Texas does come up from time to time. That's one of the few remaining special rights that survived the War, granted by the original annexing agreement (Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States, March 1, 1845).
That document spells out the right to split into five states.
Ten senators, heh heh. The world would freak.
As a practical matter, they would be five very different states. I'm not convinced the region of the Davis Mountains is on the same planet as far east Texas. The odds of splitting are probably even less than the odds of a state income tax.
The right to secede altogether was pretty much wasted by the war, but the "biggie" was being able to keep ownership of public lands to the state, not Federal. That was a few hundred million acres, all other states would have lost that to the feds at annexation.
Finally got around to reading Shute's "A Town like Alice". Had some spare time, cool breeze coming in from the Tennessee river, and adequate cold brews...
I retract all mean things I've said about Queensland, if that very familiar kind of place described still remains.
As a completely neutral observation, Queensland's population is about the same as Harris county (holds Houston). Granted, it is one of the most crowded of the 254 counties.