What's that Texas? I said I wanted to get out of the cold, not move to where
I'd melt. We're talking reasonable here son. I hear Texans are big on
barbequing and that's a plus in my books, so I might visit sometime, but I
think the heat would do me in mighty quick.
Oh sure - start throwing in the qualifiers now! "We really wanted a
two-story house." "Nice, but we need a bigger back yard!" "Too far from the
grocery store." "Too close to the Maximum Security Prison."
Drove your realtor nuts, didn't ya? :)
'Sides - think of Texas as one giant Kiln Dryer. Be real good for your
rough cut wood.
Totally OT of me, but so what? (Like that would be new?) ;>
Clicking on your map link and panning out a bit, I remembered a couple
of Geography trivia I'd forgotten:
-El Paso, Texas is closer to L.A. than it is to the Eastern border of
-If you want to go west, go to Los Angeles. If you want to go farther
west, you'll want to go to Reno, Nevada. ;>
Bonus cartographic trivia question:
In which country is the East Coast west of the West Coast and the West
Coast east of the East Coast? (This country lies entirely within one
hemisphere-- that is, there is no "date-line" hanky-panky involved.)
Took basic training at Fort Bliss, then back there again after OCS for a
year before going overseas. Being a flatlander, I loved looking at the
Franklin Mtns with the sun behind them, sitting on the first base line of
the old El Paso Sun Kings minor league ball park, with a cold beer in hand,
enjoying that peaceful stillness peculiar to the desert at sunset.
What I didn't like was marching 12 miles to the rifle range through foot
deep desert sand ... my Achilles tendons have never been the same.
When was that? I was OCS 5-85. Ft. Benning's School for Boys... <g>
I hear you. I grew up in western South Dakota where you could always see at
least 5 miles in some direction. Been in the Washington DC area for 15
years but I still don't consider myself a Maryland'er. Too many trees &
people -- no vistas! <g>
The Army's big on those LPC's (leather personnel carriers). Whatever your
MOS, everyone is an 11B when push comes to shove.
My son is in his last week of basic in Ft. Sill. I thought he'd join the
Air Force so he wouldn't have to walk everywhere. Guess he want's to show
the old man up. I was in the "special emphasis" PT group in basic. He was
smart enough to go in nearly maxing the PT test. His experience is a LOT
different from mine. <G>
P.S. The best 10 seconds of my life was firing 100 rounds of 20mm ammo
through a Vulcan.
Yep, There's a lot of us here in MD just because of our jobs. My wife
gets pissed when I refer to "serving my sentence on the East coast" and
tells me to make the best of it. I came from Washington State and would
love to go back but I think we're going to end up in NH as she grew up
in New England and misses it and I think I culd be happy there (with
the right shop!)
That's because you live near DC. Try going to western Maryland. If you
can't see for five miles it's because of the vistas getting in your
(Not that I'm advocating Maryland as a place to live, mind you, but if I had
to live in Maryland, Cumberland would be OK.)
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
Been there several times. Didn't get the tee shirt. ;-)
True, there are places you can *go* in MD where there are good views. IMO
it's different from western SD, western Nebraska, eastern Wyoming and
eastern Montana. Most places there have good views. (Eastern SD, MN, IL &
ID are too flat for my liking.)
I'm a cloud nut. I especially like watching thunderheads building &
churning. The great plains is the place to be for that hobby.
Last time I drove through to Morgantown WV I noticed all that beautiful
hardwood just waiting to be made into lumber. <g>
You call _ID_ *flat*??? They farm 3 sides of every acre up there. My
uncle has a 'hill' on the far side of the stream in his back yard, that
goes _nearly_ straight up almost 1500 ft. That's a 1500' "rise" in a "run"
of less than 100 ft.
Mebbie you meant _IA_. Although it isn't all that flat, either. Des Moines
Iowa, in the middle of the state, has a 400+ ft difference in elevation
between the highest (1016') and lowest (585') points in town.
How, pray tell, did you go through *IDAHO*, going from IL to OH??
Wildly variable, there. There are expanses of very flat territory, and
then there are the Black "hills", which are big/rugged enough to qualify
as mountains in many places.
I've been up to the top of some of those 'hills' -- Forest Ranger fire-
spotting station, in point of fact. A 4-story building on the top of
the highest point in the area. (Note there were metal tower about 50'
away, on three sides of the structure -- some of the heaviest 'lightning
rods' I've ever seen. :) The top story was panoramic glass, from waist
level, to the ceiling. About a 16x16 room, with an 8' square 'table'
(covered with a map of the territory) in the middle of it.
Great for sky watching. Sometimes you were looking _down_ on clouds in
the valleys. <grin>
There was the occasional 'small' (i.e. 70' or so) pine tree growing 'out of'
it. (On occasion, rock would split off and come crashing down. I saw that
happen, a couple of times, with just small stuff. My cousin says it was
"impressive" the day a tree from halfway up the 'hill' ended up in the stream.)
Aside from that, yeah, not a lot of variance on 'Z' axis.
Quite a bit of excursion on the 'X' axis, however, as you proceed along
the 'Y' axis.
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