Aside: there's a new restaurant next to Barnes & Noble (SW quad of Preston/Beltline) called Tall Boys Deli which could be worth a look-see. It's in the place where two prior restaurants have failed, so I'd better go quickly before this one goes under, too.When going to a B&M bookstore, I gravitate to the LOCAL section. Today .. in the Texana section .. I spotted titles by Molly Ivins (doesn't care for the Bush Regime) and Kinky Friedman (now candidate for Texas Governator).
recent Molly Ivins quote: "I must confess, I have sadly underestimated the Bush administration's sense of humor. Appointing John Bolton ambassador to the United Nations: boffo!"Back when I was traveling the world, the guidebooks I consistently liked the best - by far - were the Lonely Planet Travel Guide Books. There are lots of travel books, and I suspect there's a certain personal taste at work when choosing one. So there, in B&N's Texas section, was a shiny copy of Lonely Planet: Texas; I thumbed through it but didn't buy it. Texas is such a huge place that the concept of a "day trip" is usually futile, since it can take a full day to reach your one-way destination (think Dallas to El Paso).
Deep Thought # 62: I wonder if that's how the LBJ Freeway got the number I-635 .. it's 635 miles to El Paso from Dallas!While online, I spotted a Lonely Planet guide that I must have: the Lonely Planet - USA phrasebook. I suspect it contains many phrases I've never used, but must learn in order to fully appreciate this Land Of Milk And Honey. Perhaps there are regional sections: How To Speak Texan, How To Speak Boston, How To Speak Californican, etc. Hmm .. times for a trip to Half Price Books to see if they have a copy. Guess I'll have to wait for them to open at 10am or so. Hmm .. the downside to brick and mortar are Store Hours.