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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blogging from Texas

Log Item: I'm running around Dallas, San Antonio, etc. and one of the first things that you notice is that the economy in Texas is doing better than it is in California. Both states border Mexico. Both states have beaches, and beyond that, they couldn't be more different. 

It's strange to be in a place where some of my views are considered "liberal". Really strange. Like, over-the-top strange. Me? Yes, it's apparently true. Part of what I'm doing in Texas involves collaboration with professors at a state university, and even there, I find that I'm being out conservatived (is that a word)? It's not a bad thing. I simply feel that I may have walked into the Twilight Zone at times. 

You can't bad-mouth Hillary Clinton at a California University without fear of arrest (on some sort of "trumped" up charge). In Texas if you mention candidate Clinton, the automatic response is "Oh, the Bitch of Benghazi?" ---they stole my line! It's almost like a Seinfeld episode in that regard. I'm using TV metaphors here because it's the only way to adequately explain myself.

Log Item: People I'm working with set up a meeting with seriously high government officials here in Texas. Their comment when the meeting was being arranged was, "Why are you bringing a foreigner here to speak with us?" They may fear that I am a transgender or some other form of social pariah judging that I arrived from the "land of fruits and nuts".  Nobody talks about the Kardashians to my face, but there is the subtle hint that I may be sympathetic to them. I may need to move to Arizona in an attempt to remove the stain.

16 comments:

  1. When in Texas, always remember YEE HA!!

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  2. I think "out conservatived" is a fine word!

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  3. Tell them you are part of the underground and live in California so you can attack from within.

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    1. There's a lot of us stuck out who are in "The Underground"!

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    2. I wonder if the Molon Labe t-shirt gave me away?

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  4. Is it just coincidence that The Donald is going to be in Texas at the same time...

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    1. The Donald is here to bask in my glow.

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  5. If you're being thought Liberal in Dallas (#2 most liberal city in the state) and San Antonio (#3, Austin of course #1 by light years), yeah, you might need a stay in Arizona. Think of it like detox, only with swimming pools. Just kidding, of course!

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    1. Not Dallas, really. I'm in Denton, in the shadow of both Dallas and Ft. Worth, the yin and yang of Texas cities.

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  6. LOL, host on that California petard eh? :-)

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  7. "Candidate Clinton" isn't flavor of the month here in HillCo, but I'd watch out for the UNT libs...

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