Olive for Peace; Oak
Feb 18, 1997
State Capitol Building; Austin,Texas -- USA :: 05 FEB 97
Did you know that Texas was once a sovereign nation?
20:21 Monte Vista; Mesa, Arizona -- USA :: 18 FEB 97
I'd driven all the way from Mesa arriving in Austin late. The
stay at the flea-bag motel just outside the ring road might have been
more interesting but I told the young lady who first flirted with me at
the office while checking in and then phoned my room, "Yes, I'm married."
The motel manager, a dumpy old woman straight from your worst stereotypes
of cheap motel matrons had warned, "I'd watch out for her."
The next morning became one of those travel things-- sometimes
it all falls together. I'd picked my accommodation not because of it's
style and comfort, but because it was late, I was tired, and it was the
first motel with a vacancy on Government St. just off SR 290. In the morning
the logic that, in a state capitol, Government St. would lead to the heart
of town paid off.
So taking Government downtown leads directly to Austin's pink
granite centre piece: the Capitol building. A beautiful thing. Two trips
around it yields some free parking on the street. A brief walk in leads
through the back entrance and quickly to the front foyer where a tour
has just begun. Nice tour-- plenty of trivial tidbits, like the symbology
of the state seal, with its olive branch for peace and oak branch for
strength while the federal seal uses arrows for strength instead. An interesting
There are a few other bits rattling about in my memory, but
I'm done messing with Texas for the moment. After lunch in the cafeteria,
I climbed back in the car and headed for bayou country.
~~~ Verify Everything Yourself ~~~
Irons in the Fire
|| A poetic image read from
the facade of an Arizona business,
while driving to Austin.