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Stories from the road, and home, by a contract archaeologist.

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Location: Texas, United States

I work out of town a lot as a contract archaeologist. Sometimes it's interesting. It can be quite funny, although probably only to other archys. Home is Austin, with my wife and our cute kitty and all of our crazy friends.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Just checking in

It's been a pretty slow week, and I haven't really felt inspired to write about anything in particular as a backup.
I'm kind of sad that Lady Bird Johnson died, because she seemed like a pretty nice lady. If I didn't have an awesome grandma already, I imagine she would've been a pretty cool choice (sort of like Ann Richards being your super cool aunt or some such). As someone who spends a decent amount of time on the side of Texas highways, I definitely appreciate the work Lady Bird did in beautifying the state and the roads. The "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign certainly did a lot to discourage littering, but it might get a little too much credit. On NPR, they suggested that the wildflower program was a major step because it encouraged Texas pride as the Bluebonnet is the state flower, and no one would dare throw trash on Bluebonnets. We all know that it's not 100% effective, but there is a lot of pride in the roadside wildflowers and a lot less trash than there could be. She also apparently was very influential in the development of all the green space along Town Lake in Austin. And then there's the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is a great place to visit at the right time of year and a real gift to Texas (especially considering that it's almost surrounded by Circle C and other upscale subdivisions at this point).
So RIP Lady Bird. Our accidental patch of Mexican Evening Primrose in the backyard is a small, indirect part of your legacy.

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