Size Ain't Everything
Since all my books are set around the great state of Texas and many of you have never actually been here - not even passing through one of our airports - I decided to talk about one aspect of it this month.
Why now? It's October, and October is the month of the State Fair of Texas held in Dallas every year. The mascot of the fair is a really huge Texas cowboy named Big Tex. How big? From bigtex.com here are Big Tex's measurements:
|Chest||33 ft. 9 in.|
|Biceps||10 ft. 9 in.|
|Hands||5 ft. 6 in.|
|Head||10 ft. in height|
|Collar||16 ft. 8 in.|
Big as Texas... almost.
Here's an example of just how big Texas really is. These states and regions can all fit inside Texas at the same time:
All of New England - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Mid-Atlantic States - New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
Midwest States - Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia
South Carolina and Hawaii
If I counted right, that's 15 states - close to 1/3 of our total states - that fit inside Texas at one time, with room to spare. In addition, three of the ten largest U.S. cities are in Texas: Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.
Yeah, we're big. Yeah, we're proud. Does bigger always mean better? Nope. But it's what we have, so that's what we work with. Visit us sometime. You'll find out how friendly most of us are.
I can't speak for that old grouchy-pants over there in the corner 😉
Happy Halloween, y'all!