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Monday, January 28, 2008

Wild Tales from South Texas—Day 1

We made it—whether like summer, palm trees…so great. Flat, flat, flat land, dry with some bare and some flowering trees and big sky. Mist and I are loving the Mexican food. San Antonio is so interesting--So many old buildings. We are across the street from the Alamo and the river actually runs through the bottom floor of our hotel. Many Mexican Americans and a lot of Spanish.

The flight here was not so great. Tabs suffered from nerves and they wouldn’t let her use the washroom for a long time because of turbulence. By the time she was able to leave her seat she was so stressed that she got really sick and nearly fainted (nausea, bowels,weak). I had to have her lie on my lap and she literally passed out asleep for twenty minutes. I was terrified we’d have to land the plane early and take her to a hospital she was so instantly ill. But she awoke so much better and I gave her ginger with ice. Pipper freaked everytime it was seatbelt time. She awoke on the plane in a fowly, tossing everything about ,all over the plane--got a rep with the stewardesses as the “Wide awake, wild-one!”Didn’t get to our hotel until 2 am.—trouble with the rented vans. Pip had her first boyfriend fall in love with her—a Spanish boy, one year old named Sergio. He spoke no English (no language at all actually) but he was obsessed with the Pip and especially fond of her shoes. We met him at the Dallas airport.

In general the Texans are much more engaging of strangers than Canadians. They smile at you in the airport etc. Canadians are like, “stranger—must totally ignore.” They also yell a lot more in public and no one seems to mind. One guy at the Dallas airport was shouting at the airline staff for a long while and no one did a thing. Man, he’d have been tasered in an instant in Canada. While I was at the Vancouver airport, a pilot darted up to me and asked “Do you host a travel show?” I told him, “No…but maybe I should.”

The men here have a certain style: short coifed hair, straight legged but loose blue jeans, a pressed tailored shirt hanging out and nice leather shoes. In general, the Texans are not as tall as BC folk.

Walked and shopped today…Tomorrow exploring.

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