"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

2.16.2009

the other atx

Bless his heart, Kelso went to my daddy's hometown of Andrews, Texas to explore local opinions on the dump for toxic waste from New York that will soon open there. Who knew there was a Sierra Club member in the greater Andrews metropolitan area? (And by "greater Andrews area," I mean, of course, New Mexico.) Here's the money quote from Bob Stewart: "You know, I don't know if it matters if it's waste from Seminole or New York City."

It's not as though Andrews really needs the money. There's not much in Andrews besides oil, but the county has more oil underneath its ground than any county in the state. When they wear out a school, they don't even bother tearing it down; they just stick up a new junior high next to the old junior high. When my mama graduated from Texas Tech with two education degrees, Andrews ISD paid the highest salaries in the state (Although, as mom delicately pointed out, accepting that salary meant you had to live in Andrews. She opted for Lubbock instead.). As Kelso points out, restaurants keep closing down because they can't find help.

You just can't make these things up. Here's hoping the toxic waste doesn't mess things up too much. And that it doesn't smell worse than the oil.

(Photo: John Kelso, Austin American-Statesman)

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