Irene and I spent Saturday driving on the nearly deserted and stunningly beautiful back roads of the Texas Panhandle, on the way to Asleep at the Wheel’s tribute to Bob Wills (yeee-haw!) slackjawed in amazement at the wild profligate unspoiled profusion of nature.
The few locals that are there think of it as a buncha danged weeds.
We stopped, on the way, for a soda and some peanuts. (The Prius did not need any gas.) The pasty and sad looking girl at the checkout asked us where we were from. When we said Austin, she nearly melted with longing and jealousy, for to a rural Texan adolescent, Austin is heaven. She saw Irene’s SLR and asked if we had stopped to take pitchers of Spur. (Indeed, we were in Spur, Texas, not far by West Texas standards from Bob Wills’ hometown of Turkey Texas.)
I said that, no, we were taking pictures of the countryside, and I expressed my deep appreciation for its beauty. (I’m not poet enough to express my feelings in text very well. I might have gotten choked up a bit as I expressed my admiration for the countryside.)
The young woman regarded me as if I were mad, to leave Austin to dally among the weeds of the Texas Panhandle.
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone
They’ve paved paradise
And put up a parking lot