I was going to write an entry early yesterday morning except for the fact that my wife asked me fifteen minutes earlier, "What are you going to write in your blog?"
I answered truthfully, "I don't know". I rarely know. I somehow evolve into a subject once the keys start clicking. But then she said, "Why don't you write something normal. You've been way out there lately."
That ruined me. Normal. I sat at my computer and concentrated on being normal. To write normal I had to think normal and the more I tried to think normal the more abnormal I became. I finally left in disgust but the whole notion of normalness bounced in and out of my noggin all day. Did you know that you can go crazy trying to be normal? Finally I said, "Screw it" and decided to just sit and let the words of dead Pharaohs or someone equally dead to channel their thoughts through my fingers. Either that or I would make something up. Or even better, I could cheat.
Texas Monthly magazine has published 150 facts about the history of Texas...facts other than about the Alamo which I don't want to talk about because it would make everyone envious that John Wayne and Davy Crockett and Billy Ray Thornton died there. Instead I figure I will steal a couple or three or four notions regarding Texas history that you didn't know. And I figure that this would make this a pretty normal blog. Right?
- In 1861 Marshall, Texas was the seat of government for Confederate Missouri. When Missouri's legislature refused to vote for succession, the state's Governor and Lieutenant Government got so gosh darn mad they left town and reestablished the state government in Texas. Sound reasonable to me.
- It was in 1958 that Jack Kilby had to stay at work while everyone else was off for two weeks at Texas Instruments. Engineers had been working on designing complex circuits, numbering into the thousands, to work with those new-fangled transistors. The result of all this designing meant that thousands of circuits had to be hand-soldered...and it just seemed plain stupid to Jack. So he figured out instead of everything working separately -- and I do not understand any of this -- he could combine it into one glob...and the integrated circuit was born. Thanks to Jack you now have a cell phone.
This concludes my lecture on Texas history as borrowed from Texas Monthly Magazine. I'm sorry you can't be a Texan, but I like you anyway.