February 2018 Newsdumpster


They Also Have 85 MPH (137 km/h) Highways. Too Bad the Blue Meanie Can Hardly Go Above 70 (113).

We're winding up the Florida portion of our 2018 Further West Tour, and about to continue, well, further west. As you may know, this tour began in December and will end in early April. After a couple of whistle stops in Alabama and Mississippi, we'll spend most of February in Texas, where we'll do seven shows throughout that gigantic state.

When we travel abroad, there is perhaps no state that captures the abroaders' imaginations like the Lone Star State, which seems to embody everything that is exotic, grand and unique about America. We tend to agree, and try to learn a little more about Texas every year we go there.

Here is what we've gathered so far, in light of the fact that we're starting to get a little homesick:

Highest point:
Texas: Guadelupe Peak, at 8,571 feet (2,667 m) above sea level
Vermont: Mt. Mansfield, at 4,395 feet (1,340)
Point: Texas

Lowest point:
Texas: Gulf of Mexico, at 0 feet (0 m) above sea level
Vermont: Lake Champlain, at 95 feet (29 m) above sea level
Point: Texas

Yearly average snowfall:
Texas: 1.4 inches (3.5 cm)
Vermont: 89.3 inches (226.7 cm)
Point: Vermont

State motto:
Texas: Friendship
Vermont: Freedom and Unity
Point: Draw

State pie:
Texas: Pecan
Vermont: Apple
Point: Vermont

Texas: 27,860,000
Vermont: 624,594 (well, 624,592 since we're away)
Point: Texas

Population density:
Texas: 105 per sq mile
Vermont: 67 per sq mile
Point: Vermont

Varieties of squirrel:
Texas: 10
Vermont: 3
Point: Texas

Maple syrup production, 2017:
Texas: 0
Vermont: 1,980,000
Point: Vermont

Barbecue enthusiasm ranking out of 51:
Texas: 4
Vermont: 49
Point: Texas

In conclusion, Vermont would fit into Texas nearly 28 times. Of course, that would leave us with the problem of where to find 27 more Vermonts and what to do with nearly 30-million displaced Texans. It would make winter a lot nicer, however.

We are well into Part 2 of our 2018 Further West Tour photo albums. Part 1 was filled up ages ago.

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Friday, February 2nd, 2:00-3:00 PM
Destin Library
150 Sibert Ave.
Destin, FL  32541
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Destin Library.

Tuesday, February 6th, 6:00-7:00 PM
Foley Public Library
319 East Laurel Ave.
Foley, AL  36535
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Foley Public Library.

Thursday, February 8th, 6:00-7:00 PM
Quisenberry Library
605 East Northside Drive
Clinton, MS  39056-5121
Admission: Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Quisenberry Library.

Saturday, February 10th, 2:00-3:00 PM
Irving Chautauqua Presents
South Irving Library
601 Schulze Dr.
Irving, TX 75060
Admission: Free. Sponsored by the South Irving Library.

Friday, February 16th, 6:00-7:00 PM
First Baptist Church Gymnasium
202 S 8th St.
Junction, TX 76849
Admission: Free. Sponsored by the Kimble County Library.

Saturday, February 17th, 6:00-7:00 PM
Wells Branch Community Library
15001 Wells Port Drive
Austin, TX 78728
Admission: Free. Sponsored by the Wells Branch Community Library

Sunday, February 18th, 2:00-3:30 PM
Georgetown Public Library
402 W 8th St.
Georgetown, TX 78626
Admission: Free. Sponsored by the Georgetown Public Library.

Tuesday, February 20th, 6:30-7:30 PM
Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library
410 Post Hill Rd.
Mason, TX 76856
Admission: Free. Sponsored by the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library.

Friday, February 23rd, 7:00-8:00 PM
Alpine Public Library
805 W. Avenue E
Alpine, TX 79830
Admission: Free. Sponsored by the Alpine Public Library.

Tuesday, February 27th, 7:00-8:00 PM
Fort Stockton Public Library
500 North Water St.
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
Admission: Free. This concert is made possible by the H. Edward Petsch Arts & Music Memorial Fund.

Sunday, March 4th, 2:00-3:00 PM
Prescott Public Library
215 E. Goodwin Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Admission: free. Concert in Founder's Suite. Sponsored by the Friends of the Prescott Public Library.

Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30-7:30 PM
Fuller Lodge Art Center
2132 Central Ave.
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Admission: free. Concert in Pajarito Room. Sponsored by the Los Alamos County Library System and the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

Think you can get rid of us that easily?  Think again--way more shows here.

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