Stuck in Las Vegas having missed a connection back to San Francisco. We stayed here for three nights- Alister wanted to laugh at the city- but ended up getting a headache from the pretty flashing lights after 2 hours. We stayed at a casino hotel called Excalibur (see castle picture). There are also mini Paris, New York and replicas of Italian and French monuments. Found it pretty sad- even the airport has poker machines in it (not tempted).
Here I am in Houston on new years eve in Sugar Land a community that is ten to fifteen years old that has a playground where only “First Colony residents and their guests” can play. My sister in common-law Michelle has reported they are not able to have a clothes line because it is ugly and the neighbours would be able to see it from their backyard. Welcome to upper middle class facism. We have been to a ice hockey game where when two players had a blue “macho macho man” was blared on the loudspeakers the crowd got up and cheered and the refs did nothing to interfere. On Capitol Hill in Austin there is a memorial statue to the Confederates the side that supported slavery and lost the civil war. And the cheese is bright orange, the coffee tastes like piss and the beer is well…On the other hand Houston is home to the second largest concentration of Vietnamese in the, US (Orange County is the first). There is an Asian American section in Barnes and Noble (like Angus and Robertson). The national parks are gorgeous (see picture of Yosemite, Sequoia coyote and Death Valley sand). And Christmas is a full on affair with mega electric decorations outside everyone’s houses.
Happy new year.