> From: Marlene Bruce [mailto:marlene at digitizethis.com] > > >I agree. I've been to a number of good mexican restaurants > in Texas - in > >Austin, Dallas, and San Angelo. The most interesting > restaurant I've seen > >in TX though was in a small town half way to Austin from El > Paso - it was a > >little German village, and the food was totally authentic > German food. What > >a surprise to come across it in the middle of cow country... > > That's Fredericksburg. I was there with the friends I was staying > with after the Austin weekend. I actually didn't go for it much, it > was, as Maggie said, "Twee" (a British-ism meaning cute in a kitschy > sort of way). But you're right, the food was quite authentic German. Fredericksburg... I do believe that was it - it was a LONG time ago... I was at the Robotics Conference in Austin where I got my copy of Ed Krol's The Whole Internet Handbook... "Twee", huh? That's veddy interestink... > > Speaking of the SW, one of my favorite authors is Edward Abbey (his > best book is "Desert Solitaire") ... you can read some of his quotes > at http://www.abbeyweb.net/quotes.htx Oh yeah, Edward Abbey rocks! Desert Solitaire is a great book. Of course, I started of with The Monkeywrench Gang, seeing as how I was all into envirnmentalism and direct action at the time (though not quite an Earth Firster). I also like John Nichol's The Milagro Beanfield War, although none of his other books have really sparked my interest. My dad just got me a book called The Book of Cowboys by Holling C. Holling, which is about two New Jersey kids who go spend their summer with their uncle on a ranch in New Mexico and have all sorts of western adventures. So I'm reading it to my kids... > > New Mexico was my favorite state until I went to San Francisco and > other parts of the Bay area, which kinda blew everything else out of > the water. Grand Canyon is another really noteworthy place, but if > you can ever get there, try to go through on a rafting trip (never > done the "rim" thing, can't imagine it compares to the Colorado River > route). Actually, I still love New Mexico, although I must admit that both coasts are really really cool. I love the Bay Area, and I just visited Boston for the first time and was VERY impressed with the culture and the vibrancy of the city. Ooooooh, and the Grand Canyon! When I was a Boy Sprout, our troop hiked Rim-to-rim in one day, and then spent the next week hiking down the canyon itself. Beautiful! Magical! Wow! I love rafting too. I've done the Taos Box and when I was in Virginia (way back at the start of this thread), we did the New River in Ohio(?). It's a class 5 river and it ROCKED! The first time we did it, we were with a new guide, so she was extra special careful to take us through the safest spots. But the 2nd time... HooBoy! The guide took us through the roughest meanest spots; people were flying out of the raft like popcorn; the raft was submerged several times! It was crazy and fun! > > Cheers, > Marlene > Laters - Jay Turley --------------------------------------------------------- http://www.weberrific.org "Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology"