Lonestar

It's been a gray week in Houston [April 13, 2016]. It's humid and in a constant state of almost raining.

I'm traveling again.

The best things about traveling for work are the places to explore and the people. The kids playing baseball. Homeless men using mascara in the morning. Sprawling live oak trees. Bats along the bayou. Tall glass skyscrapers stuck down beside tiny log cabins. Wildflowers and interchanges.

The people are friendlier than DC. DC is too transient. It takes a massive effort to put down some roots, to find real friends. Jobs that look good on paper sometimes prove difficult to sustain over the longer term. People are always moving in or out of the area. Community seems easier away from the Acela corridor.

Houston's B-Cycle bike share program is one of my favorites. In spite of all the disadvantages of biking here - there aren't many trails, and the city is ringed with huge interchanges - traffic is light and the streets aren't too scary to navigate. The bayous in all directions have nice wide trails. And, the B-Cycles include locks, which come in handy to run errands to areas which don't have bike stations.

Consulting work continues to challenge and inspire me. I'd love to jot down some observations of this up-or-out culture from a second career perspective. Maybe someday..

Lonestar, where are you out tonight? This feeling I'm trying to fight
It's dark and I think that I would give anything
For you to shine down on me

How far you are I just don't know The distance I'm willing to go
I pick up a stone that I cast to the sky
Hoping for some kind of sign

Lonestar, where are you out tonight? This feeling I'm trying to fight
It's dark and I think that I would give anything
For you to shine down on me
For you to shine down on me

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