Back in the Old Country Again


Yes, I am once again visiting my family in Texas, Houston to be exact, or as exact as Houston ever gets.

Here is a picture of the view from my very nice hotel room:


The Katy Freeway, or Interstate 10, is 22 lanes wide.  There are also the access roads, which are themselves 6 lanes in each direction, plus a right turn lane at each intersection.

Trying to get across the freeway on one of the surface streets which cross via the overpass the freeway makes is pretty challenging.  You have to cross Gesner Road, where my hotel sits and which is ten lanes in itself.  Then you have to cross the eastbound access road, 8 lanes, scurry through the freeway overpass, where the trolls live, and then ford the westbound access road.  All in all, to get to the drugstore diagonally across from the hotel, you have to manage 26 lanes of crazed Houston drivers, all of whom regard pedestrians as unnecessary impediments.

I deal with this by refusing to leave the hotel except when my brother comes here to pick me up.


The only sensible way to cross Houston streets.  Tragically, I do not have the equipment to look like this.


When all I really want is to sit by the pool.

About mrpeenee

A former bon vivant and terror of a number of New Orleans bars in the mad, gay 1980s, I'm now quietly retired and widowed in San Francisco. I have a crooked nose due to an unfortunate Frisbee accident.

21 responses »

  1. Lordy – “Murica” is governed by the car, isn’t it? How horrid.

    In contrast: The narrowest road in Britain is Parliament Street in Exeter. Measuring just 48 inches (1.22 metres) at its widest point, the road is barely wide enough for two people to pass side-by-side. The road dates from the 14th century and is also claimed to be one of the world’s narrowest roads.


    PS I imagine trying to squeeze past any of those boys pictured would be very enjoyable if one happened to be in Exeter…


  2. There used to be a Prince’s Hamburger shop in that area. Well worth crossing all 30 lanes (I lost count, sorry). My favorite was the one on South Main back in the 1950s with the car hops. Alas, the last one closed last year, a causality of Hurricane Harvey.


  3. I thought it was a car warehouse too. Are all the cars going in the same direction? It looks like a mass exodus. Oh to be a roadside prozzie there.


  4. It is obvious the first picture is NOT of Houston traffic. There aren’t enough pickup trucks with gun racks, or of Cadillacs painted honey beige to match their owners’ hair. Now, as for the picture of the pool boys…which hotel are you staying at?


  5. I thought Florida was scary!
    The current menace in Mackay? Sugar cane haul-outs, three ‘cages” of cut cane en route to one of the mills.Sometimes pulled by farm tractors.That and P plate teens.


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