Wednesday, September 06, 2006

How many miles home?

While driving in Mexico Kathy, Judith and I laughed that the mileage signs (in kilometers, actually) were wildly inconsistent, especially out in the hinterlands. You'd see a sign saying a town was 12 kilometers away, drive a mile or two, then see another sign saying it was 14.

In Texas, mileage signs are all measured from the steps of the county courthouse, so it's consistent heading into any county seat that the mileage is basically measured from the center of town.

Driving home from Houston this weekend, it was oddly comforting to know that when the sign said I was 29 miles from Austin, I knew exactly where I was and how long it would take me to get back home.

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