I have to admit that I’m torn. New York is now charging $35 for a permit to look at the sky. What a bonanza! I’m going with the fact that any person that lives in New York is too stupid to find Texas. After all, can a person who is dumb enough to pay this fee, be smart enough to figure out which way to look? If instructions are printed on the permit, is it reasonable to expect the bearer to be able to read and understand them?
Is such a scheme foisted on the populace the ultimate admission by politicians that the worm has turned? Politicians no longer work for the people. People work to support politicians with no expectation of a return.
Compare that policy with a Texas response to a natural event. Marfa, Texas would be a wide spot in the road, except they didn’t widen the road.
Marfa is the location of a phenomenon called the Marfa lights.
The Marfa lights appear after dark. They jump and dance out on the open range. People come from all over the world to watch them.
I attended a conference in Alpine, Texas. With Marfa so close it seemed obligatory to go see the lights. This took place in the mid 90’s. What I recall was a highway department sign and a gravel parking lot.
Things have improved since then. The State of Texas has added a welcome center.
Cost of admission? Free. Tickets, permits, licenses? None.
I guess the Beatles summed up the New York state of mind best:
Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
Cause I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman (yeah, I’m the taxman)
And you’re working for no one but me (Taxman!)
I think the choice is pretty clear, democrat controlled shithole or Texas. For those New Yorkers and fellow travelers, who are inclined to come to Texas, let me give you directions. Travel east from the city. To the uninitiated “the City” is New York, there is no other. Anyways, go east about 200 miles, then turn south and travel another 800 miles. Look for the Welcome signs.