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Old 09-03-2014, 12:35 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by OLChemist View Post
At the risk of thread highjacking....

It's funny how our experience the plants and topography surrounding us shape our expectations. I grew up going back and forth between NW Nebraska and SW Pennsylvania. Some black eyed susans, flowering spurge and ironweed growing the along the ditch or fence line, or some jewel weed, may apples and a beech tree or two and my internal compass says I know where I am. I didn't have to have a clear line of sight.

When I was an ungrad my roommate (soon to be best friend), raised within 1/4 mile of the Pacific Ocean in the wilds of Palos Verdes, commented as we were driving TN 73 through the mountains, that she felt a little claustrophobic. There could be anything lurking out there in those trees. I laughed at her. I loved the area, it felt homey.

After a decade and a half away from the area, living in NM and TX, I was able to start going back east. I was traveling with my former roommate down TN 73 heading into Townsend. I had been oddly tense since leaving the interstate. I realized I was missing my clear light of sight.

Well that was a lame observation on human nature.
Reminds me of a story about Topography:
I started a job in Washington State some years ago and upon hearing I was from Oklahoma a coworker tells me:
"we once drove thru Oklahoma"... it was nothing but Sagebrush and Sand!!
I asked them what part of the State did they drive thru and what time of the Year and they said: Well I-40 of course and it was May...
So then I asked what towns did they remember passing thru and they said well it was the middle of the night mostly, but they do remember stopping in a little town to get gas early in the morning and it was called Tucumcari! I said well you do realize that is in New Mexico right?? They said no waaay! They thought the Dust Bowl was still in full force and just assumed that all of Oklahoma looked that way!!

I have traveled from Coast to Coast and I still hear the Dust Bowl story and when I tell them no we do have trees I am told they don't believe me!!

BTW Most of the effects of the Dust Bowl were to the West of Oklahoma in the Panhandle of Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado but because of the Movie the Grapes of Wrath people still believe that Oklahoma is a Dust Bowl and a Desert
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