ATW: 6/24/12 - 6/30/12 "National Landmarks"

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The San Jacinto Monument, at the San Jacinto Battlefield.

This obelisk marks the spot where General Sam Houston defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna to win Texas' independence from Mexico. Kids in the Houston area visit the site with school groups to learn about how great Texans are, and how Mexicans take a lot of naps in the afternoon, which is when you can sneak up and defeat them.
 

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The San Jacinto Monument, at the San Jacinto Battlefield.

This obelisk marks the spot where General Sam Houston defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna to win Texas' independence from Mexico. Kids in the Houston area visit the site with school groups to learn about how great Texans are, and how Mexicans take a lot of naps in the afternoon, which is when you can sneak up and defeat them.
That's pornographic.
 

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The San Jacinto Monument, at the San Jacinto Battlefield.

This obelisk marks the spot where General Sam Houston defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna to win Texas' independence from Mexico. Kids in the Houston area visit the site with school groups to learn about how great Texans are, and how Mexicans take a lot of naps in the afternoon, which is when you can sneak up and defeat them.
Won your independence and turned around and gave it away again to the US. Dumb move!
 

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Jackson Square - St. Louis Cathedral - New Orleans
Registered as a National Landmark in 1960

Just to the right of where that camera was is the Cafe Du Monde. Immediately behind where that camera was is the spot I had an epiphany when I was 12.

Won your independence and turned around and gave it away again to the US. Dumb move!
We needed some of that sweet, sweet federal money. Being a nation is hard, especially before everyone needed oil.
 

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And...........................?
Maybe he meant "orgasm."

I will choose the Roanoke Star.





From Wikipedia:

The Roanoke Star, also known as the Mill Mountain Star, is the world's largest freestanding illuminated man-made star, constructed in 1949 at the top of Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Virginia. It was the largest star ever assembled until the El Paso Star was completed in El Paso, Texas.However, the Mill Mountain Star still holds the claim to world's largest illuminated man-made free-standing star, as the El Paso Star lies flat on the ground.
Stupid El Paso!

Roanoke Star Cam
 

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OK, since you asked.

When I was 12 my dad took me and my sister out of school and drove the family to New Orleans to see the Treasures of King Tut exhibit. We arrived very late and the first thing my dad did was stop at the Cafe Du Monde for some beignets and coffee. My sister and I had a few with chocolate milk, then the sugar rush kicked in and we couldn't sit still. We wanted to go run around outside, so my parents said yes. Imagine that. A 12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl running around unsupervised in the French Quarter around midnight.

Anyway, we ran out and it was dark, really really dark. We ran up and over a hill, and I could smell water. We couldn't see where we were going, but we kept running blindly, all full up on powdered sugar after a long car ride. Suddenly a deep, raspy moan bellowed in our faces and scared the crap out of us. It also kept us from running into the Mississippi river. It was the whistle on a paddle wheel steamboat. The paddle wheel started up and we could hear it, right in front of us, like something out of f-ing Mark Twain.

My sister and I just stood there, spellbound, gradually coming to grips with the enormity of what was in front of us. We knew theoretically that New Orleans was on the Mississippi, but now we had a visceral understanding of that fact.
 

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OK, since you asked.

When I was 12 my dad took me and my sister out of school and drove the family to New Orleans to see the Treasures of King Tut exhibit. We arrived very late and the first thing my dad did was stop at the Cafe Du Monde for some beignets and coffee. My sister and I had a few with chocolate milk, then the sugar rush kicked in and we couldn't sit still. We wanted to go run around outside, so my parents said yes. Imagine that. A 12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl running around unsupervised in the French Quarter around midnight.

Anyway, we ran out and it was dark, really really dark. We ran up and over a hill, and I could smell water. We couldn't see where we were going, but we kept running blindly, all full up on powdered sugar after a long car ride. Suddenly a deep, raspy moan bellowed in our faces and scared the crap out of us. It also kept us from running into the Mississippi river. It was the whistle on a paddle wheel steamboat. The paddle wheel started up and we could hear it, right in front of us, like something out of f-ing Mark Twain.

My sister and I just stood there, spellbound, gradually coming to grips with the enormity of what was in front of us. We knew theoretically that New Orleans was on the Mississippi, but now we had a visceral understanding of that fact.
I feel much better. That's a good story. I'm glad it's not the other. I'm also glad you didn't have the coffee back then.
 

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I feel much better. That's a good story. I'm glad it's not the other. I'm also glad you didn't have the coffee back then.
"If you can't keep it in your pants, keep it in your sister."

Just another day in sex ed class at any of the several fine public elementary schools in West Virginia.