Sunday, 27 May 2012

Texas: Marfa and Alpine

Woodpecker @El Cosmico, Marfa, TX

This hearse looked to have been sitting there for quite a
while, considering the amount of debris around the wheels.

Lunch @Cowboy Grill, Alpine, TX. 

A particularly crunchy kind of gravel. 

Erik's hands (mine can be found earlier in this series of posts)


  1. Texas is Texas. The last three pictures can symbolize the state. I think the Texans love their guns more than their family >:)

    Cold As Heaven

    1. I cannot see it that black and white, it's too unnuanced a view for me. It is a common view though. And I hardly think I make a good part of your symbol ;) But who knows. I have a severe crush on (west) Texas, that's no secret.

      I think you might have enjoyed seeing the rifle behind me in the last picture. Definitely not something you see on a civilian shooting range in Scandiland. I didn't dare take a picture of them >:D

      I enjoyed shooting with a handgun. I already liked shooting with a rifle, now I have found that it's not an exclusive preference. This was more difficult to me however (amount of practice might account for that, yes), and thus more fun.

      Aside from that it was somewhat an adventure to find a shooting range. Erik not being a local, we asked the breakfast lady who almost thwacked us with the napkin she was carrying for wanting to do something as uncivilized as shooting. She did eventually tell us there was a shooting range somewhere around Alpine. We spotted it - and a person coming out of it - coming back from Marfa, after circling around a bit, and found out where to buy a membership (at a counter in a hardware store where they had a - get this - pink. flowered. gun. I am traumatized.). Lots of love to Erik for taking me shooting, totally a highlight of my trip!

  2. I agree regarding West Texas. The nature is fantastic, both the Big Bend area, and the Delaware Mountains with El Capitan, near the New Mexico border.

    On the average the Texans are more in favor of guns (and the 2nd amendment) than any other state in the US. Maybe I pay attention to it just because I dislike guns in general.

    PS: I know some really nice people in Texas too >:)

    Cold As Heaven

    1. I grew up with guns as a tool. I believe firmly that that attitude affects how people primarily use guns - as a tool or as a weapon. A kitchen knife can be used as a weapon too, yet most of us don't consider that in our daily life. When I studied English in the university, our American (New England) teacher told us Texas has the lowest gun-related crime per inhabitant. I don't know if it is true, I never looked into it, but I can well believe it from my own experience.

      In Norway, official statistics indicate that there is one gun (most likely a rifle) per 5 persons in the country (statistics from 2010). That is excluding illegal weapons, which are numerous - far more numerous than one would think and does not necessarily mean AG-3 stolen from an army base or handguns bought at a street corner (that inherited shotgun? Unregistered.).

      The point I am getting at? Weapon culture. We inherit it in Norway, and Sweden for that sake. Our firearms are a tool. We respect them. There are few accidents and violence with firearms among families with weapon traditions are rare indeed. I would not be surprised at all if it was a similar thing in Texas.

      On a different note, I plan to go back to Big Bend next winter! <3 (And I will spend four weeks of late summer holiday in the States too. - tickets bought!)

    2. I was inaccurate with my statistics. 1,2 million guns, 5 million people - officially in Norway. I have seen estimations of as much as 50% additional unregistered firearms, but noone will ever know. The attempt at an amnesty some years back brought no great success...

    3. Same situation for me also--what Silme's was. And I grew up in Pennsylvania. Granted, I spent my formative years in a place now called "The Pennsylvania Wilds," but all of us kids grew up around guns, and most of us knew how to shoot them, too. Whether we knew how to shoot them or not, though, we were also taught to respect them. The single most important rule I can impart is-- ALWAYS treat a gun as though it's loaded...even if you _know_ it's not. That's saved more than a few lives.

      As I was telling Silme earlier, people seem to become afraid of me if they find out I can shoot, like they think I'm going to go postal and create some huge massacre. Where I'm from though, guns aren't bad, just a part of life. :)

    4. The main problem is handguns (pistols and revolvers). I hated that stuff when I was in the Navy (we had practice with handguns from time to time). Handguns are too easy to hide, too easy to waive around (just a small movement with the wrist is needed to cover 180 degrees), and useless for anything but killing people.

      Rifles are OK, made for hunting, mostly, and not easy to hide in the pocket.

      But, in general, I don't shoot if I don't have to. And since I got out of the Home Guard couple of years ago, I won't have to shoot any more.

      I prefer to hike around with my fishing rod >:)

  3. We had a piece about Marfa in the last issue of Residence!

    1. Nämen. Är det den med jordgubbschokladen också, som jag beslöt att inte köpa? Jag kanske får ångra mig där..

    2. Found it. Eight pages! Been howling with laughter. Even the food shark and the lame gallery is there! (I never quite got the deal with Marfa and wanted to leave rather than poke around. On the other hand we were there with limited time on our hands. I expect Erik saw more of it later.)

  4. Hey! I know that place! :)

    Interesting discussion on firearms. I am not a native Texas, but was taught a healthy respect for firearms as a kid in Virginia. Have been in the US Marine Corps for 23 years, though, so maybe I am just overly comfortable with the things. I also have a concealed weapons permit in Texas, valid since 2006 (would have gotten it sooner, but was in Iraq).

    Texans *do* take the Second Amendment very seriously - too bad the rest of the country doesn't follow suit. If Texas were the wild west with everyone slinging guns around, there would be a lot of licenses revoked, people in jail, and intentional and unintentional shootings. The rate is probably not any higher than that of any other state in the Union. Texans like to carry weapons in case they need to be used.

    The Gun Genie is out of the bottle, and has been for a long time. Lots of drugs, lots of guns, lots of illegal aliens coming across that southern border into Texas. I fear not having my pistol on me and not preventing some horrible thing from happening (such as the shooter in Norway this past July) than I fear an accidental discharge from a fellow law abiding Texan.




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