With this nice big yard to run around and play in and grow strong, I’m certain these concrete tubes will one day be ready to be part of a significant piece of infrastructure here in Houston.
Last night, from about 10:30 PM until maybe 1:30 AM, I drove back to Houston from Austin. My wife is out-of-town visiting family and I had Thanksgiving dinner in Austin with a friend. I took Highway 290 to get to Austin and back.
I enjoyed my ride home.
Here is why I enjoyed this ride—
1. I had three hours alone to think.
2. It was mostly cloudy. I liked looking at the light of towns and cities in the distance reflected by the clouds. I’m not saying people are always best in the abstract, but it is good to have a mix of actual human contact and a more remote consideration of the human condition.
3. I was glad not to be robbed or to stumble upon a robbery-in-progress when I stopped at an all-night gas station at midnight to get something to drink.
4. I was able to contemplate the road I was driving on as agent of communication between people. The road is an extension of our natural desire to go other places and to see other people.
5. Consistent with the point above , I thought about how the road was built by people, yet how it also bended to the topography. Terms like “natural” and “artificial” don’t really have clear meanings in many ways.
6. I liked the intermittent flashing lights on the electrical towers, radio transmission towers, and cell phone towers. Though these towers often stand isolated in remote places, they are in fact necessary to facilitate all sorts of communication between people.
7. I felt active and alert while driving and thinking, yet I felt removed from the world out in the night at a late hour. I found this to be a good state of mind.
It is helpful to have breaks from the routine of life. Such breaks can allow for reflection, for new thoughts, for the updating of long-standing ideas, and for renewed commitment to ideas that are of personal importance or that are of personal interest.
Senator Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the federal gas tax for the summer.
This is a bad idea.
(Senator John McCain also supports this idea. But I expect nothing from Mr. McCain.)
I’ve advocated a Fonz-like cool as we select between Senator Clinton and Barack Obama. The bottom line is winning in November.
But this is a policy difference and a fair topic for discussion.
The money collected from this tax goes into repairing roads and bridges.
Senator Clinton says a windfall profits tax on oil companies could make up the lost revenue.
Do you see that idea getting 60 votes in the Senate?
Senator Obama correctly opposes this tax “holiday.”
If lower prices make for more summer driving, than supply will be restricted and prices will go up.
Paying taxes isn’t a penalty or even a burden. It’s the price we pay for living in a society.
With support of this gas tax holiday notion, Senator Clinton undermines the principles of the Democratic Party and, one supposes, her own principles.
Also, she risks taking away money for needed infrastructure programs.
Barack Obama is the candidate showing leadership on this issue.