Sunday, January 12, 2014
The 2nd Sunday Of 2014 Blows Warm In Texas While I Think About Lesser Fort Worth
As in, a strong, warm wind is blowing in from the south.
Warm as in it is currently 70 degrees, heading for a high which is predicted to be hotter than 70.
Temperatures in the 70s are considered a HEAT wave back at my former location in the Great Pacific Northwest.
I rather enjoyed watching last night's Seattle Seahawk game, what with the wind gusts blowing rain horizontal. That was not your stereotypical Seattle rain.
Way back in the 1960s a guy named Emmett Watson, he being a beloved columnist with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Seattle Times, founded an organization called Lesser Seattle. Mr. Watson and others had been appalled at the influx of tourists that followed the success of the Seattle World's Fair, with most of those tourists visiting during summer, when the stereotypical rains do not fall, reporting back home that all they saw in Seattle was clear blue sky.
Members of Lesser Seattle were instructed to mention rain in any communication with people from other parts of the planet. Eventually Lesser Seattle failed, with modern day Seattle, in summer, being a crowded with tourists theme park.
So, last night's blustery telecast from Seattle would have made Emmett Watson very happy.
I wonder if someone like, well, let us use the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy, would ever come up with something called Lesser Fort Worth to discourage tourists from crowding Fort Worth?
What would Lesser Fort Worth tell people in other parts of the planet to make them think Fort Worth is not a place they would want to visit?
Spout off about Fort Worth's rain?
No? Fort Worth does not have a reputation for being a rainy city.
What does Fort Worth have a national, or international reputation for?
I hear crickets chirping.
World capital of eminent domain abuse?
I don't think that would scare off tourists.
World capital of urban natural gas drilling?
That might do it.
Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats at an imaginary island in a polluted river?
Yes, that might scare away some tourists....