I arrived in Houston at lunchtime after taking a 5 hour bus ride from Baton Rouge. The bus was delayed about 20 minutes, due to 3 mexicans who suspiciously had no luggage and suspiciously were not on the bus when it left from its original port. Border Patrol came quickly and handcuffed all three of them together as they all pulled in different directions. Was quite a funny site. The bus was packed this time, but the person next to me wasn't fat or smelly, although he did fall asleep and put his arm on me. Oh the Horror!
Houston is one big city. Unlike the Melbourne CBD where all the buildings are in the one area, Houston has lots of big buildings but in small patches all over the place. It makes it hard to pick a good spot to stay at in a hotel, but most choose a hotel near the Galleria Mall
. After checking in, I left to go to the Galleria. It was a 3 mile walk in the hot sun, but it was worth it as taxis are too expensive and its good to get some exercise. The mall is the 7th biggest in the USA and has pretty much anything you could think of, including an ice skating rink. I got there and spent about an hour in borders. They have a book selection far superior to Australia and the books are much cheaper as well. I couldn’t help myself and I bought three books.Time quickly passed an it was time for something to eat. The Rainforest Café just opened last week, so I decided to go there for dinner. All the Mileckis would be familiar with this restaurant, but for the others, its basically a themed restaurant where animals come alive and they have a famous volcano dessert that they light on fire. It was here where the waiter first enquired me about where I was from. I answered and then he asked whether it was hot. I replied that of course it is winter so is most likely to be quite cold. He couldn’t believe that it was really winter here and asked me to explain. I basically said that it’s because the Earth has a tilted axis and he said I must be joking. The ignorance of the man and his proudness of such ignorance was rather disappointing. He believed that the Earth was perfectly designed and had no tilt whatsoever. I had no intention of convincing him, but basically informed him that he should look it up on the Internet.
Tomorrow I am off to NASA Ground Control. It’s out of town and costs $68USD by Taxi, so I decided to go on a tour for $60USD which includes tickets to the place and transfers to and from.
(23 degrees, is the tilt of the Earth's axis)
Well the heading is certainly not the temperature here at the moment as the temperatures continue to sour but more on that shortly.