Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
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Genghis Khan special exhibit, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the main reason I came to Houston. Hordes of screaming pre-teens, ignorant mute "chaperones", no guards in the entire exhibit, two screeching alarms from kids pounding the glass on an artifact case, still not one guard in the exhibit. A "gift shop" with no programs or books for an exhibit that continues for four more months. $22 for the "special" exhibit, $10 to park, $159 for the hotel room. Don't remember one thing I saw, and no book to read later.
High Fashion Fabrics, second reason to come to Houston. Row after row of garment fabric, can't get excited about any of it. Passed employee after employee during 45 minute visit down each and every row, not one hello, glad you're here, or kiss my butt. I left without a button, a zipper, one inch of fabric.
Drivers who tailgate, drivers who want to remove your front bumper, drivers who plow across parking lots rather than use the aisles, then honk at the one using the aisle (me), drivers who honk to go faster when I drive 10 miles over the speed limit, roads named differently than the map and GPS.
Rude people in every situation, the only exceptions being the hotel's front desk and the server at House of Pies.
I am seriously depressed. And Houston Sucks.
The only enjoyable thing I've experienced, aside from the aforementioned pie, is the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (although employees were still rude and other visitors squeezed in front while I was trying to look). The exhibits on Afghanistan, Balinese Gold, photography by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, lithographic book covers, and contemporary glass were absolutely wonderful, and I noted several artists to research later. I'd seen Remington sculptures at the Met in New York, but was able to view his paintings for the first time here; one, "The Herd Boy", was especially beautiful - a hunched boy on a skinny horse and several tepees, surrounded by glowing snow. Literally, it even glowed from across the room. https://www.mfah.org/collection.asp?par1=3&par2=&par3=37&par6=3&par4=65&lgc=4¤tPage=1 I purchased the Afghanistan exhibit book and will ship it home soon in case anyone wants to see it. I intended to buy Embroidery from Afghanistan, but there weren't any on the shelf and the gift shop manager said she just couldn't take the time to go to the back to look for it. No problem, I said loudly, it'll be cheaper on Amazon!
So tonight I have to decide where to go next, and I'm just not excited about it. I'd planned to go to hill country, but I may just go to Big Bend. I could 4wd to a desolate part of the park and primitive camp. After all, I can carry lots of food, water and fuel, and nobody has to smell me but me. Unfortunately, if I remember the map, it's going to be too far to do that and then backtrack to San Antonio and Austin. I may just go to sleep early and figure it out in the morning.