News

Buses, Trains and Automobiles, or: Canucks Amok in Texas!

What happens when one Vancouver Sun columnist and her aunt decide to see the great state of Texas from a car, a Greyhound bus and a train? Well, nothing terribly exciting, though Susan Riley's recounting of her trip through Texas, including stops in Dallas and Austin and elsewhere, provides a intriguing snapshot from the outsider's perspective. A sample below. --Robert Wilonsky

"While we didn't set out to take a core sample of the American class system, that's what we got: snapshots of an acquisitive, gas-guzzling, fried-chicken-gobbling, moneyed class; the mostly Hispanic and black working poor jammed into San Antonio's grimy bus station; and a scattering of non-conformists -- students, soldiers and families -- riding the rails. We learned quickly that the true untouchables in the Texas caste system are the carless." 

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Robert Wilonsky
Contact: Robert Wilonsky