Buzz

Remember the Alamo, But Forget That Whole Kennedy Thing, Please

Stand and deliver: On behalf of Dallas, Buzz would like to make the following statement: Listen, world, we're sorry about that whole Kennedy assassination thing. Real sorry. Now, can we just move on?

Apparently not.

A new Web site—a sort of photo sharing, socializing spot called www.stoodthere.com, based in the U.K.—is putting together lists of the greatest places to stand in Europe and the United States. Users vote on the photos of the top 100 places to decide which is the best place to stand. Coming in at 76th on the list of 100 U.S. spots so far is, you guessed it, the Texas School Book Depository. We're trailing the Alamo, at 54th, but ahead of Galveston's Moody Gardens. (Buzz hasn't been to Moody Gardens, but we understand why the Alamo, that shrine to brave Texans too dumb to run from a horde of armed, pissed-off Mexicans, would rate higher. You can find great snow cones on Alamo Plaza and plenty of places to buy T-shirts. They know how to honor their dead in South Texas.)

But really, is Dallas' reputation forever to be marked by one li'l ol' shooting 45 years ago? Doesn't the rest of the world know that there are many, many interesting places to stand in Dallas? None of them are occurring to us right this moment, except perhaps the bar at The Lodge.

Ciaran Bradley, one of StoodThere's creators, says the site was thought up by a group of friends and co-workers who had logged a few nights working late. The site doesn't have any sponsors—at least not so far—and at three weeks old is still in the beta stage. He points out, reasonably, that to the rest of the Internet-cruising world, the depository and Kennedy are justifiably famous.

That means, of course, there's only one thing Dallasites who wish to boost the city's reputation can do. We can game the voting—election fraud being another fine Texas tradition.

So, here's what Buzz suggests: Pick another Dallas spot to nominate and send in a photo. We suggest the gate outside the cul-de-sac leading to 10141 Daria Place, another location linked to presidential history. Visitors from all over the world—particularly the Middle East—no doubt would love to see some snaps of the area.

So, bring the kids, a bucket of chicken, some 40-ouncers, maybe some drums and police whistles to blow. Keep that up long enough, and who knows, maybe Dallas' reputation will take a giant leap forward.

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Patrick Williams is editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer.
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