Hearts and pickles

Texas has 254 counties, and Travis is the only county that’s heart-shaped. We’re not square. We don’t need to count three across and two down to be found on one of those maps that have been published everywhere during the past few months. Even in a map of the entire nation showing outlines of counties within every state but at a very tiny scale, we can still be identified. It still seems very peculiar that the old 10th Congressional District is no more. All of Austin was in it, as was most of Travis County. There’s hardly a household without a pickle pin of some vintage or other. And now Austin’s split into three congressional districts, all meeting at the Marimont Cafeteria. Lloyd Doggett, successor to Jake Pickle in the old 10th, still attends just about every public event in Austin, no matter where it takes place, but he’s moved his residence to East Austin to be in his new district. I don’t think that Austin will see much of the representative who lives in San Antonio.

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