I guess I can say that at least one small thing I’ve written over the years has been officially published…
The Houston: It’s Worth It book hit the shelves back in October 2007 and — like the bad procrastinator I’ve been lately — I haven’t even bothered to check it out yet, even though I hear it’s phenomenal.
As chance would have it, I was perusing a favorite website today — Houston Strategies — and saw that Tory Gattis had done a brief write-up on the HIWI book and included a few of his favorite quotes.
For those that aren’t familiar with the HIWI project, the creators of this ambitious, quasi-tourism initiative asked Houstonians (and non-Houstonians alike) to submit a few lines to their website, telling the world why they loved Houston. I thought long and hard about how best to describe my deep and abiding love for the city I was born and raised in, and which I lovingly call home.
And, in the end, I scrapped my original diatribe and just wrote this instead:
Because it’s my home. It’s in my blood and my lungs. Because I get lonely for the mercurial chaos and sprawl when I travel to sad, soulless, cookie-cutter towns. Everyone has a chance here; anyone can fit in and find a place of their own. No city in this country offers more diversity and opportunity alongside such friendliness and hospitality as Houston does.”
I was flattered to learn today that not only had my statement made it into the HIWI book, but it was also Tory’s “favorite” quote of the entire book.
What can I say? I love this place.
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