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Martha Wells

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I just got back from a short trip to Galveston Island. It's only a three hour drive from here (depending on traffic) so it's a good place to go when you just desperately need to de-stress for a couple of days. The ocean was still a little too cold for swimming, at least for me, but we walked along the beach, had some drinks, and some really good food.

One thing we did was take an early tour of the Bishop's Palace, and instead of a guide just got to walk around it with an audio-tour phone. It was really neat, just being able to walk around it wherever you wanted. I noticed this time that though the interior ceilings, especially on the first floor, are probably twenty to twenty-five feet high, the rooms are around normal size, so it feels cozy. I guess if you have three foot thick stone walls, there really isn't a lot of space for huge ballrooms. The stone walls came in handy during the 1900 storm, where it got some broken windows and had water in the basement while other houses were being washed away and one of the four-story brick buildings in the Strand had its top floor implode. Thousands of people were killed in Galveston in the 1900 storm, and the Bishop's Palace saved a large number of people in the surrounding neighborhood. During hurricane Ike, it also had a few windows broken and water in the basement.

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Talked to F last night. Sounds like you guys had a fantastic time!

Though I can't believe she is blaming ~me~ for spending $ on art. I mean, seriously. :-D

It’s always fascinating to me what we consider to be old in the United States. Glad you had a good time. Galveston is definitely on the ‘to go back to’ list. Just don’t know when that will be.

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