The Phoenix Commotion art show was very cool, lots of people in attendance. The chairs ranged from a beer-cap covered stool and another stool with legs of baseball bats and a seat of baseball leather covers, to the "electric chair" decorated with outlets, electrical wires, a rheostat--and photos of people who have been executed. Perhaps you're not aware that Huntsville is the "execution capital of America", the town where Texas executes prisoners. "Old Sparky," the electric chair no longer in use, is in the Texas Prison Museum here (no, you can't sit in it). So we live with this very controversial subject all the time. You learn quickly, when you move here, that there's a certain kind of avoidant courtesy; unless you want to get into passionate discussion, you don't visit the topic in any detail. The primary employer in this county is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, second is Sam Houston State University. Lots of room for differing opinions, dear friends on all sides of the issue.
Other cool chairs: one covered with metal flowers, which had a sound track of birds chirping. One upholstered in fabric oak leaves. One made out of old tires, another with a seat woven from plastic bags. Lots of creative paint jobs. All the chairs will go to the Houston office of Waste Management, Inc. for display and to raise awareness of how reusable much of our waste can be.