As I sit here in the warmth and comfort of my home, thousands of Texans are trudging through the early morning darkness, deer rifles in hand, celebrating the annual testosterone-filled camaraderie of the season. While many women in Texas hunt, it is a number significantly south of the male deer blind population, meaning a mini economic boom at malls across the state this weekend.
Yesterday morning my office parking lot and the street in front of our building was lined with trucks and trailers, loaded with 4-wheelers, coolers, and a collective arsenal that would rival the military power of many small countries. They all ducked out early, and I expect they will drag in late on Monday with wild tales, huddled around cell phone cameras to view the photos.
As the deer hunters left town yesterday afternoon, the late arriving NASCAR crowd was sharing the highway. I can tell you that the fall races at Texas Motor Speedway present quite the conundrum for many, and it looks like deer hunting won out in my part of the world. No worries, though, it looked like the imported crowd was taking up any noticeable slack - if the liquor store parking lot is any indication.