Wednesday, March 31, 2010

3, 4, 5, 13, 10

I was looking at the map recently. Actually, I look at maps a lot, both U.S. and world – even photos of the universe. This time it was a map of the US of A.

3: States that border the Ocean of the Pacific. It’s not really that pacific, but it was when discovered, so it’s like someone who meets your little terror of a monster when he’s having an unusual good day and someone wants to call him a sweet little boy. Off Oregon, it can be really nasty on regular basis.

4: States that border Mexico. That fence doesn’t need to be very big across the bottom of California or New Mexico, but Arizona needs quite a bit and Texas has as much as the others combined, as I can best figure. A lot of very high-powered radio stations used to be right on the border, just inside Mexico and you could hear them anywhere.

5: States that border the Gulf of Mexico. Texas does double duty here, as its southeast coast is water and its southwestern coast is desert. Florida has the most, due mostly to its panhandle. Alabama gets its toe wet and Mississippi does not much better. Louisiana actually extends eastward almost to Alabama.

13: States that border the Atlantic Ocean. Otherwise known as the I-95 Corridor (or the Route 1 Corridor). Florida does double duty here.

10: States that border Canada. Montana is widest, next to Idaho, skinny on top like a chimney.


Anonymous ruthc said...

3: States that border the Ocean of the Pacific.
Three? Did you forget Alaska? And then there's Hawaii, which could more accurately be termed "bordered by" the Pacific.

April 01, 2010 9:06 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

I'm thinking of the states which you would find on a map of the 48 contiguous states.

Alaska, which looks like a giant mastodon butting its forehead toward Russia and its tusks outward toward its carotid artery, can fend for itself.

Hawaii, which has an Interstate highway, is the only place where a 14-y/o boy can legally get a lei.

April 01, 2010 11:57 AM  

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