Sunday, September 27, 2009

TBWCYL Day 269 - A Star is Born

Well, I was tasked today with discovering a star. Lets start with the obvious: I am not an Astronomer. I have never had any real interest in the stars and aside from visits to the Planetarium as a child, I am pretty much useless when it comes to this kind of thing. But I kept my eyes peeled and sure enough I found a star that I don't think is charted on any maps.

As I was driving to the bar last night to watch the Texas Tech beating, I didn't know that at the time so I was blissfully ignorant, I kept my eyes peeled for stars. While I was sitting at a stop light, I looked over and right between a pair of motorcycles and a 5 foot tall guitar was a huge metal star similar to the one seen here. It had to have been 4 feet tall and was sitting outside a restaurant/bar in Addison, Texas. I am not sure what it was doing there but I was amazed to discover it.

These stars are a bit of a staple in Texas; I am not sure if they are popular anywhere else. On any given day you will see them attached to the sides of houses, fences, or barns. They add a little bit of flair to things and I think people believe it helps show Texas pride or something. This was actually the first time I can remember seeing one done up like the state flag. I also like that it is a star with a star on it.

I guess Galileo wasn't as talented as everyone makes him out to be because discovering stars is easy.

That is all,

Newt

4 Ripples in the pond:

ladytruth said...

Did you give it a name? You are the one who discovered it, well, kind of ;)

Trinity said...

Sure did. I call it Starburt.

Lola Lakely said...

The most I know about astronomy is the fact that stars sure look pretty when it is a clear night. Sorry about the beating! ohhh, I have to tell you about my Football mishap this past weekend. While ND barely squeaked by with a win against Purdue I got a guy kicked out of the bar I was at because he flicked me in the face with a solemn declaration of "Notre Dame sucks."

Tony Russo said...

They're called barn stars. One night while I (and apparently you) was asleep God sent out a memo and told everyone to put them on their houses. I do not know why.
My favorite near-plausible theory is Wal*Mart got stuck with them for one reason or another and rather than throw them out they started a trend. Either way the red, white, and blue one you posted is the fanciest I've seen.