Friday, April 2, 2010
I once heard James Watt speak at the University of Wyoming and he mentioned, with pride, that while he was Secretary of the Interior, he would frequently find himself being led through scenic areas by local politicians, who would coyly ask him what was the most beautiful place he'd ever seen. Anyone would know enough to name the local garden spot, but Watt was one of the worst politicians ever born, and parochial even by Wyoming standards.* He would gleefully insult the locals by replying, "Jackson Hole, Wyoming!"
Watt may not have been worth a fresh buffalo chip as a diplomat, but I can't fault his taste in scenery. I have a dozen or more Most Beautiful Spots on Earth, but the Tetons stand at the top of the list.
* Imagine a Texan hiding an inferiority complex and you'll get the idea