Speaking of powers and such, this week is the state convention for the Republican Party in Texas, and I'm going as a delegate. I'm not exactly sure what all that means, but I have discovered that I'd best keep a tight grip on my wallet in the presence of the party higher-ups. It's $50 just to register, and then they give you lotsa dinner and luncheon options, all with prices way above what's natural. $50 to register - that vaguely feels like a poll tax to me. We will be voting on parts of the party platform. And hopefully at some point I'll figure out how a body gets to the national convention. Not that I especially wanna go. Someday maybe. This year looks kinda depressing from my point of view as far as national things go.