Borderline Names

The assistant in a photo studio has many responsibilities. The most important one was to answer the phone and take phone messages. As a former journalist, I took pride in never missing a detail. I did this in the 1980s in Dallas long before GPS maps and Google.

One day I took a call about a boat party my boss was going to attend. I was told that the meeting place was a particular marina at Lake Texoma. As I transcribed the details, I asked, “where’s Lake Texoma.”

The caller said, “where are you from kid?” I told him I was from Illinois. He then told me to look at the name and figure it out.

I’m sure that I wasn’t the first person not to know that Lake Texoma is on the Texas and Oklahoma border. The same probably applies to the famous bar called Flora-Bama.

When I was heading toward Colorado from Kansas today I wasn’t sure how close I was to the border until I saw the sign for Kanorado. I had my answer.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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