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Writing That Stands the Test of Time

Some of the stuff we looked into while you were reading last month’s issue

Kit Carson’s creative writing in Texas left quite a mark. Texas Christmas tree growers encourage you to think locally when you take a bough. And we’re counting on you to mark December 13 as a special occasion.

Kit Was Here

Frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson carved his name and the date December 25, 1839, into a boulder on Sawtooth Mountain in the Davis Mountains. Carson was a fur trapper at the time, roaming the mountains of what would become the Southwest United States.

Engineers with the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation discovered the inscription in 1941.

Texas-Grown Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are taking their usual prominent places in homes as the holidays near, and the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association, an organization of more than 120 farmers who grow, sell and promote trees grown in-state, notes that its industry contributes $12 million each year to the Texas economy. Christmas tree farms produce about 200,000 trees annually. Christmas trees have been grown commercially in Texas since 1977.

The growers association makes it easy for Texans to find the nearest tree farm at its website.

Where Are Texas’ Happiest Workers?

San Antonio and Austin ranked among the nation’s top 10 cities for having satisfied employees, according to Glassdoor, a jobs and career website. San Antonio placed at No. 9 and Austin at No. 10.

Glassdoor compiled the list after reviewing overall employee satisfaction, number of employers hiring and business outlook expectations of employees in the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

The June report ranked San Jose, California, No. 1 and San Francisco No. 2.

Glassdoor notes that the most in-demand jobs in San Antonio are for customer service representatives, bartenders and restaurant managers. In Austin, software engineers, business analysts and staff accountants are in highest demand.

By the Numbers: 12/13/14

That date, December 13, 2014, marks the century’s final sequential calendar date—when the numbers for the month, date and year are in counting order. We’ll have to wait about 88 years for the next one—01/02/03, or January 2, 2103.