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  • As a lineman, I could try to help you with the intersecting power grid in your photograph.
    But I am not such a lineman. (nor a trolley car grid inspector...although from experience, I can tell you that the red line is definitely number One).

    So given these acute deficiencies (not my fault, really), I am ill-prepared to wade into your dilemma of finding number one. Having said that much however, it seems clear to me that your quandary of what goes where; when, could have been nicely avoided in the first place.

    You see William, the first mistake was imagining there might be something in the Rhine Valley that you couldn’t live without! Or couldn’t experience at home! They say you can order just about anything through Amazon these days!

    The second mistake was thinking, though Texas is big enough to hold 20 Germanys, that its unadorned dustiness could be mitigated by exploring Franco-Deutsch heritage along the valley of the Rhein.

    The third mistake was educating yourself about ancient viticulture (which could only clash considerably with the experience of adolescent viticulture in the USA; for example, Gallo brothers’ 1933, start-up in Sonoma, California)

    So, three-strikes against you (you’d already assessed that a steamer down the Mississippi would have enlightened you far more about a lot of things)(at much less expense & displacement) there you were, on the shores of the Rhein, near the juncture with the Moselle, among the oh-so-German-engineered, state-of-the-art power towers.

    There you were. Mid-way on life’s meander between lush green foothills of the Swiss alps, (where the Rhein has its source) & North Sea grays of below-sea-level Netherland lowland (where the Rhein disappears).
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