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Old 01-05-2010, 05:42 PM   #11
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So if I wanted an actual Coke, what would I order? "Coke coke"? This has been troubling me for a long time, thankfully I've never actually needed to order something in the south.



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Pretty much anywhere in the pan handle is flat. Lubbock or Amarillo are the two biggest towns up that way. There is also a smaller town up there named Levelland. Any guesses why?

Winter are pretty mild in most of the state, except again in the pan handle where the wind ALWAYS blows.

Cactus is pretty much everywhere in the western half of the state.

And if you want an actual Coke, the conversation goes something like this.
"What can I get you to drink hun?"
"Can I get a coke?"
"Sure, what would you like?"
"A coke."

And yes, while Austin/Travis County is definitely the most liberal place here. Texas Liberals aren't that much different than California Conservatives.



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What is employment like, and cost of living?

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My liberal PhD. sister lived in Austin for a few years & loved it; it is pretty there. I think i would have difficulty fitting in there, and i'm not the most conservative person i know by a stretch.

I did find the ever-present Lone Star decorations rather ironic; how "lone" can a star be if there is one on every other door, gate, rest stop, cow, pickup, and paving stone.

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So what are the winters like in Texas, I'm guessing snow is rarer than a vegetarian at a BBQ cook off?
I've been to multiple BBQ cook offs. I've had french fries & BBQ sauces from the better BBQ places in Memphis, TN. One BBQ place even offered a BBQ portobella sandwich for the vegetarians, not bad actually (slaw on, please). You want odd BBQ, try a pulled pork BBQ pizza from Colleta's in Memphis, TN. Of course, i am not a complete vegetarian; i eat sushi and oysters occasionally (i don't recommend the Octopus Nigiri with BBQ sauce at Sekisui).

I understand there is a bit of snow in parts of TX at this very moment.

Anybody heard the joke about the yankee chick who mistook all the snuff can rings on jean pockets for condom rings?
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They do have some goooooooooooood Beer.

Shiner Tx is the one city I would loved to move to in Texas.

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Thanks for a great read Troy. Where are the piney woods?

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Thanks for a great read Troy. Where are the piney woods?
Thanks. And the piney woods are in the Eastern part of the state. I believe the "official" term is East Texas Piney Woods. That's mainly where the Texas version of Hillbillies live.
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Piney Woods are in East Texas where I grew up.
Can't really make a call on best food. If you kill you grill it. Did have a Mom and Pop grill that had the "Bubba Burger." If you could eat it in one sitting it was free. Never met anyone who actually ate one.
Strangest animal: horney toad. You gotta take a step back when a little lizard start shooting blood at you from it eyeballs.
Actual snow is pretty rare. You get alot of slush and freezing rain in East Texas.
Biggest minus: Texas is becoming Northern Mexico. I can see where the line has shifted every time I go back home to visit.
Another big misconception: we don't ride horses to school.

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What is employment like, and cost of living?
It depends. Texas is really big with different kinds of industry in different regions. The Gulf Coast (Houston) is heavy in oil and petrochemicals. The Rio Grande Valley (just called "The Valley) is a rich agricultural region. Fruits and vegetables. The pan handle is Cotton and Cattle. Central Texas (Austin/San Antonio) is Silicon Alley, UT and State Government. North Texas (Dallas/Ft. Worth) is heavily into banking. Far west Texas is pretty desolate and the chief product is deer leases.

Depending on your marketable skills you can find a market for it in Texas. It has been said that Texas is the only state that can be self sufficient. We make our own food, gasoline, electricity, clothes, cars. We produce our own sea food, meat and milk. We have some fine wineries and breweries. We have Army bases (FT. Hood), Navy bases (Ingleside) and Air Force bases (pretty much all of San Antonio as well as Dyess for strategic work). We can travel to the Moon (Houston Space Center) we just sub contract the actual launches to Florida. We have 2 NFL teams, 3 NBA teams and 2 MLB teams and one HUGE NASCAR track. I even think we have a hockey team or two but that is for the transplants. We have Astroworld and Fiesta Texas amusement parks. We have Sea World and South Padre Island. All the past times you could ever want except snow skiing, we sub that out to the rocky mountain states. Texas could split off from the US, become a protectionist, closed society and survive quite well.

Cost of living varies. Austin is high by Texas standards. Houston is pretty low. Houston housing market is in a major slump right now. I am not sure about Dallas/Ft. Worth. San Antonio is fairly high if you want to stay away from the Chollos. If you can Habla, SA is great!

We measure distance in hours and minutes, not miles. Austin to Houston is about 2 1/2 hours. Austin to SA is about an hour and a half. Austin to Dallas is about 3 1/2 hours. Austin to El Paso is all day. Beaumont to El Paso is a two day drive.
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What's remarkable to me is that other than the invasion by a foreign power, nobody has anything bad to say about Texas.

I think that says alot.



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