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Old February 15th, 2018, 07:14 PM   #51
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I and my father are going to Texas tomorrow by car (well by his truck, we have mom's nice Altima, but he won't drive it, can't blame him).

Never really been in Texas. I have, but passing through. I have driven across the Texas Panhandle on Highway 40 a couple of times. Many signs stating that DUI is a crime in Texas, because the landscape is so flat, boring and endless. Basically from Oklahoma City to Tucumcari New Mexico is just boooooring, and it is easy to succumb to the temptation of a cold one behind the wheel. The other time I took a bus from Tennessee to California and passed through Dallas to El Paso (oh God no to El Paso).

I have said it before, but I have heard of San Marcos Texas all my life, both of my parents thought of it as some heaven on Earth. But this was the 1950's also. I don't know if I would get into Austin, but it would be interesting to see. From what I read, it is sort of a hipster redneck place. But, although I am (and I am) very young at heart, I will be 51 and not into loud places, and dislike concerts and live music events. I don't hate music mind you, just not a big thing to me.

Big thumbs down on the weather, hot as hell in summer. I really want to escape this. I live near Shanghai in China and the summers there are hellishly hot with full humidity. I also have a skin condition called vitiligo where the melanin of my skin quit working and ai have splotches of white on my body which easily burns. Fortunately, I am a white boy and so white, you really can't see it unless you look.

There are some famous places I want to see. The Texas Schoolbook Depository, the tower at the University of Texas where Charles Whitman shot all those people. Statue of Willie Nelson in Austin. That riverwalk thing in San Antonio. The Alamo (which I hear is sort of a disappointment, but it's still the fucking Alamo.). I would like to go to Huntsville Texas to see "The Walls" where they execute prisoners, not that far out the way, but a bit. Also carrying an 85 year old man in his vehicle (with him wanting to do 65 MPH, why do oldsters drive slow?) We will see.
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Old February 15th, 2018, 07:45 PM   #52
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The most expensive city to live in in the US though.
No.

Below is the full list of the top most expensive cities, as well as the median cost of a one bed rental.

San Francisco, CA $3,590.
New York, NY $3,340.
Boston, MA $2,310.
Oakland, CA $2,280.
San Jose, CA $2,270.
Washington, DC $2,200.
Los Angeles, CA $1,970.
Miami, FL $1,900.

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Old February 15th, 2018, 08:01 PM   #53
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I and my father are going to Texas tomorrow by car (well by his truck, we have mom's nice Altima, but he won't drive it, can't blame him).

Never really been in Texas. I have, but passing through. I have driven across the Texas Panhandle on Highway 40 a couple of times. Many signs stating that DUI is a crime in Texas, because the landscape is so flat, boring and endless. Basically from Oklahoma City to Tucumcari New Mexico is just boooooring, and it is easy to succumb to the temptation of a cold one behind the wheel. The other time I took a bus from Tennessee to California and passed through Dallas to El Paso (oh God no to El Paso).

I have said it before, but I have heard of San Marcos Texas all my life, both of my parents thought of it as some heaven on Earth. But this was the 1950's also. I don't know if I would get into Austin, but it would be interesting to see. From what I read, it is sort of a hipster redneck place. But, although I am (and I am) very young at heart, I will be 51 and not into loud places, and dislike concerts and live music events. I don't hate music mind you, just not a big thing to me.

Big thumbs down on the weather, hot as hell in summer. I really want to escape this. I live near Shanghai in China and the summers there are hellishly hot with full humidity. I also have a skin condition called vitiligo where the melanin of my skin quit working and ai have splotches of white on my body which easily burns. Fortunately, I am a white boy and so white, you really can't see it unless you look.

There are some famous places I want to see. The Texas Schoolbook Depository, the tower at the University of Texas where Charles Whitman shot all those people. Statue of Willie Nelson in Austin. That riverwalk thing in San Antonio. The Alamo (which I hear is sort of a disappointment, but it's still the fucking Alamo.). I would like to go to Huntsville Texas to see "The Walls" where they execute prisoners, not that far out the way, but a bit. Also carrying an 85 year old man in his vehicle (with him wanting to do 65 MPH, why do oldsters drive slow?) We will see.
There are lots of good things to see in Texas. I would never climb the Texas Tower to see what Charles Whitman did. I would never go to the School Book Depository to see the angle of flight of Lee Harvey Oswald. Big Bend National Park is in Texas and I hear that is beautiful to look at. Wear a Stetson cowboy hat when in Texas and learn to dance the two step.
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Drive up to Dorris, California which is only three miles from the Oregon border. They grow potatoes and hay and when the Hells Angels moved in. The farmers beat up the Hells Angels and drove their pick up trucks over their Harley Davidson motorcycles.
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The most expensive city to live in in the US though.
No.

Below is the full list of the top most expensive cities, as well as the median cost of a one bed rental.

San Francisco, CA $3,590.
New York, NY $3,340.
Boston, MA $2,310.
Oakland, CA $2,280.
San Jose, CA $2,270.
Washington, DC $2,200.
Los Angeles, CA $1,970.
Miami, FL $1,900.
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Funny thing is that I would not be interested in living in any of these cities even if I hit the lottery and can live anywhere I wished. New York would be fun to party in and explore. If I won the lottery, might even stay there a few months because there is so much to see and do. But I think life there would wear me down and I would have to teach myself how to live in that environment of a large city, even with ample resources. NYC is crowded, cold, with different people than what I am used to.

Los Angeles would be fun to party in and hang out and see stuff, but again, the city would wear me down. LA just seems so fake and plastic. Just something weird about it. Hard to put my finger on it, but I wouldn't like it for the long term. Traffic jams and air pollution would be a drag. San Francisco I would fear a deadly earthquake. SF is really weird too. Not so much the gays, but just the general weirdness and goofiness of the place. Beautiful city, been there, love to go there, spend time there, weed is legal, best Chinese food ever. But live there? Pass.


I have seen Boston on TV and it looks like a dump and would not like the people. Not that they are bad people (actually had a college friend I partied with from Boston), but again, very provincial people. Just seems like a very old and dirty city.

DC? What is there to do there? I love government (would be a political groupie a bit) and museums but after that, what? What is the lure there except for a good paying government job? Weather sucks there too. Muggy hot in summer, cold in winter, bad demographics.

Miami? Sorry not Jewish, Cuban or gay, not into seafood or water sports, too much sunshine, and I quit cocaine years ago. Fear of hurricanes would be on my mind also. I don't want to live in a city where I MUST learn a foreign language to get around. I live(d) in China for 17 years. I don't care of you speak a foreign language in public and people are dicks who tell Hispanic people to speak English. But I just want to speak English, except in Chinese restaurants and Asian shops where I can amaze people with my crappy putonghua.
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No offense, but I've never wanted to live in the USA.
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Drive up to Dorris, California which is only three miles from the Oregon border. They grow potatoes and hay and when the Hells Angels moved in. The farmers beat up the Hells Angels and drove their pick up trucks over their Harley Davidson motorcycles.
I don't think I would have much of a problem with the Hell's Angels as long as they didn't mess with me, and they wouldn't because I wouldn't buy dope from them and respect their space. They are riffraff, but they would keep the other riffraff at bay. I might even be friends with the older, over 50 year old members of the tribe and might drink beer in a bar or smoke a joint with them. Everyone has a past.
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Texas trip, Day 1.

Well, I and my 85 year old father left in the truck from Memphis at 7:30 AM, made it to Texas Stateline at 12:00 or so, Dallas at 3:00 and now in Waco. Tomorrow me go to Austin, San Marcos and probably day after tomorrow San Antonio.

People in Texas drive FAST. Since I am driving with an older man, he wants me to keep it at 65, or better yet 60, while everyone is blowing around us going 80. The speed limit is 75, which is good, unless you are riding with an old man who wants to drive slow to save gas (a man worth about $2 million dollars).

This is the reason I drove today, so we can get here. Lots of Jesus and football here. Saw two huge high school football stadiums which can hold probably 5000 people. My high school was a football school too, but our field is peanuts literally to them.

There is a lot of pride of Texas itself. I for one never really understood the pride of living in a place, a city or a state. I couldn't care less. There is also a lot of American pride, and saw many huge American flags everywhere. Much of what I have seen is very open country. Big sky country.

Unfortunately, I am on a diet now, I want to lose weight and am being successful, but my father is zealous about it and is nagging me on what I eat and not eat, and will unfortunately miss out on eating BBQ and some of the local food here. But I will try to avail myself to brisket and a Mexican dinner while I am here. I wish I could do this trip alone, but with him, again, there are stuff I would like to see and do that I cannot do since I am with him. But I off the alcohol, so not into bars too much. But it doesn't matter being 51 years old now, you are still a child with your parents (my grandma who was 93 chided my 70 year old father to quit leaning on the chair, funny).

Tomorrow Austin and according to pops, the legendary, mythical, God's Heaven San Marcos. Good luck to me!
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The most expensive city to live in in the US though.
No.

Below is the full list of the top most expensive cities, as well as the median cost of a one bed rental.

San Francisco, CA $3,590.
New York, NY $3,340.
Boston, MA $2,310.
Oakland, CA $2,280.
San Jose, CA $2,270.
Washington, DC $2,200.
Los Angeles, CA $1,970.
Miami, FL $1,900.
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Funny thing is that I would not be interested in living in any of these cities even if I hit the lottery and can live anywhere I wished. New York would be fun to party in and explore. If I won the lottery, might even stay there a few months because there is so much to see and do. But I think life there would wear me down and I would have to teach myself how to live in that environment of a large city, even with ample resources. NYC is crowded, cold, with different people than what I am used to.

Los Angeles would be fun to party in and hang out and see stuff, but again, the city would wear me down. LA just seems so fake and plastic. Just something weird about it. Hard to put my finger on it, but I wouldn't like it for the long term. Traffic jams and air pollution would be a drag. San Francisco I would fear a deadly earthquake. SF is really weird too. Not so much the gays, but just the general weirdness and goofiness of the place. Beautiful city, been there, love to go there, spend time there, weed is legal, best Chinese food ever. But live there? Pass.


I have seen Boston on TV and it looks like a dump and would not like the people. Not that they are bad people (actually had a college friend I partied with from Boston), but again, very provincial people. Just seems like a very old and dirty city.

DC? What is there to do there? I love government (would be a political groupie a bit) and museums but after that, what? What is the lure there except for a good paying government job? Weather sucks there too. Muggy hot in summer, cold in winter, bad demographics.

Miami? Sorry not Jewish, Cuban or gay, not into seafood or water sports, too much sunshine, and I quit cocaine years ago. Fear of hurricanes would be on my mind also. I don't want to live in a city where I MUST learn a foreign language to get around. I live(d) in China for 17 years. I don't care of you speak a foreign language in public and people are dicks who tell Hispanic people to speak English. But I just want to speak English, except in Chinese restaurants and Asian shops where I can amaze people with my crappy putonghua.
I lived in the Bay Area for five years and San Francisco has the best restaurants. There is no better bread than sour dough made from the original starter, the yeast has been kept alive since the 19th century. And then there are the cable cars and their ringing bells. I recommend staying at the Mark Hotel and dine at the Top of the Mark. LA is a dump.
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