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  •  Texas has some impressive airports (5+ / 0-)

    and I love flying over it, but driving across it requires either a supercar or something to keep you awake for 24 hours.

    I was conceived in Paris, Texas but don't remember much of that period of my life. What I remember most was first off driving from Oklahoma through Fort Worth down to San Antonio in the sixties and discovering what Texans put on their tortillas for breakfast is not exactly the same as what New Englander's put on their pancakes although both can have their own particular intensities of flavor.

    Some years later I discovered the difference between driving in along Route 10 from Phoenix through Marana, AZ and Tucsan to Ciudad Juarez and hopping over from Brownsville to Matamoros for lunch and being able to cross back with no wait and no hassle.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 01:37:39 PM PDT

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    •  I guess I should have said (4+ / 0-)

      "never leave Austin".  It's the one city in TX I'd consider going back to.  What I've seen of the rest of it (which is not nearly all of it, I admit) did nothing for me.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 01:47:27 PM PDT

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    •  The immensity of Texas was brought home to me (4+ / 0-)

      on a college geology trip when it took two or three days to traverse from Texarkana to El Paso. Thanks to a massive ice storm, we ended out sleeping on the floor of the Rockwall TX courthouse at the suggestion of the local sheriff until it was safe to continue our journey. The sheriff joked with us about throwing "hippies" in jail and cutting off their hair and we were pretty relieved to be out of that county.

      •  that was a kindness, mi hija (3+ / 0-)

        one that's not exactly public knowledge.
        The "emergency shelters" in a lot of small towns (and Rockwall is) are often the courthouses. TxDOT has started to build tornado-proof ones on top of the Caprock, along major highways. Check out their "Safety Rest Stops" map -- the one between Carlsbad and El Paso rocks, too.
        I think the glitziest one is the Route 66 one in Donley County.

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 04:24:34 PM PDT

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      •  I think it sunk in for me (2+ / 0-)
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        when I heard that if I were to drive from Ft. Hood to LA, I'd be halfway there when I got to El Paso.  Ahem... yeah.

        I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

        by mojo11 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 04:25:14 PM PDT

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