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08-12-2015, 10:53 AM
RE: cjlr goes to Texas
Oh, have you budgeted for your 0.735 cent dollar? Consider

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08-12-2015, 10:54 AM
RE: cjlr goes to Texas
(08-12-2015 10:49 AM)cjlr Wrote:  
(08-12-2015 10:37 AM)yakherder Wrote:  There's some good food in Dallas, and not just steak. It's more diverse than most people assume.

As fun as it is to make those jokes, it is a metropolitan area of millions of people. That's a guarantee of diversity in this day and ago.

In the same sense, if you leave the metropolitan areas even in stereotypical hipster states, you'll quickly start running into rednecks. Either way, you'll enjoy yourself in Texas if you actually try to rather than letting your journey into the land of Leatherface turn into a self fulfilling prophecy Smile

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08-12-2015, 10:55 AM
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It's not like you're gonna be hanging out with their dumbass politicians and in the homes and churches of their constituents.

Texas as a vacation is actually pretty fucking awesome. Tons to do - you'll have fun and as long as you're not too far north the weather will be incredibly mild. I went to San Antonio for Christmas one year - shorts, tank tops, and sunscreen. I think I wore jeans once. I wore short sleeves for Thanksgiving in the Houston area.

You'll get to experience Tex Mex, Mexican, and southern foods!

Advice? If you can't handle spicy food and you're in an authentic Mexican restaurant, trust them when they say it's hot and opt for the chicken and rice or cheese quesadilla, rice and beans. Beef enchiladas aren't hot, either.

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08-12-2015, 10:58 AM
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(08-12-2015 10:41 AM)Chas Wrote:  Ya gotta have Tex-Mex food. Trust me.

I do.

What's sold under that name up here is... not good.

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08-12-2015, 11:01 AM
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(08-12-2015 10:58 AM)cjlr Wrote:  
(08-12-2015 10:41 AM)Chas Wrote:  Ya gotta have Tex-Mex food. Trust me.

I do.

What's sold under that name up here is... not good.

I had better Mexican(ish) food in Shanghai than I have in Canada. No complaints overall, though. I could eat out every day in Montreal and never get bored.

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08-12-2015, 11:04 AM
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(08-12-2015 10:53 AM)Chas Wrote:  Oh, have you budgeted for your 0.735 cent dollar? Consider

Some stuff's already paid for, but the dollar's been low for quite a while in any case.

Pulling a few hundred for spending money might go depressingly not far, mind you...

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08-12-2015, 11:06 AM
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(08-12-2015 10:58 AM)cjlr Wrote:  
(08-12-2015 10:41 AM)Chas Wrote:  Ya gotta have Tex-Mex food. Trust me.

I do.

What's sold under that name up here is... not good.

Stay away from the beef fajita in the taquerias in south Texas. Most of it is traditional skirt steak and while tasty is often too tough to eat if even a little over cooked.

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08-12-2015, 11:07 AM
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(08-12-2015 10:50 AM)Reltzik Wrote:  WHERE in Texas? Austin is relatively liberal, and to a lesser extent the other big cities, but the rural areas are nutso.

Austin. Probably visiting San Antonio, and possibly Houston.

(08-12-2015 10:50 AM)Reltzik Wrote:  Don't bother to cover up your accent. Texans can tell a phony. (This includes Oklahomans and Coloradans.)

But I can do a pretty good upstate New York...

(08-12-2015 10:50 AM)Reltzik Wrote:  Definitely bring a lot of guns. The TSA is always looking to make new friends. That's the Theater-Security Administration... er, the Transportation Security Administration. Their job is to make people feel safer about the possibility of terrorists hijacking planes with lots of searches of baggage and people, confiscations of shampoo, and other invasions of privacy that have been shown, through repeated tests, to be ineffective at keeping terrorists off planes. Going through one of their metal detectors with a bunch of guns all Matrix-style? DEFINITELY going to get you in a long conversation in the security office at the airport. Also, don't padlock your luggage unless you want to lose the padlock. ... and don't have any valuables in your bags. Alternatively, buy your guns here. I guarantee that buying a gun in Texas will be easier than buying a gun... pretty much anywhere else. Probably cheaper, too. Your accent will clearly mark you as a foreigner, but buy five dozen guns and you just might get adopted. Dodgy

See, that's what I figured. Why would they bother stopping me for carrying something everybody and their baby is carrying at the other end, right?

(08-12-2015 10:50 AM)Reltzik Wrote:  Meat's going to be an essential part of your diet outside of the big cities. In them you get businesses able to accommodate or even specialize in serving vegetarians. Outside of them? MEAT.

Well, my sister's a vegetarian, so she might starve. Oh well.

(08-12-2015 10:50 AM)Reltzik Wrote:  Okay, some more practical recommendations.

(1) Make sure you have regional power adapters for all electrical gizmos you're bringing with you.
(2) Figure out what the hell international roaming is going to cost you on your cell phone and internet BEFORE you get billed.
(3) Look up your country code. Know how to dial home internationally.
(4) Know the number and location of your nearest embassy. You shouldn't need it, but you should have it in case you do need it.
(5) If you're bringing DVDs with you for family movie night, know that they probably won't work in the local players.
(6) Trolling the natives with science, accurate history, or accurate understanding of the law is probably safer than you think, provided you don't do it near a church or on people's doorsteps. (Warning: You will always be near a church.) Expect to get yelled at, but it's doubtful anyone will draw on you.
(7) Check your skin color. The darker you are, the nicer you have to be to cops and the more you should avoid them. But be nice regardless if you don't want to get tased. Most cops are actually pretty well-mannered, reasonable, responsible, and measured, but it's the 5% you have to look out for. Unlike in other countries, those 5% are not clearly delineated with alternating yellow and black stripes, so treat all cops carefully.
(8) Know where to get currency exchanged and traveler's checks cashed, or money transferred, or whatever system you're using. Know what their hours are.
(9) Have a list of two or three backup hotels handy in case something happens to your reservations.
(10) Bring a few extra changes of clothes and have plans for in case you're trapped in the airport a few extra days due to weather or some other disaster. Again it's unlikely, but it's also something to be ready for.

Most of the above don't really apply to a Canadian in the US, but that is some good solid boilerplate advice.

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08-12-2015, 11:09 AM
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(08-12-2015 11:01 AM)yakherder Wrote:  
(08-12-2015 10:58 AM)cjlr Wrote:  I do.

What's sold under that name up here is... not good.

I had better Mexican(ish) food in Shanghai than I have in Canada. No complaints overall, though. I could eat out every day in Montreal and never get bored.

Best Mexican place I ever went to was in North Carolina. I'm sure there'd be somewhere good in Toronto, but small cities in Ontario? Forget it.
(with the obvious disclaimer that I'm probably wrong and there's probably a great little place in some corner of some downtown somewhere that I've just never had the chance to encounter, of course)

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08-12-2015, 11:14 AM (This post was last modified: 08-12-2015 11:20 AM by cjlr.)
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(08-12-2015 10:55 AM)Nurse Wrote:  It's not like you're gonna be hanging out with their dumbass politicians and in the homes and churches of their constituents.

True, if only because the legislature's on holiday break.

(08-12-2015 10:55 AM)Nurse Wrote:  Texas as a vacation is actually pretty fucking awesome. Tons to do - you'll have fun and as long as you're not too far north the weather will be incredibly mild. I went to San Antonio for Christmas one year - shorts, tank tops, and sunscreen. I think I wore jeans once. I wore short sleeves for Thanksgiving in the Houston area.

About mid-teens seems to be the seasonal norm. Which would be... ~60, for you unreconstructed Imperials. Which would be dramatically warmer than what it'll be hereabouts in any case.

(08-12-2015 10:55 AM)Nurse Wrote:  You'll get to experience Tex Mex, Mexican, and southern foods!

Advice? If you can't handle spicy food and you're in an authentic Mexican restaurant, trust them when they say it's hot and opt for the chicken and rice or cheese quesadilla, rice and beans. Beef enchiladas aren't hot, either.

I love spicy food, so no issues there.

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