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Houston, We have made contact

(oh, this post is really dry. Guess, I'm tired.)

Though Houston seems to have a serious problem with air pollution,
it has a nice looking downtown.
Rumor has it, the city didn't have a plan for developing its downtown.
However they went about developing the city, it works.
Together, the buildings create a nice skyline from the two viewpoints we've had.
It's an easy to navigate city.

I'm loving the one-way streets they have, which seem to be typical of other big cities we've visited recently.
(Sheesh, I sound like a small-town Midwesterner.)
Houston also has a "train" or light rail. Don't know what type it is, but I know you can bring your pet with you ... if it's "... caged properly."

Texas has done a nice job with its freeways.
For one thing, the ones we've been on
are in good condition.
Simultaneously, Mr. F and I spoke out about the beauty of how the freeways intersect.
"... like sculpture ..." Mr. F said.
(I wish we had taken pictures.)

The freeways and highways have parallel side roads,
so if you miss an entrance or exit, you can take the side road, and get back on easily.

A side note:
Texas has a "commercial" tax, which is a different percentage of the purchase price depending on which municipality you're in. We stayed in what would be considered a cheap motel outside of Houston. When I was told the final price, I asked how much was the tax. The clerk said, "Sixteen percent." I flipped. I know Texas' sales tax isn't 16 percent. The woman explained that this was a commercial tax, and it changes from city to city.

Wild. I need to know more about this tax. I've read Texas is an inexpensive place to live. I have a feeling these articles aren't including the "commercial" tax.

Another note:
This is the first time I've been south of Amarillo, Texas, and we're heading south to Edinburg, where Mr. F's brother teaches English at University of Texas, Pan American. Edinburg is near Brownsville. You can't get much further south in Texas than Brownsville.

O.K., one more:
That rumor about things being big in Texas?
It's true.

Mr. F and I were steered to the famous barbecue joint, Pappa's Bar BQ.
I'm envisioning their baked potatoes to be similar size to Wendy's baked potatoes.
No way. They are three or four times that size. You definitely have to share 'em.


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Jan. 26th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
mmmm. bbq. :) where exactally are you guys headed towards?

hope your having fun. it sounds like you are
Jan. 26th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Hi K!
We aren't sure yet where we're going.

We have a few places in mind. They are warm and sunny. We're looking at Austin, Albuquerque and some small places in NM, Arizona and California.

It's an adventure. So far we've been touring and visiting friends and family.

The bbq was really good, but far too much for both of us!

:: hug ::
Jan. 26th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
i hope you figure out where ya going, in time. *huggles* its always good to visit friends and family. too bad you werent up my direction.

adventures are fun :)

bbq usually is a lot for people, but generally very very good

Jan. 29th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Mr. F and I have some good friends in Minnesota ... Minneapolis/St. Paul area. If we head up there, we'll try to catch up with you. But not now. It's way too cold and snowy!
Jan. 29th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
hahaha! now why does everyone think that? ;-)

let me know. im about 3 hours north, but im around,

its not that cold here. its currently 10*f. heat wave!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Definitely, Kirsten. If we're up there, I'll email you, and see if we can get together. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)

where abouts are you now? are you staying warm?
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
We're in the southern most region of Texas, and have been here for a week now. Tomorrow, hopefully, we'll be heading north to San Antonio for a week there. Peace.
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