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Old 08-28-2007, 09:30 AM   #101
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:37 PM   #102
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Dallas v. Houston...as a sport, it's ranked somewhere just below high school football (and maybe rattlesnake round-ups) on the list of Texans' all time fav-o-rites.

For those interested in exploring the full spectrum of constructive (and not-so-constructive) perspectives on the merits of the two biggest Texas cities, here's a link to a 50-page forum string:
Houston vs. Dallas --- SMACKDOWN! (San Antonio, Austin: visit, traffic, shop) - Texas (TX) - Page 20 - City-Data Forum

For those of you pressed for time, this T-shirt worn by a cultured, intelligent and sophisticated Houstonian provides a summary of the Houston position:




We now return you to your original topic...

Harry's nomination #2 to the Texas plague list: Wind and dust storms.

Just east of the dust cloud shown in the satellite image below is a large suburb of Ft. Worth about to take a hit. 50 mph winds blew a plane off the runway at Love Field and knocked out power to a few thousand homes.



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Old 08-29-2007, 09:16 AM   #103
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I am going to add my two bits. Qualifications? I lived in DFW for 21 years and Houston for 17. My conclusions? It is a wash.

1) Houston has more rain (good) but more humidity (bad)
2) Houston has slightly cheaper real estate.
3) DFW is has more lakes, Houston has the ocean.
4) DFW has better access to state parks, including those in Oklahoma.
5) DFW is slightly hotter in the summer and colder in the winter.
6) DFW is more snooty.

I live in Houston today, but would be just at happy in Dallas.
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Hey, REW, I see you have another nomination for the Texas Visitor & Convention Bureau's Hospitality Hall of Fame.

These spiders make gypsy moths look like slackers...

Texas spiders' monstrous webs baffle scientists | Science | Reuters

Warning: If you're an arachnophobe or even freaked out by campy science-fiction horror movies like "Alien" then DO NOT click on the following video link. No, really, it's your own darn fault, I tried to warn you. At least swallow that mouthful of coffee first!

Oh, what a tangled web we weave | Video | Reuters.com
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Some are speculating the huge web was caused by a combination of global warming and the gaseous byproducts of the giant mulch fire. That's just a cover story.

The truth is we are secretly breeding a new species of highly poisonous arachnids who will be deployed to build gigantic webs along our borders - starting with New Mexico.
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I saw the spiderweb story on TV . . . hard to believe and yet . . . this IS Texas.

I can tell you that this Texas gal is NOT loving these spiders. We have always had a lot of them, but I fell over into a spiderweb when I was out doing yardwork today and I had to have help getting out of it and then getting the web off of me. It was like glue.

My daughter and granddaughter were both horrified. It was HUGE and I didn't even see it. Giant spiders were in the web. I'm pretty horrified.

Until now the main complaint for me was big fat juicy grasshoppers eating my plants, fire ants eating me, and mosquitos biting me. Now, seriously, I am concerned. We got rakes and tore the web down about 2-3 hours ago. It's already back again. This is twilight zone stuff . . .
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We got rakes and tore the web down about 2-3 hours ago. It's already back again. This is twilight zone stuff . . .
Oh, good, so now you've made them mad. By any chance have you seen a single one of the "Alien" movies? How do you know whether you're Sigourney Weaver or one of the extras?!?

I'm just glad none of the spiders read the thread about dryer timer switches. (As far as we know.) Now we're going to have to send over REWahoo with a can of lighter fluid and a propane torch.

Unless, of course, the spiders could be trained to trap & eat chiggers, fire ants, scorpions, & rattlers instead of humans...
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So, when is the movie, Giant Killer Texas Spiders, coming out.
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So, when is the movie, Giant Killer Texas Spiders, coming out.
It's already been done. The original was released in 1978, followed by a couple of sequels and spin offs, including an animated TV cartoon series.

No, wait. That was "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes". Same plot, though.
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I'm leaving for Dallas Texas from Fla. tomorrow morning. Should I bring my Tomato spray?
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Well, you need to bring more like a blow torch I think. I'm certainly heading to Lowe's tomorrow to see what I can find. Whether it is tomatoes or spiders, all the vegetation and varmints are out to get us!

I was out hacking down some kind of killer vine when I fell into the spiderweb!

I still don't have that job finished but I am not going back out without a blow torch or dynamite!
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Maybe the critters in your garden were the Chupacabra. You know them varmints known as Rove and Gonzales just left D.C for Texas.

I believe there might still be more of those dirty varmints Chupacabras in Washington D.C, they were rumored to have migrated from TEXAS to D.C

Oh, I nearly forgot about the varmints known as Chupacabras that are still in the seats of power in D.C
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Well, you need to bring more like a blow torch I think. I'm certainly heading to Lowe's tomorrow to see what I can find. Whether it is tomatoes or spiders, all the vegetation and varmints are out to get us!

I was out hacking down some kind of killer vine when I fell into the spiderweb!

I still don't have that job finished but I am not going back out without a blow torch or dynamite!
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Oooooohhhh, I liiiike that!

tada . . . . TexasGal Jones and the Garden of Doom . . . . it has a real ring to it, greg.
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Here's a story idea for your first script: Texas town wonders if mythical beast was found

Maybe you can get Stephen King to do the screenplay...
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Okay, first I need a whip, a long knife, and a hat. Then I'll call Stephen and see if we can get this thing going.

Yikes! That is the ugliest beast I have ever seen!
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Here's a story idea for your first script: Texas town wonders if mythical beast was found

Maybe you can get Stephen King to do the screenplay...
That varmint sure does look a lot like Old George W. Is he in Crawford Texas this week?

If it is not Old George W maybe it's Gonzales or Rove. You know that these 2 critters have migrated from D.C to Texas.

I wonder what Willie Nelson thinks about all of this?
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Wags, now that you mention it, I think that thing looks more like Willie than anyone else. Have we seen him lately? Wonder if he stumbled around on the highway and fell into some trouble?
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Gosh, I don't understand. Texas has a large & active community of Hawaii expats who'd be delighted to invite some of those feral piggies to preside at their next luau... mmmmm... kalua pork...

If they're not able to handle the backlog then I know a few guys in Kipahulu who might be interested!
Anyone is welcome to kill feral hogs. There isn't any season or limit. There are no restrictions except you must have the permission of the land owner.

When I've deer hunted, I have always been told to shoot any hogs I see.
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