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10-31-2007, 03:01 PM
I haven't posted anything to the forum in several weeks (and I really don't expect anyone to notice) because we have made the cross country move from Shady Side, Maryland to San Antonio, Texas.

I miss my beloved Maryland but I don't miss the rising utility rates, taxes and traffic (my Maryland commute everyday was into DC - yuck!).

Anyhow, we are buying a house in Texas and have pleasantly discovered you get alot more house for your money here and trying to get settled. Plus, I'm starting to get caught up on the forum.

I can see while I've been gone that everyone has made up and there is nothing but pleasant discourse. :D

10-31-2007, 05:21 PM
You will love it! Friends who have grown up there, or gone to college/work in San Antonio are so effusive in their praise.

The only negative thing I ever heard was "fireants":D

Gary E
10-31-2007, 07:07 PM
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 14:24:50 -0500
May 30th Just moved to Texas. Now this is a state that knows how to live!!
Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. Mountains and deserts blended together. What a place! Watched the sunset from a park lying on a blanket. It was beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it here.
June 14th Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I'm turning into a real sun worshipper.
June 30th Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
July 10th The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? Too bad it's not a dry heat. Getting used to it is taking longer than I expected.
July 15th Fell asleep by the pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body.) Missed two days of work, what a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though: got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.
July 20th I missed Tabby (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got out to the hot car for lunch, Tabby had swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and exploded all over $2,000 worth of leather upholstery. I told the kids she ran away. The car now smells like Kibbles and ****. No more pets in this heat!
July 25th Dry heat, my ass. Hot is hot!! The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and AC repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.
July 30th Been sleeping outside by the pool for three nights now. $1,500 in damn house payments and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?
Aug 4th It's 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to about 90. Stupid repairman pissed in my pool. I hate this stupid fucking state.
Aug 8th If another wise ass cracks, "Hot enough for you today?", I'm going to tear his throat out. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like Roasted fucking Garfield!!
Aug 10th The weather report might as well be a damn recording: Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to #@*& for two damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't it ever rain in this barren damn desert?? Water rationing has been in effect all summer, so $1,700 worth of cactus just dried up and blew into the damn pool. Even a cactus can't live in this heat.
Aug 14th Welcome to Hell!!! Temperature got to 123 today. Forgot to crack the window and blew the God damned windshield out of the Lincoln. The installer came to fix it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My wife had to spend the $1500 house payment to bail me out of jail.
Aug 30th Worst day of the damn summer. I'm not leaving the house. The fucking monsoon rains finally came and all they did is to make it muggier than hell. The Lincoln is now floating somewhere in The Gulf of Mexico with its new $500 windshield. That does it, we're moving back to California for some peace and quiet.

10-31-2007, 07:10 PM
You will love it! Friends who have grown up there, or gone to college/work in San Antonio are so effusive in their praise.

The only negative thing I ever heard was "fireants":D

We visited there a few years back, attending my sons graduation from Air Force Basic Training. He was less that impressed. ;)

Actually, we weren't impressed either, at least not in some areas. The Riverwalk was very nice though. Guess our mistake was going to some stores in the less than influential neighborhoods. The locals would pick something off the rack, look at it, and throw it on the floor. The place was a dump.

We did enjoy a drive up to Austin for lunch with a friend.

10-31-2007, 07:35 PM
Hey BrianW,

No fair! Everything in the world must look lousy, at least when compared to Sitka! All the CG folks I know never had a bad thing to say about Alaska.

Maybe the New Englanders I know were just happy to get out of New England, and the San Antonians missed their home while stuck in N.E.:D

jack grebe
10-31-2007, 07:45 PM
we have made the cross country move from Shady Side, Maryland to San Antonio, Texas.

Cool, we will have to hook up next winter. I have a lot over in Bandera County, on Lake Medina that I will be building on then. The Hill country is beautiful:D.

10-31-2007, 07:55 PM

Welcome to the Great State of Texas!!! San Antonio is a wonderful city with lots of character. After you've been there a while you will realize the riverwalk is for entertaining out of town guests. But the entire city is great. It has perhaps the best mexican food in the state, and that is saying a lot.

You will soon learn, that this wonderful state is really a neat place to live. You have already noticed the more reasonable real-estate prices. You will find many more things to like.

Winters are great. Summers can take some adjustment for yankees. But venture out, there are some great places to visit in this state. Mountains, canyons, beaches, deserts, forests, all of them beautiful.

10-31-2007, 08:08 PM
A few pictures of the from around the state:






10-31-2007, 08:09 PM
And a few more:






garland reese
10-31-2007, 08:12 PM
Welcome to Texas. Texas, despite what many might think, is a good place to live. Coming from me, that's quite a compliment to all you
Texans (since I'm a born and bred Oklahoma Okie).
San Antonio is not my favorite place in Texas (yes, I too have memories of Air Force Boot Camp ;) ). If you get the chance, get over to Austin, or better yet, take a drive to La Grange. Yes, there is a lot of nice country in Texas. ...... it's a good place, Texas.

Rockport TX:

But, if you get tired of Texas...... drive north to Oklahoma.... it's even better ;)

10-31-2007, 08:42 PM
Yep. I think we are gonna like it here. We are a relatively short drive to our children/grand children in Dallas and so far the weather has been outstanding.

For those folks that came here and stayed at Lackland where basic training is held that is located in probably the poorest part of the city so I understand your disillusionment.

Anyhow, we bought a beautiful home that sits on an acre of land and backs up to a small lake. It's a home we would have never been able to afford in Maryland that is all custom with ceramic tile throughout, granite countertops in kitchen and bathrooms, everything simply top notch. My wife is certinaly in love with the house. Yall come down!!


11-01-2007, 09:12 AM
Went to Bandera, TX last week which bills itself as the "Cowboy Capital of the World". Went to the OST Restaurant which was an incredible experience. Pitchers of ice tea, very generous helpings of everything, picnic tables and here's the kicker, up at the bar they use saddles as bar stools. Ya gotta love it.


11-01-2007, 11:46 AM
The people I know from Texas are all just the finest sort.

11-01-2007, 12:12 PM
My experiance with Texas is also colored with visions of Lackland AFB & Camp Bullis.

I spent basic training there and a leadership school, and security police school, M-60 machinegunners specialist course, and Air Based Ground Defense school. Started in winter, left in the summer and was never happier to leave a place (well except for when I left ND).

I reckon though that Texas would be a nice place.


John of Phoenix
11-01-2007, 12:46 PM
Does this look like a deer to anyone?


We used to take ground fire from deer hunters in the training areas around Ft Wolters, TX.
I include my tours there in my foreign duty time.

11-01-2007, 02:56 PM
In my 20 years of flying around in helicopters, we were never fired at (that we knew of) by anyone.