Discussion in 'Free Fire Zone' started by Christopher47, Sep 6, 2014.
How about this?
What a waste of some good tank chassis.
Seeing that has me wishing I owned one of these...
I like that, now that's what 'Merica is all about!
I have to disagree with you on the Southern US being dry. It is routinely right moist where I live. e.g. Mobile, Alabama get more rain than Seattle.
Also, you left off the sugar-white sands of the Gulf Coast. Oops forget I said that; there are enough snow-birds there as it is.
And it doesn't even have to be raining to be "right moist". A dew point temp in the 70's will do it. As we say, "it ain't the heat, its the humidity".
I should have said - the South Western States. Sorry aboot that. Texas, Newer Mexico and Arizona are best seen at a distance and at a fast speed. Hot, dry, that can't get your breath kind of low humidity & don't know you're about to die until you pass out from heat-stroke.
Before anyone goes ballistic on me; I know there are pleasant places to visit in those three places because someone I know has a friend who said he heard from his second cousin twice removed that he found a place that was 'kinda' nice.
It's 67 here right now with a heat index of ........ oops, there is no heat index Humidity is sort of high today = 60%.
I might as well confess it isn't always the most comfortable though. Low of 43 Tuesday night with a high of 49 Wednesday. We call that "just about right for this time of year.
I'll leave those who have actually gone to places such as Florida, Georgia, Alababamama, Mississippi & Louisiana. Passed through New Orleans on our way to a big boat back in 2000. Let's just say Sunday morning is not the best time to walk Bourbon Street. Don't even want to know what went on the night before. Watch your step.
All in all; What ever you want to find in the way of scenery, weather, genuine well meaning folks and food can be found right cheer in the Good Ol' USA.
You'll get no argument from me about the non-desirability of those parts. I spent a week in Arizona in 1996. My nose bled the entire time I was there. I have heard the old saw "Its not the heat, its the humidity." Well, it is the heat; the humidity is just bonus points.
Bourbon Street on a crisp Sunday morning. Nothing like it, provided you revel in the thought of enjoying the olfactory delights that warm urine, stale beer and vomit produce. Of course, walk three blocks north and cross Rampart St and you can gather in a whole separate crop of scents, none that are beckoning, either. Regardless, the best time to enjoy New Orleans is in mid-August, about two in the afternoon. The aforementioned heat and humidity combine with the festering body fluids/beer mixture and give the area a light, airy feeling.
Hey now! Yes, The great state of Texas has a diverse geographic environments to appeal to all walks of life. We have forests, swamps, desert, fertile valleys, prairies, mountains, beaches and everything in between. There is dry heat and humidity. You must have just seen a small part of the great state. In my travels, I have found Texas to be the place for me......with the exception of Dallas of which is not a Texas city. Only Denver and San Diego have been alternates outside of Texas. Three Texas cities have made the top 10 friendliest cities.
Back on topic, I generally agree with the original post. I've lived in other countries and each one I have found to be a good place to live in with each having it's own appeal. Getting into my old age, I am liking the European slower pace. Kick back and just enjoy the surroundings. That is sounding pretty good.
I was just rattling your cage, Ike. I have family scattered all over the place. East Texas is a lot like Alabama with its pine trees and rolling hills.
Austin is about as bad as Dallas, idnit?
I went to school at Ole Miss for my masters degree. It was quite humid their most of the year but it was a dry county.
As a loyal UK citizen, here's my list:
1. James Stewart;
2. John Wayne;
3. George Kennedy;
4. Glenn Ford;
5. John Ford;
6. The huge help provided to us by the USA in both world wars (irrespective of the cost thereof);
7. Relief that there is still a country with a clear idea of what, politically, is right and wrong;
8. The invariably courteous and pleasant conduct of visitors from the USA to the UK;
9. FDR having the gumption and guts to help us despite some domestic opposition;
10. The US Constitution;
(I placed the actors first as Western films/movies are a great source of pleasure to me!).
I'll admit my few trips across Texas were strictly by the interstate highway system, so there are ( I'm sure) some nice areas. I just didn't see them. One curiosity I have noticed is that Texans like to boast of "Everything's Bigger In Texas". Anyone seen pictures of what they call Deer down there? Scrawny little things that remind one of dyslectic Coyotes. They look about knee high to a 10 year old and it would be shameful to shoot one of them other than to put it out of it's misery. In their defense, growing up on Mesquit branches and tumbleweeds can't be all that nutritious.
I'm a Mid-Western lad by birth and Lord help me, I like the rolling corn & soybean fields. Well I did until I found Minnesota ! Still nice to return to the Land of Lincoln but it is so much better now that we just visit and rush back to the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.
I don't recall trees in eastern Texas but as we were headed toward Arkansas my thoughts were mainly concerned with the sound of Banjo music & good ol boys with bad teeth, so probably wasn't paying much attention to the surrounding countryside. If I ever make it back that way I'll try to be more observant.
OH yeah another thing I like about the USA - Scotch whiskey ! Glad we have loose import laws here so as to allow the finer things in Life.
Too much of a buzzkill
When they were debating Alaska statehood a Texas Senator or Congressman argued jokingly that they since Texas wouldn't be the largest state any more, they should cut Alaska into two states. The Alaska delegate pointed out that if Alaska were cut in two, that Texas would then be the 3rd largest state because both halves would be larger than Texas.
Fast 10. No thought involved, like word association:
1- NFL. Maybe that should be "cheerleaders'. But then that leads to porn. Which isn't so bad.
2- Wicked WW2 fighters and bombers. Yes Germany etc had nice fighters, but bombers too.
3- TV. Y'all make good tv. Prolly to keep your citizens indoors and scared. Brilliant.
4- Oprah. It's weird. Don't ask. - this could change, if Steadman would just stop blockin' me.
5- Loose women. ..I didn't just say that.
6- Drag racing. Any form of motor vs motor.
7- Guns, baby. Big, small, black, chrome. Do not discriminate. Just bang baby.
8- Firecrackers. sniff.
9- Florida. Provides the best C.O.P.S. episodes.
10-. Y'all have to guess.
Dear KB, someone should have send you to Gulag for a week or two to test the real taste of hunger.
There is a single and simple reason I love my country: it is the most beautiful country in the world, for me.
Saying that you love your country because of food is something like loving your wife because she cooks well. But perhaps I'm just an old-fashioned fool.
Or saying you love your country because it is beautiful is like saying you only love your wife because she is attractive.
Well, it is true that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. My wife loves when I praise her cooking, but honestly, I fell in love with her because she was pretty. At that time I didn't even know whether she cooks at all. Must be that I'm just an old romantic fool.
Otherwise, I've been twice to America - to the northeast. What I did really like were very kind people, ready to help and never boring. Also variety of America is astonishing for Europeans. Europe is boring because all people look similar and have the same origins, simillar interrests etc. In Queens, for example, I felt like being in scenes of The Total Recall.
My next destination in the USA will be a trip from Georgia/Alla-fuckin'-bama to California. I wanted to see the filming locations of one of my favourite movies - My Cousin Vinny at Alto, Georgia.
On the photo below you may see Sac-o-Suds, 20 years later. On this link you can see plenty of interesting photos of Alto Georgia. That is something really to like, not the Burger King.