My Texas Experience(s)

I’ve been to Texas many times in my life.

I spent time here as a child.

I also traveled to Dallas, frequently, on business for many years.

I met my husband, for the first time, in Texas.

Last November, I was in Austin for a Flickr event.

A few months ago, I was in Texas while touring colleges with my son.

And now …?

Now, I’m seeing even more of Texas.

(And, hopefully, I’ll continue to explore the state in future trips.)

Some things never seem to change in the Lone Star State.


It’s unfathomably hot here.

I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it.

I feel a full body SHOCK every time I walk outdoors.

(I’ve been in higher temps, but Texas has humidity so the heat is heavier!)

I’m taking lots of showers and I still feel yucky!

So far, during this trip …

•  I’ve spent an entire (very loooooong!!) day getting my son moved into his dorm.  All the essentials are now in his room.  He and his roommate still need to “decorate” and fine tune it.  We might also need to make one more run to pick up a few things we didn’t want to ship from California.

•  One of my big goals for this trip was to photograph the Fort Worth Stockyards.  It’s been on my photography to-do list for a long time.  I’m so glad I finally got to spend time shooting there!

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•  I “met” a longhorn who tried to stab me with his horns.  (Are they called horns?)  He was a very angry cow!

•  But then, I met Sir (pictured above) who is very sweet.  In fact, I have a crush on him.

•  I want to bring Sir home to California.

•  Sir is cute.  And?  He’s so nice!  I scratched his nose a lot and I think he liked it.

•  At breakfast, on Thursday morning, I sat at a table next to two men.  They were discussing the Bible and Christianity.  One man (let’s call him Bible Thumper) was telling the other man (Earnest Man) that there are no “real” Christians in the state of California.  As a Californian, I was very interested in overhearing Bible Thumper’s perspective.  It was particularly interesting to me to hear him harshly judging people he has never met … not just California Christians, but many other groups of people also.  I wonder if Bible Thumper has the slightest clue how HE looks to others?

•  Food is saltier in Texas than it is in California.

•  Almost everyone I’ve met has been extraordinarily friendly.  (Bible Thumper excluded.)

•  I did meet one, very pretty, female college student who was quite honest with me.  The primary goal of college, for her, is to acquire an Mrs. degree.

 It’s sad to me there are women out there who still think this way.

•  I got an email from B&H informing me my Sony RX1R has shipped.  It should be waiting for me when I get home.  Oh, how I wish I had it for this trip.

•  My body hurts.  (Paul Newman?  If you’re out there – I really, really, *need* you!!)

•  I can’t blame all my pain on camera woes … there’s luggage and other travel factors contributing too.

•  I haven’t had much time for  sleep  photo editing, but I can’t resist sharing one more photo with you today.

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The resemblance to Sir is astounding!

P.S.  I hope to update you from North Carolina within the next 24 hours.  Fingers crossed!

5 Responses to “My Texas Experience(s)”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    Ah, DFW – the Buckle on the Bible Belt. Don’t miss that AT ALL.

    You must have a crush on Sir – he seems to be in the center of a heart-shaped vignette! (And I love it.)

    • Suzanne

      I really do have a crush on him.
      I have a thing about cows.
      And yes, I realize he’s a steer … but!
      : )

  2. Erica

    Aren’t those long horned animals supposed to look majestic and impressive? You have destroyed Sir’s reputation with that picture! 😀

    It’s probably a good idea for very hot states to have salty food.

  3. Suzanne

    Sir was happy to pose.
    I really do think he likes me! : )

  4. riley

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