Moving to Denton, Texas Soon. Any Texans with Advice?

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CALPOPPY's picture

Visit Big Bend National Park.

Memento mori

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

Is that near Dallas?

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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CALPOPPY's picture

Nope.

It's probably 8 hours away. But it’s incredible.

Might be a nice long weekend or a few days in spring or summer, or early fall.

Edit: Also might be a good place to draw some inspiration for your creative writing. Even the roads to BBNP are interesting. The Trans-Pecos is a very unique place. I’ve been there 2 of the past 3 years to collect plants.

Memento mori

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stxbuck's picture

My folks went to Terlingua a few years ago-very unique little burg', to say the least. Nat Geo had a great documentary series on the murder of a local bartender icon there a few years back, great feel for the territory.

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collards's picture

That isn't in East Texas

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CALPOPPY's picture

That isn't in East Texas

Yep, decidedly not east Texas. Trans-Pecos is by definition not east Texas. But the question was about Texas and it’s my favorite place to visit in the state. Also why I said it was an 8 hour drive.

I realize that Miami wanted to know a bit more about Denton and surrounding area, but I think that BBNP is worth a visit whether you live there or not. There are definitely others that can give much better recommendations elsewhere, I don’t dispute that.

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LandonTruckedCollins's picture

Truly, an amazing place! I've been to Odessa, Midland, Amarillo, and San Antonio in the past several years for work and been to Big Bend - absolutely gorgeous. I fully intend to relocate/retire to Odessa. Property values there are going to skyrocket due to the Permian basin

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Washmore24's picture

I live in Frisco which is about 30-45 minutes away from Denton. I have friends there who love it. It has a very traditional Texas town feel to it and has some great High School football. Denton Guyer has historically been one of the best football programs in the state and currently has one of the top 2021 QB's named Eli Stowers. Denton Ryan went 4 rounds deep last year and is littered with 4 star caliber players like Billy Bowen and Drew Sanders. I highly recommend checking out multiple of the HS games

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Denton is a great college town with a stellar music scene. Catch a show at Dan's Silverleaf, thank me later. The best sushi in Texas is there too, oddly enough. Check out Keiichi and thank me afterwards for the second time. Plenty of other great spots within a short stroll of the courthouse. Any questions, I'll happily help if I can. I don't live there, but have been several times and as recently as last year.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

Ooooh that sushi ranking is debatable, Uchi in Austin is widely considered the best in Texas and has been ranked at the top in the country by a couple of magazines. 

As for the question, Denton is considered NORTH Texas, not East Texas. 

East Texas = Tyler, Marshall, Beaumont, Jasper, etc

South Texas = Corpus Christi down, Harlingen, Laredo, Victoria

West Texas = Midland, Ft. Stockton, El Paso, San Angelo

Hill Country= Austin, Fredricksburg, Georgetown, Round Rock

North Texas= Dallas, Ft. Worth, Denton, Frisco, etc

Gulf Coast= Houston, Galveston, Lake Jackson, Rosenburg

San Antonio is the one that is kind of considered just San Antonio, doesn't really identify with one region, it can be lumped into South Texas, Hill Country or Central Texas. 

There is a ton to do in Denton and the surrounding areas. Ft. Worth is hands down my favorite town in Texas. I live north of Houston in The Woodlands ( or as some people in Houston affectionately refer to it as South Dallas) Ft. Worth is a cow town, GREAT Music, GREAT food, the cattle drive up at the stockyards, Sundance Square. 

There is a couple of old sayings that people say about the DFW area

1. Ft. Worth is where the West began and Dallas is where the east petered out. 

2. Ft. Worth is for people who have money but don't act like it and Dallas is for people who don't have money but act like they do. 

Texas is a great state and so is the Denton area, Great Golf courses up in your area as well. 

and as we say here " Howdy! Welcome to Texas"

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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MercyTex's picture

The mayor of Fort Worth would say that Dallas has an advantage in that it is 40 miles away from a great city.  Bless their hearts. 

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

I forgot the other region

Panhandle- Lubbock, Amarillo, Denver City, Seminole ( can also be considered West Texas) 

The lines of demarcation for each region are 

Panhandle - Lubbock and surrounding cities within 40 min

West Texas- Abilene going west, San Angelo, Ft Stockton up to Snyder, TX

East Texas- This one is tricky- basically Conroe up to Buffalo and over to the east is thru Palestine and up thru Tyler down to Beaumont

South Texas- Victoria down thru Corpus along 59 to Harlingen up to Laredo and just under San Antonio

North Texas- Corsicana up to Sherman then over to Denton and down thru Weatherford

Gulf Coast- Houston down to Galveston then south west to Rockport up to 59

Hill Country- starts somewhat In Brenham ( home of Blue Bell ice cream) and thru Giddings to Austin and along 35 from Waco down to San Marcos over to Fredricksburg and Burnett/ Llano area. 

No Mans land that is kind of its own identity - San Antonio, Fairfield, South Padre Island, Brownswood ( kind of that in between of West Texas and Hill Country) Wichita Falls, Texarkana and a few smaller places. 

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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collards's picture

I know. I just wrote the wrong thing. My wife went to NTS.  You forgot Lindale and Greenville in East. The greatest Packer of the Lombardi era was from Greenville.. I will admit I am fond of Dallas for Rod Gerald.

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Keyser Soze's picture

SGT, where do you rank UNI sushi compared to Uchi in Austin?

I have an office in The Woodlands I'm getting ready to leave from as we speak. Because of what I read in your OSU bio I would like to buy you a beer sometime. We both have the hatred of the dark side. For the last 15 years or so during The Game week I have posted on here and other sites to please boycott dominoes pizza since they were founded on the aa community college campus. Like Woody once said he  would rather push his car across the border than buy gas and put any money into that state up north!!

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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chris's picture

Congrats on starting the PhD program - I'm not always on here, but when I am I make sure to enjoy reading your creative posts on 11w when I see them! Are you going to change your name to DentonBuckeye?

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

Ha, DentonBuckeye doesn't sound as good, does it? 

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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hetuck's picture

If asked to choose between the Longhorns or Aggies, don't, although a repertoire of Aggie/Tea sipper jokes can come in handy, depending on the audience. 

Remember barbeque refers to brisket, not pork. 

Don't let the locals tell you Lone Star is great beer. 

Gain an appreciation for the Texas Confederate Heroes Day as a day off. 

Remember yankee always has the damn modifier. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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collards's picture

What about Shiner? I would blend in and not brag on stuff too much from other areas except, the fine Cincinnati Chili.  Learn to two step and polka too. Buy some Pearl snap shirts.

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Grande Gustavo's picture

Shiner's great, i wear my Skyline chili shirt regularly when putting around town.  No one in DFW wears Pearl snap shirts.

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

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collards's picture

You can have Greenville Ave. There is more to Texas than Dallas. He is moving to Denton. Go to Foster's in Denton and you will find many for sale.

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Grande Gustavo's picture

Gonna have to disagree with you champ, Lone Star is great for the first 2.  Its only on beer 3 it starts tasting like shit.

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Funny, I always had the opposite experience when drinking "eh" beer.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

Shiner is the official beer of Texas period, end of story. Agree on the lone star comment. 

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I love Shiner. Been told that it's technically a brown lager, and not a bock. Looking forward to trying out their seasonal Texas Heat Wave variety pack.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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MercyTex's picture

Correct.  The Shiner Black Lager is worth chasing down.  Look for the "family reunion" 12 packs and cases.  The Kosmo Reserve is awesome and only available in that package.  I asked at the brewery if they would sell it on its own and they just smiled and shook their heads no.  Day Quencher Ale, Juicy IPA, Ruby Red Grapefruit Shandy and the light Pilsner are all solid choices.  Oktoberfest  Marzen is great.  The only variety I do not care for is the Holiday Cheer flavored with pecans - lord why?

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I like 'em all, Mercy. Even the pecan beer.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Sanantonefan's picture

Kosmos is the best! Rumor has it they may release it? I'd snatch up a couple of cases in a second if they did.

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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collards's picture

Plant your okra early

Collards

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stxbuck's picture

Prepare to sacrifice your property taxes en masse for your local HS building Jerryworld Jr. for the football team. Denton's teams are as good as any in Texas.

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hetuck's picture

But revere the absence of a state income tax on your pay stub. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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collards's picture

Mean Joe would agree.

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OSU_Hammy's picture

Are you a writer? Any published books?

Buckeye Til I Die

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

Yes. 

I just got a small poetry book published this year, which I'm looking at as a tiny stepping stone to bigger and better things. Currently querying literary agents for the first book in a series of epic fantasy novels. 

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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CALPOPPY's picture

Currently querying literary agents for the first book in a series of epic fantasy novels. 

That’s awesome!

I hope it’s about the exciting adventures of a botanist traveling through the Trans-Pecos and Mexico looking for exciting oaks for the landscape...

...well, you did say fantasy.

Memento mori

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OSU_Hammy's picture

I would be interested in checking out the fantasy book if you need an earlier reader or after it is finished. I read a lot and fantasy is my favorite. I have a few novel ideas but I don't know where to start. I would love to get some tips/advice from you.

Buckeye Til I Die

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

I guess the best advice I could give is to always start with a plan. You need to know how your book will unfold before you write page 1, and while the plan can change as you write it, there should be some kind of roadmap in place. 

I also find it helpful to always keep Aristotle's principles of plotting in mind: audiences are interested by things that surprise them but that are at the same time expected (unexpected but inevitable, he calls it), and at some point in the story there must be a moment of recognition, a turning point where one character learns something about another character that leads to a change in alignment and a decision. 

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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Sanantonefan's picture

And don't sell the rights to HBO before you are finished with the final book in the series! HAHA

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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BuckeyeSki's picture

What I am wondering about though is what sort of things are "must-do" while you live in Texas. 

Put those Horns Down every chance you get

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

Look, That may fly up near the Red River and even in the Dallas area but you go thru Ft. Worth, or South of Dallas and try that you are asking for a grade A Ass whipping. The Red River Rivalry is a blood sport. There is NO respect for each other. FUCK OU

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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Grande Gustavo's picture

Denton is pretty cool, haven't spent a ton of time up there.  Check out the Fort Worth Stockyards, its a good one day trip but the point is you can check out the best BBQ in Texas, Cooper's Pit BBQ. Also, take some time to go down to the Hill Country outside Austin and San Antonio.  Take 281 from DFW down there and wind through the country.  Bluebonnet Cafe in Marble Falls is great too.  I could write 100 cool Texas things i've done since i moved here 4 years ago.

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

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Reuben's picture

If you like cocktails, try Paschall Bar in Denton. It's a great speakeasy. 

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Hovenaut's picture

No advice here, not familiar with Texas, but congrats on the big move and next steps in your journey, MB!

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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MaineStrength's picture

You'll be halfway between Norman & Austin on 35.  This will not be a fun place to be a Buckeye fan.  As a former Texas resident for over a decade I will say it is a different world down there.  There are definitely some positives to living in the south, but you better like the heat & humidity.

Strength equipment is expensive & guarantees you nothing. A strong will is free & will give you everything you need.

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Reuben's picture

My family moved to that area of Texas when I was 9, and my mom immediately set out to find other Buckeyes. If she saw an Ohio State bumper sticker on a car in someone's driveway, she would stop, ring the doorbell, and introduce herself. They would watch games together with an 8-foot-tall, inflatable Brutus in the front yard. 

Moral of the story: Buckeye nation is real, my friends. 

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Buckeye06's picture

I live in Dallas, so not far at all.  Being near Dallas has huge advantages for obvious reasons.  I grew up north of Houston, and I am happy to be back.

I plan on going to the cotton bowl (OU/Texas) this year as it's an OSU bye week, and the OSU alumni meet at a place near where i live to watch games.  Slaters 50/50 (or that was the game watch last year at least)

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Grande Gustavo's picture

Slater's is a great place to watch the games, way better than the MAT was.  Not to out you, but where are you living at? I live down in Knox-Henderson.

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

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Buckeye06's picture

Not a problem I need more people to watch games with.

I live right in the area, right off 75.  Game 1 if the weather is even close to nice i'll be there early with my dog on the patio in his buckeye bandana.  

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SFlaBuckeye13's picture

I worked for the FAU football team and we played at North Texas last year. We were only there for about 24 hours but I really liked Denton. There’s an in n out, whataburger and canes all right next to each other so that made the trip worth it. 

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Zimmy07's picture

Austin - San Marcos - San Antonio stretch is where it’s at for weekend trips.

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Zimmy07's picture

Also - if you’re at a playoff basketball game and you spot Ted Cruz in the building bet whatever you have on the team playing the Texas team.  The Cruz curse is real.

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SuomiBuckeye's picture

Whataburger. Eat some. ASAP.

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

We have a Whataburger in my hometown, Niceville. It's amazing. A bit pricier than most fast food, but more than makes up for it in quality and quantity

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

When in Houston/JSC area for an internship a UT gal kept talking about how Whataburger was amazing.

Their burgers weren't, but a trip trip to visit in Austin certainly was.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

You're High as a kite, Whataburger IS Texas.

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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SuomiBuckeye's picture

There are only a handful of things I miss about living in Oklahoma, and Whataburger is at the top of the list. MMmmmm I could I go for the Honey BBQ Whatachicken right about now....

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

HANDS DOWN one of their most underrated items on the menu. They just released a new one that is a Buffalo Chicken Strip sandwich and Damn if you are in the mood for something a little tangy it is perfect. They also for a limited time have root beer float shakes and Dr. Pepper shakes that are insanely awesome. 

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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SuomiBuckeye's picture

Sounds DELICIOUS. I'm sure we'll swing by a Whataburger next time we're visiting my husband's family, November for the Rt 66 half marathon! Whoop Whoop!

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MercyTex's picture

MB, I am late to this game and you have received some good advice here.  First two things for any new resident in DFW -of which Denton is on the northwest edge:

1. Read Texas Monthly magazine.  It is an honest ambassador of what Texas is and is not.  So many cultural queues provided each month.

2. Get a toll tag.  Having a toll tag takes the pain out of a need for expedient ground travel.  Just know they are proud of those roads and do not make toll roads a daily habit.

3.  Most of the people in Dallas and the Telecom corridor are from somewhere else.  Go to Fort Worth for Texans.

4. Arlington is a playground for whatever you might want.

5. Denton has grown by leaps and bounds and construction is everywhere (my daughter is a student there).  Go downtown for funky unique shops.

6. Hail can be fatal here.  Pea sized is most common but golf ball sized hail is not uncommon.  Softball sized hail kills people and livestock not under shelter.

7.  You will have to pick a side eventually:  A&M or Texas.  Walmart Texas fans are everywhere.  A&M campus is another planet and not everyone's cup of tea.  Both are great schools. 

8.   UNT is a great arts school.  Relax and enjoy a nice friendly campus.

Welcome and howdy.

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

Great Great Summary. As for taking sides in the whole A&M and Texas side...its not as bad as it use to be seeing how they don't play one another anymore. word to the wise though...Aggies are WAY more sensitive to the split than Longhorn fans. Austin is a VERY liberal city and College Station is as conservative as it gets. Aggies yell "Farmers Fight" and Longhorns just put the horns up and may say Hook'em. There are a lot more Longhorn fans here as it is the "State University", People that root for the Aggies generally have either gone there or have a family member that has. ( My oldest son will be a freshman at Texas A&M this fall to study Mechanical Engineering). The Schools that have very LITTLE representation outside of the little towns they are in are N. Texas, SMU ( just don't...don't) TCU Horned Frogs, Baylor ( of late are hands down the most annoying f'ing fans in Texas) UH, SFA, Sam Houston St. It's not like Arkansas or Louisiana where literally EVERY resident roots for those two teams wears shit from there or has a sticker on their car/truck

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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MercyTex's picture

Great summary but you left out Tech and they have a strong presence in Dallas. Congrats on the matriculation to Aggie land. My take is you can’t spell TTUN without TU. Not that A&M is identical to tOSU but I say I came from the state ag university in Ohio. 

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

Yeah the Tech fans are a unique breed in and of their own. When I was in High School this is how the schools lined up with personalities. Funny you mentioned the TTUN and TU because Texas has a very TTUN feel. Super elitist and think their shit doesn't stink. Thanks on the Aggieland, Son is super pumped and I couldn't be prouder. He applied and got into tOSU but I think he just applied to appease me. hahaha. 

Texas A&M- Smart kids went there and usually you will end up calling them boss someday

Texas- Wealthy families, Investment banker types and popular kids that were smart, elitist type mentalities. It is also one of the hardest schools to get into. My son scored a 1380 on his SAT and 32 on his ACT, had a 3.8 out of 4.0 and went to a strong private academic High School and he got rejected. NO CLUE what it takes to get in. 

Tech- The popular kids that didn't have the grades for Texas or TAMU- 60% of them put on 30lbs their freshman year and failed out because the ONLY thing to do in Lubbock is drink beer, lots of it. Hot girls went to Tech as well. They have a serious chip on their shoulder because they are the "forgotten" school in Texas seeing how they are so freaking far away from anywhere. The Students throw tortillas on the field for some reason during games and it is the hardest place in the world to win football games. It is where championship seasons come to a screeching halt...ask Texas

***Side note*** I went to High School with Chris Beard and played basketball together. Super happy for him and the Red Raiders

Baylor- Good Lord Baylor, They were the whipping boys for damn near 30+ years and they had 3 great seasons and now every damn Baylor fan thinks they should be considered a top 5 blueblood powerhouse. basically when people start talking about Baylor you will see people roll their eyes. 

TCU- wealthy families from Ft. Worth send their kids there

SMU- SUPER RICH and that snobby biatch in high school that was so hot and stuck up you hated her but wanted to bone her too goes there as well as those asshole guys who are loaded and wear popped collars

Stephen F. Austin- Great school, lot of teachers come out of there but it like the school that you can get into and want to be far enough away from your parents, A LOT of towns around there are dry

Sam Houston st. - Law Enforcement, Teachers and guys who become Coaches go here

UTEP- who the hell knows

UH- big commuter school but is picking up steam in attendance and starting to feel like a true University. Well known for their Hotel, restaurant management program

North Texas- Great school from what I know and great town like people have said. Lot of kids from DFW  metroplex go there, you don't see too many kids from Houston. 

There are a handful of others too but these are the big ones.

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

The difference between traffic in Columbus and in the Metroplex is similar to the difference in traffic between Columbus and someplace like Mount Gilead. It's a different level of insanity (Houston is maybe even worse). Prepare yourself accordingly. Denton is sort of on the outskirts of metro DFW, but it's close enough. 

The last time I was in downtown Denton it looked like a lot was boarded up, but it does have a good music scene by reputation.

Fort Worth can be a lot of fun, and it's one of America's great museum cities. 

You'l have a good 8 months of summer there, but there is ice and snow in North Texas which is occasionally pretty significant — and their snow removal plan can be summed up as "please melt soon." 

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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Calgarybuck's picture

Reminds me of the times I would have to go from Katy to the airport.

Fun times.

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stantmann's picture

I've been there a few times. Not sure if it is still a dry town or not. Last time I was at a restaurant there, I had to buy a permit to drink (really). If true, stock up on the alcohol lol. Nice town though, close to Dallas, and only a couple hours from okc.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Dry town? Holy hell, when was the last time you were there? I 1st visited 8 or 9yrs ago and even then there was no restriction on drinking.

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stantmann's picture

2005 was the last time I bought a drink there. I just looked it up, seems to be ok. I might have tried to buy a drink on a sunday, and you can't - Only in a restaurant can you get it on sunday. This might be what I was thinking of, and had to go to a restaurant and get that "permit" for sunday drinking.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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aboynamedtracy's picture

I was just breaking your balls. But sounds like you're overdue for some Denton drinking.

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Steveoeg6's picture

My lady friend lives on Denton and I have been there many times.  Cool town, has a fun weird vibe that I personally really enjoy.  There was an awesome taco truck inside one of the bars downtown, but sadly no longer,  I hope you dig it there!

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Steveoeg6's picture

Also, being a writer, you may enjoy a bar called Pascals.  Its a really chill place to grab a drink and read.  Its above another bar right on the square.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Mornin', Miami. Just saw your posting. I put the Metroplex in my rear view mirror some three decades ago and headed for El Paso to teach until I retired 10 years ago. But, I did reside in Arlington for six years in the '80s while I was pursuing my bachelor's at UT/Arlington.

I'll go with what MercyTex listed above, and add that I always enjoyed spending time in the Fort Worth Cultural District. My favorite is the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. And for this homesick Buckeye, the sight and sound of the Fort Worth Water Gardens always soothed my desiccated soul on a hot North Texas summer night.

Best wishes to you on your move to Denton.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

As for Whataburger and people calling it "ok" or just another burger let me tell you a story. 

When my wife and I got engaged her father found out he had cancer, real bad. Doctors told us that if we wanted him at our wedding we needed to move the date up. So we did. My FIL, who has passed RIP, was a man's man. He was a fishing guide and crewboat captain to offshore rigs out of Rockport, TX.. Dude lived a HARD life and was happiest smoking a cigarette and drinking a shiner. He not only made our wedding (Oct. 1998) but he lived for two more years to witness the birth of his first biological grandchild. John Davis ( my FIL) had two girls, my wife was the youngest) and one step daughter (my wifes half sister). When our son was born we named him after John, but we went with his last name, our son Davis was born in August of 2000. When our son was three weeks old my wife and her mother drove down to the nursing home in Rockport to visit John where he was living. ( her parents were divorced). They walked in and the nurses rolled my FIL out in his Wheelchair and my wife placed our son in his arms and she said he wept for a good ten minutes looking down at his first grandchild and it was a boy, named after him to keep the family name going. My wife and MIL watched him as he cried, tears streaming down their faces and my FIL finally looked up at them and struggled to get the words out of his mouth but when he finally did he said..."This is the greatest thing since...since...Whataburger!!"  My wife laughed she said and rolled her eyes she said.  Whataburger is in a Texans DNA. It is THE official food of Texas. Like another person said, get there asap and WHATEVER you do, for your own safety and ability to make friends here, do NOT say it's "ok" or say it's "pricey" because if you do then you will get some serious cold shoulders 

My Father in law passed away two weeks after meeting his first born grandchild

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

struggled to get the words out of his mouth but when he finally did he said..."This is the greatest thing since...since...Whataburger!!"

Tip o' the hat to you S&GT. That's a stirring anecdote. Texas true, too.

Go Bucks.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Zimmy07's picture

Last year one Texas politician called his opponent “a triple meat whataburger ...”

almost immediately someone released an add saying:

”what does that even mean, (politician’s name)?  Everyone I know in Texas LIKES Whataburger”.

Houston police had to issue an order for officers to stop using the Whataburger plastic order number things to mark bullet casings at crime scenes a while back because someone complained that it looked like an endorsement.

https://www.kxan.com/news/business/houston-police-nix-use-of-whataburger...

I agree, probably not a great idea to put down that place when in Texas.  It’s actually pretty good for fast food.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

HOLY HELL I had not heard about HPD using the Whataburger order numbers for crime scenes that is CLASSIC TEXAS.  For a long time Whataburger would make sure they got it back from you but now it seems like they don't care. My daughter tells me that her friends all try to steal theirs when they go. 

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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CALPOPPY Mod 1 May 2019, 9:46 pm

Visit Big Bend National Park.

And what CP said. The Chisos. Emory Peak. Chisos Basin and The Window.  Santa Elena Canyon. Boquillas Canyon. Can be visited almost any time of the year, but Spring and Autumn are best.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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jmmysms's picture

I have lived in Texas, San Antonio, and it seems like I have spent most of life working there, Houston.

One thing these TX buckeyes have forgot to tell you is that it gets cold, more like cool, and it snows there from time to time. No hurricanes though you may see an occasional twister. I swear that area can get all four seasons in a week.

Enjoy, it is a great state with some great people.

JMMYSMS

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BTwrestle04's picture

Don't get in trouble. Denton County isn't a fun place to be. I wouldn't know from experience or anything. 

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

I will second Jmmysms comments about the cold. North Texas, West Texas and the Panhandle can get INSANELY cold. Almost like a Cleveland cold. The wind comes sweeping down thru the plains and cuts thru the Panhandle, West Texas and into North Texas. That wind is Arctic and will cut thru your body. 

I live in The Woodlands but travel to West Texas for work and am up here 15-20 days a month.  I am in the Oilfield needless to say. I manage my companies 14 production facilities and I have been out there when it is 45 deg with a 30-40mph wind and damn near cried. Holy shit it hurts

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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bwherbert's picture

I live close to Uptown, which is just NW of downtown Dallas. If you like going out, I highly recommend hanging out in Uptown or Deep Ellum neighborhoods. Great nightlife, restaurants, and live music. Uptown is more bougie with overpriced cocktails and Deep Ellum is full of hipsters and dive bars. There's great outdoors activities everywhere. I always ride my bike on the Katy Trail....not sure if it goes all the way to Denton. My next big Texas adventures are attending the Shell Houston Open with my Uncle (in Houston obviously) and I'm going to LSU - Texas in Austin this year. Should be a doozy. Congrats on your program and best of luck!

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Major H's picture

Miami, sorry I'm late. Scanned the replies and nobody mentioned a pick-em-up truck. If you want to blend in quickly, get a pick-em-up truck. Rifle rack is optional.

Beware of the dark side. An Army buddy of mine got his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Ohio State. When the Army sent him to A&M for his PhD, he became a rabid Aggie fan. I sometimes wonder what ever happened to that ol' boy? 

Was assigned to Ft. Sam Houston several times over my career and retired there in San Antonio in '97. Liked it enough that we thought we would stay, but then my wife got a job offer in Europe and a 2-year assignment turned into 15 over there. We sold the house in San Antonio and have never looked back.

Good luck!

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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Rav747's picture

Welcome to TX.

I personally hated TX when I moved here. A lot had to do with a record of 100deg+ for 92 straight days.

Tint your car if you haven't already, get a sunscreen for your front windshield if you haven't already and try and get an apartment or condo with pool access. You will easily use it 6-8mos out of the year.

Denton is a unique place and it's booming. What was just a college town 5 years ago and now a nice place to hangout to get away from smu crowds from uptown. Great social life, with a small town feel. I would say the same about ft Worth, but that's also changing.

I moved to Dallas pre housing boom, when you could get a two bedroom two bath in the heart of uptown for $1500. I have grown to like here. Great food scene. In Feb you can go to bars with just a hoodie and jeans. A good bang for your buck city even with the boom. Dallas has had a lot of growth the last 5 years from people moving from the east and west coast.

All that's said, welcome to Texas. If you decide to go to one of the alum bars for the games, let me know and the first few beers will be on me.

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

Good call on the window tinting--it's pretty bad here in Miami too, I'm just too lazy to get the tint. 

I appreciate the welcome! Where's the closest alum bar to Denton? 

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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Rav747's picture

Yeah, I can't recommend tinting enough. I lived in Daytona for two years didn't need it. I only lasted one summer in Dallas before I got it done. I had the AC on blast for 26 mins before it felt cooler in the car. Ha.

http://www.dallasohiostatealumniclub.com/game-watch-locations/

Those are lists of alum bars. I mainly go to the one in Plano as it's close to my house. Good fans of all ages. Good food and beer options.

Slater's has a lot younger of a crowd. Reminds me of high St bars. I usually go there for the bigger games. Parking is a pain, so go early.

The closest one to you is the one in Carrollton. Never been there though.

If you plan to go to the Dallas or Plano on shoot me a pm.

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Zimmy07's picture

I recommend going to a Rangers game just to watch the crowd when they play “Deep in the Heart of Texas”.

I’ve only been to a Ranger’s game once & I was preoccupied so I didn’t notice this.  If it’s anything like it is at the Astros games, the Entire crowd knows the lyrics, sings it, & does the clapping parts.

My mind wondered in awe about it for the next several innings.  ‘Is this some sort of requirement in order to pass 3rd grade or something?’   ‘How is it that it seems SO many people are all really into doing this?’

All 3 of my kids know the song.  I don’t know if any other state has anything quite like it.

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SoulPatrol32's picture

Good luck on the move MB! We are actually getting ready to move to Norman, OK area in June. So maybe we could meet up some time on a fall Saturday and watch our Buckeyes together!! 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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