Be careful walking around any lawn areas in Texas. Certainly don't walk around barefooted. Fire Ants are a big problem in Texas (well not just Texas). Their mounds look like just a clump of earth and not necessarily big. The ants are tiny but with one hell of a bit that can itch for up to 2 weeks. You sure don't want to disturb them. If you do get bitten, a cortizone cream will help, but really what I found really helpful (found it on a website), is running hot water (as hot as you can take it) over the bite for a few minutes. The histamine from the ant bite will apparently rise to the surface of the bite and get washed away. It sure helps with the itch and when it starts to itch again, just repeat. The itch will eventually disappear.
N.B. I had a bad allergic reaction to several bites, I began itching all over, turned red, had some swelling and light headedness. Had I not had someone on hand to react and treat me, I could have ended up in a very bad way. Not to be taken lightly.
snakes are a big deal here in Texas for one thing we have cottonmouths rattle snakes Red Racers Coachwhips Grass snakes and even bull snakes and that is just some of them so when u are walking make sure u have pants on so that when they strike at u, u wont get bite. and if u do get bite seek help emidiatly dont wait carry a cell phone with u just in case this does happen to u.
also during the day u will not see very many deer but night is the worst time so drive the speed limit and u should be ok.
If driving behind a school bus or if one is approaching and stops, you are required by law to stop until the bus retracts its stopping sign and moves on. This is to protect the safety of children disembarking. Beware of required speed in school zones during the 'signed' times.
As in most US states traffic fines in working area when workers are present are doubled.
It's better to obey traffic rules, because the fines can make your vacation much more expensive then planned.
Speeding fines start at $70 dollar and goes up to $200.
Failure to yield right of way $105.00
Ran stop sign, red light, flashing red light $105
Unsafe lane change $125
Racing or contesting for speed $300
Exhibition of acceleration $200
Passing school bus $300
All of these are regular fines and can be doubled in working zones.
What i don't understand is that i didn't got a fine for not having a front license plate, my rental with a Florida plate had no front plate and it seems that there is a fine for that in Texas.
So be smart drive safe
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This probably applies to most anybody...however, Texans really despise liar's. Part of the history of our culture is trusting someone on their word, shaking on it, etc. From a business sense those good old fashioned truths are not reliable however the modern-day Texan may still request things in writing however in their heart they still like to believe in the good of mankind.
Here is a brief comic account for all the liars out there.
At Duke University, there were four sophomores taking Organic Chemistry.
They were doing so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc.,that
each had an A so far for the semester. These four friends were so
confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go up to the
University of Virginia and party with some friends there. They had a
great time, but after all the hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday
and didn't make it back to Duke until early Monday morning.
Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor
after the final and explain to him why they missed it. They explained
that they had gone to UVA for the weekend with the plan to come back in
time to study, but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back,
didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help for a long time. As a result,
they missed the final.
The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the
final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They studied
that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told
He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet,
and told them to begin.
They looked at the first problem, worth five points. It was something
simple about free radical formation. Cool, they thought! All at the
same time, each one in his separate room, thought, this is going to be
Each finished the lengthy problem and then turned the page. On the second
page was written:
For 95 points: Which tire?
if traveling a road east of interstate 45 or near it and you have car trouble like a flat tire or a broken hose. do not stop to fix it yourself. there is a possibility of being attack by a wild animal. yes wild animal. in parts of texas . there is what many people call the little wild elephants of texas. what these are is the decendants of tame pigs that some how got out of there pens and where not caught. they had mated with the wild bor pigs of texas and an animal that looks like a pig but people say is not really one. so now we had all kinds of mean and different looking pigs running around in texas. if a bunch of them decide to have a meal in your garden or where you have crops growing they will do major damage. millions of dollars each year is done by the wild elephants of texas. that is what it looks like after they have been in your garden or where you grow crops. like a bunch of little elephants have been there. when these little elephants travel in family groups they will attack any living thing they come across. also if you stop you may be near a ditch with water that may have gators in it. many part of texas are farm country with canel to carry water for irrigation. it is very common for there to be gators in them. much of the land in and near what are now cities in texas still have these canels and many still have gators in them.
gators have been known to attack dogs sitting in the back of a pickup truck. also climb what is called a link fence to get to small dogs. and been know to run through a glass door a full speed to get to something.
so take a cell phone when you travel and keep track of the road number you are on and the number of miles to the next town that you can give to the road service person.
If you're thinking of driving, in Texas major cities especially, - DON'T... the freeways are horrendous especially at peak times. Large Semi's and kamikaze drivers are let loose in this fast flowing (or NOT, at times) playground. Forget indicators, even if they are signalling, it maybe showing the wrong way to which they want to go and quite often the indicators are red lights, making it difficult to see against the brake lights. Unfortunately In Dallas, you pretty much have to have a car to get around - so good luck.
Pay attention to the local radio station. A good one will let you know of any serious weather in the making. Serious weather hits in the spring and summer, and late afternoon seems to be a favorite of thunderstorms. Don't get stuck outside!
Avoid the big red ants... they are more than likely fire ants and they burn like you know what! And pay attention to the ground if you are on a hike and bike trail, there are a few rattlers and the like, copperheads too, just remember they are as affraid of you and you are of them, so let them be the first to leave the scene and pay attention to where they go off to and avoid that spot :)
In the summertime, be sure and check the Texas weather reports for any possible tropical storms or hurricanes that have a tendency to lurk in the Gulf of Mexico during that time. Also, during the summer the temperatures can reach in the triple digits, so come prepared. For the most part, the winters are mild, but there can be some real wintry weather way up north in the panhandle during the winter.
do stay away from run down areas in the southern parts of the city,it has a way of becoming a war zone at night.do not go around by yourself when out at night partying,you will be easy pray for criminals ,there are an abundance of police though they are very helpful if you get lost.
The Heat here usually affects everyone who comes to texas from Cooler climates like myself.Be sure to visit Texas in the Spring or Fall because the summers here can sometimes be life threatening with the Humidity and Stifling heat.Also having a rental car in Texas is a must because Local Bus service is not that great and all Cities in Texas are so wide open.
In the downtown area a lot of young people gather around for weekend fun because there are a lot of different clubs and restaunts in this area. It is usually well secured, but every now and then some drunk acts up! And it is never safe for anyone, especially a woman to travel alone at night.
Texans love their state there are no doubts about that. When visiting do not even think about littering! Not only will you be fined...but the next day there will be a town hangin...and that'll be you.
I already put most of it in General, but just to recap. Racial problems do still exist especially in low income urban areas. Heat is excessive, if you are going to drive out in the country slip a bottle of water in with you just in case, think air conditioning and Sunscreen at all times. You wouldn't try to winter in Boston without good heat and a Coat would you? The little red ants (Fire Ants) are meaner thatn heck and like to bite unsuspecting tourists, particularly little kids. And anybody who talks like that Nick Nolty caricter from Prince of Tides is either making fun of you or trying to rip you off. Beware. :)
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