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Which State Is Most Representative Of The U.S.?

NPR recently published a nice breakdown of state-by-state demographics, with the intent to show which of the U.S.’s 50 states most represents the nation as a whole. The whole purpose of the story was to see which state’s presidential primaries should be first. (Of course, that’s silly; no state should go first.) Based on their[…]

Sam’s Club

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Published on: 2013.08.31

It’s possible I’m the last American to enter a Sam’s Club. Regardless, that’s what I did yesterday for the first time in my life. The one next to our city isn’t open yet, but it will be in less than a month. So we got our family membership and drove 33 minutes to Temple, Texas,[…]

McDonald’s: Minor Efficiency Complaint

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Published on: 2013.08.20

One of the many McDonald’s in our area recently underwent what the newspaper called “an extensive remodel” — actually they tore down the entire building and even dug up the parking lot and foundation to completely rebuild the site. It’s apparently part of a nationwide program to update all the chain’s restaurants. As with the[…]

Review: Black Meg 43 (Restaurant)

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Published on: 2013.06.26

Link to official site: Black Meg 43 My rating: 2 of 5 stars First, and most importantly, the motto of the restaurant is “Welcome to a Better Burger”. It’s part of their sign and logo. At the Harker Heights location where we ate (former site of Clem Mikeska’s), the motto was not true. Both my[…]

5 Maps Compared; Bing Wins

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Published on: 2012.10.17

Two weeks ago, I compared results on three different search engines, concluding that none of them were superior. A natural extension of that thought-process would be to test the various online mapping services, but I didn’t think of it until my mother tried it first. Here’s the test: type your own home address into the[…]

San Marcos Premium Outlets

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Published on: 2011.03.11

Compared to the Gainesville Factory Shops (my review from 2008), the San Marcos Premium Outlets were amazing. Every shop space was being used and the food court had a variety of restaurants. We found some good deals on Wrangler shorts, Gap underwear, and a few other items. The high points It wasn’t too crowded, but[…]

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Published on: 2009.10.06

On Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, my wife and I visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. Normally, when I review a tourist site, I’d link to its website, but this museum’s website set off my anti-virus software something fierce, so I’ll save you that trouble. If you really want to visit[…]

Gainesville Factory Shops

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Published on: 2008.08.03

Thinking of visiting Gainesville Factory Shops (see photo)? Well, think again. On the outset, it appears to be a large, well-designed outlet mall on the north side of Gainesville, Texas. The website indicates that the mall’s owners are just as tired of high prices as you are. Sounds good, right? For one thing, it’s difficult[…]

Dallas World Aquarium

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Published on: 2008.08.03

The Dallas World Aquarium is a money-making tourist attraction in Dallas, Texas, that costs $18.95 per adult and $10.95 per child (with tax, two adults cost more than $40). There are three restaurants inside, with prices about equal to restaurant chains like TGI Fridays or Chilis. The actual exhibits are varied, interesting, and spread out[…]

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