Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dallas vs. Houston




Dallas
1. Big Tex and State Fair are awesome
2. Great light rail system
3. Very trendy bar, restaurant, and shopping scene
4. JFK was assassinated on Dallas' watch
5. Galleria
6. New 75 and 635 interchange is extremely ugly
7. Really nice weather in summer and spring, but way too cold in winter
8. Lots of snobby people
9. More susceptible to fashion trends like the 80's comeback (leggings)
10. Lots of great historically preserved neighborhoods as well as new suburban neighborhoods
11. Recent trend of younger people moving back to the city making for a much cooler city center
12. American Airlines hub
13. American Airlines Center (sorry, you can't claim Arlington)
14. Cowboys, Mavericks, and Stars are all awesome
15. Rangers really suck (I'll let you claim them for this one)

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Houston
1. Rodeo and Rodeo cook-off are awesome
2. Lacking light rail system
3. Huge arts district, largest medical center in the country, energy capital of the country, major national shipping port, NASA, lots of green space (parks, trees, and lakes), 4th largest city in the United States, and beach (although crappy) is only 45 minutes away
4. Enron and Stanford Financial happened on Houston's watch
5. Galleria
6. Well organized and thought-out highway system (multiple concentric loops)
7. Nice, mild, year-around weather but humidity is almost unbearable sometimes (but it keeps your skin nice and moisturized)
8. Lots of rednecks and country people - which means people are nicer and more down to Earth but as a result are usually more unsophisticated
9. Jeans all day everyday
10. Lots of great historically preserved neighborhoods as well as new suburban neighborhoods
11. Recent trend of younger people moving back to the city making for a much cooler city center
12. Continental Airlines hub
13. Reliant Stadium, Minute Maid Park, and the Toyota Center
14. Astros, Rockets, and Dynamo are all awesome
15. Texans really suck

We all know I've made my choice....I love Houston babies!

21 comments:

  1. I added a special poll answer just for you!

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  2. I also have to say I disagree with Houston-#6. Although the multiple concentric loops are nice I would not call Houston's highway systems well organized and thought-out....any interchange from one major highway to another in this city is just horrible sorry.

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  3. Some obvious ommissions:

    Dallas
    1. Home of Southfork
    2. Many restuarants allow dogs
    3. Kellers & Jakes burgers (#5 and tator tots please)

    Houston
    1. no zoning
    2. Urban Cowboy filmed near Houston

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  4. Houston
    16. Velvet Melvin

    enough said :)

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  5. Jake--can you clarify your last comment? Do you love babies (infants) from Houston OR are you using the term 'baby' like others might use 'dude'

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  6. Jake--can you clarify your last comment? Do you love babies (infants) from Houston OR are you using the term 'baby' like others might use 'dude'

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  7. By the way Nancy, thanks for some of the list items from Dallas vs. Houston 1975 edition. Another nail in the generational coffin debate.

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  8. you're welcome dude

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  9. Ok, so I've been a little busy and am just now catching up on all the blogs and comments you people are making, and the first thing I have to say is, I'm sorry. I'm sorry it has taken me so long, but here goes, I'm going to try and address as much as I can.

    1. Dallas v. Houston: Both of them get on their knees to service St. Louis. STL fo' life, babies! Check'a 314... Go Cards!

    2. Here is what disgusts me about the AIG situation. Their defense for paying these large bonuses was that they were "contractually obligated" to pay them, and had AIG not paid the bonuses, these executives could have sued the company for breach of contract. Part of the problem with these contracts is that they do not contain any clauses that say something like "if AIG, under the guidance of (Executive's Name), helps cause the greatest disaster in U.S. economic history since Black Thursday, (Executive's Name) is entitled to a $0 bonus, and should probably stick his finger up his ass so that he may scratch his head as he wonders what went wrong." The lack of this type of language allegedly "forces" AIG to pay the bonuses. I have several issues with this:

    A. Most of the time, bonuses are based on a percentage of company profits, percentage of money saved, or some other merit based system. For a company in AIG's situation to be giving out bonuses tells me that they base their bonus system on something like "$100 for every American who can kiss their 401k's goodbye" or it was some kind of drunken bar bet that executives made that went something like a that joke about the guy who bets the bartender he can pee in a shot glass with his eyes closed. If you don't know that one, let me know, it's a classic.

    B. I find it so negligent for this type of language to be missing from a salary/bonus contract that it borders on criminal fraud. Someone, whether it was the board of directors, managing administration, or whoever, breached their fiduciary duty to the shareholders and clients of AIG by having such poorly drafted contracts.

    C. Even if these contracts could be sued on, so the f what. Let them sue a bankrupt company. See where it gets them. By the time the cases go to trial, hopefully AIG would be solvent, have paid back the govt and could afford to make good on their ridiculous unaccountable contracts.

    3. Mac v. PC: Too nerdy. Don't care. I will say this, I fought the iPhone craze for a long time, and although it does surprisingly lack a few simple functions (flash on the camera, video camera, highlight/copy/paste/cut functions, and multi-freaking-media messaging capability (what the hell is up with that?)) it is still a pretty rad phone. Only because of the cool Apps though. I honestly find nothing special about the out of the box iPhone and thought my HTC AT&T Tilt was better.

    4. Gay Marriage: Don't get me wrong, the thought of kissing another dude grosses me out. However, the thought of my parents french kissing (heterosexually) does the same thing. But what I find the most repulsive is that in the country that touts the claim of being the civil rights police of the world, we forbid homosexual marriage. Why? I have yet to hear a logical argument as to why. Steve and Dan marrying has absolutely zero impact on the marriage of a straight couple, let's just give them random names like "Jake and Cindy". If Steve loves Dan and wants to spend the rest of his life with Dan, who the hell am I to say that it's not ok? Is Steve and Dan's marriage harming Jake and Cindy's? If so, I don't know how. Adults should be allowed to make a lifelong commitment to whomever they please and the government should have absolutely no say in who people are choosing. It's silly.

    The argument that it's "unnatural" is silly too. Because honestly, marriage is "unnatural". Humans are programed to procreate. It's commonly known that men are programed to disperse their seed as widely as possible,to guarantee the lineage lives on. so the idea of limiting a man to only 1 mate for a lifetime, although morally commendable, is going against what is "natural".

    5. TV Options: The only reason you shouldn't choose a 100" HD Projection TV is if your other option is a free movie theater (Or if your largest wall is 40")

    6. I'm sleepy. After reading everyone's comments, and probably my own, I ask that Jake do a blog on the proper uses of the following words and grammatical points:
    - to, two, and too
    - there, their and they're
    - using commas
    - pretty much every line in the following quote from moonb007, whoever that is:

    "Moonb007 said...

    This is one of those issues that I think will be around us for most of our lives. Why, like Jake I have a hard time understanding the idea or concept...what ever you want to call it, I think that any human should have the same rights as another. I personally will never think any less of someone who is straight or homosexuality. If a church sect does not wish to honor it, then that should be fine as that is their right. But the government should allow it as the United States is suppose to be church separate from state. Any human should be able to go to the justice of piece and be recognized as one legally with another human in my eyes."

    Was this written by a drunk toddler with epilepsy?...Just kidding Moonbeam.

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  10. Great comments Casey, maybe you could try pacing yourself a little more on future blog postings. Ease up on the cuss words, this blog is family friendly. The occassional damn or hell is ok if it helps make your point. I'm glad you pointed out the spelling and grammer issues, I'll address that in a new posting.

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  11. Casey - In response to your comment that I just rejected, yes I do censor people. I let yours go on this last one because you're new around here and obviously put a lot of time and thought into your posting. But you need to understand that on my blog and in The United States of Hope and Change, censorship is a necessary evil. we must censor people so we can stifle the voice of oppostion. Free speech hinders progress. Look at the Chinese, they have done wonders with censorship, and communism for that matter. I am doing my part to help our President accomplish his main goal which is to convert us to a communist state where our government decides what is best for us, not we the people. So jump on board or else...

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  12. Jake, I like the Houston list, but can we claim NASA. If Dallas can't claim Arlington are we allowed then to clam Nasa Bay? Just thought I would bring that up. I think we all know my choice considering I have bought a house there ;-).
    For Casey....St. Luis, really...shakes head in shame. Oh and I agree with everyting Casey said "to"...yes I added that just for you.

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  13. Kevin- I thought you of all people would agree that neither Dallas nor Ft. Worth can claim Arlington, it stands alone. NASA on the other hand does not have a parent city except for us. If Galveston still existed I guess we could fight with them over it.

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  14. Ok, I will by that answer. I personally think Arlington stands on its own, now that it will get the Cowboys it should get even bigger. Who knows, some day DFW could just become Arlington.

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  15. Houston is also a Hub for Southwest Airlines.

    I'm with Casey on the "Go Cards!!!"

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  16. I don't think Southwest Airlines technically has an official hub like the other airlines

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  17. FROM CASEY:
    "It's commonly known that men are programed to disperse their seed as widely as possible,to guarantee the lineage lives on. so the idea of limiting a man to only 1 mate for a lifetime, although morally commendable, is going against what is 'natural.'"

    And my response will also be from Casey
    "Was this written by a drunk toddler with epilepsy?" Just kidding

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  18. Limiting a man to only 1 mate for a lifetime is unnatural? Casey, "toddler" would be a correct label for yourself, intoxicated or not. To disperse your seed would be to impregnate. There is no longer a need to worry about the population expanding, just look at the welfare lines. You sound like someone who has never known what it is like to know that every night when you go to bed and every morning when you awaken that your best friend's face will be the first and last thing you see every day. Do add that it's by choice, not limits. I would be interested to know your age "toddler".

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