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  •  There are some weird ones here, but in comparison (1+ / 0-)
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    with most of the deep South I find it relatively sane.

    Texas? I found Dallas to be completely bizarre on drinking anyway! What a cluster that was! On business trips there years ago I'd go to a place a block from another and find no beer or wine tonight because that restaurant was in a different drinking zone. Had a packet of $1 "private club" memberships to get a fucking beer with my meal.

    One of Virginia's oddest is the independent city thing. We have the most. Alexandria is not in any county, sometimes a problem with forms elsewhere (people there sometimes have a federal electronic form reject input because "county" was mandatory). So, no, The City of Fairfax is not a part of Fairfax County (a big county in size with a population and budget of some states) even though the county has some offices there. Another, and unfortunate one in my view and experience, is the level at which Richmond can and does meddle in local matters. Firearms in our parks and recreation centers? Yep, downstate legislators killed that county ban.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:18:28 AM PDT

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    •  OK, I must admit a caveat (0+ / 0-)

      I'm in Austin, so some of the Houston and Dallas zoning coo-coo-ness doesn't apply here.  In fact, I love the zoning here, box stores are hidden behind lovely groves of trees, signs can't be too intrusive, it's awesome.

      The one that killed me in Virginia (almost literally, ha-ha) was the fact that school zones and applicable speed limits didn't exist in Fairfax country.  So we lived right off of this country road with houses and a school on it, but because it was a cut through for commuters and there was no school zone to speak of, it was a death trap to walk my kids the 200 yards to school every day.  They wanted to put my kid on a bus for a 200 yard ride to school so I wouldn't have to cross the street.  There was one boy who lived TWO DOORS down from the school, but because he was on the opposite side of the road they wanted him on a bus so he wouldn't cross the street.

      That is insanity.  

      Another things that Texas beats Virginia hands down?  State parks.  They are unbelievable here.  I LOVE Texas state parks.

      I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

      by coquiero on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:57:56 AM PDT

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