I've now hit the 1/3 Mark
Trip Start Sep 14, 2008
21Trip End Nov 01, 2008
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I'm going to have to ship back half the crap I've bought here... I've been trying to keep busy on my downtown, so I go to WalMart and dig through their cheap bin for movies... I bought a season of NCIS to watch in my down time - not that I get much of it when I'm on duty.
We switched to Class B uniforms (their Class A) last shift. I've been getting noticed more and more because I have my state of Alaska EMT III Patch on, which is considerably more noticeable than the Texas one
As I may have mentioned earlier, I came to Texas with certain preconceptions. There's a certain image that comes to mind when you think of Texas - a bunch of slack-jawed yokels sitting on their front porch, pickin their banjo while their kid sits on the ground whittling a piece of wood into some sort of impliment for 'gigging' cat fish (from what I gather, that's their term for sticking their hand in a hole and waiting for a catfish to bite it so they can yank it up). Well let me tell you something about stereotypes, people...
They're ALL true.
Sure, in Houston people are pretty standard - they drive expensive cars, live in really nice houses.... but you get even 1 mile outside of the suburbs and nice split-level homes give way to trailers, pickup trucks and Ma and Pa Cleetus. Get mah good teeth, maw, them thar amb'lance peoples is here
It's not a bad thing, seriously. Texas does have it's own culture - just like any other state. Houston is actually a lot more 'chic' than I expected. The Woodlands is one of the nicest areas I've ever been in... every business right down to Denny's and McDonald's has to be built to a certain architectural standard and their signs are made of marble or other nice stonework. It's not your typical restaurants. One of the McDonald's I went into actually had a lounge - I'll try and get pictures of it, but I don't want to look like a tourist.
I find myself enjoying Texas more than I thought I would... of course I would never move here, as so many of my friends and family are worred about. Even though $45,000 a year down here would let me live like a high-end slope worker back home... I love Alaska too much to leave it for a long time.