Dallas, TX: Braving the August Heat
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I felt this heat the moment I stepped off the plane. I was one of the first few to arrive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the annual conference and immediately I had to respond to a terrible situation in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It turned out that I was the only one in the agency to write about the violent influence of hate music on intergroup tension as I monitor bias-based incidents in my region. Who knew that such music could lead to a shooting at a place of worship
With a rapid response team in place, I could turn my attention to chilling with my old friend, Alex and his family. I got to meet 3-y.o. Dresden for the first time! The 100+ degree heat was unbearable so we stuck to indoor activities like visiting the city's greenhouse-aquarium and then feasting at a Tex-Mex restaurant. Throughout the week, I had sushi and sword fish...I devoured a Texas burger and slice of brisket pizza. The best of the very best food was still 180+ miles away in Austin as promised by Alex; Casie swore by it too. During the week-long conference, I spent my evening hours at the gym and in the pool. Thus far, this is the only city where I didn't dare walk around outside other than the 10-min. transit between the Sheraton and the conference center. It was too hot and the sun was too intense.
On the news, I heard that Dallas was also the epicenter of the outbreak of the West Nile Virus so it was prudent to spend time indoors. Other than that, I know little about Dallas and almost nothing about Fort Worth despite the fact that I spent a night there at Casie's parents'. Her dad welcomed me to his house with a familiar greeting, "We kept the place cool for you. It's only 99 degrees!" I spoke to the former U.S. Air Force officer about his missions in the Pacific during the Cold War, the places he had been, the crazy maneuvers he had made, and the weapons he had training on.
Next Stop: Good BBQ in Austin!
Sitting by the pool enjoying the view of downtown Dallas
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