Moving back to Texas
I want to do this with Brooklyn. Dinner at Press Cafe, Ft Worth river, weekly; Sat Arboretum; Sun dinner Donna, weekly
Earlier Visit Denton "I could live here."
Always a Texan
Ya know, ther's this inexplicable phenomenon of Texas Pride. It is ingrained in those of us who spent a significant number of years living in Texas. While I was born in New Orleans, louisiana, my parents moved to Dallas when I was 18 months old, so I consider myself a Ntive Texan.
"Hey, I'm coming home. Sorry it took me so long."
I want to be where there is more innovation, more great things happening, a healthier economy, and more progressive people. Leaving the house I developed will be very hard but I need to leave Oklahoma, I need to return home. I was happier, a better person in NYC. I want the same in Texas. Process needs to be positive, minimal stress, and fun. The move will be enjoyable. Take it a step at a time, easy pace, be patient for the right house - I'll know it when I see it. Renovation, making new friends, and exploring a new area will be fun.
Apartments in Dallas were great chapters. But those have ended. An apt in New York City was a great chapter. But that one has ended. A remodeled house in Edmond was a great chapter. Living in Texas will be a new chapter. Everything will be different - the routines will be different, the house will be different, the naborhood will be different. I will leave people and places here and embark with new friends, people, and places. Will write in coffee shops, workspaces. Home office could even be part of the great room. The office will be a new chapter - the Edmond office was phenomenal, but we work differently now.
I could get involved with atheist/humanist groups, historic commissions, planning commissions.
I never quite embraced Oklahoma - too conservative, religious, fearful. In 1987, when I got an offer to teach at the University of Central Oklahoma, the plan was to stay there 3 years and move on. It's been over 30 years. What kept me in OK:
My house and office
Walk to naberhood parks/trail, shops, restraunts
Low cost of living
Fink park: cliffs, creek, walk trail
CBD and medical marijuana
TX suppresses voter registration
Not have to move
Not have to renovate a second house
I would be happier in Texas."
Closer to Dallas, Ft Worth, Denison
Closer to major airport, fewer layovers. Want to go to New York more often.
Closer to friends and family: Laird, Donna, Barbara Steve, Fammie, Julie, S&S
Live in large US metro
Better weather - less ice, fewer tornadoes
Call myself a Texan, Live in Texas. Get TX tag, ID, voter
Return home: Laird, parents, friends
More progressive town, activities, people.
Arts, theater, amenities
USAToday state rankings: TX 13, OK 46
Like what they do: TX: 8th, OK: 32th
Strong social relationship: TX: 16th, OK: 27th
In good physical health: TX: 11th, OK: 49th
OK: struggle to afford food: 4th
time for vacations: 50th
positive energy from friends/family: 46th
Texas: stronger sense of purpose than any state other than South Dakota.
Texas: stronger sense of social well-being, community, and physical health than majority of states.
Oklahoma: Ranked at or near the bottom in many social health categories.
Headline in the sports section of the OKC paper - Prayers Answered. Not hard work, not talent, not training, not coaching, not dedication; but prayer won the game. God chose his favorite team. That sentiment of faith is fine in church or in one's personal life, but not in a newspaper article about a sports team's success.
Many, maybe most, Oklahomans, to solve problems, vote Republican and trust God. And they refuse to see that neither of those works.
The Texas mystique
Often abbreviated GTT, Gone To Texas was a phrase used by Americans emmigrating to Texas in the 1800s, often to escape debt incurred during the Panic of 1819. Moving to Texas, which at the time was part of Mexico, was particularly popular among debtors from the South and West. The phrase was often written on the doors of abandoned houses or posted as a sign on fences.
While speaking in Nacogdoches, Texas in early 1836, shortly before his death at The Alamo, Davy Crockett is famously quoted regarding his last campaign for Congress,
"In my last canvass, I told the people of my district, that, if they saw fit to re-elect me, I would serve them faithfully as I had done; but, if not, they might all go to h---, and I would go to Texas. I was beaten, gentlemen, and here I am."
Early settlers came here for many reasons, noble and ignoble. Their experiences, blending opportunity with hardship, helped create the Texas mystique that still fascinates people around the globe.
Texas's population has increased in every decade since the days of the Republic. But the rapid growth in the years before the Civil War put an indelible stamp on our state. The people who were lured here then, and their experiences, created the foundation for the legend of Texas.
At the beginning of the 1800s, Native Americans outnumbered all others in Texas. When Texas achieved independence in 1836, the estimated population exceeded 50,000, and the majority group was Anglos. That number quadrupled by the 1850 census, just after Texas became a state.
A decision to move to Texas in those days required a willingness to face danger, drudgery and deprivation. But all that paled when compared to the incredible promise Texas offered for a better life. That drew thousands of settlers who'd scrawled “GTT" on the doors or floors of their cabins in Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas and other places.
Most newcomers came by their own free choice. Economic opportunity - primarily cheap and plentiful land - topped the list of reasons for moving to Texas. Some settlers came to escape debt, a failed business, legal problems, or what one writer calls “rascality." For others, there was no choice at all - they came here as chattel. In 1850, there were an estimated 58,000 slaves in Texas.
The journey to Texas required determination and endurance during a weeks-long journey by wagon, horseback, ship or on foot. Virtually everyone came knowing they faced hard work and uncertain futures, and one writer described them as “toil-worn people."
The collective impact of these newcomers in the mid-1800s is well described by writer J. Frank Dobie: “The very qualities that made many of the Texas pioneers rebels to society and forced not a few of them to quit it between sun and sun without leaving cards engraved with their new addresses fitted them to conquer the wilderness - qualities of daring bravery, reckless abandon, heavy self-assertiveness."
1968-1974 College at UT, Austin
1979-1987 Graduate School at UNT, Denton
2016 April 10, Denton: "I could live here."
Sunday: McD bkfst, girls in, drive Toruk, Love's; Rayzor Ranch WW, UNT: Union, Library, Wooten, strip: JimmyJohn lunch: sketch ww; Greek row, ATrain depot, square: West Oak Coffee, walk; drive 35.
July 15: Dallas
Friday: Girls in, Walmart McD bkfst, drive; Denton: mall, Corner Bakery lunch.
2017 December 2-3, Denton
Saturday: Bkfst; 2 stops; 11:35: Historical Park, smell Texas, walk old homes, drive University: Petco, Strbx, Panera: sit outside; LaQ: checkin, room rest ou game; drive Strbx, TWU, houses & streets: Parkway, Pearl, Oak, Hickory; home tour on Oak, pee drive, Square: walk, sit on courthouse grass, Denton store, drive, Little Chapel, rock garden, ChikFA, room: eat, tv, hotel walk, bed.
Sunday: McD bkfst in room, pack shower, load car; drive UNT: walk campus Brooklyn, drive 77 town loop 380, Taco Cabana bkfst; I35.
2018 Sunday March 11: Realtor selection, Check and sign up on realtor review sites, Research agents, vet websites, Realtor Jonathan calls, We set appt for next Thursday in Denton.
March 15, Denton: Meet with Realtor, discuss criteria
Thursday: Bkfst, Drive, Ardmore Loves: coffee, rr, walk; drive, Rayzor Panera: sit outside, walk; Jon call, meet square: WO coffee bar: cbrew, talk map; drive Linden, talk look, TWU; Square: art gallery, goodbyes; walk, CHouse lawn: Calhoun kids, great Dane, lay in grass, car cup, WO coffee bar: cbrew, sidewalk patio: Canadians chat: Brooklyn, Yukon Hamilton, rr, water, Jon; walk, Fuzzys: quesa, walk Sq: bench eat; drive Oak St I35 - 2hr 45min; home, unpack.
Trip confirmed desire to move.
Former student: Jim, we are surpised you're still here (in OK). We thought you'd have moved by now.
Sunday April 29 Denton
Panera lunch, North Streets: Anna: walk Brooklyn, Bolivar; West streets; Square: walk dogs, ice cream sit, courthouse grass, coffee
Friday June 1: Email re 1100 Bolivar open house
Sunday June 3 Denton
Drive, Bolivar: Open House: walks, porch: West Oak Coffee: Make offer; Panera, drive.
Monday 4: Draw house plan. Offer not accepted (No offers were accepted).
Saturday July 21 Denton
Drive, Rumpy's stop, Argyle: check in; museums: house, QTown; DAC Jason Lee photos, Fire Sta, Sq: LSA Burgers, Jonathan, West Oak, drive see houses Historic Hickory Randy, Hickory bike shop, Ponder; square: West Oak water; PU Brooklyn, drive OK.
Make offer, email.
Sunday September 2: Email re house listing on Parkway: Coming Soon, texted realtor
Schedule house visits: Monday 3 & Saturday 8 Rain both days
Tuesday September 11 Denton
Drive, Cowboy Chicken, daycare, UNTSq ONeil Ford, Parkway: tour, talk, WOCB: discuss, Congress, bye, daycare, drive OK.
Friday-Monday November 2-5 Austin
Advisors Reunion: "I wanna buy a house." We looked at East Austin, downtown.
Austin Condo 2908: November 4/5: see/select 222 West St, "This is it. I can't find any negatives."
Nov 6: Submit offer
Nov 7: Offer accepted
Tuesday/Wensday November 20-21 Austin Condo closing
Thursday-Sunday Nov 29 - Dec 2 Austin Condo move-in
Thursday-Tuesday Dec 20 - Dec 25 Austin Condo settle, Brooklyn #1
Acclimate Brooklyn to apt & Austin
Train Brooklyn to not whine or open door
Finish settling apt
North Texas and Denton
Median age: 28.8 65+: 8.3%
UNT: 2015: 36,000
TWU 2015: 15,000
At the Pig Stand in Denton, the cook, in an effort to wow his customers, placed an order for sandwich bread sliced at double the normal thickness, but then, upon learning that this Texas-sized bread would not fit into the restaurant's toaster, buttered the big slices and toasted them on the griddle. Voilà! Texas toast. The Dallas-based Pig Stand chain, which once counted dozens of outlets in Texas and beyond but has now dwindled to a lonely single stand in San Antonio. Pig Stand, is also credited with the invention of the drive-in restaurant concept, carhops, onion rings, and the chicken-fried steak sandwich.
Filming Bonnie & Clyde in Pilot Point, near Denton. The Regional Premiere was in Denton.
A mark for I heart Texas
The I ? NY mark has been a popular classic icon since its introduction in 1977. The designer, Milton Glaser, used a pictorial symbol for the word Love and typographic symbols for I and New York.
I wondered if the type symbols could also be replaced with pictorial symbols, especially for the state of Texas, possibly the most recognizable shape of the 50. California, Alaska, and New York might be close seconds, but, the outline shape of Texas is universally known and recognized.
Below: I sketched a side view of an eye and stacked the symbols. But, then I remembered that Paul Rand replaced the I text symbol with a pictorial symbol for IBM in 1981:
Rand's orientation of the eye symbol was more consistent with the symmetrical heart and a row of symbols was more useful than a column. Conducting further research on marks for 'I ? Texas' brought up these images:
There were others, but all were like these, with only the state letters replaced by an image and the 'I' still a letter character (except for the I Texas Texas one on the right.) I am surprised that the eye symbol hasn't found its way into the classic mark to replace the letter I, especially when a symbol or image is used for the other part (where the NY was originally). Using the eye symbol seems like a natural evolution of replacing words (like heart) with symbol images.
New mark with all image symbols
I used a simplified Rand's eye symbol and rounded the sharp corners of the state shape to better relate to the other two symbols. It worked. The symbols clearly communicate and respect each other as a cohesive unit of 3 marks forming a strong statement. Then, I wondered about adapting the rendering to other states.
Above right: I Love Colorado or I Love Wyoming or I Love Rectangles. This one would not work outside of those states - the state shape is just not unique enough to be quickly recognizable.
The 3 states above (Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, but not necessarily in that order) may be a bit too obscure to be successful.
Is this where the Texas flag came from?
A proposed license plate for Texas
Exploit the state slogan
Texas is The Lone Star State, made famous by its simple yet memorable flag, adopted by the Republic of Texas in 1839. That is the state's symbol and logo that is known globally.
Often, license plates are too busy and cluttered. There is a need for simplicity, so that the plate numbers can be quickly and clearly seen and comprehended. License plates probly shouldn't be for self-expression, their purpose is to communicate letters and numbers very rapidly and clearly, for the sake of emergency personne. People can express themselves on bumper stickers and in their cars, not on the license plate.
There is no need for The Lone Star State slogan - the lone star is there.
The simplicity and clarity of the proposed plate as compared to more complex plates.
Oops, something similar has already been done
Ad and plate for the Texas Commission on the Arts. Jim's suggestion on the right.
Above: Spotted on cars in Oklahoma. Below: A painted curb address in Dallas