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Longtime friend (who does not live in Texas) called and said he had a 30-40 minute layover at DFW International Airport. Says, why don't you run out to the airport and we can grab coffee? I told him that's a pretty long drive. One way trip is 1 hour 40 minutes. So I started thinking about how big the state is. Texarkana to El Paso is 607 miles Amarillo to Corpus Christi is 653.

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All of Poland can fit inside the Texas border with room to drive around it and not cross any borders.

An old east-to-west driver's saying was "The sun done riz and the sun done set - and here we is - in Texas yet!"
 

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When I visited my sister a number of years back, I remember getting off the plane and riding in their car for about 20 minutes, where we came to a toll booth. I said, "I thought you didn't have toll roads down here." She responded, "that was not really a toll". It was the parking fee. We were still at DFW.
 

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Fun fact: And yet even with as large as Texas is, it still cannot contain the arrogance and attitudes of Texans!
LOL, just poking fun!
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Absolutely true! No offense taken. Most of us down here are arrogant, braggadocios, insufferable and irritating as to our state pride. Granted there are some some transplanted Yankees, so we just ramp up the bragging.
 

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When I visited my sister a number of years back, I remember getting off the plane and riding in their car for about 20 minutes, where we came to a toll booth. I said, "I thought you didn't have toll roads down here." She responded, "that was not really a toll". It was the parking fee. We were still at DFW.
The main road that goes north & south thru the middle of the airport is 9 miles long, multiple terminals and parking sites. Folks that complain that the nine miles is confusing fail to follow two rules: drive the speed limit so you can see all the terminal signs, and majority of the exits are to the left, not the right which I'm sure pleases the liberals.
 

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But I still think you made a mistake turning down the huge amounts Texas offered you to stay where you are.
back in the 1980's New Yorkers and Detroit folks were moving to Texas big time. This led to various movements & bumper stickers, such as "Love NY?: Take I-30 east". Or, my personal favorite, "New Yorkers are like hemorrhoids. If they come down and go back, it's fine. If they come down and stay, it's a pain in the a$$" :p
 

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And no, I don't live in Alaska. Just saying, size doesn't always matter. It does most of the time, but not land size.

Btw, what ever happened to the whole Country of Texas thing? Did they ever get that off the ground? Maybe you can take Mississippi with you?
 

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no question that Alaska has more land mass, but not as much inhabitable land. Texas secession never really got off the ground. I think it would have been a bad move.
 

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Totally agree. I don't understand Texans I've known who claimed it would've been good. They really should get on the same power grid as other nearby states. That would've really helped during that deep freeze. Sure, there would be some benefits from separating, but there are far more benefits being united.
 

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I remember I drove through TX in a uhaul towing my Evo to CA for military orders. I honestly thought I was going to just stay in TX and go awol, it took forever to drive through; and It felt like I kept getting reset back at the starting line 🤣🤔.
 

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Speaking of Texas road trips, about 20 years ago me and a colleague were in Texas to visit a customer down in Waco, and as two other colleagues from our supplier in SC were to join up with us in Denton, my colleague had rented a comfortable car for four that happened to be a Cadillac Deville.

For number o reasons the Carolina guys never showed up and me and my colleague ended up doing the Denton-Waco drive on our own.

Now to the part that still bugs me today, while doing this trip in which we took turns driving I remember thinking that the power in the engine felt equal to the 86 Caprice with a 305/170hp I had owned recently at the time.
I got my Seville 2015 many years later so I had zero experience in Northstars cars back then, but looking at the pictures today I realize its an 2000-2002 Deville which must have been powered by a NS, the STS has the hotter cam and maybe also different gear ratio, but I can’t help it, the engine in that rental felt very very far from the mule kick I get when doing a hard kickdown with the Seville, and I don’t really get why the difference should feel that big unless I'm missing something here...
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The 2000 - 2005 Devilles came in two powertrain configurations - the base and DHS had the 275 hp 3.11 final drive highway cruise setup and the DTS had the 300 hp 3.71 final drive - and active suspension - performance setup.

Base and DHS were speed limited to 112 mph; the DTS was 130.
 

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The 2000 - 2005 Devilles came in two powertrain configurations - the base and DHS had the 275 hp 3.11 final drive highway cruise setup and the DTS had the 300 hp 3.71 final drive - and active suspension - performance setup.

Base and DHS were speed limited to 112 mph; the DTS was 130.
Thanks for clearing out the Deville configuration Sub, must have been the Base version, perhaps there is a weight difference too?

Didn’t want to disrespect the Deville in any way, it was a wonderful and comfortable car to ride, it just bugs me that this has been my first contact with the NS and I didn’t even notice it, in the Seville the engine overall sticks out as a different creature, and I have owned a number of v8 cars since 1981 and on, mostly American cast iron from 60’s-70’s but also a BMW 530i from 1993 (3 litre 218hp), that car had the same temperament as the NS-STS, but obsessively with less torque and charm for that matter;)
 

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Fun fact: And yet even with as large as Texas is, it still cannot contain the arrogance and attitudes of Texans!

LOL, just poking fun!

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Well we were our own nation at one point. Besides, you got Trudeau so pipe down! :)

Born, raised, and work in TX. I love Texas but less so now that Californians and New Yorkers have come here.
 

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Well we were our own nation at one point. Besides, you got Trudeau so pipe down! :)

Born, raised, and work in TX. I love Texas but less so now that Californians and New Yorkers have come here.
years ago when Texas was seeing a huge number of transplants from Michigan and other northern states there were signs and posts that said "Yankees are like hemorrhoids: when they come down and go back up, they're fine. But when they come down and stay, they're a pain in the as$"
 

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years ago when Texas was seeing a huge number of transplants from Michigan and other northern states there were signs and posts that said "Yankees are like hemorrhoids: when they come down and go back up, they're fine. But when they come down and stay, they're a pain in the as$"
Grew up here in Texas. On the 70's, remember the new right turn on red law was passed. So, southern Texas arrogance took over and it became a unwritten rule that if you were going straight, you would stay out of the right lane to give the turners a chance to go. And guess what, the new Yankees would not follow the rule. Look down at the plate on the car stopped in the right lane , MI, NY, NJ etc. Lots of old anger stories from back then.

Spent summers in NY Long Island. Uncle's used to take me into the NYC for fun. First on train, later in cars where taught me how to drive in the city (don't back down). 10 years later, wifey, kids and I found ourselves living in CT. Used to scare the hell out of them when I took the 4WD Black Suburban into the city for family entrainment (circus, museum). Tagged a number of cabs, who wouldn't get out of the way (they'd look in the review mirror and then speed out if the way , family laughing.

Amazed at how easy it was to drive thru 3 states to ski, visit Boston, see Philly, etc. 8 hours, 7 states to meet family on the Outer banks.

Returned to Texas, only to find all of Yankee drivers on the North Dallas Tollway. Bumper to bumper all doing 85 on narrow lanes. Felt like I never left NYC.

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