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 I only lived in Texas for six months:  from February to August, 1996--in Austin for a month, and the remainder in Copperas Cove.  Though I had never planned to live in the Lone Star State, I must say that my brief time there was pleasant and interesting.  Texans were generally very nice (including the state troopers)--once while in the middle of nowhere (near Ft. Stockton), I got pulled-over for doing 100 miles an hour---the officer just asked me to slow down.  There were things to get used to though--such as living in a dry county, while the one next door was wet.  Texans pronounce a lot of names differently from the rest of the country--a fact I learned while working at KCYL Radio in Lampasas.  Several times I had to re-do commercials because I said a name in a non-Texan way--for instance, Lake Buchanan (B'yew-canon) to the rest of us, is Lake "Buck-canon" to a Texan.  Another curious Texan trait was to enter a freeway or major highway, one had to cross-over into on-coming traffic to access the on-ramp!  I visited many of the major cities while there:  Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Galveston, Amarillo.  There are a number of Texas places I still want to visit, including Marfa and Aurora.