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    Moving To Texas.......

    A new career opportunity is bringing my family and I from the frozen north of Minnesota, to the Temple, TX area (about an hour north of Austin and 30 minutes south of Waco). Can anyone point me to some good music venues in the Temple area for some local blues jams or recommend some cool music stores?

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    I can't remember ever being in Temple so I can't help with local knowledge but may I be the first to welcome you to our great state!

    As I see it, I serve the beat. Groove is everything.

    Big Al

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    A classic tale about moving to Texas [Dallas].

    May 30th:

    Just moved to Dallas. Now this is a city that knows how to

    live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! I

    watched the sunset from a park lying on a blanket. It was beautiful.

    I've finally found my home. I love it here.

    June 14th:

    Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an

    air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to

    see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshiper.

    June 30th:

    Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of

    cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me.

    Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

    July 10th:

    The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people

    get used to this kind of heat? At least it's kind of windy though. But

    getting used to the heat and humidity is taking longer that I expected.

    July 15th:

    Fell asleep by the pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my

    body). Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my

    lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

    July 20th:

    I missed Morgan (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this

    morning. By the time I got to the hot car for lunch, Morgan had died and

    swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $2,000 leather

    upholstery. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like

    Kibbles and shits. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.

    July 25th:

    The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer!! And

    it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is not working and the AC

    repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

    July 30th:

    Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now. $1,500 in

    damn house payments and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?

    Aug. 4th:

    It's 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today.

    It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 85, but this freaking

    humidity makes the house feel like it's about 95. Stupid repairman. I hate this stupid city.

    Aug. 8th:

    If another wise ass asks, "Hot enough for you today?" I'm going

    to strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is

    boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!

    Aug. 9th:

    Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and sat on

    the black leather seats in the ol' car. I thought my ass was on fire. I

    lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and ass.

    Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and baked cat.

    Aug. 10th:

    The weather report might as well be a damn recording. Hot and

    sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to do shit for 2

    damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week.

    Doesn't it ever rain in this damn desert? Water rationing now, so my

    $1700 worth of cactus just dried up and blew into the damn pool. Even

    the cactus can't live in this damn heat.

    Aug. 14th:

    Welcome to HELL!!! Temperature got to 115 today. Forgot to crack

    the window and blew the damn windshield out of the car. The installer

    came to fix it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My wife had to

    spend the $1500 house payment to bail me out of jail.

    Freaking Texas. What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live here?
    Pauls to the walls!

    Hüter der Flammen!

    PLEASE SUPPORT www.burstserial.com !!
    Click here: www.burstserial.com

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    A classic about moving to Texas [Dallas ... but it's pretty much the same in Temple].

    May 30th:

    Just moved to Dallas. Now this is a city that knows how to

    live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! I

    watched the sunset from a park lying on a blanket. It was beautiful.

    I've finally found my home. I love it here.

    June 14th:

    Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an

    air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to

    see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshiper.

    June 30th:

    Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of

    cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me.

    Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

    July 10th:

    The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people

    get used to this kind of heat? At least it's kind of windy though. But

    getting used to the heat and humidity is taking longer that I expected.

    July 15th:

    Fell asleep by the pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my

    body). Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my

    lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

    July 20th:

    I missed Morgan (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this

    morning. By the time I got to the hot car for lunch, Morgan had died and

    swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $2,000 leather

    upholstery. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like

    Kibbles and shits. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.

    July 25th:

    The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer!! And

    it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is not working and the AC

    repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

    July 30th:

    Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now. $1,500 in

    damn house payments and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?

    Aug. 4th:

    It's 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today.

    It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 85, but this freaking

    humidity makes the house feel like it's about 95. Stupid repairman. I hate this stupid city.

    Aug. 8th:

    If another wise ass asks, "Hot enough for you today?" I'm going

    to strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is

    boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!

    Aug. 9th:

    Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and sat on

    the black leather seats in the ol' car. I thought my ass was on fire. I

    lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and ass.

    Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and baked cat.

    Aug. 10th:

    The weather report might as well be a damn recording. Hot and

    sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to do shit for 2

    damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week.

    Doesn't it ever rain in this damn desert? Water rationing now, so my

    $1700 worth of cactus just dried up and blew into the damn pool. Even

    the cactus can't live in this damn heat.

    Aug. 14th:

    Welcome to HELL!!! Temperature got to 115 today. Forgot to crack

    the window and blew the damn windshield out of the car. The installer

    came to fix it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My wife had to

    spend the $1500 house payment to bail me out of jail.

    Freaking Texas. What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live here?
    Pauls to the walls!

    Hüter der Flammen!

    PLEASE SUPPORT www.burstserial.com !!
    Click here: www.burstserial.com

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by CoyotesGator View Post
    I can't remember ever being in Temple so I can't help with local knowledge but may I be the first to welcome you to our great state!

    And allow me to be the second!

    But yeah, to follow-up with Tom's post, air conditioning -- and lots of it -- is your friend from June through September.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by CoyotesGator View Post
    I can't remember ever being in Temple so I can't help with local knowledge but may I be the first to welcome you to our great state!

    Thank you CoyotesGator and Ed! Looking forward to making the move. The first few trips down have been great so far. I know it gets hot, but I've always enjoyed the heat vs the cold and snow.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    A classic about moving to Texas [Dallas ... but it's pretty much the same in Temple].

    May 30th:

    Just moved to Dallas. Now this is a city that knows how to

    live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! I

    watched the sunset from a park lying on a blanket. It was beautiful.

    I've finally found my home. I love it here.

    June 14th:

    Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an

    air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to

    see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshiper.

    June 30th:

    Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of

    cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me.

    Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

    July 10th:

    The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people

    get used to this kind of heat? At least it's kind of windy though. But

    getting used to the heat and humidity is taking longer that I expected.

    July 15th:

    Fell asleep by the pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my

    body). Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my

    lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

    July 20th:

    I missed Morgan (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this

    morning. By the time I got to the hot car for lunch, Morgan had died and

    swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $2,000 leather

    upholstery. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like

    Kibbles and shits. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.

    July 25th:

    The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer!! And

    it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is not working and the AC

    repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

    July 30th:

    Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now. $1,500 in

    damn house payments and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?

    Aug. 4th:

    It's 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today.

    It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 85, but this freaking

    humidity makes the house feel like it's about 95. Stupid repairman. I hate this stupid city.

    Aug. 8th:

    If another wise ass asks, "Hot enough for you today?" I'm going

    to strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is

    boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!

    Aug. 9th:

    Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and sat on

    the black leather seats in the ol' car. I thought my ass was on fire. I

    lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and ass.

    Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and baked cat.

    Aug. 10th:

    The weather report might as well be a damn recording. Hot and

    sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to do shit for 2

    damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week.

    Doesn't it ever rain in this damn desert? Water rationing now, so my

    $1700 worth of cactus just dried up and blew into the damn pool. Even

    the cactus can't live in this damn heat.

    Aug. 14th:

    Welcome to HELL!!! Temperature got to 115 today. Forgot to crack

    the window and blew the damn windshield out of the car. The installer

    came to fix it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My wife had to

    spend the $1500 house payment to bail me out of jail.

    Freaking Texas. What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live here?
    Hilarious read, thanks Tom!

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Mine read slightly different.

    1996

    June 14th - closed on the house
    July 4th - Moved in. Record heat streak and drought. 105 every day that week.
    Aug 1st - Began looking for places in Wyoming to retire to.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephens View Post
    The first few trips down have been great so far. I know it gets hot, but I've always enjoyed the heat vs the cold and snow.
    You're not the first Minnesota transplant to the area -- the head chef at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose is a former Minneapolis resident, complete with a Vikings hat on his office desk. I told him that I didn't know that Texas law allowed such things...
    Last edited by Ed Driscoll; 04-23-17 at 08:34 PM.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Welcome to Tejas! Start here: http://www.obrienstemple.com/
    The best responses we get from an audience are when we do our worst material.
    - Frank Zappa

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Driscoll View Post
    You're not the first Minnesota transplant to the area -- the head chef at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose is a former Minneapolis resident, complete with a Vikings hat on his office desk. I told him that I didn't know that Texas law allowed such things...
    LOL- yeah, the wife and I will still be flying the purple and gold on Sundays. Although, I am a Cowboys fan too, so I'll be cheering them on as well.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by ZZ Not View Post
    Welcome to Tejas! Start here: http://www.obrienstemple.com/
    Thanks ZZ! Looks like a cool place.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    When we moved to Atl from the Northeast I told my wife we would be trading twelve weeks of inclement cold for eight weeks of inclement hot.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Can you take me with? I'm tired of freezing my ass off every winter here in MN. LOL
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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P View Post
    Can you take me with? I'm tired of freezing my ass off every winter here in MN. LOL
    C'mon out, Dave!

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    It's tempting, Ed! I visited my parents in the Rio Grande Valley in the winter of 2015, didn't miss the snow at all.
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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P View Post
    Can you take me with? I'm tired of freezing my ass off every winter here in MN. LOL
    Heck yeah! Texas could use another LP slinger for sure 🤘

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephens View Post
    LOL- yeah, the wife and I will still be flying the purple and gold on Sundays. Although, I am a Cowboys fan too, so I'll be cheering them on as well.
    Vikings fan I understand, but the cowgirls?

    You're teasing us!
    As I see it, I serve the beat. Groove is everything.

    Big Al

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by CoyotesGator View Post
    Vikings fan I understand, but the cowgirls?

    You're teasing us!
    I gotta admit, I did enjoy watching Prescott, Elliott and Bryant the later portion of the season. Too bad they couldn't beat the Packers during the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephens View Post
    Heck yeah! Texas could use another LP slinger for sure 🤘
    If I had a job lined up it would be tempting for sure.
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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by renderit View Post
    Mine read slightly different.

    1996

    June 14th - closed on the house
    July 4th - Moved in. Record heat streak and drought. 105 every day that week.
    Aug 1st - Began looking for places in Wyoming to retire to.
    I can relate to that. In 1998 I moved from Albuquerque to Houston around the end of may. Next 23 days or so it NEVER GOT BELOW 100. I learned that air conditioning is life support. lasted 15 years, did some incredible stuff, and moved back to Albuquerque. But Texas can grow on you.. I miss Mike Fuller's Vintage Guitar's nd Bart Witrock's Rockin Robin... I surely do..

    78 Les Paul Recording

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Ha!

    Bart sold me my first Big amp in 1983.
    As I see it, I serve the beat. Groove is everything.

    Big Al

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    My first day in Dallas (Aug 17th, 1991) it got up to 107 degrees. I survived.

    As far as music in Temple, good luck. Not much it anything there but you are just an hour from Austin.

    The good news is that you will be 5 miles or less from Belton, Texas which is the home of Schoepf's BBQ!! Right off I35.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Boyack View Post
    My first day in Dallas (Aug 17th, 1991) it got up to 107 degrees. I survived.

    As far as music in Temple, good luck. Not much it anything there but you are just an hour from Austin.

    The good news is that you will be 5 miles or less from Belton, Texas which is the home of Schoepf's BBQ!! Right off I35.
    Thanks for the tip! We drove by Schoepf's when we were house hunting a few weeks ago. We will definitely give it a try.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    A classic tale about moving to Texas [Dallas].

    May 30th:

    Just moved to Dallas. Now this is a city that knows how to

    live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! I

    watched the sunset from a park lying on a blanket. It was beautiful.

    I've finally found my home. I love it here.

    June 14th:

    Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an

    air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to

    see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshiper.

    June 30th:

    Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of

    cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me.

    Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

    July 10th:

    The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people

    get used to this kind of heat? At least it's kind of windy though. But

    getting used to the heat and humidity is taking longer that I expected.

    July 15th:

    Fell asleep by the pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my

    body). Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my

    lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

    July 20th:

    I missed Morgan (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this

    morning. By the time I got to the hot car for lunch, Morgan had died and

    swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $2,000 leather

    upholstery. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like

    Kibbles and shits. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.

    July 25th:

    The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer!! And

    it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is not working and the AC

    repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

    July 30th:

    Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now. $1,500 in

    damn house payments and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?

    Aug. 4th:

    It's 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today.

    It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 85, but this freaking

    humidity makes the house feel like it's about 95. Stupid repairman. I hate this stupid city.

    Aug. 8th:

    If another wise ass asks, "Hot enough for you today?" I'm going

    to strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is

    boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!

    Aug. 9th:

    Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and sat on

    the black leather seats in the ol' car. I thought my ass was on fire. I

    lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and ass.

    Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and baked cat.

    Aug. 10th:

    The weather report might as well be a damn recording. Hot and

    sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to do shit for 2

    damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week.

    Doesn't it ever rain in this damn desert? Water rationing now, so my

    $1700 worth of cactus just dried up and blew into the damn pool. Even

    the cactus can't live in this damn heat.

    Aug. 14th:

    Welcome to HELL!!! Temperature got to 115 today. Forgot to crack

    the window and blew the damn windshield out of the car. The installer

    came to fix it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My wife had to

    spend the $1500 house payment to bail me out of jail.

    Freaking Texas. What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live here?
    quite true about Texas. have been living there for 3 years.
    All we need is LOVE !

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    Hey man if you're moving to Texas the first thing you gotta do it's not to find local Blues jams or some cool music stores) but good air condition service, this is the most necessary thing here. I have been using the services of this company http://www.socool.sg/ for several years and I can say with confidence that they know their work )I think you'll need their services after you move here ) but you'll see that for yourself.
    Last edited by CastaMario; 10-17-19 at 08:13 AM.

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    Re: Moving To Texas.......

    I travel to Austin Texas and Rochester Minnesota quite often for work. I have 2 rules...

    Don't go to Rochester in January
    Don't go to Austin in August.



    I broke rule 2 this year and was there the last week of August, as we were walking out of the office a local co-worker said to me...."You picked a good week to come down, its cool this week..." I looked at her funny and went and got in my car.... the temperature gauge read 101....

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