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HOUSTON, WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM.

HOUSTON, WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM.

By Bobby Hundreds

I just got back from the week in Houston, Texas. Here are some random photos, Blackberry shots, and fond memories from the H.

One thing I love about the Midwest and the South is the warm hospitality. Strangers are always nice, willing to look you in the eye and share a good conversation. I guess Texas is both the Midwest AND the South, right? So I met a lot of nice folks, with that laidback country charm, but still in the midst of a major city. I think Houston falls in as the 4th largest city in the U.S.?

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Once you guys heard I was in Houston, all I kept hearing was that I needed to eat good food. Houston’s also regarded as the “Fattest City” in America, although I think they just got bumped by Detroit. Anyways, all my meals were heavenly, especially if it involved BBQ. Sorry Houstonians, I tried to make it to Goode Co., but I never made it down that way. I did grab lunch today at Pappa’s. Ribs and sausage, 3 different BBQ sauces to choose from on the side. Root beer, coleslaw, beans, and from what James told me, you gotta eat BBQ with pickles. He was right.

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Speaking of James, he took us for a quick business lunch to the Brick House Tavern. I didn’t realize the significance of the name until we entered the premises. Think Hooters, but upscale (??) I guess it’s an insult to the girls here to be compared to Hooters, but from what I understand, when this restaurant opened recently, most the girls came from the owl-y establishment.

Big leather couches, HD screens playing every sports game imaginable, and the menu is grade A. Gourmet hamburgers, cajun fries with all the trimmings, I had a chicken gyro. From what James said, the day-shift girls were pretty rough compared to the dinnertime waitresses, that was kinda obvious. Check out their site, says it all : “Dispensing Happiness to the Common Man.” Everyone who hears about this place says “Why don’t they open one of these in LA?!?!”

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Like anywhere in the States, Houston has its fair share of localisms. For example, I caught the best donut I’ve ever had at a Shipley. And I saw this gas station everywhere, I just really dug their logo.

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I don’t remember how to get to this skatepark, I don’t think my buddy Cameron does either. But it was awesome.

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Lucky me, I just missed the downpours. Storms move in on a whim in Houston, the weather can be extremely muggy and humid most of the year. Plus, they get those nasty hurricanes. But then again, we get the earthquakes and fires, I think they might have the upper hand on this one.

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Lotsa famous sports teams from Houston. The Rockets, and the Astros (I saw a Nolan Ryan High School!),.. no more Oilers, but you probably know about Texas and their obsession with high school football. This is Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. I thought that sounded so corporate and funny, but then I remembered that I’m not one to talk. (Staples Center?!)

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