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    There are lots of nice suburbs around the Dallas area. Those next to Lake Lewisville are the best in my opinion, but that's admittedly biased.

    Just don't live in Dallas proper, you'll thank us later for following this advice.


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    Hi All,

    Don't know where exactly the new will be located, they're still conducting that search.

    I've got a non-res permit from PA, and it looks like TX honors that, so I should be OK while I wait for the TX license to come.

    Thanks for the info so far.
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    Don't forget - in Texas, it's required to inform LEO that you're CCW'ing when asked for ID. Best procedure IMO, hand over DL & CHL. Never had any problems for me doing it that way.

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    On a side note, what are some nice areas around Dallas to live in?[

    Plano is a nice area along with McKinney, and Allen, TX..a little more pricey but well worth the money..you will find there are very nice places to live in Dallas, just be really careful, some nice areas backup to ghettos in some parts..just like everywhere else I would imagine.
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    I,m an New Yorker living and working here in dallas for the past 20 yrs, I opted to live in the midcitys part of dfw, it's literally between dallas and fort worth with good schools and and a reasonable commute time. I,v had my ccl now for 3 months and it took them 96 day to go thu. good luck!
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    You have to realize how big Dallas/Forth Worth is physically. To give an idea, New Jersey is about as wide as DFW is from east to west. So where you are working is extremely important in deciding where to live. There are lots of nice places in the north and midcities suburbs. We live in Coppell and love it there. South and East are not quite so nice but you can find good areas there. Just stay out of Dallas proper as others have said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTFatBa*d View Post
    I've got a non-res permit from PA, and it looks like TX honors that, so I should be OK while I wait for the TX license to come.
    I just moved to College Station and have been lucky I have a PA resident permit. My issue has been the timing of the CCW classes in my area. I am a youth pastor and the place close that runs the CCW class near by only runs them on Sundays. So I am generally screwed, but I have yet to move the rest of my items (car, drivers license and such) yet due to financial and time restrictions at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTFatBa*d View Post

    On a side note, what are some nice areas around Dallas to live in?
    FOA. Welcome! If you can provise an address for the office, or approximate location and how much time you're willing to spend commuting each way, the advice you receive will be much more useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    My in laws have a house for sale in Frisco. If you want a nice almost new home (2005?) with 4 beds 2 baths, pool in the back, next door to the elementary school, give me a PM.

    11496 yoakum drive frisco tx 75035 - Google Maps
    Do they know this, or are you just getting rid of them???

    If you are willing to have a bit longer commute, you can end up in the country. If you're interested (or anyone else), I'll PM you the website for my house which is on the market. NE of DFW. It's an hour plus to DFW, about 45 minutes to McKinney, and an hour to Plano. Lot's of folks commute from here. 2.5 acres, on a 1,300 acre municipal lake.

    Whatever you decide, good luck! BTW, Texas property taxes are steep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Do they know this, or are you just getting rid of them???
    Yeah...

    Mom in law is battling cancer with limited potential past next year, dad in law got canned from his management job because he couldn't leave her home sick from chemo to travel for work.

    They are looking to relocate to Austin, where their other two daughters are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    BTW, Texas property taxes are steep!
    Compared to what?? I moved here from the Chicago area... you guys got nothing on Cook County... lol
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    BTW, Texas property taxes are steep!
    Vermont's property taxes are pretty steep too, but so are the house prices. I've briefly looked at some real estate listings on the web, and the housing prices are very good compared to Vermont. So even if the taxes are comparable, it should be better than what I've got now.

    I'm looking forward to the move, bit it's likely not going to happen until next summer.

    Thanks for all the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTFatBa*d View Post
    I'm looking forward to the move, bit it's likely not going to happen until next summer.
    We, we'll be here.

    To pass the time until you move, check out the facts about Texas:

    The ultimate "You Know You're from Texas if ...." list!

    1. You see more Texan flags than American flags.
    2. You know someone who ate the 72 oz steak and got it for free.
    3. You attend a formal event in your best clothes, your finest jewelry, and your Cowboy Boots.
    4. You can write a check at Dairy Queen for 2 Hungr-Busters and fries.
    5. You prefer Whataburger to McDonalds.
    6. You dress up to go shopping at the mall.
    7. You've hung ornaments and tinsel on a tumbleweed and used it as a Christmas tree.
    8. You're disappointed when a food doesn't come in spicy flavor.
    9. You know from experience that rattlesnake meat tastes like chicken.
    10. You can tell a rock from an armadillo at 300 yards.
    11. You know what a 'Cowboy Cadillac' is.
    12. You have both a dog and a brother-in-law named Bud
    13. Your local grocery store sells cactus in the Fresh Produce department
    14. You watch the movie Urban Cowboy and laugh at the phony Texan accents
    15. You choose a brand of Mexican salsa with the same care that another might use to select a bottle of fine wine
    16. You think that the 4 basic food groups are nachos, bar-b-que, fajitas, and Copenhagen.
    17. You refer to the Dallas Cowboys as "God's favorite football team"
    18. You know whether another Texan is from South, West, East, North, or Central Texas as soon as they open their mouth.
    19. You don't consider people from Austin to be real Texans.
    20. Your Pastor wears boots.
    21. There is no such thing as a "secret" sin.
    22. The Blue Book value on your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas it has in it.
    23. Armadillos sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
    24. Roadrunners dont say Beep Beep
    25. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live in Texas.
    26. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Texas, plus a couple no ones seen before.
    27. Possums will eat anything.
    28. Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe.
    29. If it grows, it sticks. If it crawls, it bites.
    30. Nothing will kill a mesquite tree.
    31. There are valid reasons some people put concertina wire around their house.
    32. You cannot find a country road without a curve from corner to corner.
    33. A tractor is NOT an all-terrain vehicle, they do get stuck.
    34. The wind blows at 90 MPH from Oct. 2 until June 25, then it stops totally until Oct 2.
    35. Onced and Twiced are good words.
    36. It is not a shopping cart it is a buggy.
    37. Fire ants consider your flesh as a picnic.
    38. Graduating 1st in your class means you left in the 8th grade.
    39. Coldbeer actually is one word.
    40. People really grow and eat okra.
    41. Green grass DOES burn.
    42. When you live in the country, you dont have to buy a dog. City people drop them off at your gate in the middle of the night.
    43. When a buzzard sits on the fence and stares at you, its time to go to the doctor.
    44. Fixinto is one word.
    45. The word dinner is confusing. Theres only lunch and then theres supper.
    46. Backards and forards means I know everything about you.
    47. Jeeet? is actually a phrase meaning Did you eat?
    48. You work until youre done or its too dark to see.
    49. You measure distance in minutes.
    50. Youve had to switch from heat to A/C in the same day.
    51. Stores dont have bags; they have sacks.
    52. You know what cow tipping and snipe hunting is.
    53. You only own four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Picante.
    54. You think sexy lingerie is a tee shirt and boxer shorts.
    55. You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
    56. You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
    57. You know all four seasons: Almost summer, summer, Still summer, and Christmas.
    58. There is a Dairy Queen in every town with a population over 1000.
    59. Going to Walmart is a favorite past-time known as goin wal-martin or off to Wally World.
    60. You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chili weather.
    61. A carbonated soft drink isnt a soda, cola, or pop .. its a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor.
    62. You no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water...
    63. You can say 110 degrees without fainting...
    64. You eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off...
    65. You can make instant sun tea...
    66. You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron...
    67. The temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly...
    68. You discover that in July, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car...
    69. You discover that you can get a sunburn through your car window...
    70. You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance...
    71. Hot water now comes out of both taps...
    72. It's noon in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is out on the streets...
    73. You actually burn your hand opening the car door...
    74. You break a sweat the instant you step outside... at 7:30 a.m. before work...
    75. No one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having air conditioning...
    76. Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death"?...
    77. You realize that asphalt has a liquid state...
    78. Its illegal to have a tattoo until youre 18, but children of all ages can play with guns
    79. You dont think its weird to drink a beer at anytime of day, even the morning
    80. You think its weird not to drink a beer
    81. You can drive all day and not leave the state
    82. The confederate flag is flown at your high school, the team is even named after it
    83. You shop at HEB
    84. The town you live in is bigger than Rhode island
    85. You see more trucks on your daily commute than youll see in the state of New Jersey
    86. Your high school football stadium is equal to, or better, than most professional stadiums
    87. You know there are more longhorn, cattle and steer than there people in the state
    88. We don't have an ocean; we have a gulf
    89. You know someone who is named Pedro or Martin
    90. Their last name is Gonzales, Martinez or Rodriguez
    91. You eat tacos for breakfast
    92. You think Dr. Pepper is the best coke in the world
    93. The extensions of the index and pinky make for the best hand gesture in the world besides the shocker
    94. The best parties are on at least two acres of land
    95. You can go anywhere with a gun on your truck and no one thinks twice about it
    96. You know someone with a gun related injury
    97. Getting stuck in the mud is a challenge, not an avoidance
    98. We panic when there is an inch of snow on the ground
    99. Air conditioning is standard on every car sold here
    101. You design your Halloween costume to fit over Wranglers and cowboy boots.
    102. The mosquitoes have landing lights.
    103. You have more miles on your tractor than your car.
    104. You have 10 favorite recipes for deer meat.
    105. You've taken your kids trick-or-treating when it was 90 degrees outside.
    106. The preacher says, "I'd like to ask Bubba to help take up the offering." and five guys stand up.
    107. A member of the church requests to be buried in his 4-wheel-drive truck because "It ain't never been in a hole it couldn't get out of."
    108. When it rains, everyone is smiling.
    109. The choir group is known as the "OK Chorale."
    110. Four generations of the same family sit together in worship.
    111. There is no such thing as a "secret" sin.
    112. Baptism is referred to as "branding."
    113. Finding and returning lost sheep isn't just a parable.
    114. High notes on the organ can set the dogs to howling.
    115. People wonder, when Jesus fed 5,000, whether the two fish were bass or catfish.
    116. The final words of the benediction are, "Ya'll come back now, ya hear?"
    117. It's a common misconception that everything is twice as big in Texas, really, everything is 1.965 times bigger, but we round up.
    118. It's a common misconception that the women have big hair. In fact this was outlawed in July 1977. There is a task force and they are doing their best to reach every last woman. Bear with us.
    119. A visitor to Texas once asked, "Does it ever rain out here?" A rancher quickly answered "Yes, it does. Do you remember that part in the Bible where it rained for 40 days and 40 nights?"The visitor replied, "Yes, I'm familiar with Noah's flood." "Well," the rancher puffed up, we got 'bout two and a half inches of that."
    120. A sad Texan once prayed, "I wish it would rain - not so much for me, cuz I've seen it - but for my 7-year-old."
    121. Sunscreen is sold year round, kept at the front of the checkout counter . . .
    122. A formula less than 30 SPF is a joke and you only wear that to go to the corner store . . .
    123. You can properly pronounce Corsicana, Ennis, Waxahachie, Palestine, Decatur, Wichita Falls, San Antonio, Mexia, Waco, and Amarillo.
    124. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.
    125. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.
    126. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.
    127. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date.
    128. You have known someone who has had one belt buckle bigger than your fist.
    129. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.
    130. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Chevy 3500 4X4 is.
    131. You know everything goes better with Ranch.
    132. You go to the river/lake because you think it is like going to the ocean.
    133. You go to the gas station and there is a sign in the window that reads, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service!
    134. Your family pet is the stray dog with one leg that came limping up to your door.
    135. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.
    136. Let's get this straight; it's called a "gravel road."
    137. I drive a pickup truck because I want to.
    138. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.
    139. They are cattle & oil wells. That's what they smell like to you. They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don't like it? I-20 and I-10 go east and west, I-35 goes north and south. Pick one.
    140. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $250,000 cotton strippers that are driven only 3 weeks a year.
    141. So every person in every pickup waves. It's called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.
    142. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of doves are coming in, we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.
    143. Yeah, we eat catfish & crawfish. You really want sushi & caviar? It's available at the corner bait shop.
    144. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age.
    145. No, there's no "vegetarian special" on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham & turkey.
    146. You bring "coke" into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice.
    147. You bring "Mary Jane" into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.
    148. College and High School Football is as important here as the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.
    149. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards -- it spooks the fish.
    150. Colleges? Try Texas Tech, Texas A&M, University of Texas or Texas State. Kids come outta there with an education plus a love for God and country, and they still wave at passing pickups when they come for the holidays.
    151. We have more folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, than any other state
    152. Always remember what our great governor Sam Houston once said:"Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States can't make it without Texas!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Yeah...

    Mom in law is battling cancer with limited potential past next year, dad in law got canned from his management job because he couldn't leave her home sick from chemo to travel for work.

    They are looking to relocate to Austin, where their other two daughters are.

    If anyone is a interested in just what kind of company kicks a man when he's down, Jones Lang LaSalle mall property management.
    Didn't mean to strike a sore point. Really sorry to hear that. You and they are in my thoughts.

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    I knew I had acclimated to Texas when I was driving home from work one spring day, felt chilly and turned on the heat. Then I looked at the car's thermometer. It was 70 degrees outside!

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    Another question: Are there any organizations in Texas the focus on concealed carry, or carry in general? Kinda like GCO in Georgia, or VCDL in Virginia.

    Thanks in advance.
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