I know some of you Freepers may be "snowbirds" getting ready to head to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, etc. I realize some people here don't like this annual migration, but not this Freeper. We enjoy having you here. You bring a boost to many businesses.
Last year, I had the pleasure to meet several "snobirds" at the golf course where I work as a marshal one - two weekends each month. The people were very considerate on the course, unlike some of the regulars.
While they were still alive our elderly aunt and uncle from Kansas always came to Harlingen for the entire winter. They had a regular community there and they all knew each other. It was their second home.
posted on 11/14/2003 5:33:38 AM PST
(Howard Dean opens his mouth only to CHANGE FEET!)
When I was in grad school back in the 80's a prof hired me to do some interviews for one of his projects.
All the subjects were campers in South Mississippi, Alabama, and NW Florida, parks. It turned out that nearly all the campers were Canadian. These people were so friendly and nice (and conservative) that I am surpried where all the leftist come from in Canada today.
posted on 11/14/2003 5:37:14 AM PST
To: Arrowhead1952; buffyt; AntiJen
Is there still an AF base there?
We have been invited to meet a Kansas (liberal) cousin this winter in either San Antonio or San Padre.
I have been planning a coastal drive south some winter but not to stay anywhere very long. I do prefer the ocean(which I hear now).
posted on 11/14/2003 6:03:25 AM PST
The Snow-Diggers are simply an inevitability down here...You can't live with'em and you can't kill'em...:-)
The article does have one glaring error in it. It is not "20,000" that show up each year, it's more than 200,000. The population of many of the smaller towns literally doubles when they are here.
posted on 11/14/2003 6:28:08 AM PST
by Toonces T. Cat
(The Token Republican in Deep South Texas...)
Interesting idea. I can pack my business in my computer and kick back on some warm Texas dirt for a couple of months. But I wouldn't be packing golf clubs. I'd load up my fishing pole. How's the fishing possibilities in Texas winter? What does a 5 acre piece of land go for near a small rural town?
posted on 11/14/2003 6:37:30 AM PST
(You will be judged by 12 people who were too stupid to get out of jury duty)
The snowbirds have been coming to the Rio Grande Valley for a long time. While I lived in Texas many of my mother's relatives and friends from the upper Midwest made the trek to Texas every winter. Our house was a stopover, free night's board and lodging for many escaping the cold and snow.
These were good, hardworking folks who, when the crops were in or the cattle sold, headed for warmer climes.
We were often amused by their lack of knowledge of Texas. They figured when they crossed the Texas border that they were almost there. After the first trip they realized it was a longer drive from the Red River to the Rio Grande than it was from South Dakota to the Red River.
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