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(01-03-2022 07:33 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  
(01-03-2022 07:03 PM)Cataclysmo Wrote:  Personally I got a lot of enjoyment out of hearing the Cincy girls throw shade at the Bama girl outfits.

The cosmetics applied to Bama twirlers and dancers - I’ve seen less makeup on burn victims. It was like Jon-Benet Ramsey creepy.

The weirdest part is that all the Bama guys just wear a tucked in Alabama polo into their jeans and cowboy boots. They got girls in black tie attire and the guys dressed like they're going to a George Strait concert lol.
 
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RE: Random Thoughts - Dallas
Stayed from Thursday to Sunday. Went to Deep Ellum on Thursday. Neat part of Dallas that's kinda similar to OTR. Just a ton of restaurants and bars. Good time.

AT&T stadium was nice but definitely a little corporate. Nothing really in Arlington though. Texas Live was cool for NYE even if a little touristy

Went to downtown Dallas for brunch on Sunday and that was good. Was very impressed with the brunch we had. Then we went to a arts district area south of downtown Dallas that had nice shops and some neat bars.

Overall Dallas wasn't bad but damn is everything spread out between Ft Worth and Dallas. Just so much sprawl
 
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RE: Random Thoughts - Dallas
(01-02-2022 05:13 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  Dallas is ugly. Endless, flat miles of strip malls, truck stops, and prefab buildings and sprawl. The drive between Dayton and Cincy now doesn’t seem so miserable.

ATT stadium is impressive. Gigantic. But who wants to sit in that upper deck so they can watch the game on the big screen?

Relatively short line in the club area, but a 45 minute wait for a $21 burger, bag of chips and pop. Seriously.

Outside of the immediate stadium area, Arlington is a dump.

Other than Dealey Plaza, Downtown Dallas at 10am on game day was a surreal ghost town.

Not impressed with the city itself. Good to be home.

My group stayed downtown Dallas. I'll throw out some positives.

Downtown was clean, upkept, lots of fountains, small park areas and we felt very safe walking around. Not many vagrants and shady looking people making us feel unsafe. Many very nice options for food and drink.

Deep Ellum was a very cool part of the city with lots of bars and restaurants. Very similar to OTR in Cincy but in a more compact area. We had some amazing BBQ at Pecan Lodge and Terry Blacks.

The AT&T Discovery district downtown was also very cool. Nice place to hang out, grab some food and drinks and check out the local arts scene.

We also went to the Fort Worth Stockyards area and was very impressed. Its certainly a little touristy but our group really enjoyed it. Again, lots of food, drinks and shopping options. Second Rodeo Brewing was awesome. I could have spent the entire day there. And the Drover Hotel was beautiful rustic luxury at a reasonable price.

Overall my rating of the Dallas/Ft Worth areas was extremely positive. There is certainly some less than attractive areas but you'll find that in every city.
 
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RE: Random Thoughts - Dallas
(01-03-2022 08:27 PM)Cataclysmo Wrote:  
(01-03-2022 07:33 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  
(01-03-2022 07:03 PM)Cataclysmo Wrote:  Personally I got a lot of enjoyment out of hearing the Cincy girls throw shade at the Bama girl outfits.

The cosmetics applied to Bama twirlers and dancers - I’ve seen less makeup on burn victims. It was like Jon-Benet Ramsey creepy.

The weirdest part is that all the Bama guys just wear a tucked in Alabama polo into their jeans and cowboy boots. They got girls in black tie attire and the guys dressed like they're going to a George Strait concert lol.

I have no idea what one wears to a George Strait concert; however, there were a few young Bama guys a Texas Live with the cowboy hats and such. I just thought they were trying to be Texas or something.

I suppose the weather might have something to do with how our respective fans dress. Lets face it, when it’s 35 degrees, it’s all about functionality, not form. Same when it’s 89.
 
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(01-04-2022 12:50 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  I have no idea what one wears to a George Strait concert; however, there were a few young Bama guys a Texas Live with the cowboy hats and such. I just thought they were trying to be Texas or something.

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(01-02-2022 05:13 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  Dallas is ugly. Endless, flat miles of strip malls, truck stops, and prefab buildings and sprawl. The drive between Dayton and Cincy now doesn’t seem so miserable.

ATT stadium is impressive. Gigantic. But who wants to sit in that upper deck so they can watch the game on the big screen?

Relatively short line in the club area, but a 45 minute wait for a $21 burger, bag of chips and pop. Seriously.

Outside of the immediate stadium area, Arlington is a dump.

Other than Dealey Plaza, Downtown Dallas at 10am on game day was a surreal ghost town.

Not impressed with the city itself. Good to be home.

Sounds like you stayed in a crappy part of Dallas or didn't look up places people mentioned to go. As others have stated,Deep Ellum, AT&T district, or if you wondered to the Arboretum are all nice areas with fun things to do.
 
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RE: Random Thoughts - Dallas
(01-04-2022 06:42 PM)Sweetness Wrote:  
(01-02-2022 05:13 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  Dallas is ugly. Endless, flat miles of strip malls, truck stops, and prefab buildings and sprawl. The drive between Dayton and Cincy now doesn’t seem so miserable.

ATT stadium is impressive. Gigantic. But who wants to sit in that upper deck so they can watch the game on the big screen?

Relatively short line in the club area, but a 45 minute wait for a $21 burger, bag of chips and pop. Seriously.

Outside of the immediate stadium area, Arlington is a dump.

Other than Dealey Plaza, Downtown Dallas at 10am on game day was a surreal ghost town.

Not impressed with the city itself. Good to be home.

Sounds like you stayed in a crappy part of Dallas or didn't look up places people mentioned to go. As others have stated,Deep Ellum, AT&T district, or if you wondered to the Arboretum are all nice areas with fun things to do.

I did venture into Dallas the morning of the game around 10am and walked around the West End neighborhood. There was barely a soul to be seen. I did feel safe and Downtown Dallas appeared to be very clean, if not sterile. Everything felt eerily abandoned.

I stayed maybe 15 minutes east of the stadium, immediately off I-30. Most of my exposure was between there and Arlington. Was kind of surprised that the area surrounding the stadiums was filled with strip
malls and a WalMart. Drove through a lot of Arlington to find mexican food. It’s like a massive Springdale. Driving on the highways, it’s like going through Butler County just north of Tri County Mall. Imagine Route 4, except it goes on forever.

I had the same reaction when first assaulted by the sprawl
of Houston. Over time, I developed a love/hate relationship with that city, but I’m sure they’ll tear down the parts i love to build something new. Houston is more interesting than Dallas. Plus, Houston has palm trees, subtropical plants and is a short drive to the beach.

I’ve spent more than a couple weeks in Houston’s Third ward, a short walk from Texas Southern and not far from UH. It’s known for being kinda ghetto (read black); however, that’s where all the nice old homes with character are. Having been there through a major storm when the rest of the city was flooding, the Third Ward stayed dry, as it did during that major hurricane that dumped like 50” on the city (Harvey?). As a result, home prices there have skyrocketed and you can see the tear down and rebuild process in progress. Sad.


On the way back, spent a night in Nashville. Was amazed from that short experience and want to return. I’m craving martin’s bbq.
 
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(01-04-2022 02:47 PM)Cataclysmo Wrote:  
(01-04-2022 12:50 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  I have no idea what one wears to a George Strait concert; however, there were a few young Bama guys a Texas Live with the cowboy hats and such. I just thought they were trying to be Texas or something.

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Yeah, that looks about right.
 
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RE: Random Thoughts - Dallas
(01-05-2022 10:57 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  
(01-04-2022 02:47 PM)Cataclysmo Wrote:  
(01-04-2022 12:50 PM)BearcatsUC Wrote:  I have no idea what one wears to a George Strait concert; however, there were a few young Bama guys a Texas Live with the cowboy hats and such. I just thought they were trying to be Texas or something.

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Yeah, that looks about right.

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