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If you were to close your eyes and think of a state with a large German population, which would you imagine? New York, maybe, where so many immigrants land. Wisconsin, which has Milwaukee and the Brewers. Possibly Illinois, which has Chicago — one of the beer capitals of the United States.
Would Texas be on that list? Probably not, but it should be. Texas actually has a surprisingly rich German culture, which they celebrate with a plethora of Oktoberfests. Here are four such festivals that are definitely worth a visit (preferably with a designated driver).
1. Addison Oktoberfest
According to Addisontexas.net, the Addison Oktoberfest is the “most authentic Oktoberfest outside Munich!” continue reading…
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Tired of your Nissan Versa? Is your Chevy Malibu not cutting it? Daewoo got you down? While all cars serve the same fundamental purpose — to get you from point A to point B — some just do it faster than others.
Here, we’ll take a look at five cars men dream about driving.
The Italdesign Aztec
What looks like the DeLorean’s cooler cousin is actually the 1988 Italdesign Aztec, a concept car from the same design company that brought us the Volkswagen Golf. Its 197 horsepower engine seems tame compared to some other concepts, but clever engineering allows drivers to reach speeds over 150 miles per hour. The Aztec’s most distinguishing feature is its separated seating for driver and passenger; the two actually have to communicate via an electronic system. continue reading…
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Taking a road trip through Texas? There are thousands of unique small towns in the Lone Star State, so you won’t be short on options when looking for a place to lay your hat for a while. Here are five towns you should definitely drive to in Texas.
Located 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, the town of Rockport boasts a picturesque setting along Arkansas Bay. The town is home to fewer than 9,000 people, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with an array of attractions to delight visitors of all ages. The beach and resident populations of whooping cranes and hummingbirds are obvious highlights, but you’ll also want to explore the art galleries and boutique stores in the heritage district. Visit in October to enjoy the town’s annual Seafair Festival. continue reading…
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A road trip through Dallas offers some breathtaking sights, from tall skyscrapers to charming Southern homes. Without even checking into a hotel, there’s plenty in Dallas to keep a weekend jam-packed. Here are some essential spots you can pass by or park and tour when passing through the “Big D.”
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
A weekend trip through Dallas warrants a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Take Friday afternoon to tour this nationally acclaimed 66-acre garden, which rests along White Rock Lake and features exquisite floral displays and trees.
If you’re hauling children, they will especially enjoy the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, an 8-acre expanse with a waterfall, misters to stay cool, and 150 interactive exhibits that connect science and nature. continue reading…
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There’s a unique passion in a love of classic cars. They’re pieces of history and indicators of where the cars of the future would go, but they’re also beautiful works of automotive art and lots of fun to drive. There has been a resurgence in interest in classics from the 1960s and 70s lately. Here are some of the most sought-after classic cars today.
1. Early Chevrolet Camaro
The most famous battle for the hearts and wallets of American car drivers is, by far, the original competition between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Chevy released its first Camaro in 1967, introducing the world to a sporty, iconically shaped muscle car for the ages. The Camaro got a redesign for the new decade between the 1969 and 1970 models, and the later design proved less enduring. Collectors are now eager to get their hands on one of the 60s versions with its beastly V-8. continue reading…
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A well-equipped car can handle many potentially hazardous weather conditions, from heavy rain to snow and ice. No matter how tricked out yours is, however, there are some conditions that you simply shouldn’t brave. If you encounter one of the following, avoid the roads when at all possible, and be prepared to pull over if the weather worsens.
1. Heavy Snow
Winter conditions are always tricky, but most are navigable. You can manage icy roads with slow speeds, and even correct a skid by pumping your brakes. The one condition that you should avoid driving in, however, is heavy snowfall. When curtains of thick snow are falling from the sky, it’s difficult to see, and the fresh snowfall can spell trouble for your car. When you’re stuck in a snowdrift, you often have to rock forward and back to get out, but this very action may damage your transmission. continue reading…
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Addison is a great place to do some shopping due to its central location. Whether you shop in Addison or travel down one of the nearby highways, there are several amazing shopping plazas and malls you can spend a day at. Plan an outing with your family or friends when you get the chance and shop until you drop.
The Addison Walk is a convenient plaza just off of Belt Line Road. There are several options for food from both local and chain restaurants. No matter if you just want a quick lunch or a long sit-down dinner, you’ll be able to find something.
The Addison Walk is all about service, starting with printing services at AlphaGraphics. There’s a cleaners, deli, kobe steak specialty store, as well as Zen Nails and Spa. Finally, if you prefer beautiful jewelry, check out the Diamond Wholesale Exchange. Addison Walk combines efficient store placement with fun activties to draw in all kinds of shoppers. continue reading…
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After a few weeks of summer break in Dallas, TX, kids can start to get a little out of hand. They’re tired of visiting the same old parks and they want something new to do. Luckily, Dallas has many exciting attractions that will appeal to the whole family. When your kids get the summer break squirms, try taking them to these 4 places.
The Dallas Zoo
Dallas has a terrific zoo with exhibits, summer camps and hundreds of animals. If your kids like animals, then this is the right place for them. continue reading…
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Imagine you are going on a blind date. You sit in a café, eyes peering out the window, eagerly, and nervously, anticipating your date’s arrival. You watch the cars pulling into the parking lot. In the back of your mind, you form an impression of each driver based on their vehicle, secretly hoping your date is not in the beat-up Geo Metro.
It is automatic for people to form impressions of others based on what they drive, whether or not those impressions are accurate. Your pickup truck can send a powerful message to others. What is it saying?
Where Your Loyalties Lie
Let’s face it. It seems that more so than other people, pickup truck drivers tend to get immovable ideas in their heads regarding car brands. If you drive a Ford, there is no way you would ever sit behind the wheel of a Dodge, let alone a subcompact Korean import. An expert quoted at msn.com points out that pickups are: “the only vehicles where people have window stickers of Calvin [the cartoon character] peeing on the logo of the other truck brands. You don’t see that with the Prius.” continue reading…
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Everyone knows Dallas is a great city for sports fans, museum lovers, and fashionistas who need to shop, but if you’re looking for something new and unique, the city has plenty to offer. If you’ve got a Dallas day trip in your future, try one of these four quirky attractions.
Zero Gravity Thrill Park
If you’ve ever wanted to play daredevil and try your hand at a 16-story free fall, Zero Gravity is the place for you. This extreme “amusement” park opened in 1992 with the goal of being the most intensely thrilling theme park in the world — significantly, this is a goal visitors agree the park has achieved. continue reading…