Texas was cool. Actually, it was very, very cold. I've become overly accustomed to the mild winter climate here in Sacramento.
It was good to be with the family again... although, I didn't get to see everyone. Only my mom, stepdad, brother and step-sister/in-law. What is a step-sister/in-law, you ask? My brother married my step-sister, so now she's my sister-in-law at the same time. That's how they do things back home in Eastern Shore Maryland (well... not really).
Anyway, back to the vacation. Travel went smoothly. We had direct flights both ways. They didn't crash, so that's always good. American Airlines usually seems to do pretty well. Delta got me all screwed up on my last trip. Someone told me once that Delta actually stands for "Don't Even Let Them Aboard"... for me it was more like "Don't Ever Leave The Airport". But that's another story.
So, Dallas was neat. We spent nearly a whole day at the Galleria there (I was ready to leave after a couple hours, personally). We also ate at a Brazillian steakhouse called Fogo de Chão. That was excellent. The waiters wear these pirate pants. It's a brazillian thing. They serve all the beef, pork, chicken and lamb you can eat. Along with a salad bar, fried yucca and bananas and cheese bread, all in limitless proportions. The filet mignon was my favorite. Julie was surprised that for the two of us to eat there was over a hundred dollars. She says it's the most expensive meal she's had. We're simple people. We don't eat fancy very often. I wish there were a Fogo's around here. But then again, maybe it's better that there's not. We'd end up broke and large.
The other highlight of the trip was the Oklahoma City National Memorial. We made the three-hour drive on a day that Oklahoma was in a state of emergency. The city was like a ghost town, aside from a tiny handful of tourists visiting the site. I shot a roll of film there, and I'll go ahead and post some of the better pictures soon.
We got major snow while we were there. More snow than they're supposed to get in that neighborhood. It was nice though. I haven't been home in 3 winters, and I was starting to miss it. After dealing with it for a week and a half, I don't miss it anymore. It's kind of like that email that was going around about the guy who moves to Massachusetts and realizes after it snows a couple times that it really is a huge pain in the ass. God bless Sacramento. We had planned to go out on New Year's Eve, but ended up getting stuck at home. We watched movies and drank cocoa. It wasn't so bad. I like cocoa.
Most of my vacation was spent playing SSX and DOA2:Hardcore on the ol' Playstation2. I have no regrets about that. It's like the ideal vacation, really. Bonding time with the brother, anyhow. Julie didn't like it too much. But she had a great time overall, trust me.
That's all I have to say about that.