Judy and I just returned from a parenting conference at Christ Presbyterian Church in New Braunfels, Texas. New Braunfels is a suburb of San Antonio. Austin lies 45 minutes in the opposite direction. The bumper stickers from Austin read, "Keep Austin Weird." That pretty much says it all. Austin is the San Francisco of Texas.
With the exception of Austin, the South is a different place. People are respectful, courteous, well dressed, deferential. It was Hawaii hot. Ninety five during the day dropping to 65 at night. All in all, we had a wonderful time, relaxed, and made some new friends.