Assimilation

We have now been in Marble Falls 1 week. 3 more to go. A lot of Borg-like activity has taken place.

One of the major items we needed to do was to get Roxie established with a pain doctor in Austin. We took care of that yesterday. The meeting went very well and he is willing to do whatever she needs to help her out. Check box one of assimilation.

Not only does every Texas town seem to have a Dairy Queen and a Sonic but they have BBQ places. I would eat at one every day but luckily Roxie tempers that for me. But we still do hit them up. One here is town was pretty good: (Check)

Relaxing. I guess we are supposed to do that but we haven’t seemed to do much of that yet, but Roxie did find a swing a short distance from our site. Most Texas homes have such a swing, don’t they? (Check)

We are now experiencing some of the humidity that we have heard of. At night it is pretty cool with the windows open and the fans blowing. During the day it can get a bit warm but we haven’t used the AC yet (did I mention we have metered electricity?). Supposedly some T-Storms are coming this weekend. Texas weather – check.

At the end of January, our trailer registration expired. I opted to not pull the trailer anywhere and let it do so. It was almost $420 to renew. I was able to get a single trip permit to Texas for $20. My first priority was to get the trailer registered in the new state. Fortunately, since we had a rental agreement with our RV park we were able to register it in our local county (Brunet) and in the local satellite office. Very easy. $7 inspection, about $200 in fees ($90 of which is for being a new resident and we don’t pay that next year). In fact, it was so easy that I did the truck that same day. The difference between California and Texas for the truck was about $500! That is including the $90 that will go away. Good with me. Check.

The full assimilation will happen when we get our Driver’s Licenses. When you have an existing out of state license, you surrender it and you don’t have to take the written test. HOWEVER, you still need to prove who you are and your citizenship. The papers that we need should arrive Monday as we had to have our son get them together and mail them. Once we have them I guess we are full Borgs, I mean Texans. Yeeeeee Haaaa!

The weirdness continues…

We left Brady in the AM. Roxie had a hard time sleeping since it was a public park and there were people driving around late into the night. A local PD even pulled one over in the park. Me? I slept hard as ever. Before we left we had to figure out where we were going. That was a hard task. How long were we going to stay and where? We finally found a park on the outskirts of Austin and had them hold a spot.

Roxie continued to research and found a place that was getting 5 stars on all reviews and was not in Austin. Actually about 50 miles away in the hill country. It sounded really nice so we called. They said they had 3 spots available. The thing about this park is that they are monthly only. We discussed it and thought we might as well stay for at least one month. We have to register the trailer, truck, get driver’s licenses, get connected with doctors and the such. We went to take a look. It is the Coldwater Creek RV park.

We met in the office, got a map and looked at the three spots. The park is not lush but this is Texas. The park is decent and we found a spot that would work. We took it and signed up for a month. So we are here for at least a month. Maybe more if I decide to go ahead with my shoulder surgery. Here are some pictures:

The monthly rate is very reasonable but we have to pay our electric usage.

Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin weird”. We haven’t even made it to Austin and things are weird already for us. I got used to years of living in a house, used to traveling in the Airstream and many trips. Now, this is a very new part and weird. Living in the Airstream for an extended time. This is the weird part. Something I have not done since I was 11 and my parents purchased the KOA in Redding. We lived (3 of us) in our 25′ Airstream for 6 months.

It just feels weird right now because we have not done it before. But that means when we decided to do it somewhere else in the future it will feel normal. Maybe some of the Austin weirdness has just rubbed off on us a bit early.