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Sometimes it is a rather unfortunate thing to live in the state of Texas. Weather fluctuates wildly. The educational system is a mess(the universities are not that bad some are very good). There is a tendency to worship leaders on the right. All this aside, Texas can be either tolerable or a great place to live depending on your point of view. This was not the case while Walker was at its peak. I had many moments where I suffered in miserable silence (that is another thing about Texas, diversity of opinion is not really encouraged).

He was everywhere. At the time I would flip through the supposedly local radio stations and what would I hear being discussed; yes, the latest episode of Walker, Texas Ranger.

I would go home to visit mom and dad and while they did not watch the show, they would watch the local affiliate who carried it. Of course this local affiliate would advertise this dubious offering, that I pray was forced on them because surely they did not wish for this, and I would catch a glimpse of Chuck Norris or hear the theme song; which made squeaky brakes sound like a symphony. This was always enough to make me wish I had been sent to some famed psychiatric facility like Bellevue. I think I even begged my mother to send me away. The reason I gave for wanting to be sent away is that whenever I heard about anything pertaining to the show I had images of burning down the house that belonged to the studio executive who gave the green light to this show, and I am not prone to violence.

In Texas you have all kinds of people. Unfortunately, it seemed like I only bumped into people who could not imagine how they made it this far in life without the show. While at the convenience store fueling my vehicle, it seemed like there was always someone pulling up to the pump next to me, driving a massive tank with those damn strobe lights or whatever they were called-affixed to the grill. It would make me wish I had not used my credit card to prepay because to run away would mean I would have wasted a few dollars so instead I tried my best to think pleasant thoughts; like amputation and chronic disease.

Texas is not so bad now since the show has withered away. It has resorted to being tolerable again, most of the time anyway.