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Old 06-30-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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My wife wanted to go to the outlet malls in San Marcos today, and after kicking and screaming I ultimately agreed. The whole drive up there I was thinking no parking, rude people, long lines.....my blood pressure was already boiling.

When I got there, I was right.......it was a freakin madhouse. What happened from then on was a surreal moment. Courteous drivers signaling into spaces, or letting others take empty spaces instead of fighting for them. Men opening doors for women. People saying please and thank you. People smiling saying hello. Children acting like angels and not spoiled brats. Cheerful salespeople.

After a couple hours of this, I started laying down on one of the outside benches. My wife was asking what was wrong. I told her I thought I was having a heart attack. It was a kindness coronary. I cannot even remember a time when people were actually nice to their fellow human beings. Anyways, that was my trip to the Twilight zone. So there is hope!

Of course the good vibes changed as soon as I crossed back over the Bexar County line, as I was cut off by a no signaling speed demon
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Texas at its' finest
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I'd be in a bad mood just driving through all the miles of heavy traffic and congestion to get there. What a mess.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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When I got there, I was right.......it was a freakin madhouse. What happened from then on was a surreal moment. Courteous drivers signaling into spaces, or letting others take empty spaces instead of fighting for them. Men opening doors for women. People saying please and thank you. People smiling saying hello. Children acting like angels and not spoiled brats. Cheerful salespeople.
Dang it, you made me homesick.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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During my many years in Austin, I generally avoided the San Marcos outlets like the plague. However, I do recall that they were frequented by many people driving vehicles with out of state license tags, so just possibly many of the nice, courteous people encountered by the OP weren't Texans at all.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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Been about a year since the wife has dragged me to the outlets, but it was not too bad. It seemed to me that people are a bit nicer.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Did you see any families using walkie talkies?
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Been there couple of times and it was not crowded, or zoo. However shopping in 100+F degrees mo matter how peaceful would give me a coronary. On the top of that, I never found there anything interesting enough to make me reach for a wallet.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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During my many years in Austin, I generally avoided the San Marcos outlets like the plague. However, I do recall that they were frequented by many people driving vehicles with out of state license tags, so just possibly many of the nice, courteous people encountered by the OP weren't Texans at all.
Nah. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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They ever fix that sewage leak in the American Eagle outlet or do we all still pretend we can't smell rotten turds when shopping in there? Been that way for -years-.
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