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Pulaski Mar 31st 2014 10:54 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by DubaiCat (Post 11199011)
They should be able to answer my questions then given their data n no gun at my head here in Dubai:D

But they won't because the police are not in the habit of providing that sort of public service. They don't have a team of people to answer the phone. They just don't. :huh: .... They have officers who show up prepared to shoot people, even if it is a routine traffic stop, and detectives who analyse crimes after-the-fact, that's about all the police do here in the US.

Bink Mar 31st 2014 11:06 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by ChocolateBabz (Post 11199016)
and hubby says we are just starting to get into golfing weather, different strokes right enough :lol:

I'm the same. I enjoy playing in the sweltering heat.
My issue with golf here is that it doesn't stay light enough late enough here compared to the UK so for a round after work it can be difficult to fit in more than 12-14 holes.

Now I will admit I find playing soccer in the heat somewhat brutal.

Yorkieabroad Mar 31st 2014 11:12 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 11199018)
They have officers who show up prepared to shoot people, .

You make that sound like an "on-demand" service:rofl:

We should point out that it is not - a doctor round the corner from us found that to her cost when she tried to hire an undercover cop to bump off her husband. The price tag of 5,000 should maybe have tipped her off - very reasonable, I thought!

Mr Weeze Mar 31st 2014 11:20 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 
If it is Sugar Land you are planning on living in then I suggest trying Fort Bend County Sheriff rather than HPD.

But to get a feel of it take a look at the following website - you can buy all of this in a store here. 105 rifles, 135 shotguns, 161 pistols.

The only time I've actually seen guns (except on the a police officer's belt) here is in stores like the above and when I went to a shooting range for clay pigeon shooting - something I also occasionally did in the UK.

http://www.basspro.com/Shooting/_/T-12400000000

Personally I'm far more concerned with the standard of driving and the relative acceptance of driving after 5+ beers than guns - and I think it is far more likely to hurt/kill me here than a random shooting.

hungryhorace Mar 31st 2014 11:22 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by Mr Weeze (Post 11199036)

Personally I'm far more concerned with the standard of driving and the relative acceptance of driving after 5+ beers than guns - and I think it is far more likely to hurt/kill me here than a random shooting.

That's a valid concern here in the north east also. The attitude towards drink driving in America is totally blasé.

Weeze Mar 31st 2014 11:28 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by hungryhorace (Post 11199037)
That's a valid concern here in the north east also. The attitude towards drink driving in America is totally blasé.

I agree. It's a frequent problem when I go out with my moms club. There are always some that drink a lot and drive home.

Pulaski Mar 31st 2014 11:32 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by hungryhorace (Post 11199037)
That's a valid concern here in the north east also. The attitude towards drink driving in America is totally blasé.

Not just drink-driving, but driving in general. The roads are scary places.

Shortly after I settled in North Carolina eleven years ago I noticed that the local (small city) newspaper printed a story about someone driving off the right side of the road, losing control, hitting a tree (of which there are many in NC), and dieing. The next week there was more or less the same story, though they might have hit a utility pole (of which there are many in NC), with the same conclusion. The week after there was the same story again.

After a few months I realized that (i) this story was repeated pretty much EVERY week, at least once, and (ii) this story was also repeated many times over across the state EVERY week. The middle part of the story varies slightly, sometimes the driver goes off the right side and meets their fate, sometimes they careen back onto the road and either hit oncoming traffic or crash off the other side and into a tree or utility pole. The end of the story is invariably the same, because (i) they drive like idiots, (ii) about one third of people don't wear a seat belt (this is especially true of idiots, see (i) above), (iii) drunk driving is endemic, especially among idiots (see (i) and (ii) above), and (iv) people are idiots.

I talked about this ridiculous/ tragic state of affairs with a colleague who had previously worked as a cop in Florida. He said it is exactly the same in Florida, except there they have ditches, ponds, and lakes, so people drown rather than get killed hitting trees. :rolleyes:

When I came here the population of the US was five times that of the UK, but there were ten times the road fatalities. The population of the US is still almost exactly five times that of the UK, and since I came here road fatalities have halved in the UK, but they haven't changed AT ALL in the US, i.e.they ate now 20 times road fatalities in the UK! :huh:

Suexpat Mar 31st 2014 11:48 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 
Driving while on the phone and texting is also a problem.

hungryhorace Mar 31st 2014 11:51 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by Suexpat (Post 11199059)
Driving while on the phone and texting is also a problem.

New Hampshire (of all places!) is voting on Thursday to ban using a mobile phone whilst driving. I really hope it passes.

Sally Redux Mar 31st 2014 11:53 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by Leslie (Post 11198967)
Houston State Police? :confused:

http://images.buddytv.com/usrimages/...illiams-r3.jpg

Pulaski Mar 31st 2014 11:54 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by hungryhorace (Post 11199064)
New Hampshire (of all places!) is voting on Thursday to ban using a mobile phone whilst driving. I really hope it passes.

But know the police won't do anything to enforce a ban, .... don't you? :confused:

hungryhorace Mar 31st 2014 11:56 pm

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 11199070)
But know the police won't do anything to enforce a ban, .... don't you? :confused:

Like I said earlier, the cops round here don't seem to bother policing anything other than the odd speeding infraction. So, yes, unfortunately I realise nothing will change.

It's interesting isn't it, the UK has gone *way* over the top in the pursuit of the motorist (I feel I can't drive round the M25 without fearing a ticket for some infraction!) yet in the US they're so far the other way. Where is the happy medium?

Pulaski Apr 1st 2014 12:01 am

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by hungryhorace (Post 11199076)
Like I said earlier, the cops round here don't seem to bother policing anything other than the odd speeding infraction. So, yes, unfortunately I realise nothing will change. ....

As per my earlier observation about police in the US, it will be added to the proverbial "book" that gets thrown at motorists after they have caused serious, often fatal, accidents.

Sugarmooma Apr 1st 2014 12:41 am

Re: British expat relocating from Dubai to Houston,Texas
 

Originally Posted by DubaiCat (Post 11198962)
I found ur reply most helpful and given ur expat history and experience in Houston, the most relevant. I'm going to contact Houston State Police myself re gun control... Might just get a clearer picture other than replies posted! Thank you!

I have been here 25 years. I live more out in the boonies but can be in Houston in 35 to 40 minutes. We do not own a gun, have no need to. We have friends with guns but mostly for hunting not for day to day use.

Both my kids went to the University of Houston, so lived downtown. They also never had any problems with guns, drive bys etc. You soon know where to go and where to avoid which is the same anywhere.

I like living in Texas, most Texans are friendly helpful folk. They are proud of their state and are also welcoming to outsiders. Do not dwell on the gun thing, it is here, it is part of the culture but it doesn't have to effect you. You could enjoy life here, as people have mentioned there are a lot of things you can be involved in.

At the end of the day though, you are the only one that can decide if it is the life you want. Good luck;)


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