Yes, everyone likes to sneak out there early in the morning. We catch the same fish and keep putting them back.
So if someone asked you about some of the great places to see in Dallas, you might suggest ... ?
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We've gone to the Arboretum. We were there for a show at Christmastime. There's a lot of beautiful plant life, especially roses, which I have affection for.
So would you recommend that people visit the area around the winter holidays?
I'd have to say they really do up Christmas here. We took the horse-drawn carriage ride [Highland Park Christmas Carriage Tours] just to see the decorations around the neighborhood. You couldn't fathom the displays here! There are merry-go-rounds [light structures] in the yards, interactive pieces … it's really nice. It's a nice time of year too, before it gets too hot. It only snows here once or twice a year; this year it was on Christmas Day.
Surely you've been to some sporting events in the region? After all, Dallas has some pretty prominent professional teams.
I have not been to most of the sports arenas in the area. They're mostly in Arlington, which is half an hour away in between Dallas and Fort Worth.
What about the arts scene?
There are incredible museums and theater — a lot of that stuff. You name it, Dallas has it. This city really likes to be cutting edge or state of the art. Dallas is a very worldly city, too. A lot of progressive businesses, like fashion and technology. Keep in mind that Texas is more of a republic than a state. Recently they had a petition about [the state of Texas] seceding, and I heard about 30 percent of the people voted for secession! It's a very independent place.
The fashion scene is very prominent in Dallas. That must be a nice perk for your daughter and your wife.
Well, we try to keep a grip on reality. We all tend to gravitate toward Target. My idea of a great Saturday is walking around Target with popcorn and an iced tea.
What about active-adventure stuff? Does your son like to watch the rodeos and cattle drives?
Well, he does see a bit of that in Fort Worth — a great town! You know, Fort Worth is to Dallas what Tucson is to Phoenix.
When you have guests visit, which hotel do you recommend?
Hmm. Well, we did make a list for people attending the wedding [calls to his wife]. "Which hotels did you put on that list?" ... Two: We suggested the [Rosewood] Crescent and the Warwick Melrose. The Magnolia Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel downtown; I wouldn't go, but a lot of people like it. I'd stay at the Motel 6.