New Braunfels – Gus The Redneck - lawbreaker

Comal County Courhouse being renovated and decorated with strings of holiday lights - New Braunfels, Texas
Comal County Courhouse being renovated and decorated with strings of holiday lights - New Braunfels, Texas


A few miles from San Antonio, Texas, more or less on the Guadalupe River, sits the city of New Braunfels. Not very many years ago, the place was a rather small town in rural Texas. Each year the Braunfelsians would celebrate tourists with a sausage festival and a street full of sausages and related booths and tables. As I recall, few, if any, left for home in a hungry condition.


Bigger but maybe not better


The buildings were Texas-old, the streets, narrow, and the people typically smiling and happy. That was then. Today the place is loaded (beset) with freeways, over-and underpasses, franchise eating joints, traffic jams, and new construction of major proportions both in and out of the city. It reminds a person of a case of the hives from eating too many strawberries. They spread, and so does New Braunfels.


The highway may or may not be my way


Yesterday I had to attend some business in New Braunfels. Driving there was no big deal. It used to be that a run from Houston over to New Braunfels was likely to be almost a four hour jaunt through one little place – then a long empty stretch of ranch land – followed by more little country towns. Not any longer. The wide Interstate allows you to get from here to there quickly. For a startling new sight, you pass by that just constructed super-tollway (Route 130, I believe that is its number) on which some crazies can decide to drive along at the speed limit – 85 miles per hour. Like New Braunfels, everything seems to be changing, but, according to this Redneck, not for the better.


Courting ain't exactly what it used to be


In New Braunfels I had to visit the county courthouse. That venerable building was being refurbished, but Comal County was open for business in the courthouse annex right behind the old courthouse. Entering the annex, my companion and I were greeted by some big-city stuff. There was a metal detector sitting by the entrance, attended there by three large sheriff's deputies. Two were built like centers who anchor major league football teams. The third was “pretty,” as one would expect of a practiced politician or a male clothing model.

As usual, my barbecue jackknife and handy-dandy digital camera were hanging on my belt. I went up to the metal detector thing and slid the two gadgets off of the belt and into the small tray that is common to metal detector stations.

The cops had a pluperfect fit. “You can't bring that stuff into this building,” one of them roared.


Sometimes a loss can actually be a gain


So I gathered them back up and stuck them back onto my trouser belt. I told one of the bigger of the two big deputies that I surely did not want my pants to fall off because of the belt being unsecured. He smiled and growled at the same time, an interesting combination. Then I told my buddy to go on ahead and file the legal papers we had brought with us – and I would take my illegal gadgets back outside and wait for him there. That's how it worked out.

Moving to the front porch of the annex, I could see that the folks were both repairing the old courthouse next door and stringing festive lights all over it for brightening the coming holiday season. The more I looked at the old place, the better it looked to me as a piece of happy architecture. So, out came the little contraband camera and, “click,” came a nice digital photo – the one you see here.

Sometimes it is a blessing to be thrown out of a place because you are wearing the wrong stuff.

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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Isn't it something how times have changed? I really can't answer for Alabama when I was younger because then I was in Wisconsin. It seems right before my eyes there are all those gadgets to get in a place and what a shame we just can't get in and out. Great picture, so that was a good thing that day.


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA Author

Howdy "Roscoe's Buddy" (wetnosedogs) - You are right-on, WND. Glad you enjoyed that photo. It would have been a shame to not record it, for there I was, contraband-on-belt, with a fine, old county courthouse sitting there all clean and pretty. I should have known from prior mistakes like this that a clean belt is like a free pass into law heaven.

Gus :-)))


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PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Hi Gus

I know what you mean about little towns getting big. I went on google earth to see if the ranch I had lived and worked on, was still there.It was just outside Beeville Texas. So I started out in the little town (so I thought) and proceeded to get lost through my computer. There was a big highway and all kinds of add on's in that once small town. I found the old ranch house, which was on 650 acres of land. Just a baby ranch compared to a lot of ranches around there. When I scrolled out to see the rest of the ranch, it had turned into a housing development!


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA Author

Brother Patrick (Paddyboy60) - Although many people do not and will never believe it, I think that the world's biggest problems start with things getting too big and too complicated. Makes me wonder sometimes whether everything will revert back to life in the caves and with the return of stone tools and saber-tooth tigers.

Gus :-)))


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Sounds like a description of life ever-changing in my neck of the world as well. I often wonder just how necessary it all is.


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA Author

SIE -(shiningirisheyes)

One of my favorite quotations is the one from an old grade school classmate, Payson Jones: "All's well that ends." He knew things way back in the 1940's.

Gus :-)))


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PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

I have wondered the very same thing Gus.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Well, at least the old Courthouse still looks interesting and attractive in New Braunfels, Gus. Time after time I, too, am reminded that just because something is new doesn't make it better. :)


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

I kinda like New Braunfels. It has a certain Germanic history to it and parts of it are old school. Time marches on - with us or without us. The security checkpoints sometimes are a bit of a joke. But that's the aftermath of 9-11.

Nice tale and a great pic.

The Frog


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

GusTheRedneck...great photo of the bldg, and you are correct in that we sometimes are so focused or non-focused on what and where we go for what we're not sure..but somehow miss what is there to enjoy...and while they were hasseling your jack-knife and camera, 47 terrorists were slithering across the floor, sorry nevermind I won't go there..that wouldn't be fair..this is YOUR hub and it would be rude for me to share..

Happy Thanksgiving..don't eat too much...


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA Author

Good Doctor bj -

Gotcha ! Some of the nice look of the place comes from it being in the process of renewal and cleanup. It looks really nice to me because i don't have to be one of the folks to be tried within it once the dust settles.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA Author

Howdy KJ -

It was kinda fun getting hasseled by the three stalwarts, all three of whom should probably have been out on the streets and fields catching crooks and other sorts of ne'er-do-wells. All the same, I realized that I had forgotten to leave my junk in the car - like, who but a dumb Redneck would not know that you cannot take a BBG jackknife into a working courthouse? But then, I thought the place not to be a courthouse, not being smart enough to understand "annex." The place to be rude, by the way, is around me. I would never recognize it as being rude. More than likely I'd smile (grin probably) and say "Thank you" or something witty in the language of the pygmy. Some people have the effrontery to actually say that "Gus is easy."

As to Thanksgiving, I am there every day I can breathe with both lungs and stand up after sitting down. As to eating, as one ages, the capacity shrinks. Good thing, too, for it costs a lot less to eat to fullness.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Froggie - I wrote out a targeted reply to your very welcome comment, but the thing disappeared - gone out into the ether of space and negative gravity and all the rest of it. Sometimes this HubPages comment deal is spooky. I like to nail our buddy, "epi," to the wall with funnies whenever he has time and strength to pass comments to me. I wrote out some real zingers - good stuff. Somehow the bulk of it was disappeared and only the last couple of lines remained in the comment. I was lucky that those last two lines covered the waterfront as well as they did. As to the "Germanic" atmosphere of New Braunfels, I guess that it used to be like that. The other day I got the feeling that I might be the only kraut in town. :-)

Gus :-)))

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