A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 14, 2006
“Life’s too short to live in Dallas”

"Life’s too short to live in Dallas” is a popular Fort Worth saying, seen on 1990s T-shirts and bumper stickers. Another saying is: “Life’s too short to live in Houston, and Dallas is too far from the beach.”

Other Texas cities have sometimes been used in the saying, such as “Life’s too short to live in Austin.”


New York Times
JOURNEYS; 36 Hours | Fort Worth
By SUZANNE HAMLIN
Published: June 25, 2004
Take a detour on the way in from the airport to see for yourself why many locals say that ‘’life is too short to live in Dallas.’’

Austin Chronicle
Remember Me, Too
Home furnishings and d├ęcor, candles, knickknacks, and whimsies (such as the sampler that says “Life is too short to live in Houston").
109 E. Main, Fredericksburg, 830/997-6444

Google Groups: alt.surfing
From:  Stewart Legler 952-5869 - view profile
Date:  Thurs, Apr 17 1997 12:00 am

(life’s too short to live in houston, and dallas’s too far from tha’ beach)

Google Groups: austin.food
From:  Stuart McDow
Date:  Wed, Aug 7 1996 12:00 am

Mmmm. Whatta place!! European motorcycle club meets there first Sunday of the month. Or pull your boat right up. Beer’s always cold, and it’s a great place to relax and hang out and hang out and hang out. Excellent jukebox. My kinda place. Plus that wonderful sign near the takeout counter: “Life’s too short to live in Dallas!”

Google Groups: rec.music.christian
From:  Matt Laswell
Date:  Wed, Dec 3 1997 12:00 am

To quote an ad in the paper here, “Life’s too short to live in Dallas.”

Google Groups: dfw.eats
From:  Stan McDaniel
Date:  Tues, Jan 27 1998 12:00 am

I believe the Railhead has the best brisket I have eaten. Moist, but not fat with a deep smoked flavor. Railroad theme, BBQ atmosphere, great meat, competative pricing. Oh yes, and great shirts that say “Life’s to short to live in Dallas”.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, August 14, 2006 • Permalink