Welcome to my new blog about the wondrous complexity of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. My intention here is to prepare you for your vacation to our fine conglomeration of cities, and to give you a few clues about what to do, where to go, and how to act while you’re here. Dallas is the ninth largest city in the country, and Fort Worth is the 16th; put them together, along with all the associated smaller cities and towns, and the Metroplex is right behind New York and Los Angeles in size and population. Like any big American city, D/FW is a melting pot of cultures, peoples, and languages, but we’ve got a few idiosyncrasies I think you’ll enjoy. So hop aboard, but be sure to fasten your seatbelt. We may be off to a slow start, but I think you’ll find we’ll get up to speed pretty quickly — like one of those whirlygig rides at the original Six Flags, right here in Dallas, the one after which all others are patterned.