I call it our "Texan Exchange:" no stage income tax, but you have to deal with the hellacious allergies. After the doctor bills, it ends up about even. At work, I've heard at least a half dozen ways to make hot toddies, each one of them sworn to work on their mother's grave. When the mosquitoes are bad (and when they are in season, which is 11 months out of the year, they are ALWAYS bad), mixing up vinegar and baking soda into a heavy paste and applying it to the sting will render it painless. It may be placebo, but it works. For hangovers, for me it's always "hair of the dog." Not so much that it eases my going back into sobriety, but rather that the hair of the dog expedites my going back into drunkenness. And once you're back there, you don't care; buy now, pay later shit. I always regret doing hair of the dog, because it always makes it vastly worse in the long run (actual cure, for me, is a helping dose of B12 vitamin). And yet, I always swear by it. Focus: "Old school" cures and old wives tales. What have you found that works? Alt Focus: What absolutely doesnt work?