In summers, we always fear some dreadful menace.
Often, it's a UFO hovering, scaring ranchers or shining spotlights on rural manufactured housing.
Other summers, it's mosquitoes, or chupacabras, or mosquitoes the size of El Chupacabras.
This year, Fort Worth and Arlington's No. 1 menace is arriving animal-style.
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Residents of two neighborhoods fear the crowds and traffic tangles coming next month along with a monster from California: In-N-Out Burger.
Neighbors have been warned to expect a Fort Worth opening at 2900 W. Seventh St. as soon as the first week of August.
The Arlington location, at 1075 W. Interstate 20, will follow by mid-September.
Nancy McDonald of Fort Worth has a tiny office at ground zero of the burger brouhaha.
Her family's 40-year-old real estate business on West Sixth Street is between the In-and-Out driveways.
"We're going to feel like very little fish in a very busy pond," she said.
"The development here is great for the neighborhood. But for a burger, I'd go to Fred's."
One block south on Currie Street, Fred's owner Terry Chandler said he hopes crowds leave the expected mile-long lines and find his 60-year-old cafe.
"If 50 people come here who would never have found Seventh Street otherwise, then I'm for it," he said.
In-N-Out openings in Allen, Dallas and Frisco drew mile-long, three-hour waits for the basic burger or items from the "secret menu," which features mustard-cooked burgers "animal-style."
I'm sure city officials in both Fort Worth and Arlington are working hard to plan traffic control.
I'm sure they must be, because they were too busy Thursday to talk about it. I couldn't find anybody who knew a double-double from a Ding Dong.
Chandler described the In-N-Out craze.
"In-N-Out is famous because it's where Hollywood people go eat when they've been out late at night," Chandler said.
"It's the burger they talk about in movies. If more movies were made in Texas, they'd talk about Whataburger."
Time to talk vacation.
Bud Kennedy's column appears Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Twitter @budkennedy