The child support office where I work is in Waco, but we handle cases from several other counties, including Mills, Hamilton, Bosque, Falls, Freestone, and Limestone. These other counties are referred to as "outer counties." I thought it was merely a geographical reference, until I overheard this conversation in one of the outer-county courthouses:
[AAG:] So I hear he's trying to get custody. How likely do you think that is?
[Customer:] Well, he doesn't like how I've handled my daughter's relationships. He thinks she and her step-brother are getting a little too . . . intimate.
[AAG:] I see.
[Customer:] But I don't think it's a big deal. I mean--they're not blood-kin.
Ah yes. Outer counties indeed.