Friday, February 27, 2015

Blessed to be Texan (Happy Texas Independence Day) - Part 2

Due to the unexpected popularity of "I'm from Texas, What Country are you From?", the post I wrote last year for Texas Independence Day, I am publishing a sequel featuring more things all Texans should love. Enjoy!

You might be a [true] Texan if...

  • You actually knew before reading this blog post that March 2nd is Texas Independence Day.
  • If you know what that even means.
  • If you actually celebrate it. 
  • If you know important Texas History tidbits by heart.
  • If you consume any of the following at least once a month, if not once a week:
- Chicken Fried Steak
- Steak
- Mexican Food
- Pecan Pie
- Blue Bell
-Dr. Pepper
  • If no summer is complete until you've tubed the Comal, Frio, Guadalupe, and San Marcos rivers. 
  • Or if your favorite place to swim isn't your local pool, because you have access to Barton Springs, Blue Hole, Hamilton Pool, Jacob's Well, and Krause Springs!
  • If you actually know how to pronounce Krause Springs. 
  • If you've driven on highways (big and small) and the speed limit is 85.
  • If you can get any object you want in the shape of your state and not think its too prideful.
  • If you believe in state pride, and that belief is obvious to everyone around you.
  • If someone offers you assistance in a store and they don't even work there. 
  • If you've worn shorts and a heavy-weight jacket at the same time.
  • If your a girl and you wear cowboy boots with your sundresses and/or shorts and its perfectly in style.
  • If "there might be sleet" is an excuse for your school district to call a "snow day". 
  • If you or someone you know has security lights installed on their house but doesn't bother locking the door.
  • If you're a female who carries jumper cables in your truck and knows how to use them. 
  • If you call all cars trucks, regardless of whether they actually are or not!
  • If "vacation" means going anywhere other than your own town for the weekend. 
  • If you find 70 degrees a "little chilly". 
  • If you or someone you know have hit a deer, more than once, on the highway. 
  • If you consider camo to be your unofficial state color. 
  • If you or someone you know has worn a camo formal gown or tux to prom. 
  • If the following restaurant scenarios get on your nerves:
-  they do not serve sweet tea
- they charge extra for chips and salsa 
- they only carry off-brand 'Dr. Pepper'
- they serve melted cheese instead of queso

  • If you've gotten caught up in a "Whataburger vs. In-N-Out" argument.
  • If you secretly hate people who constantly complain about hating living here.
  • If you know George Strait really is our state king. 
  • If you know how to correctly pronounce the following Texas places and things:
- Corsicana, Tx
- Decatur, Tx
-Gruene, Tx
- Burnet, Tx
- Refugio, Tx 
- Mexia, Tx
- Humble, Tx
- New Braunfels, Tx
-Waxahachie, Tx
-Nacogdoches, Tx
- Palestine, Tx
-Pflugervile, Tx
 -Bexar County
-Kuykendahl Road (in Houston) 
- Pedernales

  • If you have manners that include saying "please", "thank you", " excuse me" "yes ma'am", and "yes sir" and get mad when other people don't use them or give you funny looks when you do. 
  • If you know that the true value of a parking space is determined by level of shade, not distance. 
  • If you've been in a traffic jam that involves two cars at a 4-way stop trying to be polite to each other by letting the other-one have the right of way even if its technically their own turn.
  • If a Meredes Benz is not a status symbol, but a lifted Ford F-350 is. 
  • If you've ever had this conversation: "You wanna coke?" "Yeah." "What Kind?" "Dr. Pepper."
  • If you follow multiple Texas themed social media accounts. 
  • If you or someone you know believes that Texas should secede. 
  • If you prefer to listen to local artists that make up the genre "Texas Country" music rather than mainstream stuff.
  • If you own and regularly wear a rather large collection of state themed t-shirts. 
  • If people think your accent is "cute";
  • If you either support the Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans, not both, and you don't switch between who's doing better. 
  • If you still love the Cowboys even when they're doing less than great.
  • If  you've seen a Jaguarundi or a black panther or  a mountain lion in the wild. 
  • If you or someone you know gets paid to hunt wild hogs. 
  • If you or someone you know participates in  Rattlesnake Roundups. 
  • If your town goes all out for Homecoming.
  • If when you go to a high school dance the only thing anybody can do is the Texas two-step.
  • If you don't have a problem staying in-state for college because you have so many amazing in-state choices. 
  • If you would never consider moving out-of-state. 
  • If you consider hunting/shooting to be your sport. 
    • Christmas shopping involves a trip to Calela's, Cavenders, Bass Pro Shop or a local general store. 
    • If you've received gifts such as: 
    - cowboy boots
    - belt buckles
    - Schlitterbahn tickets/season passes
    - boxes of Pangburn's Millionaires
    -  Texas themed Ugly Sweater
    - a Collin Street Bakery fruit cake
    - a gift card to a steak house
    -something made from horse shoes
    - college football jerseys/t-shirts or game tickets (either UT or A&M)

    If you understand all of these jokes and the ones listed in my first post of this series, congratulations - whether you like it or not, you are a true Texan! 

    For more Texas stuff, follow my Deep In the Heart of Texas Pinterest Board!

    Happy Texas Independance day, Texans! 


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