Thursday, August 13, 2009

You know you're Texan when...

To follow up on yesterday's "Advice for People Moving to Texas," here is a list (recently forwarded to me) of some of the local culture my kids get to grow up with.


Armadillos sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.

There are 5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4,998 live in Texas .

There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Texas, plus a couple no one's seen before.

If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites.

"Twiced" is a word.

People actually grow and eat okra.

"Fixinto" is one word.

There is no such thing as "lunch". There is only dinner and then supper.

Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two (months, not years).

"Backwards and forwards" means I know everything about you!

"Djeet?" is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat?"

You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is. You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.

You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.

You measure distance in hours. Like its 5 hours from Houston to Dallas (if you observe the speed limits).

You'll probably have to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

"Fix" is a verb. Example: "I'm fixing to go to the store."

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

Yes, Friday high school football is serious football!

You carry jumper cables in your car . . . for your OWN car.

There are only four spices: salt, pepper, Tabasco and ketchup. (A suitable salsa can substituted for Tabasco or ketchup.)

The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports.

100 degrees Fahrenheit is "a little warm."

We have four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, still Summer and Christmas.

Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time known as "goin' to Wally-World."

A cool snap (below 70 degrees) is good pinto-bean weather.

A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola, or pop.... it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: "What kind a coke you want?"

Fried catfish is the other white meat.

We don't need no stinking driver's ed ... if our mama says we can drive, we can drive.

EVERYONE can't be from Texas. You might say it's a gift from God!

And the most important thing we learn growing up in TEXAS is...


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