Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Only in Texas.

It has been a while since I have done an "Only in Texas" post. And by "a while" I mean a little over a month, so really not that long at all.

In the meantime, my advice column/random question answering is going to become a regular feature around here. Send me questions, queries, topics you need advice on or whatever. And every (still undecided)day I will answer them (I'm thinking Monday). Comprende?


Back to Texas...

Texans LOVE their state. LOVE. If you are in a foreign country and you ask a Texan where they are from, they will say Texas, not America (or the United States or whatever you call this country). They get all defensive if you try to imply that maybe some other states are pretty cool too. They will tell you "Texas was it's own country" and all sorts of other random things to try and convince you.

A few weeks ago (maybe a month?) I got a Facebook e-mail from someone telling me about this really cool "fan page" and that I should join.

I bet Texas can get 1 million fans before any other state.

Apparently other states are participating in this too, but none seem to be as into it as Texans.

As of this posting, they are up to 676,614 fans.

The funniest part is that when you go to the fan page, they shit talk to increase membership.

Sage nuggets like this one:

I'm going to be honest, i can hardly say the U.S. Pledge. But i know the Texas Pledge by heart, and how many states can say they know their state pledge. Not many..

Or this one:

So this girl, she's form New York. Her names Lindsay. She thinks New York is better than Texas. She also thinks we both have big egos but Texas doesn't have the balls to admit it. And as hard as I try, i can't find any reason anyone would want to ride in a strangers car, eat old hotdogs being sold on the... street, and mostly everyone has never heard of the word "manners".*

Only in Texas would this be so competitive.





*Please tell me you noticed the typos. For the record, while I love to talk trash, I have a pretty strict shit talking policy that includes me trying my best to use proper spelling/grammar when making fun of other people and/or declaring my superiority.
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29 comments:

laurenfromtexas said...

THE PERIOD GOES INSIDE THE QUOTATION MARKS. Oh, I noticed. And my eye started twitching.

carrie1 said...

Ehh...... Chris's roommate is from Texas and it is annoying!!!

Everything is Texas this and Texas that!

And can I just tell you he wasn't very happy on Sunday when Texas got whooped out!

Christy said...

I admit to jumping on the "Texas is Awesome" bandwagon since moving down here. I mean, Indiana is totally fabulous and all, but...

Gin said...

Realization: I TOTALLY KNOW THE TEXAS PLEDGE. Also remember all the words to "Texas, Our Texas" that I learned in first grade.

And I'm way down with TX and all, having lived here (proudly!) my whole life, but I resist the FB group.

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

I know that Lindsay from New York. She DOES love old hot dogs.

jv726 said...

For shits I went to the MN equivalent to the Texas page and one of the first things I see is this...
"I bet Minnesota can get 1 million fans before any other state! Did you hit the "Suggest to Friends" button today? If not, YO LOOKIN' LIKE A FOO' WITCHO PANTS ON THE GROUND!!! Haha! But seriously invite more people guys we're loosing momentum and we still gotta beat Texas! GET TO IT MN!!!"
I cant believe I am from a state that quotes that idiot from American Idol...but we clearly want to beat Texas.
I think its ridic when people join those fan pages.

Cee said...

I had no idea that state's even have their own pledges. Very interesting. I wonder what Maryland's is?

Dollface said...

Im from New York!! But I do not eat hotdogs off the street... but at baseball games, yes... xxxoo

Renee said...

I grew up in California and moved to Texas about a year ago and I swear, it is irritating how obnoxious Texans are about the glory of their state. It's the only state in the country where 9 out of 10 people have the shape of Texas somewhere on their property (a stepping stone, a brass plaque, on their fences, etc.). My theory is that it is in case they forget where they are...let's face it, some of them are just not that smart.

J. said...

Ok, I'm an Okie who moved to Texas and spent a decade in the great state, and then moved back to Oklahoma. I spent a decade being ridiculed by Texans for being from Oklahoma, and now that I am back in Oklahoma, I catch all kinds of hell for having been a "Texan"... I just call this little area "Texoma" my state.
Love the state of Texas, hate the UT Longhorns.
Love the OU Sooners, hate Oklahoma's stupid, old-fashioned laws.
I digress.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Everything is better in Texas...well, in Houston at least.

B-Dub said...

Born and raised in Texas- proud indeed! The only reason Texans are so proud of their state is because it is so obviously better than all the others. USA= 50 states? Um no. Try: USA= 1 super fab state and 49 wannabe's.

Kaela said...

I second Cee, who didn't know states had their own pledges. I don't know what Vermont's is, but I think it would go a little something like this:

I pledge allience, to my cow
And the best sirrup (that's syrup to you flatlanders) in the country.
To the former republic (we used to be separate and there are a large group of people who are trying to seceed from the union)
For which it stands
On the principles of drunk driving on dirt roads and the most amount of breweries per capita.
Um, Amen or something.

meredith said...

i've gotten that invite from at least seven different people. i have yet to join because i wanted to see how many of those requests i'd actually get. i'm glad you did a fact check on the number the group had grown to. i was seriously wondering where texas was at. nearly 650,000?? that's it?? i expected better from the lonestar state.

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

ok you weirdo texans. MY turn.

You can have your state pride. In fact you can be the best state in the United states of the universe. Do you know why? Because the rest of us don't care. We just don't even talk about our state. Do you know how often I have even said the word Pennsylvania in my life? Like twice when I said it rhymed with transylvania and prob had vampires.

you are all freaks.

amy kelinda said...

Oh, Texans. I am one, and I notice the state pride thing too. I admit that it swelled out of me when I lived in Boston and someone made fun of my home state as being full of cowboys and tumbleweed. "That may be true for West Texas," I declared, "but where I'm from, we drive cars."

I did not mention the fact that I grew up next to a farm, or that there's a ranch situated next to a gas station by my house. They didn't need to know.

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I still call myself a Texan even though I moved to Washington, and I love even more finding people from the south that moved to the pacific northwest. The best is when I find people wearing cowboy boots because I KNOW they are from Texas -- hehe!!

I loved this post because it's crazy how much Texans adore finding other Texans! I am going to visit your other Texans friends I haven't come across before!!

Existential Waitress said...

I was born in TX and a ton of my family still reside there, so I am very familiar with this (insane) attitude about Texas. I totally scoff whenever my mom proudly informs me that Texas was it's own country yadda, yadda, yadda. Even recently she tried to insist that Texas should become it's own country NOW - to which I responded, please DO let Texas become it's own country! Good riddance as far as I'm concerned. LOL.

Maggie said...

And.... you just posted two classic examples of why I am so happy we are moving soon. Have I mentioned we are LEAVING TEXAS?!?! (sorry to brag)

AuntBT said...

I'm definitely one of those that says I'm from Texas instead of the U.S. Can't help it, love my state. Love the people, I left and moved back.

However, I try hard to only show my massive state pride around other Texans. I did NOT join the Facebook group, although I got a dozen requests. That's even too much for me.

MODG said...

Something is new. Do you know what it is?

Stephanie Faris said...

LOL I've sensed that about Texans. I've never been there but the state is just HUGE. Everything's huge there. Big hats, big accents, big everything. It just seems like it would be really hot down there...unbearably so. But it seems every company my fiance works for or interviews with or does any work for is based out of Texas, and he has worked for/with a wide range of companies.

brit @ landlocked bride said...

This is too funny!

Brown Girl said...

Hell ya! Texas people rock. I know this because I live here. And I rock. ;) That is all.

love in other words said...

wow, we don't even have 50,000 - but we're a little state so that's my reasoning :)

AudreyAllure said...

haha, i'm from new york but i love texas! i have some family & friends over there lol

love your blog! :)
- Audrey Allure <3
http://audreyallure.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

Oh Texas, what's with the inflated ego?

HoustonGurly said...

Hey, now... Don't be knockin my home state! I love Texas and am super proud to live here.

However, I have avoided that stupid effing page since I first saw it. It's stupid. I can't believe how many people I know that keep 'suggesting' it to me. Ugh!

Jill said...

way late here. but oh my science, i am from iowa and i was SHOCKED by the texas pride here. i kind of think it borders on unhealthy!