The Stars At Night…

Are Big and Bright
Deep in the Heart of Texas.

The Texas State Flag

The Texas State Flag

The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
All the livelong day.
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
You cannot get away.
Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
For it’s Texas that we love best.
Hail, Hail, The gang’s all here,
And it good-bye to all the rest!

There is just something about Texas. I don’t know if every Texan feels it but, this enormous pride wells up in me everytime I step foot in “The Friendly State.” Here are 10 of my favorite things about Texas:

1. The Mexican Food (Mi Cocina, Javier’s, Primo’s – you can’t go wrong)

2. The Texas State Fair (Big Tex and Fletcher’s Corny Dogs)

3. Lake Texoma (Fireworks, Picnics, and Family Fun)

4. University of Texas Football Games (tailgating at Schultz’s Beer Garden)

5. Beautiful Lake Austin (I dream about sunny afternoons at the Hula Hut)

6. Our family’s rickety ranch in the beautiful hill country (trying to keep up with my rough and tough cousins)

7. Pit stops during Road Trips (Dairy Queen and Czech Stop for kolaches)

8. Elgin Sausage with a fresh loaf of Mrs. Baird’s Bread

9. The rich history (which each young Texan spends their 7th grade year learning)

10. The people (need I say more?)

And here are some fun factoids from Did you know?

• Dublin, Texas is the only place in the world where Dr Pepper is produced with the original secret formula?

• It’s illegal to put graffiti on another person’s cow in Texas?

• Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has the largest parking lot in the world?

• There’s an old law on the books that makes it illegal to curse in front a corpse?

• You have to believe in a supreme being in order to be elected to public office?

• You can be arrested for milking another person’s cow?

• The first rodeo in the world was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883?

• The official dish of Texas is chili?

• If you steal cattle, you can be hanged?

• Six different flags have flown over Texas?

Do you feel a similar immense pride when you think about your home state?

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  • All I can say is AMEN, SISTER! I live in Southeast TX. It’s a contagious feeling when you put your little pinkie toe on the soil. 🙂 Enjoy your time here in our HUGE friendly state!

  • Meredith Taylor

    Seven generations and counting! Oh, well I guess I have to move back and actually procreate for it to be “and counting” hmm…

    Did I tell you that jake and I went on BBQ Tour of the hill country this fall, and stopped to tour Mystic? So fun!

  • I didn’t know you were a Texan, Lindsey–great post

    You can’t beat tubing and BBQ’ing in the hill country during the summer.

    Hook ’em!

    • How did I miss that you are engaged? My mom told me. I felt so out of the loop. Congratulations. I hope I get to celebrate with you and Jake.

  • Charles Robinson

    Thanks, these are good (all except the part about Univ. of Texas…GO OU!!!!!). You know what they say, “you can always tell a Texan…but you can’t tell him much.”

  • It wasn’t until Les and I spent a week in Texas last November and visited Austin and Del Rio that I really felt like I “got” what makes people so enthused about Texas. There was a greater diversity of history, scenery, ethnicity, and culture than I was expecting. We toured the capital building and you just can’t help being SO impressed by that! (p.s. Don’t tour the TN capital building if you’ve already seen Texas’s — it will feel like an amazing disappointment). We also toured all the missions in the San Antonio area and really learned a lot. I enjoyed my time in Texas and can definitely see why Texans feel so proud to be from Texas. It’s big, it’s impressive, and there are so many awesome things that have been associated with it.

    I have some similar feelings about my home state of PA, but my pride’s more understated, in probably an East Coast kind of way. We were one of the original 13 and we have a very rich American history in our state. We know we’re so awesome that we don’t have to shout it. 🙂

    • Understated, huh. Maybe that is something you can teach me?

  • Fun post, Lindsey! But Blue Bell Ice Cream isn’t on your top 10 list?? Shame…I got so excited when they started selling it here.

    I lived in Houston for only 5 years, but even that little amount of time got to me. (Plus, I had TX Hist. in 7th AND 4th grades.) I’ve been lucky enough to go back to Austin twice in the last three years and loved being “back.”

    But if you want some TN pride, just remember where Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and many of those Texans got their start…it’s not called the Volunteer State because of UTK! 🙂

    • Oh, the Blue Bell Ice Cream. We had it everyday for lunch at Camp Mystic. Fudge Nut Brownie with a scoop of Peanut Butter was always my favorite. But really you can’t go wrong.

  • Marcie Porterfield (aka Lindsey’s sister)

    Driving on Capital of Texas Highway through the granite cliffs over Lake Austin is a favorite also!

  • I have definitely observed the “Texas pride”. I have so many friends from Texas that are always raving about their state… I always wonder why they aren’t still there. 🙂 Seriously, I think it’s cool that Texas has such an identity and loyalty. I can’t say that I have that same pride for my homeland of cheese (Wisconsin).

    PS – I’m glad you are in Tennessee!

  • I got a chuckle from my instinctive response to pause for the beats at the appropriate places… I managed to refrain from clapping.

    I wandered up to Nashville from Austin about three years ago. The only way I’ve found to deal with it is to just get back to Texas regularly.

  • Richard Muske

    LOVED LOVED LOVED this one! So did you make it a tradition to go to Mozart’s for coffee after eating at Hula Hut?

    • lindseyreadenobles

      Trips home are definitely a good thing. And once I get my fix, I find that I usually miss the South.

      • lindseyreadenobles

        I should say that I was glad to come home. 🙂

  • I can completely relate to this post. Made me think of my own list of Texas things I love. 🙂 (I love the German/Hispanic melting pot in the San Antonio area and how you can read signs in German and in Spanish on the same stretch of road….and then the state park in Glen Rose where you can spot dinosaur footprints in the river…)

    But surely Tennessee has a lot to like… Country music, for instance. 😉

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