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Texas - have you seen this one?
email | 10/14 | anonymous

Posted on 10/14/2005 3:43:58 PM PDT by phatoldphart

When you're from Texas, people that you meet ask you questions like, Do you have any cows?" "Do you have horses?" "Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh?"

They all want to know if you've been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.

Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be.. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at it they know what it is. It's Texas. Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt and he'll know what it is. What happens if I show you a picture of any other state? You might get it maybe after a second or two, but who else would? And even if you do, does it ever stir any feelings in you?

In every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride off in a pickup. There is some little bit of Texas in everyone.

Did you ever hear anyone in a bar go, " you're from Iowa? Cool, tell me about it?" Do you know why? Because there's no place like Texas.

Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves, but stayed instead to fight and die for the cause of freedom. We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and James Bowie and Crockett and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes. John Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is the Spirit of Texas.

Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Ana at San Jacinto.

Texas is "Juneteenth" and Texas Independence Day.

Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National Forest.

Texas is breathtaking mountains in the Big Bend.

Texas is the unparalleled beauty of bluebonnet fields in the Texas Hill Country.

Texas is the beautiful, warm beaches of the Gulf Coast of South Texas.

Texas is the shiny skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas.

Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork.

Texas is Mexican food like nowhere else, not even Mexico.

Texas is the Fort Worth Stockyards, Bass Hall, the Ballpark in Arlington and the Astrodome.

Texas is larger-than-life legends like Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Landry, Darrell Royal, Rick Husband, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Sam Rayburn, Lyndon B.Johnson.

Texas is great companies like Dell Computer, Texas Instruments and Compaq. And LOCKHEED MARTIN AEROSPACE, Home of the F-16 Jet Fighter and the JSF Fighter.

Texas is NASA.

Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops.

Texas is skies blackened with doves, and fields full of deer.

Texas is a place where towns and cities shut down to watch the local High School Football game on Friday nights and for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and for the Night In Old San Antonio River Parade in San Antonio. Texas is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities.

If it isn't in Texas, you probably don't need it.


By federal law, Texas is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag. Think about that for a second. You fly the Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, California, or Maine and your state flag, whatever it is, goes at 17 feet. You fly the Stars and Stripes in front of Pine Tree High in Longview or anyplace else at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at the same height - 20 feet. Do you know why? Because it is the only state that was a republic before it became a state.

Also, being a Texan is as high as being an American down here. Our capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building in Washington, D.C. and we can divide our state into five states at any time if we wanted to! We included these things as part of the deal when we came on. That's the best part, right there.

Texas even has its own power grid!!

If you are a REAL TEXAN you won't even need to be told to pass this on!"

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To: kalee
Whataburger is the only thing my husband ever says he misses.

There is on on the Arkansas side of Stateline Blvd. in Texarkana. So you can have a Whataburger Double-Double with Jalepenos and not actually go into Texas. I do admit that you have to get uncomfortably close though.
141 posted on 10/14/2005 5:47:48 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: Hank Rearden; humblegunner
Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt and he'll know what it is.

I have done similar in 5 countries and everybody knew Texas. It was a thing I did when I traveled.

Just because you don't like it doesn't make it untrue.

142 posted on 10/14/2005 5:52:59 PM PDT by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - I will never take Dix off of my ping list as I have been asked to do.)
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To: Black Tooth


143 posted on 10/14/2005 5:54:10 PM PDT by phatoldphart (Do not fold, spindle or mutilate.)
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To: McLynnan

Oil field in Wichita falls LMAO! Irish doctor deliverin' a Yankee of Texans while some other doctor from some other country got to see an American Woman give birth. I did us proud. Had no choice, I was in Texas. lol!

144 posted on 10/14/2005 6:02:19 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: 76834
A Kansas salute to a great Texas band.
Asleep at the Wheel; ahhaw.

Southbound 385 has miles and miles of Texas!!
145 posted on 10/14/2005 6:05:18 PM PDT by Dust in the Wind
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To: Hank Rearden; Eaker
Wow. That's even more-self-indulgent crap than I've seen from New Yorkers.

Good, I hope so.
Those mooks don't have as much to be proud of.

146 posted on 10/14/2005 6:06:15 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: freema

I got to add my two cents...
Having been east coast, west coast, overseas, up north and everywhre in between, I'm ready to come home to Texas.

Been away for 15 years now and if it takes a pay cut, I'm doing to it get back to where we belong. Other folks can't understand it, but we are a proud lot. And, we care for the state. Tech grad and trying to get back as fast as we can....

147 posted on 10/14/2005 6:07:36 PM PDT by ssstewart
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To: Arkinsaw

Well' I'm not from Texas and I'm not in Texas... but if everything goes as planned, I will be!!!!

148 posted on 10/14/2005 6:09:01 PM PDT by republican4ever (The destiny of Israel marks the destiny of the rest of the world... whether you like it or not!)
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To: basil
"Wrong-O. We fly the Lone Star at the same height as the Stars and Stripes. It was written into the agreement that made the Republic of Texas a US state."

Not trying to be a stickler on this as I also live in Texas - a wide spot in the road in Denton County called Krugerville (sometimes referred to endearingly as "Hooterville") - but exactly where is this written?

I've often heard this story as well for years but no one has ever provided said where one could find this "statute."
149 posted on 10/14/2005 6:09:24 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Semper Fidelis)
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To: kalee

There's a Whataburger in Petersburg? Where?

150 posted on 10/14/2005 6:11:42 PM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Ted; "Tony" Aguilar; 13th warrior; 1L; 1riot1ranger; 2bfree; 2_4texas; 375 H&H; 43for8; 4truth; ...
But if the first thing you are going to do when the Good Lord calls your number is find the men who sat in that tiny mission in San Antonio and shake their hands, then you're the reason I wrote this tonight, and this is for you.

Rare Texas ping.

151 posted on 10/14/2005 6:13:43 PM PDT by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - I will never take Dix off of my ping list as I have been asked to do.)
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To: phatoldphart

Several people have said what their state has. Thats one of the things about Texas. It's so big it pretty much has at least a little of what every other state has. I have lived in Texas my whole life. Spent time in about 20 other states and all had a lot of good stuff except Lousyiana. It ain,t braggin if its true.

152 posted on 10/14/2005 6:15:22 PM PDT by right right
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To: phatoldphart
My mother is a Texan first and an American second. At 91, she yells at the nursing home attendants..."Damn Yankees, git me sumthin' I can et!".

Mom's great grandfather fought with Martin's Brigade, company F of the 5th Texas Partisan Rangers.

Health wise, she 's doing better than I am.

153 posted on 10/14/2005 6:18:52 PM PDT by afnamvet
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To: Black Tooth
No offense, but Texas weather is so %#* hot and humid

You've just been to the wrong part. Where I live, it's been 75 to 80 degrees all week, about 20 percent humidity, and wind hasn't gotten over 15 mph all week. (Plus the women here are the prettiest).

154 posted on 10/14/2005 6:21:07 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: phatoldphart

That old saw abou the Texas flag is a myth, and we can't divide Texas into five states.

After The Republic of Texas joined the US, it was divided into five states:

New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and of course, the great state of Texas.

A 5th Generation Texan--

155 posted on 10/14/2005 6:21:25 PM PDT by nae
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To: McLynnan
We are the only state with stores in nearly every Mall that sell nothing but stuff shaped like Texas. Is there any other state like that?

156 posted on 10/14/2005 6:21:31 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Iscool
The best thing I ever saw in Texas was that sign...The one that said Welcome to Arkansas...;)

Yep. (From the rear view mirror:').

157 posted on 10/14/2005 6:21:32 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: 11Bush

Whataburger - (804) 732-2046 - 2350 W Washington St,
Petersburg, VA

Whataburger - (804) 526-2060 - 1018 Boulevard,
Colonial Heights, VA

158 posted on 10/14/2005 6:22:18 PM PDT by kalee
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To: TexasCajun

Same here!! :)

159 posted on 10/14/2005 6:23:20 PM PDT by pamlet
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To: Arkinsaw

We just saw the one in Petersburg the other day when we were up there looking at houses, we didn't stop. Petersburg is much closer to us than Arkansaw, but thanks for the info.

160 posted on 10/14/2005 6:25:04 PM PDT by kalee
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