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Old 11-15-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Austin
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This is one I never saw yet on here...

I think many people here from out-of-state identify with themselves far more as an Austinite than a Texan. What's more, I can't imagine many folks go home and describe themselves as a "Texan", and always preface our place as Austin in conversation(going back to Austin..i live in Austin...Austin is a cool city..), rather than mentioning Texas only or specifically in your references to your new homeplace...

I remember people moving to the state in the early 80's to work in Houston's oil industry in the midwest would just say they were moving to Texas....never Houston.....Is it considered declass for those new people to say the same, especially those from places that would look askance if you just mentioned you were "moving to Texas"?

After three years, I find myself identifying far more with being a Texan than an Austinite....the ethos and culture is actually getting into my blood, and I have seen most of the state by car last three years, going often to SA and Houston just for the fun of it....

Most of all, I admire the rebellious, wildcat nature of the state, impossible to yoke down, even refusing fed funds so as not to be beholden and retain independence from fed "money with strings"......People here seem to have in general a very upbeat nature, and are emotional and lovers of life, not to mention they sure love getting outside on a nice day/night to
socialize, listen to music, laugh, drink, whatever......

It all comes back to the original Texas settlers......

Just a few sentences from a book I'm reading about the original Texas settlers and rangers says it all.....

"The Texas frontier promised both opportunity and liberty from the tyranny and class structure, in return for the harsh reality of a life in which each man depended for his survival on his own wits and labor. The hardy Texas frontiersmen and women were a particularly rowdy lot ill disposed to taxes
and to any attempt to curtail their individual liberty. They were also skilled in the use of firearms to hunt game and protect the land they occupied.

In other words, I'm liking and understanding this state the longer I live here....



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Old 11-15-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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Wait, let me get my protective gear on...

After 19 years here, I still don't consider myself a Texan or an Austinite. I never identify myself as such. When asked where I'm from, I always say, "Philadelphia," and then add that I live in Austin, Texas now. And I still refer to Pennsylvania as home - as in, "We're not going to be able to make it home for Christmas this year."

OK, bash away.
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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Wait, let me get my protective gear on...

After 19 years here, I still don't consider myself a Texan or an Austinite. I never identify myself as such. When asked where I'm from, I always say, "Philadelphia," and then add that I live in Austin, Texas now. And I still refer to Pennsylvania as home - as in, "We're not going to be able to make it home for Christmas this year."

OK, bash away.
I feel the same way. Texas isn't 'home', and I will always be from Detroit and living in Austin.
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Where I live.
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I think many people here from out-of-state identify with themselves far more as an Austinite than a Texan. What's more, I can't imagine many folks go home and describe themselves as a "Texan", and always preface our place as Austin in conversation(going back to Austin..i live in Austin...Austin is a cool city..), rather than mentioning Texas only or specifically in your references to your new homeplace...

Someone not born in Texas would not be expected to move back home or elsewhere...and call themselves a Texan. It makes sense that you wouldn't identify with Texas.

Just because I now live in New Mexico...does not make me a New Mexican.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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Same for me, like Cathy4017 I always considered myself a Texan the whole time we were in Colorado.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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Wait, let me get my protective gear on...

After 19 years here, I still don't consider myself a Texan or an Austinite. I never identify myself as such. When asked where I'm from, I always say, "Philadelphia," and then add that I live in Austin, Texas now. And I still refer to Pennsylvania as home - as in, "We're not going to be able to make it home for Christmas this year."

OK, bash away.
One of my husbands best friends lives in Houston and has since he was a teenager. He's late 40's now and still considers himself a Philly boy (never lost the accent either). His dad lives in Houston as well but his mom and some of his brothers are still in Philly and he spends lots of time up there too....so I won't bash ya!
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Where I live.
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Same for me, like Cathy4017 I always considered myself a Texan the whole time we were in Colorado.
Exactly.

I will have to remember to remove my old Texas state inspection sticker before I go to CO....LOL!!
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:26 PM
 
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One of my husbands best friends lives in Houston and has since he was a teenager. He's late 40's now and still considers himself a Philly boy (never lost the accent either). His dad lives in Houston as well but his mom and some of his brothers are still in Philly and he spends lots of time up there too....so I won't bash ya!


I am also still an unabashed Eagles fan.
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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I consider myself to be (and always will be) a New Yorker. My daughter, on the other hand, is a true Texan.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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As a New Orleanian by birth, I associate with the independent nature of Texas, but the liberal ethos of Austin. So, I am more of Austinite than a Texan, but I do like where I live.
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