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Old 06-29-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: West of Louisiana, East of New Mexico
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As a native:

State pride unlike any other (for better or worse)

Likely the only state with swamp-like tropical humidity and extremely arid dry heat

Good looking women of all sizes, races and shapes...not just skinny and "fit"

Conservative suburbs and rural areas, liberal big cities

Great food. Natives know where the mom and pop joints are, but out-of-towners only notice the fast food chains.

The mistaken assumption that being ultra pro-business is 100% positive. We have the highest uninsured rate in the nation with poor K-12 schools in many towns and cities. Universities are OK, though.

Vast.

BBQ with no sauce. A lot of Central Texas natives love the German/Czech style of meat with no sauce, but I think of that as smoked meat and not BBQ. East Texas gets it right by combining pork, chicken and beef and using tangy sauces with a hint of sweetness.

 
Old 06-29-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: the future
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my unconscious mind would perceive Yosemite Sam.
 
Old 06-29-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I have visited Texas (Houston, Dallas, Austin, and El Paso) many times for business. Everything has an emphasis on being "big". Weather was usually humid (especially Houston). I saw a lot of emphasis on how business friendly the state was. People seemed conservative, but non-judgmental. I found the food to be very varied and good. All of the cities I visited felt very diverse, except El Paso, which felt very Hispanic.
 
Old 06-29-2014, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Oppressively hot weather: hot and muggy in the East and dry grassland in the West.

The baddest state filled with people you don't want to mess with

Southern-sounding accent

Cowboys

Cigarettes

Guns

Construction

Ribs and steak

Meat

More meat

Fast food

Big portions of food

Fat people

Pickup trucks

H-E-B

Big houses on big lots. Nobody walks, everyone drives on wide freeways

Religious and ultra-conservative except Austin, which thinks it's God's gift to Texas

The death penalty

Mexicans
 
Old 06-29-2014, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Which is why Texas' economy is growing leaps & bounds ahead of its blue state counter parts...

Texas' conservative politics is the reason none of our cities filed for bankruptcy during the economic recession like "other" unmentionable states & you know who I'm talking about.
Yes, thats all the reason why. Demonizing gay people and the religious right are the whole reason why the economy is good here. Never mind places where the economy is just as good (like Minnesota, Boston, or Northern California) and aren't conservative.
 
Old 06-29-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I honestly can't believe he said that.
You can't?

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I also think Texas is too diverse for its own good.
Thank you.

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Yeah like threatening "secession" and the destruction of the USA. Real patriotic there Texas.
A petition for secession. A whopping .004% of the state population signed it. They are a minority fringe group, not the average Texas mindset.
 
Old 06-29-2014, 07:40 PM
 
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It keeps surprising me with how big it is. I was planning a trip last week from New Orleans to El Paso. Now, I drive a lot between New Orleans and Atlanta, that's comfortably a full day of driving. But driving New Orleans to El Paso.... The mileage is daunting. I was thinking of driving New Orleans to San Antonio in one day. So that would also take up a day on the way back. And the middle day would be venturing from San Antonio out as far west as possible while having enough time to double back in the same day. Still a stretch to make it to El Paso!

Also, a lot of people think "Texas" when people say "Southern" (have heard this from some British friends...I'm guessing because of George Bush), as if Texas is the epitome of Southern-ness. Growing up down South, I don't see it that way at all; Texas is too different to be an exemplar of Southern-ness, though it definitely has some of it flavored in.
 
Old 06-29-2014, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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You can't?



Thank you.



A petition for secession. A whopping .004% of the state population signed it. They are a minority fringe group, not the average Texas mindset.
I know, it's shocking.
 
Old 06-29-2014, 09:38 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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To me Texas is neither as great as many natives proclaim it to be, nor is it as horrible as many outsider's stereotypical perceptions of it. Its culture and pride in certain parts and from certain people there can be very difficult to digest. The food is very good and I do appreciate the extroverted friendliness every time I visit. Austin and San Antonio are my favorite cities, Dallas does nothing for me, and I can't say Houston would ever be on my bucket list. I would like to see South Padre Island, go back to Austin again and maybe check out the Hill Country. Rick Perry is an asshat. No matter who the next governor is they will probably improve the states reputation once Perry is out of office. Not fair to judge the state based on him but he certainly isn't doing any favors to help the state's image.
 
Old 06-30-2014, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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To me Texas is neither as great as many natives proclaim it to be, nor is it as horrible as many outsider's stereotypical perceptions of it. Its culture and pride in certain parts and from certain people there can be very difficult to digest. The food is very good and I do appreciate the extroverted friendliness every time I visit. Austin and San Antonio are my favorite cities, Dallas does nothing for me, and I can't say Houston would ever be on my bucket list. I would like to see South Padre Island, go back to Austin again and maybe check out the Hill Country. Rick Perry is an asshat. No matter who the next governor is they will probably improve the states reputation once Perry is out of office. Not fair to judge the state based on him but he certainly isn't doing any favors to help the state's image.
Wow. You totally got it.
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