February 22, 2003


Texas - "The Lone Star State"

Raven Ford: "Texas has the wonderful, sexy corp boys at Texas A&M. WHOOP!
Texas has mountains, lakes, deserts, plains, and the hillcountry! If we don't have it, it isn't worth seeing!
Texas is home to several large, diverse cities such as Houston and Dallas.
We have friendly people and tons of good food!"

Sharon Ferguson: "Limestone Hill Country, with clear meandering rivers and German food.
Texas wines - especially the Gewurztraminer.
The fact that it was its own country for 10 years...and true Texans never forget this.
Awesome seafood.
The Riverwalk.
The largest capitol building in the US (larger even than the US Capitol Building)
Polite and funny people.
Lyle Lovett.
Luchenbach, Texas
Comal and Guadelupe Rivers.
Galveston and The Strand. The Elissa.
At least five different environmental niches.
Texas blue topaz and Llanite, a granite with blue quartz, found in Llano Texas, only granite of its kind in the world.
Petrified palm wood.
Lost Pines of Texas.
San Marcos River and Sewell Park - Aquarena Springs, and Ranch Road 12 out to Wimberely...Devils Backbone.

Those are just a few things...

Jane Long - whom I call 'the Scarlett O'Hara of Texas' who warded off Karankawa Indians with a red petticoat and a single cannon. Mirabeau B. Lamar, lived and died and buried in my hometown, Richmond...2nd President of the Texas Republic.

Barbecue and fajitas."

Sgt. Mom: "Texas, with the Hill Country, and San Antonio with the Riverwalk and the damned funniest city government around!"

Spektr: "Texas. Three Words.

Stevie Ray Vaughn

I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here right quick."

Official Home page

Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 11:52 AM

Fiesta! in San Antonio - As it was described last week, "an entire week where the city of San Antonio shuts down and does nothing but party."

Breakfast Tacos (the perfect hangover cure!)

Waco is the home of Dr. Pepper

Posted by: Misty on February 22, 2003 10:27 PM

If it ain't here, it ain't worth having.

We've got people from all over the world, but they're all Texans.

We're the only State allowed to fly the State Flag higher than the Star Spangled Banner. We don't, because we love the U.S. of A., but we could.

We're proud, welcoming, and friendly to everyone, as long as they don't mess with us.

And I should know, 'coz I wasn't one from the beginning, but the lovely folks of Texas made sure that I became one right quick.

Posted by: Emperor Misha I on February 22, 2003 11:26 PM

Great people come from here like President George W. Bush, Laura Bush and Gen. Tommy Franks. Plus me, Misha, KimduToit, Scott Chafin, RightWingTexan and Rachel Lucas.
We have the world's most beautiful women (ahem!).
Everything's *BIGGER* here.
We were the first oil-rich country. Can anyone say "Giant" or Spindletop? (Those Ay-rabs could learn a thing or two from us about how to spend your oil money wisely!)
We've got the Alamo, Johnson Space Center, Lone Star long-necks, bluebonnets and armadillos, big wallets and big hearts!
Y'all come on down, ya here!

Posted by: Jennie Taliaferro on February 23, 2003 01:19 AM

Larry McMurtry trying to turn Archer City into a book town.

I have to agree on Galveston.

But what about leave to fly the state flag higher than the US flag? What is that, some sort of state law? If so, state laws can't supercede federal laws, so unless there is a federal law allowing the Texas flag to fly higher than the US flag, then we're not allowed to, a lot of people just do it.

Posted by: san on February 23, 2003 03:08 AM

Where else in the world can it be below freezing one day, and blazing hot the next? Or we could have a year of drought, and then a flood across the entire state.

Texas is bigger than most countries, has many different ecosystems, and is in two time zones.

Posted by: Samkit on February 23, 2003 08:34 AM

Where do you start? Dr. Pepper, the friendliest people in the country, the Kimball Art Museum, the newly design (by world-renowned architect Tandao Ando) Modern Art Museum, Tex-Mex, Schlitterbahn, cultural integration, Coor's Light (yes, the silver bullet is in fact the preferred beer of Texas women), margaritas, the Alamo, the Dallas Cowboys, Pat Green....The list goes on forever (and the party never ends).

Posted by: Merrin on February 23, 2003 10:41 AM

I started in Maryland (still love home) but have been here eight great years!! No one has mentioned Shinerbock yet, which is enjoying cross country fame. My best friend, who lives in San Diego, insists on me sending him anything Texas and even tells people he is from Texas (though from MD). Don't forget ZZ Top, Old 97's, Deep Ellum in Dallas and our great sports stars (Ryan, Staubach, Armstrong and E. Smith to name a few)

Posted by: Peggy on February 23, 2003 11:46 AM

I'm a Texan through and through, born and raised in San Antonio, now living in Houston.

Best food (breakfast tacos)
Best drink (toss up between Big Red and Dr. Pepper and good old iced tea)
Beautiful cities, friendly people.
We got flatlands, we got hills, we got mountains, lakes, streams, oceans.... We've got it all.

And for folks like Misha, this catch-phrase:

"I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as soon as I could!"

Posted by: Joni on February 23, 2003 06:49 PM

Yesterday (in Dallas) it was 64 degrees. Tomorrow morning, it'll be in the high 20's. Wide temperature ranges, with little snow (except in West Texas). Those of us who have lived here a long time take it for granted, but most visitors comment on how polite and friendly everyone is. Chicken-fried steak. Tex-mex food. Just today I heard someone say that the one thing we have in common with New Yorkers is that we also feel sorry for people who don't live here. We're also the only state who has a provision in its state constitution allowing us to secede from the union. So don't piss us off!

Posted by: Rob on February 24, 2003 01:10 AM

There's no place that I can think of that has friendlier people than Texas. Everyone's a friend until you piss us off - even then we are quick to forgive!

Texas is a more than just a state - it's a state of mind!

I can't wait until I can go home.

Posted by: Amanda on February 24, 2003 01:02 PM

Ranches, restaurants and revolvers that have been held by the same families for generations;

Space enough for all your friends or only yourself;

The coast, the mountains, the desert, the plains, the hills, the bayous, the woods;

The cities and towns, both large and small;

The coffee-drinking sunrises and the beer-drinking sunsets;

The creativity, ingenuity and twang of its people, whether native or not:

These are the things that make Texas, our Texas, so wonderful, so great.

Posted by: Mack Simpson on February 24, 2003 03:15 PM

Amen to all of the above. I called my friend Adina in Austin on Sunday and she said it was 70 degrees. I called my friend Susan (who lives 10 miles away from Adina) on Monday and she was worried about an ice storm knocking out all the power.

And Texas is the only state with all four of the poisonous snakes native to the US! (The things you learn in 8th grade Tx history . . . )

-- Born and raised in Dallas, a vile armpit, but also spent 10 years in Austin. Yummm.

More on Austin here:

Posted by: Yehudit on February 25, 2003 11:45 PM

My birthplace. Even though I don't live there anymore I had to say something. Of all the places I've been there's still a little part of me that will always believe Texas is the greatest!

Posted by: Lynn S on February 26, 2003 11:49 AM

Lone Star Beer and George Strait music;
our own hymn from the Charlie Daniels Band;

Comanche moons, blue northers, tropical nights in the Valley, lakes from Amistad to Texoma;

the Brazos and the Bravo, and in between the rivers ... Colorado, Concho, Pecos, Guadalupe, Canadian, Llano, and the Red ...

a hundred and eighty years of our own history, with presidents like Sam Houston and Ike and LBJ as well as the carpetbagger-claimant Connecticut Yanks named Bush;

governors like Preston Smith and Ann Richards, our Congressional folks, Cissy Farenthold and Barbara Jordan;

Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Don Meredith, Walt Garrison, Calvin Hill, Bob Newhouse, Too Tall Jones and Randy White, Bob Lilly, Earl Campbell, Warren Moon and Bum Phillips;

the Big Bend, the Chisos, Alpine;
McDonald Observatory, Judge Roy Bean's Jersey Lilly Saloon, the Gladys Porter and Fort Worth Zoos, Sea World San Antonio with Shamu, and the home of Southwest Airlines; the Missions, including the Alamo ... the Big Spring and Balmorhea and Palo Duro Canyon, Quitaque and Wichita ...

there's so much to love about Texas ...

Posted by: Sarah on February 26, 2003 11:18 PM

An old refrain that is no less true today:

"The sun is ris, the sun has set and here we ere in Texas yet."

I love driving across this state on farm roads that are in better shape than California and New York super highways.

It is farther from the Sabine River (East border) to El Paso than it is from the Sabine to Jacksonville, Florida, and from El Paso to Los Angeles, California.

It is farther from Brownsville to Dalhart (Northernmost town) than it is from Dalhart to the Canadian border.

Getting to any destination across this great state is a true adventure worth experiencing.

B.E., Galveston

Posted by: Bill Ewing on February 27, 2003 05:21 AM

Baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and every other spot out there, who could ask for anything more. From our little leagues to our big leagues, Texas is big on sports. Houston, fattest city in the nation, you betcha cause they have the best food! Big cars, big bucks, big scandals, and big hair, no where else but Texas. Hot today, cold tomorrow. You can't help but love it here. I have lived all over the county and Texas is my favorite. Ahh, the stars shine bright deep in the heart of Texas!!

Posted by: Dixie on February 27, 2003 04:35 PM

I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I have left twice and I keep coming back =) We have everything here.

Lakes, moutains, caverns, enchanted rock, what-a-burger, big red, the riverwalk, fiesta, the Alamo, the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Longhorns *yay*, the Aggies *not so yay*, the Houston Texans, the beaches, the rivers, the people, the culture...I could go on and on. =)

*Life's too short not to live it as a Texan*

Posted by: Lauren on February 27, 2003 06:06 PM

"The stars at night are big and bright" may be a line in a somewhat hokey song but you will never forget looking up at the night sky in West Texas.

Sand storms - anyone who has ever been in one will never forget it.

High school Football!!! Midland Lee/Odessa Permian GO REBELS

Posted by: Shelly on March 5, 2003 12:32 PM

I was born and raised in TEXAS(The Holy Land),And graduated from Plano Sr. High ( Go Wildcats). But now live in New Zealand. There are many,many things I miss about Texas, and why I will be coming back.Warning this post will be long as living in New Zealand I know what I miss!!

Blue Bonnets, Indian paint bush,butter cups. I love the hill country in spring when the country side is taken over by wild flowers, and butter flies.

Chili cook offs!!, god I would go for anything spicy right now. Carna Asada, well any Tex mex food will do.

Eating breakfast on one of the boats on the river walk after parting all night!!!

Padre Island!!! Shrimp!!!

The Brozos river where I learned to sail a small Lazier boat.

Birds-of-prey+falconry.Hunting quail + rabbits with my Red Tailed hawk and I miss my little Jarboe best little kestrel to hunt sparrows anyone could have. *sniff*

Strangest politics inside the U.S. The plaque above the doorway for the congress "No man's property is safe while this legislative body is in session." Brutal honesty!!

Did I mention spicy food, damn good food??

Shakespeare in the Park!!! Nothing like watching a bunch of actor's from SMU doing Shakespeare while drinking Lone Stare Beer. The modern penny stinkers.

When you talk to a Texan, about anything even politics THEY DO NOT INTERUPT YOU WHEN YOU TALK!!!A real problem since I left.

The "twang". I hope I never loose mine.

Remember the ALAMO!! Texas Rangers. Texas history.

Just a little note about this post by san.
>>But what about leave to fly the state flag >>higher than the US flag? What is that, some >>sort of state law? If so, state laws can't >>supercede federal laws, so unless there is a >>federal law allowing the Texas flag to fly >>higher than the US flag, then we're not allowed >>to, a lot of people just do it.
When Texas became a state of the U.S. in the treaty it was agreed that Texas can fly it's flag as high as the American flag.And Texas has the right to break up into 5 different states, good thing it never did.

Rice University, as good or better than any in the Ivy league. (Go Owls)

Posted by: Kestrel on March 8, 2003 01:25 AM

You can get a Texan out of Texas, but you can never get the Texas out of a Texan.

Posted by: Kestrel on March 8, 2003 01:27 AM

Never ask a man if he's from Texas. If he is, he'll tell you soon enough. If he's not, it's still no call to make him feel bad.

Posted by: Kenneth Bennight on March 8, 2003 01:15 PM

Has anyone mentioned the Beer Can House in my old Houston neighborhood? The obsolete but not forgotten Astrodome, visible from near where I live now? The Admiral Nimitz museum in Fredericksburg? Star parties at McDonald Observatory? (Might as well stop by Fort Davis while you're out there). Some great sf/f writers, e.g., Bruce Sterling, Bradley Denton, Elizabeth Moon, and Michael Moorcock?

Kestrel did mention Rice University, but even so, the best university between Philadelphia and the Bay Area deserves another compliment. Especially at half the price of the Ivies! Go Owls!


Posted by: Raymund on March 10, 2003 05:48 PM

Native born in San Antonio, but most of my adult life in Houston.

San Antonio is itself a jewel with its rich culture, history, the Riverwalk, the Alamo and the rest of the mission trail. Hempstead, Brenham and Washington-On-the-Brazos during the height of wildflower season. The incredibly manic metropolitan areas that are Houston and Dallas, each with so much to offer, each thinking itself the better. An afternoon tubing on the Guadalupe followed by a night dancing at Gruene.

The sight of the west Texas wilderness opening up before you as you ride to El Paso on a motorcycle. The quiet solitude of the Piney Woods. The beaches of South Padre, Mustang Island and Boca Chica.

The incredible food (barbeque to Tex-Mex to Vietnamese). Shiner Bock (who really drinks Lone Star?) The incredibly friendly people. Saying “howdy” as a greeting and being proud of it. My brother’s son was born in Utah, but on Texas soil (how they got it in the delivery room I’ll never know). Sounds crazy, but I now understand. Texas is a part of you and you become a part of Texas. It is that sort of sense of belonging.

Posted by: Sleeper on March 10, 2003 07:10 PM

This Damnyankee who's never had the good fortune to visit Texas would like to thank the Lone Star State for giving the rest of us such fine musicians as Asleep at the Wheel, the Asylum Street Spankers, the Austin Lounge Lizards, Marcia Ball, Junior Brown, the Derailers, Nanci Griffith, Buddy Holly, Cornell Hurd, Waylon Jennings (RIP), Lyle Lovett,
Dale Watson,and Lucinda Williams,just to name a few.

Posted by: Reginleif the Valkyrie on March 11, 2003 10:47 PM

Yes, and thank you Texas for Stevie Ray and John Lee Hooker and ZZ Top and Los Lobos and Western Swing music. I'm from Connecticut, y'all can keep the Bushes, we don't want them.

Posted by: Jimbo on March 15, 2003 05:36 AM