Texas Top 10 … after 3 days as a tourist
February 10, 2009 § 8 Comments
10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THE LONE STAR STATE
3.) y’all (and “all y’all”)
4.) the sweetness of the nearly spring air, being outdoors, being in water (swimming!) in February
5.) the clean sweep (Houston is clean.) (The wind is clean.)
6.) all the smiling going on
7.) ma’am (when a Texan says it, I do NOT feel old. Or, sassed.)
8.) the swagger (it goes with all those long lean jeans and boots)
9.) the pickup trucks (these are NOT like the kind left to rot in rural backyards))
10.) the food, the jewelry, the hair – it’s all glitzy and delicious (It’s fun with a hard and serious edge beneath it.)
5 THINGS I DO NOT LOVE ABOUT IT
1.) those giant belt buckles
2.) the accent when it stretches like rubber throughout a sentence so you’re not sure if the speaker is still on the first word or the second or third or fourth or …
3.) the big empty spaces (cuz I don’t know what to make of them) + wind = lonely
4) the mixed zoning (Houston: powerful big city, but hey, what’s up with the bowling alley next to the residences next to the empty air hangar next to the …? Let’s do some urban planning here, people!)
5) the big hair, the big blond hair (kinda ’80s) but damn, they pull it off effortlessly!
Ya’ gotta admit there’s acres and acres of charm and sincerity and energy there.
I mean, really.
They also make a tourist feel at home.
Is it like that when you actually live there?