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50 reasons why Texas is the BEST state in America.


It hasn't even been an hour since my last post and I'm already in a better mood thanks to Sabrina and Erica's text messages of food and funny faces. You two always make me smile. Also, thank you Raven for your post today. You had me cracking up over here in my cubicle. ;)

As you probably know, TEXAS is a very PROUD state. It can be rather obnoxious, no doubt y'all. I am fully aware, but seriously... ;)

I just read an article and thought I would share. I know you Texas ladies out there can totally relate and will get a kick out of this.

50 Reasons Texas is the BEST State in America

This article can also be found here. I'm totally copying and pasting.

The Texan ego is as big as the state, and no matter how much you point out to them that, uh, hey what about all this extremely terrible stuff, they will not listen. If you guys would just shut up about it for a while, the rest of us might like you a little more.
Ain't braggin' if it's true.

No can do, Gawker. Here are 50 things that make Texas great (IMPORTANT NOTE: This list contains no mention of the Dallas Cowboys. We just can't bring ourselves to do that.)

50. Port Arthur: A gritty Golden Triangle refinery town that somehow produced Janis Joplin, Jimmy Johnson, Robert Rauschenberg and UGK.

49. Schlitterbahn is the greatest waterpark in America, and it makes excellent use of its Hill Country surroundings.

48. Chuck Norris. He doesn't sleep; he waits. And he's a Texas Ranger, dammit.

47. Dublin Dr Pepper -- for those people who think regular old Dr Peppers aren't Texan enough.

46. We gave the world the Quaid brothers, who have given us some great performances both off and on the screen. And we just don't mean Randy with the off-screen stuff, either.

​45. You are never very far from a Whataburger.

44. Texas has produced some of the world's best music, but Bob Wills is still the king.

43. The stunning ecological diversity of the state, from the arid canyons of Big Bend to the shadowy forest of the Big Thicket.

42. No state income tax, suckaz.

41. Texas absolutely kicks ass in producing wind energy, and it doesn't get much greener than that.

40. Willie Nelson. Beloved by the most stonered Austin dreamer to the most rigid born-again Baptist, and no one bats an eye when he racks up another weed arrest.

39. "Failure is not an option." Yeah, it was never actually said by Gene Kranz, but it summed up generations of work at NASA that hopefully will not end with the shuttle era.

38. Friday Night Lights. Not the book, movie or show -- the real thing. High school football in small-town Texas is something everyone should experience at least once.

37. Tex-Mex. Comfort food, hangover cure, drunken latenight scarfing: It has many purposes, all of them delicious.

36. Crossing the Pedernales near the LBJ Ranch is a classic Hill Country moment and it's always redolent of history both happy and tragic.

35. You want music festivals, SXSW, Austin City Limits and Summerfest are hard to beat.

34. When you say you're from Texas, no one in the world needs to ask where that is.

33. From a windswept dustbowl like Lubbock, Buddy Holly unleashed pop rock on the world that is still the basis for new and great music.

32. The cheapest and best oysters in the world are plentiful from the Gulf.

31. Watching families in their Sunday best getting the wildflower pictures that generations have taken before them.

30. The Gruene Dance Hall on a Saturday night, where it doesn't seem like the 21st century at all.

29. Earl Campbell was a legend in Austin and Houston and shows every bit of what it took to become one.

28. The State Fair on Texas-OU Weekend is an amazing, appalling, exciting thing to see, even if you're not wearing crimson or burnt orange.

27. ZZ Top have told the world about Texas and still revel in it.

26. If there's an ethnic food that's not available in Houston, it involves a very, very small ethnicity.

25. Selena remains in the hearts of fans long after her murder.

24. Strolling around the Buckhorn Museum in San Antonio with a beer.

23. We're the biggest state in the Lower 48 so, you know, suck on that, Delaware.

22. The remoteness of El Paso: Waaaaay out there in the desert, all by its lonesome, still considered part of the family.

21. You have to admit -- Texas politicians can be very entertaining. Dangerous, yes; misguided, almost always; but at least they provide lots of laughs, none of them intentional.

20. October in Texas almost makes up for August.

19. South Congress in Austin is always changing but always keeping the spirit that made it what it is, unlike Sixth Street.

18. The state's musical history is filled with blues greats like T-Bone Walker, Leadbelly and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Thank you, Brenham.
17. Blue Bell ice cream and the way Texans are fiercely loyal to it.

16. Bat colonies in big cities like Austin and Houston.

15. Fiesta Marts carry food you never knew existed.

14. Few states have legislatures that meet less often than Texas's, and we like to keep it that way.

13. The stunning art museums in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. And the fact that we know enough not to act shocked at the idea that Fort Worth would have a world-class art museum.

12. Hippie Hollow isn't as weird or free as it once was, but it's still Hippie Hollow. Everyone should get naked there once.

11. Houston took rap and made it its own and gave it to the rest of you. You're welcome.

10. The Frio River on a scorching summer day. There's a reason they call it the Frio.

9. The odds of meeting an actual astronaut are higher here than anywhere else.

8. George Strait populated the state with his exes.

7. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo draws farm kids and their animals to Reliant Park and some of the biggest concerts of the year.

6. Sunrises over the Gulf. Even if you had a rough night, they can brighten your spirits.

Reason 5: Beyoncé, especially specific parts of her.

5. Beyoncé: "Cruising down 8th Street, off-white Lexus / Driving so slow, but BK is from Texas." Jay-Z, she's just trying to keep you from getting one for going 55 in a 54.

4. Nolan Ryan is someone who can unite Houston, Dallas and Austin.

3. For better or worse, three of our last nine presidents have been from Texas.

2. Kolaches: You will never find better ones than you do here.

1. Texans are so damn charming when they brag about their state. (Um, aren't we?)

:) Told you so. If you haven't been to Texas though...I highly suggest you come (in a couple months when it's cooler) and CALL me so we can hang out.

Yee-haw beeches.

post circle 16 comments :

  1. haha, loved this post! my boss is from texas and boy, is he a proud texan! i def learned A LOT from this post! thanks girlie :)

  2. haha! awesome. :) I've been to San Antonio before. It was super fun.

  3. Loved this post, you are so Texas right,...learning from you knowing I just moved to Texas, but in a small

  4. like you, pics of food makes me happy. I am glad i could put some sunshine in yo heart!! :-)

    ok so. This post makes me psyched to come visit.

    1) I want TEX MEX!! at 4 AM. As we jump on your new couches. And bother your hubs. And be drunken foo's

    2)Ive never had Dr. Pepper so I might have to try

    3)I am googling Kolaches

    MUAH! i heart you! everything is bigger in Texas. daisy dukes. cowboy hats. straw hanging out of your mouth. Okay there are all my texas sterotypes that I know hahah love you


  5. I for one am disappointed at the lack of Dallas Cowboys...definitely number one in my book! Ha I'm from California but I just looove Texas too :)

    love #20 how i feel about now.. ready for that fall texas weather!

    great post i live in this wonderful state and proud TEXAN. my wedding was Texas Theme :)

    great post.

  7. my husband, a texan, would love this list and add 50 more reasons


  8. BLUE BELL!! Every time I go back home I buy a gallon and indulge. It never fails :) And yes, Dublin Dr Pepper is a must. I feel so sad for those that have never tried it.

  9. Love this...especially since I am most likely going to be a Texan in the next year! I must show my fiancé this!

    Liesl :)

  10. LOVE. IT.

    "yee-haw beeches" lmao!!! oh, Shalyn. Love you!! :P

  11. Giiirl I don't need ANY convincing! My mind if SET on Texas!

    Love ya giiiirl!

    Sabrina Says

  12. I am from Fort Worth. I love TX. It is truly an amazing place to live, in my opinion at least. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

  13. i love this. girl, i have been trying to move to TX for the past year but cant find a stinkin job!!! love it there :)

  14. YES! Texas is the best! You forgot to mention how beautiful San Antonio is! The history in that city in itself is crazy!

    XO Lori