Texas

Texas. The Lone Star State. The 28th State admitted to the Union.  My home state. When a Texan moves to another state in the country he or she will generally say “I live in (fill in the city or state) but I am from TEXAS”.  Because they are Texan first you might hear, “I am from Texas. I live in (Houston, Dallas…etc)” . Texans are strong, tough, kind, generous people. And, proud. Very proud. I have traveled the country and have yet to see another state as proud of their state flag and state shape as Texas. The Texas flag and the shape of Texas is everywhere.

Texas Outdoor Art

Texas Outdoor Art

Have a Seat

Have a Seat

 

Texas Birdbaths

Texas Birdbaths

Paper Towel Holder

Paper Towel Holder

Sometime around 1986, the Texas Highway Commission established the “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign. Many states in the USA used signs on trash cans and television commercials to “Pitch In!” Texans were encouraged through advertisements, highway signs and other media to keep their state clean in their own unique and independent way. “Don’t Mess with Texas” was born. This anti-littering slogan took on a dual meaning over the years. It has come to also mean don’t mess with Texans and don’t mess with their state. This unofficial motto is as prominent as the state flag. You will see the motto on just about anything from coffee mugs and shirts to hats and potholders.

Keep America Clean

Road Sign

Keep Texas Clean

 

T-Shirt and Texas Souvenirs

T-Shirt and Texas Souvenirs

Recently we visited family and friends in Texas. A wonderful time was had by all. We ate all the foods we have missed. Oh boy did we eat! Not only did we visit many of our favorite places but we caught up with family and friends over several wonderful barbecues. I miss Texas BBQ and really miss really good Tex-Mex food. Texans gather and resolve the world’s problems over good, hardy food. And yes, the tales are tall and the yarns are long but, that is the way it is in Texas. I guess maybe you have to live there to get it.

Longhorn Cafe. Not to be confused with with Longhorn's Steakhouse. This is local and the best burger I've ever eaten

Longhorn Cafe. Not to be confused with Longhorn’s Steakhouse. Everything Really is Bigger in Texas. That basket of fries fed three people. The burgers are HUGE!

 

The Friendly Staff at Longhorn Cafe

The Friendly Staff at Longhorn Cafe. This is Officially the Best Burger I’ve Ever Eaten

A Texas Favorite

A Texas Favorite

Great Food. Lots of it too!

Great Food. Lots of it too!

Scenes from around South Texas

Drilling Rig near the Gulf of Mexico

Off Shore Drilling Rig on Dry Ground Near the Gulf of Mexico

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Longhorn Taking a Break

 

Sunset on Copano Bay

Sunset on Copano Bay

Wind generator

Wind generator

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Wind Blown Trees

Thanks for Visiting

Thanks for Visiting

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