I asked a taxi driver in D.C. why there were no gun stores. The conversation
went as follows:
Driver: "Where youz from?"
Driver: "Youz got guns in Texas?"
Me: "In general, or me personally?"
Driver: "Youz personally!"
Me: "Oh. I have just your basic starter-set."
Driver: "Starter set? Whaz that?"
Me: "Uh, short-barrel shotgun, carbine, pistol, and a throw-down. Just your
basic household set. Three were wedding shower gifts."
Driver: "...Wherez you want off!"
In Texas there is a saying that "You can lead a horse to the water. But you
can't make him drink". This pretty much describes most Texans.
But you know that another Texan disproved this addage. Actually Two Texans
disproved this proverb. It took one Texan to hold the horse's head in the
water while the other had to get on the horse's ass and SUCK!!!!
Texans are hardheaded. I know - my dad and mom are from Texas...
Philski (back after a long hiatus from rec.woodworking)
Hmmm.... sounds like a spew from a denizen of the lesser states...
I think it quite odd in my limited travels that I have had to hear
from all the open minded folks in New Mexico, Nevada, California etc.,
that in their "open mindedness" they have such negative opinions about
Texas. (I have found many Oklamhomans to be just like Texans, so they
Most have never been here, and they aren't really sure why, but they
many seem to have strong, negative, vocal opinions they simply must
Strange, too. You would think listening to them that >we Texans<
would be the judgmental folks with big mouths ready to shit blast
anyone within range about another's State. Never met more
opinionated, judgmental folks in my life (except in Dallas) than when
I left the borders here.
Get a group of Californians ragging on Texas (even though they haven't
personally been here, they all seem to "know" someone from here - and
hearsay seems to qualify as personal experience for many)
and you can't get a word in edgewise from all the whining.
Possibly, the attitude of superiority from Texans? You just did it yourself
by calling other states "lesser", maybe unconsciously, but still done
And, you're still doing it by accusing Californians of whining. If you're
going to voice a complaint about people criticising Texas, then it would be
helpful to your case if you didn't do it by criticising other states at the
I don't know any Texans much less anybody from the US that I knew was
American, so all I can do is voice how it appears to me as an outside
Good observation but all but one state are smaller than Texas. LOL
A funny observation, my wife, son and I visited her relatives in Burlington,
Ontario in 1998. We went in our Pickup badged with our Texas plates. We
first visited her aunt in Buffalo, not the one in Texas, proceeding from
there she drove her car with my wife on board to lead to us to her sisters
house in Burlington. The experience I had and the experience the border
guard had should have been filmed and shown on one of the Funniest Video
shows on TV.
The border guard must have been in his early 20's and was very wise, ;~) to
us Texans, especially the ones driving pick up trucks.
When we went through the border crossing my wife and her aunt just scooted
on through. My ten year son and I were stopped and "questioned". LOL
What is your business in Canada? How long are you staying?
Do you know what the Canada's policy is, concerning guns being brought in
across the border?
My comment was, YOU don't like guns and don't allow them. That apparently
was the wrong answer. The question was asked again and I kinda snickered
out loud. The result from that response was a memorized quote about a
specific law concerning gun trafficking across the border. I nodded my head
and the border guard then asked If I was bringing in a gun or guns. I
responded, No, with a smile. I was hiding sumthin and he could smell the
fear! He repeated the memorized quote again and asked if I was bringing in
a gun or guns again. I was finally started to realize this young feller was
serious or trying to be because he would almost always grin at my answers.
Apparently I was not giving the answers that the training course had taught
or my Texas accent was throwing him.
Finally he said don't get caught with guns here in Canada and told me to
proceed to the covered parking area up ahead on the left. I said thank you
and proceeded into Canada. As I approached the covered area I saw uniformed
personnel disassembling vehicles and spreading their parts out all over the
grounds. I veered to the right, caught up with my wife and aunt and chose
not to go to the covered parking area to have my new truck disassembled. No
police chase or arrests occurred involving me and we went on our merry way.
Visiting the aunt in Burlington was fun and uneventful but it was later
revealed that her daughter who came to also visit and meet the "Texas
relatives" commented, "they were OK, not strange or what at I expected.
She was a hoot, eh! We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and put to rest all the
preconceived notions about their relatives from Texas.
I had a similar experience crossing into Canada last year in a car with Texas
plates. It has to be part of their training. The question I found most odd was
"Do you have guns at home?". If I did, they were at home, 1800 miles away. Not
likely to be a danger to peace loving Canadians.
Three months later, I crossed into Canada in a rental car with Washington State
plates. Not a single discussion of guns.
LOL, Hilda calls that I-610
In all seriousness, the quickest way to get people out of Houston is to
build 3,000,000 rooms 50 miles out side the loop. Then there will actually
be some where to for them go and stay.
Hey! Even as just a visitor to the fair town of Kyle, I was afforded
a "tab" at the Kyle Hardware Store, a seat at the old kitchen table
in the back, free coffee if I had my own cup, and got to know a
half dozen local characters sitting around that table in the back
- one an old flamboyant gay gentleman, another a crusty weather
worn rancher, an about to retire lineman for the electric company
who shoots some of his buddies up on a pole - with a pellet gun -
just for fun (he only give the rifle a pump or two), a semi-retired
elderly gambler, and Bubba, the son of the couple who own the place,
who invited me to go Muddin' with him sometime before my visit
When a furniture maker friend suggested I stop in at a local
turning club meeting - held in a VFW room - I was made to feel at
home the minute I walked in the door.
And it's easy to strike up a conversation with Texans, unlike city
dwelling New Yorkers. And they don't hold it against you if you
don't drive a pickup - with or without a gun rack. And smoking
isn't a Scurge On The Town, nor is tilting back a couple, even in
public, assuming it isn't snowing or hailing. And folks don't bitch
and moan when the thermometer breaks the 85 degree, or 30
I'm not thrilled about the idea that they have a Death Sentence
Express Lane - but that's just my view.
So, hats off to Texans. I won't hold Dubya against them either
- since he's actually a New England Blue Blood, despite his
Aw Shucks, Shit Kicker fascade, Tejano disguise.
I'm embarrassed for both of us. I threw that one out there (which I
thought was pretty good...) and you are the only one that bit. I
guess I'm gonna have to leave that finer bit of posting art to "r".
> > Get a group of Californians ragging on Texas (even though they
Based on personal experience. I has a sister that lived in CA, and
almost without fail when visiting we were greeted with an eye roll and
heavy sigh when we folks we met where we were from. Odd, not so much
in the north end of the state...
Thanks, Dad. But I wasn't making a case. It was my personal
So with no dog in the contest.... this is just personal?
Just take a second and breathe. I can't think of anyone that enjoys a
"Texas" joke more than a Texan. The state is physically so big and
diverse that jokes and ribbing abound covering all aspects of the
state. We aren't always too PC, and for the most part don't care.
Please don't turn Leon and me in...
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