Our TU friend, James Boldebuck, sent me the following from Jeff Foxworthy, and I had to laugh because I had just completed compiling some Texas facts that I thought might interest you; however, since I thought you might enjoy JF more, I put mine back for another day.
The things that Foxworthy wrote about us seem pretty normal to me, but apparently we give the rest of the country a big laugh. Of course, I tend to look at our balanced budget here in Texas and laugh right back, don’t you?
Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas:
If someone in a Lowe’s store offers you assistance and he doesn’t work there, you may live in Texas
If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas.
If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number,
you may live in Texas.
If ‘Vacation’ means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas.
If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas.
If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas.
If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas.
If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph, and you’re going 80, and everybody’s passing you, you may live in Texas.
If you find 60 degrees ‘a little chilly,’ you may live in Texas.
If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas.
[Did any of you see a joke here?]
My thoughts are simple. Why wouldn’t I help someone if I could? That seems perfectly normal to me. I’ve also worn shorts and a coat. When my “top end” is warm, my “bottom end” usually follows.
I’ve had many a conversation with the person on the end of a wrong number, haven’t you? We often find that we have mutual friends or interests in common. And as to vacationing in Texas, have you ever tried to get out of the state for a short get-a-way? It can’t be done! Sooo….of course, we don’t really talk about how many miles something is, we need to know how long it will take to get there, right?
As to hitting a deer, that is simply too common to mention. We are a state where the deer often believe they own the road. It’s just a Texas fact, and yes, we often hit them while traveling way too fast. However, Texans have MANY more miles to cover than those in most states. At 55 mph, we’d never get our day finished, would we?
Texans are basically trusting people, its part of our charm. Most of us are trying to do a better job of locking our houses, but we often forget.
And finally, I don’t remember anything in the Bible that says that 60 degrees is warm and until I find that passage, well….I’ll probably still need a sweater for those chilly days!