Also, I should add, since this thread is populated with my Homies...I've had to live outside the state for the last 10 years - moved away in August 2002 - and I can basically get away with any weird behavior I want, just because I'm from Texas. Not that I want to get away with a bunch of anti-social behavior. It's anything from speeding the car to wearing cowboy boots with jeans ON THE STREET because NO ONE here does stuff like that, let alone wearing them with a cowboy HAT.
The depressing thing is when I start talking about home, like about the giant flying cockroaches, or about having to be careful when you're tubing down the river because the water moccasins will drop out of a tree at you, to having to check your boots/shoes/bathtub/sink for scorpions because they come in for the water, to Houston being the same size as Massachusetts, to having to watch out for mesquite thorns in the grass because they'll puncture the sole on a pair of Tevas and go right into your foot...these Yankees get this superior smirk on their faces and say "Oh, Tall Texas Tales, huh?" And I'm thinking...No, just the stone cold hard truth.
AND...I swear, some of the stuff I've experienced...I was at a dinner party several years ago, and we were talking about some person who wasn't there who hadn't been doing all that well lately, and I observed that this person looked like they'd been rode hard and put away wet.
And EVERY OTHER PERSON at that party glared at me with naked revulsion in their eyes, so I said "What?" and that's when I found out that they have that saying in Wisconsin BUT - I swear it - that "rode hard/put away wet" isn't about poorly treating your HORSES...it's about...ugh....WOMEN. Then it was *my* turn to be all revolted, because I'm thinking "what kind of people even HAVE a saying like that?"
I feel like I've been exiled to live among savages for the last decade...