this week: 13 things you love about your home state (or home province or country, if you want to go that way). I’m a Texan, so I’ve got plenty to work with here (hee):

1. It’s a lot more ethnically and ideologically diverse than a lot of people think–everyone’s here and everyone’s got their own thing going. Brits, Czechs, Germans, Ethiopians, Nigerians, Indians, Pakistanis, Vietnamese, Mexicans, Koreans; Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists; Republicans, Democrats, and people like me who are generally confused about politics. It’s fun.

2. There is no sunrise on the planet like one in the middle of central Texas, out in the country.

3. The food, seriously. All that diversity adds up and makes for some good eating. Barbecue and Tex-Mex, Gulf Coast seafood, chicken fried steak–yeah. If I move out of the state, I’m going to miss the food a LOT.

4. Can your state say that it used to be its own country? Unless you’re Hawaiian, I don’t think so.

5. The fact that Houston is the only place in the world that uses the term “feeder road.”

6. The Baylor Bears and the UT Longhorns. Sic ’em and hook ’em. (My father, the Aggie, is grimacing right now.)

7. Homecoming mums. For those of you not familiar with this particular tradition, at a high school homecoming football game, all the girls have these gigantic corsage-type things–well, here’s a picture.

8. The Austin Chronicle.

9. “The stars at night are big and bright” (*clap clap clap clap*) “deep in the heart of Texas”–the fact that everyone in the state knows pretty much just that line of the song, but will sing it loud and proud.

10. The fact that summer in Texas is like winter everywhere else–you stay inside and don’t go anywhere unless you have to because of the weather.

11. Texas has a pretty booming arts scene. Third Coast, represent.

12. I have to say, I have a strange sort of affection for megachurches, and Lord knows we’ve got plenty of them here. I used to go to one. They are an experience.

13. I mean, most of the people I love are here. Even if Texas didn’t have all that other stuff, there’d still be that.


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