Texas Local Customs

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Texas Local Customs

  • Tejano Culture and Music

    San Antonio Local Customs

    One of the unique things about San Antonio is the wedding culture of the town. On several occasions, we ran into wedding parties getting their bridal pictures taken in various city locations. Obvious spots like the Riverwalk made sense, but then also several were in the various Missions around town getting their pictures made. At Mission San Jose,...

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  • Driving / Roads

    Houston Local Customs

    Having lived in houston most of my life, you are not going to be shot if you cut someone off or honk. I honk at people all the time, no one has ever waved a gun at me. this is apparently a common misconception I have been reading on these pages. At most you will get the middle finger and see the person yelling in their car, but who cares?

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  • The Lingo

    Dallas Local Customs

    Okay, just so you know where this knowledge is coming from, a little bit about me: I was born in Dallas, lived there until I was 4, then moved to Kansas, moved back home to Texas when I was 10. From 10-16 I lived in small-town East Texas, just north of Dallas (near Sherman/Denison). When I was 16 I lived in Topeka, Kansas, then at 17-19 moved back...

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  • Cultural Events

    San Antonio Local Customs

    EVERY YEAR IN APRIL THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO PUTS ON A PARTY THAT LASTS ABOUT 2 WEEKS. IT IS BEFORE THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER AND THE WEATHER IS STILL PLEASANT. YOU CAN GO FIND SOMETHING SPECIAL TO DO EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT. MOST THINGS ARE SURROUNDED AROUND FOOD AND ALCOHOL. NIOSA OR Night In Old San Antonio is a good example. Go early and enjoy...

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  • Southern Influence

    Houston Local Customs

    Throughout the South of the USA, especially close to the Gulf of Mexico, you will notice that most trees have grey moss hanging down from their branches. It is called Spanish Moss, and is very common in Houston where it thrives in the humid climate. Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is actually not a moss at all but belongs to the Bromeliads...

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  • Cultural Events

    Dallas Local Customs

    There are various Asian food stalls which are not huge in variety but are not bad. A lot of the dancing and singing are performed by children and there are many stalls offering activities specifically for children. Along with the sponsors stalls, there are various Asian stalls offering goods from their respective countries.

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  • Celebrations

    Houston Local Customs

    Families, set your calendars for September 8th and 9th! The Turkic Cultures and Children's Festival : 2007, sponsored by The Rain Drop Turkevi, will be held for the first time in front of Houston City Hall at Hermann Square from 1pm-10pm. Kids will be enthralled within Turkish Kids' World and learn how to play various games of intrigue and...

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  • Texan Attitude

    Dallas Local Customs

    Being caucasian, I have never had to deal with discrimination. Unfortunately, discrimination still pervades our society/generation as present generations of colored people whose forefathers have been in America for generations, still claim that the present "white" man must be held accountable for the sins of past "whites". Where in the Bible does...

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  • Texas Influence

    Houston Local Customs

    Held annually over a 3 week period in February and March, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world's largest rodeo. For over 60 years the rodeo has been held here, and recently began being held in Reliant Stadium after a run of almost 40 years in the Astrodome. Each year over 1 million people attend the rodeo, as well as the Livestock show...

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  • Information / Sources

    Dallas Local Customs

    The legal drinking age in Dallas is 21. Many nightclubs have all-ages or 18 and over shows, but you'll have to show ID at the bar. If you are in a dry area and at a restaurant, you will need a Unicard. Ask the waiter and he can give you a temporary one - just fill out the info. I got one without having to produce any ID, I guess I looked over...

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  • Changing Times

    Houston Local Customs

    Walking around downtown Houston (1 on "General tips" Houston area map) is likely to give you a dread feeling of coldness, emptyness and bleakness. Nobody around, only garage and parking lot entrances, tall skycrapers taking sometimes one block by themselves, boarded up empty shops along the streets. Houstonians are hiding in the buildings where...

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  • Texas Pride

    Dallas Local Customs

    It's easy to remember which is the Texas flag - it's the one with the single star. Some people say it was originally because Texas was the lone state of Mexico which was attempting to uphold its rights under the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Others say that the star represented the wish of many Texans to achieve statehood in the United States. A...

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  • Business / Industry

    Houston Local Customs

    Houston's economy has diversified quite a bit from the 1980's, and oil is just half or less of the local economy today. Although Houston is known for the oil industry and for its large port, new heavy hitters are biotech, computer technology, nanotech, and anything related to medical science. In fact, the Texas Medical Center district just...

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  • Weather Wise

    Dallas Local Customs

    Dallas offers famous Texas blue skies, bright sunshine and clean fresh air – well almost. Hot spells do occur and they are HOT - up to 44C. August is usually the worst month for heat. Unfortunately if you are in the major cities, you will have the bad pollution days when it is hot as well and high allergy days. The average January temperature...

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  • On Film

    Dallas Local Customs

    John Henry Holliday, aka Doc Holliday, the notorious gunfighter, gambler and guzzler practiced his dentistry and honed his card playing expertise in Dallas during the 1870s before he found permanent fame at the OK Corral. He was considered a very good dentist, having qualified at the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia. As...

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  • Dallas Cowboys

    Dallas Local Customs

    Remember that their football team is called The Cowboys..mental note to yourself..COWBOYS. For anything you want to know about Dallas check out: http://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/wc94/hosts/dallas/dallas.info.html

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  • MILITARY PARADES

    With so many military units in Texas, parades are a common sight. The vast Parade Ground at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio - jog around the whole thing and you have done five miles! - is the perfect venue to hold and practice these maneuvers. It was on these grounds that my Army marching career took place - both hour-long sessions. The Medical...

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  • BAT TOURS

    If you cannot get out to Carlsbad Caverns, then the Old Tunnel near Fredericksburg is a nice option. With over five millions bats in residence during August, the outpouring swarms at sunset are quite a sight. Times of the mass exodus and swarm duration are posted next to the upper observation area. Seats are to be found in both the upper and lower...

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  • Don't mess

    Texas has a famous motto: "Don't mess with Texas". It doesn't just refer to the people, it also refers to issue of littering, there can be big fines for this in Texas so don't do it.

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  • Dry Counties

    Texas is one of several states in the country to incorporate "Dry Counties." This entails a county limiting the sale of alcoholic beverages. However, the laws are very inconsistent and will often vary from town to town, thus becoming pretty confusing.If you're planning on visiting a city or town in Texas aside from the larger ones (San Antonio,...

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  • The Six Flags Of Texas

    When visiting Texas, one thing you will see in mass, and in many cases large sizes, is the state flag of Texas. In most countries around the world, let alone other states in America, you will not see half of the amount of national or state flags that you will in Texas. Even I, a native Texan, am kind of amazed at times how often I see the flag...

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  • "Don't Mess With Texas"

    "Don't Mess With texas", a popular phrase in the Lone Star state, actually began as an anti-litter campaign slogan in the 1980's. It has been a very effective campaign, with many Texas celebrities such as Willie Nelson and Lance Armstrong appearing in television advertisements promoting garbage-free Texas highways and wilderness areas. The slogan...

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  • The word "Ya'll"

    If you have ever been to Texas, or any southern state for that matter, no doubt you would have heard a local using the word "ya'll" when they are talking directly to a group of people. In Texas though, it might as well be a word in a dictionary of proper English. Most people from other parts of the country do not use ya'll, instead using the more...

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  • Texas Barbeque

    Barbequed meats are enjoyed by people all over the world. And many different places have their own individual styles and recipes for BBQ which makes it unique. Texas is no different. BBQ is one of the most popular types of food here, done with a Texan flair of course! I think what is the main difference between BBQ here and in other places is the...

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  • Tex-Mex Food

    Enchiladas, Tamales, Flautas.........ok, now I am hungry! Tex-Mex food is an absolute fixture in Texas. In fact, it should be a rule of some sort, that when you come to Texas, you must eat Tex-Mex at least once a week! :) Well, maybe not, but there are very few people here that do not enjoy a good Tex-Mex meal. All over the state, there are...

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  • It's true!

    People often say that Texans like trucks....and it's true! They can be useful as farm vehicles, hauling stuff around...and so on... Anyway, you can even find special truck washes here as opposed to a car wash...hehehe

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  • Texas proud

    Bluebonnets in Texas are a major Spring attraction. They grow along many state highways, and are truly spectacular. Bluebonnets typically bloom until the end of May when temperatures get warm. They tend to peak in mid-April. Blooming along with the bluebonnets are Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket and coreopsis. Texas Bluebonnet is the state flower...

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  • What to do

    When stung by a jellyfish, a paste of rubbing alcohol and unseasoned meat tenderizer is recommended. The tenderizer works with the body’s natural proteins to break down the injected poison. As gross and unprofessional as it sounds, human urine also works instantaneously.

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  • Texas Pride

    When in Texas, you will see t-shirts, signs, etc. that say "Don't mess with Texas." This can be interpreted in 2 ways: Littering (which is what the State wants you not to do); and Texas pride.Texans are VERY proud of their state! Why? I don't know. But the culture and laws there almost make you feel like you are in another country. Try your best...

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  • ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!?!?!

    Texas is probably the most football crazy state in all of the US. Essentially, competitive football is played on three levels: High School, College, and Professional. High School (Friday)In Texas, there are high school games that are attended by more than 20.000 people, and in the smaller towns; friday night high school football is the most talked...

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  • Possum on the Half Shell

    This reference is made to a 'mowed down' armadillo. A common site on the country roads in Texas. Also known as a Texas Speed Bump. It seems that even if a car can go over them, they will sometimes instinctively jump up into the air at the instant a vehicle passes over them.The Armadillo first originated in South and Central America and is related...

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  • Texas Facts

    * The State Capitol in Austin stands largest among all the states. * The San Jacinto Monument near Houston is among the tallest columns in the world; at 570 feet, its about twenty feet higher than the Washington Monument in the District of Columbia. * Texas has more counties (254) than any other state. Forty-one counties in Texas are each larger...

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  • Texas Facts II

    * The State's cattle population is estimated to be around 16 million.* The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the State of Rhode Island.* More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.* Texas claims to have the nation's largest herd of whitetail deer.* Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other...

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  • Notable Texans

    Billy the KidDavy CrockettWillie NelsonGeorge StraitAudie MurphyHoward HughesJanis JoplinTex RitterBuddy HollyJoan CrawfordWalter CronkiteSissy SpacekZZ TopSam RayburnLarry HagmanCarol BurnettDan RatherGeorge W BushGeorge H Bush SnrMary Kay AshRoss PerotTommy Lee JonesRenee ZellwegerLance Armstrong

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  • Bonnie Parker

    Probably the most well known resident at Crown Hill Cemetery In Dallas is Bonnie Parker. Bonnie was the infamous partner of Clyde – the notorious crime duo. She was born in Rowena, Texas but moved to Dallas when her father died in 1914. She met Clyde in 1930. He was jailed a couple of times before they began their reign of robberies. They hit...

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  • Legal Drinking Age

    The legal drinking age in Texas is 21. Many nightclubs have all-ages or 18 and over shows, but you'll have to show ID at the bar. If you are in a dry area and at a restaurant, you will need a Unicard. Ask the waiter and he can give you a temporary one - just fill out the info. I got one without having to produce any ID, I guess I looked over...

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  • The Use of Y'all

    Y'all gather 'round from far and near,Both city folk and rural,And listen while I tell you this:The pronoun y'all is plural. If I should utter, "Y'all come down,Or we-all shall be lonely,"I mean at least a couple folks,And not one person only. If I should say to Hiram Jones,"I think that y'all are lazy,"Or "Will y'all let me use y'all's knife?"He'd...

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  • We do love dogs!

    See how cute is Phoenix, a friend's dog. It's funny to know that he doesn't "understand" Indonesian words. My Indonesian friend there has to "talk" in English to give him order! :-)

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  • The Legend of the Bluebonnet

    The Texas fields are coveredWith a blanket of deep blue.But for a little Indian girl,This would not be true.Texas land was buried and dry.Rains just would not come.Indians danced and prayed for rain,And beat upon their drums.The Chief made a proclamation.He appealed to one and all.A prized possession must be sacrificedBefore the rains would...

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  • Texas Gun Laws

    Handgun ownership: unrestricted, no permit or license required. Rifle and Shotgun ownership: unrestricted, no permit or license required .Semi-automatic "assault weapon" ownership: unrestricted, no permit or license required. Machine Gun Ownership: no state restrictions, compliance with federal law only. In other words… DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!!

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  • Facts on Dallas

    Dallas has more shopping centres per capita than any other major U.S. City.Dallas Market Centre is the worlds largest wholesale merchandise market.Dallas has the largest Urban Arts District in America.Dallas/Ft Worth Intl Airport is larger than the island of Manhattan and one of the busiest in the world.Dallas is #16 city in America for overweight...

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  • Texas Climate

    The climate of Texas varies greatly from the hot subhumid in the Rio Grande Valley to the cold semi-arid conditions of the northern part of the Panhandle. Then it can be warm and humid in the east to the arid of the Trans-Pecos. Temperatures vary greatly too, ranging from 49 C (120F) to –31C (-23F). Overall the say Texas has four seasons: drought,...

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  • Not the Most Important Facts

    .** In Texas, it is illegal to curse in front of or indecently expose a corpse.** They have a petrified buffalo hairball at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco.** The smallest Catholic church in the world still in operation claims to be in Warrenton, Texas. Measuring 12 feet by 15 feet, the church seats 15 and is only open once a year.**...

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  • Stop and help someone in need

    Texans on the high plains seem generally friendly and will help you if you are in trouble. I have been stuck on back roads in the ditch a few times, and the locals were always more than happy to help me out.

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  • Well, if you aren't a Texan,...

    Well, if you aren't a Texan, you will be picked out immediately. Mostly by the way that you talk. 'Howdy' is not necessary for a greeting, but 'ya'll' and 'ain't' is used extensively! Just relax and enjoy your time here...

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