Texas Proud is Great.
We are Texas Proud. We love the Lone Star State.
We are Texas transplants.
It would be great if we had been born in the Lone Star State, but we were not. We CHOSE to make Texas our home. We could have lived anywhere but we chose Texas. We did this for a number of reasons.
In no particular order…
- Economics: You get a lot more bang for your buck in the Lone Star State.
- Geographic: Being in the middle of the country has a lot of advantages. Getting to either coast is a little over 3 hours.
- Transportation: DFW is a major airport that gets us anywhere we want to go easily.
- Texans: Generally speaking we like Texans. Most Texans are friendly (that’s what the word “Texas” means) and will go out of their way to help you.
- Weather: Some of us love the Texas summers. Most everyone else hates them. I love them. My wife thinks I’m part reptile. I was raised in southern Oregon, which, on almost any given Spring or Summer day, have the same weather as North Texas.
- Scenic Beauty: Most people will tell you Texas is flat and hot and there’s nothing to see here. Nothing could be further from the truth. Texas has a widely varying terrain and should be about 6 different states based on the geography. We have the second largest canyon in the continental United States. Second only to the Grand Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon is a majestic experience 129 miles long.
- Texas Pride: There is no other place on earth where, if you leave something in one place long enough, someone is going to paint the Texas flag on it. I’ve actually done this.
I could go on.
But I won’t.
For the most part we love Texans. We know and have met lots of them in our travels. Being a Texan is a wonderful thing and those who can claim birthright do have the right to be proud of it.
Right up until a few of them start whipping it out and waving it in your face like they are SO much better than those of us who CHOSE to make Texas our home.
It’s a lot like religion.
- Either one is fine.
- You have a right to be proud of it.
- Just don’t whip it out in public and flaunt it.
Just to set the record straight, there are a lot of highly revered historic Texas figures who immigrated to this wonderful state. For instance:
- Davy Crockett (Tennessee)
- James (Jim) Bowie (Kentucky)
- Sam Houston (Virginia)
- Steven F. Austin (Virginia)
- Mirabeau B. Lamar (Georgia)
- David G. Burnet (New Jersey)
- James Fannin (Georgia)
- Francis R. Lubbock (South Carolina)
- William B. Travis (South Carolina)
- William A. A. “Bigfoot” Wallace (Virginia)
- Ebby Halliday (Leslie, AR) – I knew Miss Ebby – She endorsed my book
- T. Boone Pickens (Holdenville, OK)
- Sam Rayburn (Tennessee)
- Walter Cronkite (Missouri – raised in Houston)
- George W Bush (Connecticut)
- Randy Travis (North Carolina) – I photographed Randy in 2009 and a client of mine lives across the street from him.
- Lou Diamond Phillips (Philippines)
- And the list goes on and on and on…
All of these giants of Texas history came to the Lone Star state because they recognized its potential. And they were right. Without them, Texas would not be the state it is today. In fact, it just might be Mexico.
And of course we have lots of amazing home grown Texas people to look up to:
- Audie Murphy (Kingston)
- Patrick Swayze Houston)
- Red Adair (Houston)
- Jamie Foxx (Terrell)
- Carol Burnett (San Antonio)
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (Denison)
- A. J. Foyt (Houston)
- Larry Hagman (Fort Worth)
- Howard Hughes (Houston)
- Janis Joplin (Port Arthur) — I knew Janis
- H. Ross Perot (Texarkana)
- Dan Rather (Wharton)
- Rip Torn (Temple)
- Chill Wills (Seagoville) – I knew Chill
- Mary Kay Ash (Hot Wells, Cypress)
- Matthew McConaughey (Uvalde)
- Tex Ritter (Murvaul)
- Gene Roddenberry (El Paso)
- Roy Orbison (Vernon)
- ZZ Top
Billy Gibbons (Houston)
Dusty Hill (Dallas)
Frank Beard (Dallas)
- Ann Richards (Lacy Lakeview)
- Powers Boothe (Snyder)
- Sissy Spacek (Quitman)
- Tommy Lee Jones (San Saba)
- Forest Whitaker (Longview)
- Gary Busey (Baytown)
- Woody Harrelson (Midland)
- Eva Longoria (Corpus Christi
- Sly Stone (Denton) — I worked for Sly in the 70s
- And many more than we need to list here
One thing I can be fairly certain of concerning this list is: None of these people would belittle someone who made Texas their home. They would never lord their birthright over a “transplant”.
So if y’all are proud of being Texan, that’s great.
How about NO?
Why do I bring this up?
As author of Texas As I See It – a very popular photography book on The Lone Star State, our Facebook page interacts with several other Texas-centric pages. We all share Texas images, history and information we think our subscribers are interested in.
One particular page I won’t specify has had more than its share of TexaSSholes flaunting their birthright and literally saying the rest of us are somewhat less. Because we moved to Texas and adopted it as our home – but were not born here – we are led to believe they wouldn’t stop to piss on us if we were on fire (I’m paraphrasing). All of which got me to thinking and provided the fuel for this fire. And the new term TexASShole.
In my experience, TexASSholes are few and far between.
Don’t be one of them.