Texas, It's A Different World...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Boat Bash 5 was a HUGE success.

Everyone had a great time and we got through the weekend with no drama and no trips to the E.R. That's saying a lot considering 35 people were involved in this trip.

Austin was amazing, the rain held off, and I got to spend some quality time with my older brothers, my sisters-in-law (I think that's the plural version), and my best friend!
Something else happened this weekend though that was really funny, and not-so-expected. I found myself having to"explain" Texas to my best friend.

You see, growing up in Texas, there are things that you just know. Things that are as natural to you as breathing, but to outsiders, well, they're just plain weird.

First. Our food.

Her first lesson came when we decided to get BBQ for lunch on Friday at an awesome Austin spot. I naturally ordered the chopped beef and waited for Margaret to order, but when I looked at her she had the most confused look ever on her face.

"Where is the pulled pork???" She asked

In Carolina, BBQ means pulled pork, in Texas, you're eating beef brisket.

She also learned that breakfast taquitos are the best weekend food. You can put whatever you want inside of them, but I'm a fan of "egg, potato, and cheese"

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Then, our music.

On the way to the lake she learned that there are A LOT of songs about Texas. All My Exes Live in Texas, God Blessed Texas, and Amarillo Sky, just to name a fewand if you're a good Texan you know them all, and sing along proudly. 

I also explained to her that Eli Young Band is originally from Texas, and will always be a Texas Country band, no matter how mainstream they get.

and lastly, our beer.

The first drink we bought Margaret was a Lone Star, The National Beer of Texas, you know?! and we may or may not have busted out singing "Lone Star beer in my cereal is keepin' me alive" - Pat Green

I don't think she ordered a different kind of beer the entire weekend. She'd fit in great here!
I'd say that Texas welcomed her with open arms, and she got to experience the uniqueness (and awesomeness) of our state.

If you're ever in Texas, I'd be more than happy to be your tour guide!
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18 comments :

♥ Ka`ili said...

wow! how cool!! all of this makes me definitely put texas on my list of places to visit, and I'll be asking you for tips and places to go when i'm there!!

Raquel said...

Looks so fun!!

Sarah said...

Those. Taquitos. The options sound endless and they sound amazing. I am coming to TX soon and will have to try out that beer!

Tamara said...

I ♥ me some Texas!
[I live in Waco - Sic'em Bears!]. So, glad you were able to show your friend and explain Texas so well. Texans are an amazing breed :)So, glad I can call myself one!

Lori said...

It definitely is an entirely different world here! I wouldn't have it any other way :)

Alyx said...

I love how much pride Texans have in their state! And I'm glad Boat Bash was a blast!

Vivian said...

I didn't even know what a Boat Bash was so that together with the Lone Star and pulled pork I feel like I fit in Texas, too ;)

Jessica Who? said...

love this post! i miss texas so much!! i'm originally from houston :)

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Jenny said...

yes all reasons i LOVE texas!!! The boat bash looks like SO much fun!

Ashlee Miller said...

I want to spend more time in Texas! I would love to experience the true side of Texas.

Liza said...

I think that the BBQ is Texas means different things... I would be asking, "Where's the pulled pork??", too!! Beef brisket is referred to as BBQ in most parts of Texas, though... Then there are hot dogs on the grill, drowned in barbeque sauce... YUM. Now I want some. P:

I hope your dad's birthday went well. :)

Alex Butts said...

I definitely need to show this to my friends in Germany because sometimes it's so hard to explain. And how great she got to experience a party boat in Austin, surely one of the best experiences you can get!

dreamsandswords.com said...

Great to read all this, good things to know.
My husband has a conference in Dallas next weekend, and I'm going with him. I've never been, so this should be an adventure! I will pretty much be on my own as far as through the day while he's doing his thing. If you have any tips for things to do there I'd love to hear them!

Meg {henninglove} said...

i would LOVE To come to texas and have you be my tour guide. i have never been and would love to visit that great state of yours and certainly eat texas bbq for sure. i hate to admit but i would probably take back a huge bbq baby with me after my trip was over

Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel said...

I'm from Texas in a way but you can give me tours as much as you like! haha Because it seems you have so much fun! Jealous!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Love this! But you're right, looking in from the outside and it's a little different. I look at California, and I don't think we have anything similar, but I could be wrong...

Glad you had a good time my dear!

xoxo,
Joelle

Miss Caitlin S. said...

oh that boat day looks like all kinds of fun. I love it.

and it's so fun explaining your hometown to people, you really begin to think about all the reasons it is special.

That's funny she was looking for the pulled pork, haha- I always love that too. But some brisket looks great as well!

Alex said...

ahhh I have always wanted to go on one of those party barges!! Looks like a ton of fun!

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