Why you have to love Texas (even if you don't like it)....

Wow. What a state. 

The New York Times has this article on a newly-opened 41-mile section of toll road between Austin and San with the highest speed limit in the United States. And lest you think 41 miles of tollway at 85-miles-per-hour a rather chintzy contribution to automotive freedom, there's 544 miles of freeway, Interstate 10, between El Paso and San Antonio, where the speed limit is eighty. 

Finally, this anecdote about Texans driving fast from the end of the Times article is the kind of thing that makes me wish Texas would secede--and that if it did, I'd go with it:

J. Eric Taylor, 59, an I.T. project manager from California who lived in Texas years ago and still works in the state occasionally, remembers the day he was on a two-lane road and saw, in his rearview mirror, a young man in a pickup truck come up quickly behind him. “He was very eager to get past me,” he said. “But we came upon a funeral coming the other way. As we approach the funeral, everyone pulls over.”

Mr. Taylor parked behind the pickup on the side of the road and watched the young man remove his cowboy hat and hold it over his heart as the funeral procession drove past. “And then the moment they took off,” Mr. Taylor said, “he burned rubber, threw gravel, put his hat back on and took off like a bat out of hell.”


We'd be happy to put you up, and happier to see you!

No state income tax, concealed carry, Southern hospitality, affordable housing, God-fearing citizens, and now the nation's fastest speed limit. Combine that with a state that consistently votes red in presidential elections and you've got all anyone could ask. But don't all ya'll come down, you'll spoil it for the rest of us.


I don't know about God fearing as we have one of the highest abortion rates of any state.

"... all anyone could ask. But don't all ya'll come down, you'll spoil it for the rest of us."

C'mon, Steve.  Be nice and let 'em know the truth.  

We got mosquitos the size of Volkswagens.

Tornados out the wazoo all summer long. Hail storms in August that make the landscape look like a blizzard went through.  The dust of Eastern New Mexico blows across the state from Bovina to Texarkana ('bout 600 miles).  And then a thunderstorm lands in the middle of it and it rains mud.  True mud falling from the sky it itty bitty spats.

Did I mention that every North American poisonous snake is represented (cotton mouths, rattle snakes, copperheads, coral).  My sister-in-laws "farm" 30 miles from me is infested with all of them.

And, then, there's the feral hogs. The ones the mosquitos don't carry off will stampede you from the underbrush.  You need at least a 45 between their eyes to slow 'em down.  Be safe and carry a howitzer when hiking in their environs (pretty much anywhere undeveloped). 

Hurricanes?  Got them too.  Largest devastation from one of them EVER was in Galveston.  Eight thousand deaths. Four thousand never accounted for.  

Yup.  You sure wanna live in Texas!  Just sayin' ...

Fr. Bill,

Ah, man, now you done scared 'em off. :-)

Fr. Bill,

You and your howitzer, when you very well know that it only takes a magnum .357 to stop 'em dead in their tracks. The threat of evisceration is palpable, but a steady hand and patience to wait until they git real close should do the trick.  

About 20 years ago, I had to travel to Amarillo for business several times and had no idea what to expect. No offense, but being living in the midwestern U.S. all my life, but the terrain didn't impress me. But the hospitality sure did. The people I had to work with were so easy to get along with. I had the opportunity to use a health club adjacent to my motel and took aqua aerobics there. By the end of my first class, the women started treating me like an old friend. And one of the men I had to work with was an Asian-American who moved to Amarillo with his parents from San Francisco when he started high school. He thought they were nuts and that he'd have to fight off bullies, etc. and he'd go away for college and never look back. No way. He attended a university elsewhere in Texas and came back to Amarillo because he missed it so much. 

Hi Sue,

We ain't the prettiest in the 'scenery' department, I'll grant you that (I'm a transplant from Northern California more than 20 years ago now myself), but like that ugly puppy you bring home from the pound, after a while he grows on ya. Thanks for noticing the hospitality. I noticed the same thing when I moved here myself. Like the bumper sticker you see on cars here in the Lone Star state: 'I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could'.

My sister just recently moved to Texas to in Austin. I'm not a big fan of what I hear about Austin, but have often wanted to visit the state and make residence there. Just reading about common people who still try and do educational reform, and the general personality of most people in Texas I've met has made me have lofty thoughts about the state.  

Oh, did I mention a state legislature that only meets every 'other' year, and then only for 140 days (the better to not muck things up). We like limiting a politicians chances to pass frivolous and inane laws and such: Get in, get out, go home. 

While 41 miles may appear chintzy, it has the potential to cut some serious time off the drive between S.A. and Dallas (getting through Austin can easily take 1-1.5 hours on I-35). At 85mph, we should make it through in less than 30 minutes. I'm just wondering how much this fancy toll will cost. 

Yes, Houston became the home of the largest PP abortion clinic in the nation  in spring '10. 

Yes, I'm disappointed that we had to post an 85 mph speed limit for those slow drivers  However you haven't lived until you went 100 mph in that lonely stretch between Fort Worth and El Paso.

David A. Williams

Fort Worth


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