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People Are People Everywhere I Go… Except in Texas

 

by Glenn Shepard
December 5, 2017
Category: Misc


 

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It is estimated that if Texas ever seceded from the U.S., they’d have the 10th largest GDP of any country in the world.  

 

 


In 1993, “Little Texas” sang:

I've seen a lot of places,
I've been around the world.
After all I've witnessed,
One thing still amazes me.
Just like a miracle,
You have to see to believe.
God blessed Texas,
With His own hand.
If you want to see heaven,
Brother, here's your chance



I thought they were arrogant at the time, because I’d never been to Texas.

Since then, I’ve spoken in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Bay City, Baytown, Brenham, College Station, Conroe, Dallas, Galveston, Greenville, Houston, Longview, Lubbock, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, New Braunfels, Odessa, Pasadena, Paris, San Angelo, San Marcos, Texas City, Tyler, and Wichita Falls.

And I’ve concluded that I was wrong, and the country rock band Little Texas was right.

Everything really is bigger and better in Texas.

The skies are bluer. The weather is mild. The quality of life is high, and the cost of living is low. Their economy is unbelievably strong.

Their legislature only meets once every other year (which keeps them from screwing up too much), and they have no state income tax.

But the most unique thing about Texas is the people.

They’re unbelievably proud, but not pompous. In fact, they’re the politest people I’ve ever met.

I discovered this the first time I spoke at Texas State University. Six different attendees wore Stetson cowboy hats to my seminar. As soon as they sat down, every hat came off. When they’d go to the restroom, to get coffee, etc., the hats went back on, and immediately came back off when they returned.

The first time I spoke at Sam Houston State University, I was driving on a back road behind a slow-moving pickup pulling a horse trailer. Just as I was about to try to pass, he pulled over and began driving on the shoulder so that I didn’t have to use the left lane.

Since then, I’ve learned that this is standard operating procedure for Texans. You never flash your headlights to ask to pass; they automatically move over for you. They even pave their back roads with extra wide shoulders for this purpose.

Even with entry-level workers, there’s s a greater sense that people care. Texas is the only state where my order at fast food restaurants is always filled correctly.

And speaking of caring, you should have seen how Texans responded after Hurricane Harvey. A national reporter interviewing a Houston resident was baiting him to complain about federal assistance being too slow to arrive. But he responded, “We’re Texans, and we take care of our own”. The next day, I saw video of another Houston resident pulling a FEMA truck out of the mud with his own truck.

That sense of rugged individualism and self-reliance sums up the Texas attitude perfectly.

If you’ve ever thought about moving to another state, Texas is the place to go.



To Your Success,


Glenn Shepard


P.S.
Texans actually have bumper stickers that read “SECEDE!” While that’s not likely to happen, I’d be the first immigrant if they ever did.

P.P. S. And a big Texas size thank you to everyone for Standing-Room-Only turnouts for last week's seminars in San Angelo, Odessa and Abilene.

 

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