Saturday, May 8, 2010

Don't Mess With Texas

The first thing I noticed upon entering the great state of TX was the prevalence of weird highway signs.  Beyond the "Drive Friendly - The Texan Way" directive on the welcome sign at the border, there are "Don't Mess With Texas: Up To $2000 Fine For Littering" as well as "Real Texans Don't Trash Texas."

Now, let me put this out there, if only to show the true depth of my ignorance: before crossing the border, the only place I had ever heard "don't mess with Texas" was in an SNL skit featuring Will Ferrel playing a squinty-eyed President Bush.  I thought it was a joke, and a hilarious one at that.  I didn't know that there were street signs that said those four very funny words.  Now that I know that it's something of a state motto, I have the overwhelming urge to ask, "Or what?"

Of course, I ask it on the blogosphere and not out loud.  Even I know how attached Texans are to their guns.


  1. I am loving this blog...glad you made it safe and sound.

  2. Thanks, Cathy! Can't wait for you to come visit me and see it for yourself. Bring your shit-kicker boots.