Dallas - Fort Worth December 11, 2017
15 Foolproof Ways To Spot An Imposter In Dallas – Fort Worth
With the Dallas – Fort Worth population continuing to soar due to a robust economy, new business headquarters making the area home, and a lower cost of living than the national average, it isn’t surprising to see newbies hang their hat here. Texans are unique and diverse, and their pride in their Lone Star State and local heritage runs deep. As a result, when someone new here tries too hard to fit in, we can spot the “imposters” a mile a way. Here’s how:
1. They don't grasp the concept of "The Metroplex."
The Dallas - Fort Worth area is vast, and is comprised of 13 counties. It is also the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Newcomers may not grasp the number of cities and areas, and overall population of nearly 8 million. We aren't
just Dallas and Fort Worth.
2. They overdress like an urban cowboy when headed to the rodeo or stockyards.
Or worse, a rhinestone cowboy...
Leave your rhinestones, brand-new department store boots, fringe, and spurs at home... unless you are planning to actually ride a bull or bronc.
3. They don't know who "America's Team" is...
Outsiders may even think the Dallas Cowboys play in Dallas. Wrong. Try Arlington. Their practice facilities aren't in the city either. Nope, they're over in Frisco. Confusing? Not to a North Texan.
...or "America's Sweethearts."
That's downright tragic. Male or female, we love our talented Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
4. They wonder what kind of cow this is.
If you even have to
ask what a Longhorn is, you need to head back North.
5. They don't know what or where Deep Ellum is.
The Deep Ellum neighborhood in downtown Dallas celebrates diversity with some edgier areas with an art and an "express yourself" personality.
6. They ask where's the guy that everyone calls Big Tex?
Just a hint: this 55-foot big guy is our State Fair of Texas ambassador.
7. They have absolutely no clue as to what to order... or what to avoid... at a local taqueria.
Just know that not all taco joints will offer an interpretation to the varieties listed. Learn quickly, or else you might get a taco you definitely DON'T want to try.
8. They can't tolerate spicy food.
"Make mine mild" are three words never uttered by true locals.
9. They don't know where JFK was shot.
The area around Dealey Plaza, where our nation's president was assassinated in 1963, continues to be the number one tourist draw in Dallas. Now you know what the "X" in the street marks.
10. They think the area is "dry."
We're not really sure why folks think we don't have water here. Word of advice: check out a map of all our lakes.
11. They bundle up when temperatures get a little nippy.
Most locals don't even own a true winter coat.
12. They are perplexed when locals answer a question of "how far is..." with time.
We couldn't care less about how many miles. Distance is always measured in time around here.
13. They don't get a reference to "Big D."
Dallas is mighty proud of its "Big D" nickname. Don't overthink this. Just know that Dallas is one of the largest cities in the nation.
14. They don't have something in their home that is either Texas-shaped or bears the image of our flag.
We are extremely proud of our state... almost obsessively so. We show off our state's shape and our Lone Star State flag every chance we get.
15. They ask for a "soda," a "pop," or ... bless their heart, a "soda pop."
Just remember when you ask for a "Coke," you'll then be asked what kind. The only true Texan answer is "Dr. Pepper."
What are other dead giveaways you would add to this list for spotting a Texas native “imposter?” Rather than trying to fit in, just ask us one of us friendly folk, and we’ll show you the ways of North Texans! We’ll have you feeling like a local in no time!