We Dallasites – Fort Worthians proudly admit that we do things the Texas way, which can sometimes be awkward when we are outside of our domain. Even though we boastfully believe that our way is best, sometimes we’ve got to tip our hat to others’ way of life. Here are 13 awkward moments we’ve all experienced:
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1. Responding with "howdy" when you say hello.
We get that not everyone says "howdy." That's a greeting reserved for Southern folk. But we will slip up and utter the word before even thinking to others not of like mind. Sometimes, we even slip in the "y'all" afterward. It's only natural.
2. Getting super excited about Beaver Nuggets.
It's hard for us to fathom there isn't a Buc-ee's store nearby in which to buy the famed beaver nuggets. These tasty popcorn snacks come in various flavors at this Texas-only store.
3. Remaining calm when our loyalty to our Dallas Cowboys is questioned.
Our blood forever bleeds blue and silver, and they aren't called America's team for nothing. We'll remain loyal to our beloved 'Boys, so don't expect to convert us. It's just plain wrong.
4. Getting teased about our well-worn boots, or other Western wear.
We don't all wear Western wear, but many of us do. We may not know how to ride a horse or even country & western dance, but that doesn't stop us from sporting our cowboy boots and Western-cut jeans every now and then.
5. Being told (usually from someone who has never been to the Lone Star State) that Texas is flat... or ugly.
We may have too much Southern manners to let you know how ridiculous you sound, but Texas' landscape is neither. We have vast open lands, rolling hills, and the most gorgeous skies to be found anywhere.
6. Listening to others suggest that we don't have "culture."
From the Winspear Opera House shown to Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, as well as a multitude of museums and arts districts throughout, we may be among the most cultured folk to be found anywhere. Come visit, tour our revered museums, and then let us know about culture.
7. Receiving a blank look when we ask where a good taqueria is located.
Street tacos are a staple for most of us Dallas - Fort Worth locals. We might even forget ourselves and ask where one can be found, before remembering that they — along with true Tex-Mex joints —are a Texas tradition that isn't necessarily shared with the rest of the nation.
8. Thinking we will be just fine driving in snow.
We MIGHT get ice once or twice a season, but true snow is a rarity. We aren't equipped, probably don't have an ice scraper, and are most definitely inexperienced driving in these conditions. Consider yourself warned.
9. Assuming all cornbread is made with jalapenos and pepper jack cheese.
If it's not spicy, why in the world would anyone want to eat cornbread? We may try and choke it down, but it will be the most bland bread we've ever eaten. And we probably won't ask for seconds.
10. Believing that a steak anywhere else can be as good as ones we grill ourselves.
When we say "barbecue," there are two possible meanings. 1) It means grilling outdoors or 2) eating Texas barbecue. Texans love to grill, and we are quite adept at producing culinary masterpieces of steak that rival (or surpass) 5-star restaurants. Seriously, we're that good!
11. Asking if there is a Whataburger nearby.
Silly, us. Whataburger restaurants aren't nationwide... although they should be! It's awkward when we take this magnificent restaurant for granted.
12. Correcting others' pronunciations of our neighboring cities.
It's so hard to resist correcting those who stumble over names like Waxahachie, Hico, Granbury (not Grand-bury), Nacogdoches and others. Sometimes, we've just got to let things go.
13. Not laughing when people underestimate how big Texas really is.
Maybe others can drive through a state in a short amount of time, but then there's Texas. It takes about 11 hours to reach Corpus Christi from Amarillo; and about the same traveling from El Paso to Dallas. Traveling across our great state isn't just an afternoon joyride. But it's worth every minute!
Do you know of any other awkward moments… that we’ll admit to, at least? We’d love for you to share your experiences in the comments!