Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Welcome to Texas!

I felt strange saying that... having been here for some time but still just less than a year. Oh well, I in Texas now, so let me try that one more time and give you a proper Texan welcome...

Blog Around The World guests! I think you know US history and how Texas came about better than I do so I'll probably avoid that. Perhaps the other Texan bloggers will cover that. :)

Instead, let's just have a little Texan geography here and hear towns called Turkey and ranches called Deep Sh*t:

Isn't YouTube great? I would have not known of that song if it wasn't for YouTube (and of course, the maker of the clip who travelled 10,641 miles so that I do not have to!).

I dug more on the song "I've Been Everywhere" and it seems that it has been adapted to a lot of places - the original being in Australia.

Anyway, I digress. Let me continue with my welcome ...

Just to make sure that the previous clip did not give you the impression of Texas being just all roads, here's a Tribute to Texas:

Anyway, I live in Austin - the capital city of Texas. But I have to admit I am beyond city limits where you see miles and miles of live oaks, cedar and pecan trees; and where you see large birds always flying above. The Hill Country, as Texans lovingly say.

Anyhow, Austin is also the "music capital of the world". That's where you get all that live music shown in PBS :) And on the last weekend of this month, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is on!!!

If you cannot make it, here are some photos of the 10-feet guitars around town which were installed as public art last year. They were made by local artists, sponsored by companies and signed by supposedly well-known folks!

There are supposedly 50 of them but I have 35 here only. (I hope I don't get into trouble pulling these stuff from the net!)

And here's a sampling of Austin places to go visit!

Meanwhile, enjoy a little taste of Texas today and come back soon!

Did I just day little? That's not acceptable in Texas, so...

Get a BIG taste of Texas today!


Ruta M. September 3, 2008 at 2:37 AM  

Great post. I've enjoyed seeing what your part of the world is like. To see North Devon catch up with my blog

Becky Welch September 3, 2008 at 6:54 AM  

Great!!! We are past Texans living in Tennessee. We still cheer for the TRUE UT - Longhorns not Volunteers!! Thanks for letting us visit!

Patti September 3, 2008 at 8:03 AM  

Here from Texas! Great post! I love the videos!!

Lula! September 3, 2008 at 8:06 AM  

Woooo, I love me some Texas! In fact, we were just in Austin last month. Saw The Dark Knight at the Alamo Ale fun!

Great post!

Debbie September 3, 2008 at 8:10 AM  

I don't have time to stop and read the whole thing...I'll be back later...but it looks oh so good!

Dawn September 3, 2008 at 8:48 AM  

Great post! I love your tour of Texas! I hope you get lots of visitors today!!

Leslie September 3, 2008 at 8:52 AM  

Great videos! Thanks for the tour. I used to live in San Antonio many years back. Loved Texas! And I would so move back in a heartbeat!

Lynda September 3, 2008 at 9:01 AM  

What a wonderful tour - and by a new Texan! VERY NICE!

Melissa Lester September 3, 2008 at 9:32 AM  

Ooh, Austin. My husband traveled there for business and thought it was a wonderful place to visit. Some of our dear friends from his law school days live there, so I hope to tag along someday when he makes another trip out there. Thanks for the tour!

Ashley September 3, 2008 at 9:48 AM  

Wow! Thanks to you (and that crazy guy who drove thousands of miles on a motorcycle around TX) for that tour!

Gina September 3, 2008 at 9:52 AM  

Good Post. Happy BATW day.

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life September 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM  

Looks I want to visit...I think the guitars are really Chgo, we have cows...LOL.

Joy in the Burbs... September 3, 2008 at 10:14 AM  

What a great Post. You did an awesome job. We live in Houston. My girls and I told Buster (husband/father) we want to go to Austin in October. The kids have a day off school so we may head up there. I enjoyed your slide show. All the You Tube downloads were great. Fun Reading!

Tara September 3, 2008 at 10:36 AM  

Stopping in from Nebraska. Thank you for the great tour! Enjoy all the comment love today!!

Ronnica September 3, 2008 at 10:50 AM  

I'm sure Austin is great (I've heard so much about it) but it has one HUGE drawback: the Texas Longhorns.

Boomer Sooner!

Caroline September 3, 2008 at 11:21 AM  

It's neat to see glimpses of different states. Texas seems really BIG and pretty cool. I've heard that Austin and San Antonio are good places to visit.

Melisa September 3, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

Thanks for the tour! I'm here from Illinois via BATW...wanted to say hello!

Hot Tub Lizzy September 3, 2008 at 11:51 AM  

Thanks for the Texas eduacation! I would love to go back there and see all the fun stuff! Especially the music in Austin - that's gotta just be amazing!

Melissa B. September 3, 2008 at 1:41 PM  

Howdy! UT grad here, who wishes she still lived in Austin. I'm actually a Native Dallasite, so I've been jealous of The Hill Country my whole life. Thanks so much for the update on my Lone Star State. Have ya had any good Mexican food recently?

Brian and Staci September 3, 2008 at 1:47 PM  

Helllllo from Oklahoma! Great post! I've been to Texas alot but never to it's a must on my next stop to Texas! I hope you get lots of visitors today! Nice to meet ya!

Shell September 3, 2008 at 2:12 PM  

Cool post. One of my good friends is from Houston, Texas. So Texas always has a piece of my heart.

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo September 3, 2008 at 2:29 PM  

Stopping by from Louisiana to say hi. Great Post loved the pictures.

Lady Dorothy September 3, 2008 at 2:30 PM  

Your whole post was a great tribute to Texas! I enjoyed my visit very much!

Shannon September 3, 2008 at 3:02 PM  

Great pics... Austin looks like a cool place to visit/live!

Enjoy your BATW day :)

Aubrey September 3, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

I've always seen/heard stuff about Dallas, Houston, Ft. Worth but not a lot about Austin. Thanks for the tour!

Coming by thru BATW! Enjoy your day being host!!

Our Crazy Happy Family September 3, 2008 at 4:23 PM  

Greetings from North Carolina. Thanks for the tour!

~Janet~ September 3, 2008 at 4:54 PM  

Awesome Texas post! I love the videos. That "I've Been Everywhere" one is awesome - a real find!

Nichole September 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM  

Thanks for the tour. Happy BATW day :o)

Veggie Mom September 3, 2008 at 5:37 PM  

I really love Blogging Around the World, 'cause we get to go to so many neat places! I lived in Texas years ago, but it's grown up so much since I was in high school! The Longhorns are still my favorite, though. Hook 'Em!

Frizzy and Bird September 3, 2008 at 7:23 PM  

What a great honor you did for your state. You my dear could be a fabulous marketing/travel agent for TX. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly September 3, 2008 at 7:43 PM  

Great the pictures...a lot transplanted Texans today...sounds like you're enjoying your surroundings. You've got a great name!!

Susie September 3, 2008 at 7:47 PM  

Greetings from Wisconsin. Congratulations on your day in the sun at BATW!!

mommagurl32 September 3, 2008 at 7:48 PM  

We just got back from Marble Falls! We evacuated there for the hurricane...took us about 15 hours to get there from where we live when it should have taken about 7...I hate evacuating! I saw the blog comments you left... I am going through them right now!

Wendy September 3, 2008 at 8:36 PM  

Hope you're having a fun BATW day. Great post. Loved the videos. Boy, those bluebonnets and indian paintbrush look great. I miss seeing those every Spring.
I miss my Texas; I grew up there, in College Station. Gig 'em Aggies! (Whoop!) Can't give any love to the longhorns, but I do love your blog!

Jennifer September 3, 2008 at 9:11 PM  

Thanks for the slide show tour of Texas!

CaraBee September 3, 2008 at 9:26 PM  

I've always wanted to visit Austin! A friend of mine got married there last month and I was just devastated that I couldn't go. Loved the videos!!

greedygrace September 3, 2008 at 10:22 PM  

I've always wanted to visit Texas! Thanks for the tour!

Gramma 2 Many September 3, 2008 at 10:48 PM  

What a fun post. I have a cousin in Texas but I have never been there, except the time my plane landed in Dallas enroute from Georgia to Seattle. Guess I can claim I have been there:}
I hope your day to shine was a great one.

JourneytoFamily September 4, 2008 at 12:40 AM  

Great post! My husband went to UT Austin (hook 'em horns!) and has always reminisced about that city. He had the longhorn sticker on his car. I remember the first time I saw someone do that sign at us on the freeway (reacting to the sticker)... I thought they were flashing the devil sign at me. I stared back at them in shock with my mouth hanging open. LOL. Then my husband kindly explained what they were doing.

Mamasphere September 4, 2008 at 3:52 PM  

This was a lot of fun to read! I would LOVE to go to that music festival some day. My Aunt and Uncle are moving their horse ranch to Texas soon, so maybe I actually will...

~~tonya~~ September 4, 2008 at 10:59 PM  

Great info!! Thanks for the tour. Sorry I missed posting yesterday, we just got power back up today and I am trying to get caught up on all the places. Stopping in from Louisiana from BATW.

HeathahLee September 5, 2008 at 1:59 PM  

I'm late from BATW, but I wanted to say hey from Mississippi!

That "Everywhere" song/video was great! Thanks for the hospitality!

Briana September 5, 2008 at 11:19 PM  

I loved this! I was looking for my city in Texas in the song but didn't see it :( Those guitars are neat. I want to visit Austin!

Rela Pantaleon-Manigsaca September 7, 2008 at 12:50 AM  

Finally finished returning all the comments!!!

Once again, thanks for visiting...and come back anytimee!

Tracy P. September 8, 2008 at 9:08 PM  

Hi Rela! I missed the flight to Texas last week, but stopped by to say hi today. I see you went to hear Beth Moore--isn't she amazing? I would like to have just the energy in her little finger. :-)

I'm starting a new study tomorrow of hers--can't wait!

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