Texas is a mythical place. I learned when I first went to Europe that everyone knows about Texas, and that means most everyone has a preconceived idea of what the Lone Star State is like. When I first went overseas, that Texas myth was helped along by the TV show “Dallas” — and the show also ensured people of every native language knew how to pronounce my name, given that I shared a first name with Pamela Ewing. But, no, I had to tell folks, we don’t all ride horses and have oil wells in our back yards.
Many years have passed since then (thankfully), and I’m much more well-traveled, but I still find that certain myths — incorrect ones — persist. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain a couple of misunderstood Texas memes.
First, the ubiquitous “Don’t Mess With Texas” saying. It’s interpreted to mean that Texas is tough, that Texas, as the second-largest state in the union, thinks it’s bound to win every fight. Though there are Texans that think that way, I think it’s important to put the saying in context by understanding where it came from. [Read more…] about Dispelling Texas-Sized Myths