Honestly, I feel that I could tell you a book about Michigan and about squat about Texas since I just moved here in January due to dh's job relocation - YET I thought to myself, since you are NEW to Texas and I'm NEW to Texas I knew exactly what gift I was going to give you - the differences between Texas and Michigan.
Well I can tell you what Texas (well at least my region of Texas - Dallas) is not - it's not desert with rolling sagebrush, scorpions and longhorn cow skulls laying on the ground with a vulture sitting on top. It's not full of spiky cactus and what you would think of the typical desert. As sad as it sounds - that is what I thought. I've led such a sheltered life! I need to get out more! LOL. By the way - that is me near a longhorn cattle sculpture made of twigs and ivy!
Here is the city of Dallas Texas - where I hail from (I'm actually in North Dallas). See the green building? The building to the right that has small lights on top that look like half circles is where my dh works. So cool seeing it on the skyline! :)
Hey, sometimes it takes someone who is new to something to find differences in things others take for granted. So kick back, enjoy some yummy BBQ, Tex-Mex, or a mesquite smoked steak (my fav!) and learn a bit about Texas AND Michigan - oh and view this with a sense of humor. No feelings were hurt in the process of making this ;)
|Y'all - A greeting that EVERYONE really does say to |
mean - 'All of you'. Ie. You all - y'all.
|Y'all - A funny thing Texans say to mean 'You guys'.|
|Fixin' - Means going to do something - Ie. I'm fixin |
to go to the store. I'm fixin to leave the state. Not used everywhere,
especially not that often in the Dallas area, but used more noticeably
outside the city limits.
|Fixin' - Something people do when something is 'broken'.|
|Eh - Something you say in a Dentist chair.||Eh - Something you say at the end of a sentence that means, 'You got it?'. Influenced heavily by our Canada neighbors.|
|It's very hot most of the year. 90 degrees is warm. 110 is hot. 60 degrees is cold. Don't even mention 20 degrees.||It's very cold most of the year. 90 degrees is hot. Don't even mention 110 degrees. 60 degrees is great. 50 degrees the kids still wear shorts to school. 20 degrees is cold.|
|If it snows the entire city shuts down, even if it's a FLAKE.||It needs to snow about 4 feet for them to shut down school, let alone a city.|
|If there is a thunderstorm, you see a ton of lightening, but |
don't hear much thunder.
|When there is a thunderstorm, you see lightening, and you hear thunder RIGHT after.|
|There are tons of tollways.||I don't think we have ANY tollways.|
|Everything here is named after the president Bush. There |
is a President Bush Freeway nearby my house, for example.
|Nothing is named after Bush to my knowledge.|
|Chick-fil-a and Sonic are restaurants, yummy ones at that.||Chick-fil-a may be mistaken for a chicken, and Sonic for the video game. Sonic may exist in one or two locations, but Chick-fil-a is a southern thing. Who eats chicken biscuits for breakfast?|
|Tex-Mex is a yummy type of restaurant in Texas that combines |
the option of ordering Steaks or Mexican.
|Tex-Mex sounds like a person who is Mexican that lives in Texas.|
|Chili is something you eat that is usually very spicy. You do not have Chili Cheese fries or Chili Hot Dogs (I've since learned that it really is a 'Michigan' or at least Northern thing.||Chili may be something you put on a hot dog or fries. YUMMMM.|
|CR - it's a country road.||CR - could be the beginning spelling of CR'ap.|
|U-turns are allowed everywhere (except in the rare case where there is a sign prohibiting it).||U-turns are not allowed.|
|There is no state income tax, but sales tax is 8.25%.||There IS state income tax (and some cities have their own income taxes too like Detroit), yet the sales tax is 6%.|
|Alley is a place that is behind your home in which you drive |
your car into your garage. (In most cases).
|Alleys are places that people associate with 'dark' things from movies.|
|Soda. You ask for pop around here and they look at you like you're crazy.||It's NOT soda, it's POP.|
|Speed Limit is generally 60 on highway.||Speed limit is 70 mph on highway (much better!)|
|Gas is not as expensive as everywhere else partly due to the president owning so much stock in gas (or so I hear) :).||Gas is at least .20 more expensive than Texas because of a state 'gas tax'.|
|It's Sunny ALL the time.||It's cloudy most of the time.|
|There are huge fields in the middle of a bustling city.||There are no fields or cows grazing in a field in the middle |
of the city.
|In most grocery stores, the cart goes on one side of the |
conveyor belt and the person who pays goes on the other side. The cashier will unload the basket, somewhat like how Costco does it.
|In most grocery stores, the cart and the person go in one lane and the customer unloads the basket.|
|Southern Hospitality - EVERYONE is nice here.||Well I love Michiganders (since I lived there for 29 years) |
but people in Texas are nice all over, where many people in Michigan don't
say hi or look you in the eye. It used to drive me nuts because I'm very
|A recent article stated that Dallas/Fort Worth had the |
lowest rate of unemployment in the USA.
|A recent article recently stated that Detroit (Michigan) has the highest rate of unemployment.|
|Everyone here is proud to be a Texan. You see bumper stickers all over that say things like 'Born in Texas, Raised by Texans' oh and my all time favorite - 'I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could'. Now I need that for my car! LOL||Well, it seems you either love or hate Michigan. I don't see bumper stickers that say 'I love Michigan'.|
|You pretty much have to do the hokey pokey in order to get |
your new license plates. Your plates and your licenses are in different buildings
and you need to get one before the other. It's an all day affair. Ridiculous!
|It's easy to get a driver license and plates - you go to |
your secretary of state office.
|Football is huge - especially the rivalry between the |
Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns.
|Football is huge - esp the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State.|
|Dallas Cowboys have cheerleaders.||Detroit Lions have no cheerleaders (and they suck - every year).|
|School starts before Labor Day-||It's the state law that school must start AFTER Labor Day so |
it does not impact tourism.
Ok, so after all of that, here is what I love/miss.
I miss fall. I will miss not being able to go to apple orchards and get the soft, warm, yummy apple cider doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon.
I miss the lakes and water.
I miss my family (they're in Michigan).
I love the hot weather. I love how it's warm nearly year round!
I love not having snow.
So there you have it - the greatest differences between Texans and Michiganders.
If you visit I hear the Fort Worth zoo is tons better than the Dallas Zoo and if you like to shop - visit the galleria - shown to the right. It houses over 200 stores and restaurants, a skating rink and glass vaulted ceilings.
Here's a few misc facts I bet you didn't know (and frankly, either did I!). I bet Debbie didn't think this would turn out to be a learning opportunity for the bloggers who signed up for this! LOL.
- More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
- Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.(I know some people here that really do think that Texas should be it's own country and has talked openly about it!).
- Texas boasts the nation's largest herd of whitetail deer.
- Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.
- Professional sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers. (Did I tell you my neighbor used to be a Cowboys Cheerleader and a Maverick's Dancer?)
- Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.
- Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word tejas meaning friends or allies,
- The armadillo is the official state mammal.(And you see them dead on the side of the road all the time - I remember the first time I saw one on the side of the road - I was so excited to see my first (dead) armadillo - I even blogged about it! Ha!).
- Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.(I live in Dallas!).
- It's the second largest state.
- The Dallas-Fort Worth area has more residents - 5,221,801 - than 31 U.S. states. For example, Arizona has about 5.1 million residents.
I hope you enjoyed your visit.
Please come back to visit me soon!