Monday, May 9, 2016

Love Texas

After Mass on Sunday, two church ladies were talking about a town notable. Some time ago, he'd gotten into the beer and decided to saddle up and charge around town. His wife called her friend, "Have you seen my husband?" and the friend replied, "Have you seen my horse?" She hadn't, then all became clear.

"Well look at this," said the friend, "Your jackass has just turned up on my horse." Apparently he liked nothing better than to ride around town. I asked a matriarch whether that was against the law, thinking to myself that I'd like nothing better than to ride around town. She looked at me, "I don't think anyone ever told him that."

Someone's written a clever article saying that Texas has become a "caricature of itself." Others might say that the Lone Star State is larger than life and twice as big, the map alone suggests it. For goodness sake, you could put a large chunk of England in the Panhandle alone. But what do I think?

A Typical Cowboy

I'd say that the spirit of the frontier isn't that far away from this state, especially when you're in the countryside; it wasn't so long ago that people rode their horses in this town. 

I'm in favor of that.

All for Texas,



Adrienne said...

That sign is so funny. I just told someone (LL?) that my first husband (RIP) drilled it into me that you never pointed a loaded gun at anyone unless you're ready to pull the trigger. Waving it around and saying threatening things is a good way to get yourself killed.

LL said...

Texas has a lot of compounds located here and there. Sometimes they're called ranches. Sometimes it's just a home on rural land. I can't say for sure, but more than one jerk must be buried on unhallowed ground because they took things too far. Location and circumstances unspoken thence forth. A trail funeral.

The Lone Stat State where people are sovereign masters of their home and land.

Fredd said...

We plan on building a ranch house on our newly purchased 9.19 acres of Hill Country in Kerr County, TX. We will not call it a compound. People who call their facilities 'compounds' are generally one of two groups:

1) Cult leaders. David Koresh and James Jones come to mind.
2) Democrat politicians. Ted Kennedy had himself a compound, and I am pretty sure John Kerry has one, too.

LL said...

George Bush has a compound near Waco... And they call it a ranch, I think. But it's a compound.

LSP said...

I, for one, like my compound.

LSP said...

Well said, Adrienne.

Fredd said...

OK, I know when I am out-gunned. I'm going to call my hacienda a compound, too. When you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

(I wonder why the LBJ Ranch is not called a compound. That place is yooge, with its own runway that can handle Boing 737's.)


Fredd Koresh

LSP said...

As I understand it, and I admit I'm not an expert, but can't a hacienda also be a compound? I think El Chapo had one or two of those.

Just don't get caught.

Brig said...

A ranch is a ranch, not a dang compound.

Compounds are what movie stars, sports figures, and easterners have.

LSP said...

Come to think of it, a hacienda wouldn't be a bad result either.

Brig said...

If I remember rightly,
a hacienda is a large estate, ranch, or plantation in predominantly Spanish speaking countries, or refers to the main house on same.
We simply call it the Headquarters or the Main House on the ranch.
Interesting that it has so many different names depending on what part of the country your from.

Michael Peterson said...

Hacienda sounds welcoming.
Ranch sounds proper.
Compound sounds creepy and cultish.

LSP said...

Hacienda always sounds luxurious to me, Brighid. But I guess that'd depend on the setup.

LSP said...

I agree, Padre. But let's not forget, there's compounds and there's compounds. I like mine, though it lacks a tower and a pool.