1. Any place that actually has good BBQ is going to have a line around the block.

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But in the end it’s certainly worth the wait.

2. If someone is wearing a ring that resembles a Super Bowl trophy, you can bet that they went to A&M.

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Gig ïem.

3. The high school football games are so big, they are sometimes played in professional stadiumsƒ

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4. ƒ and many of the home venues are bigger than college bowls.

5. You have a hard time explaining mums to out-of-staters.

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It’s pretty much a huge grouping of flowers that you spend a ton of money on and only wear for one day.

6. Nothing signifies a change of the season like a Shiner seasonal brew.

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7. You know that taking the tollway means you can haul ass.

8. Even if you don’t own a gun, you probably know how to use one.

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9. H-E-B is your store for EVERYTHING.

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10. It’s one of the few places where chicken-shit bingo is actually a thing.

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Never have so many people actually paid attention to a chicken shitting.

11. And Hill Country Fare can hold its own against any brand-name product.

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12. Seeing a horse at a fast food joint is not out of the ordinary.

Seeing a horse at a fast food joint is not out of the ordinary.

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13. If a small town has only one chain restaurant, you can bet your ass it’s a Dairy Queen.

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The Texas stop sign.

14. Jim Adler and Brian Loncar are a hilarious part of daytime TV.

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The Texas Hammer and the Strong Arm.

15. Chances are you know someone who works in the oil field.

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16. You routinely see souped-up trucks that easily cost more than any luxury car.

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17. You literally count down the days until the State Fair startsƒ

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18. ƒand you took the bus to the Houston Rodeo because you wouldn’t want to miss the biggest spectacle around.

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19. If you’re ever traveling on 35, you make it a point to grab some kolaches from Czech Stop.

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20. As a kid, you couldn’t wait for summer, because that usually meant a trip to Schlitterbahn.

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The hottest coolest time in Texas!

21. And as an adult, summer usually means cold beers and a long float along the Guadalupe or Comal River.

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22. Spring break means heading down to Coca-Cola Beach at South Padre Island.

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Or if you couldn’t make it that far, Port Aransas was a viable alternative.

23. You have seen your fair share of secede gear.

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Bumper stickers, T-shirts, and posters! Oh my!

24. A good pair of Lucchese boots costs more than an entire wardrobeƒ

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25. ƒand you are very opinionated on how they should be worn.

...and you are very opinionated on how they should be worn.

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26. Many of your most memorable nights have been spent at Whataburger at 3 a.m.

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27. When driving from one major city to another, it’s never just a short trip.

When driving from one major city to another, it's never just a short trip.

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28. And the term wide open spaces was certainly meant for West Texas.

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29. When you hear the weather forecast, you pay more attention to the heat index than the temperature.

30. Austin is a countercultural island in a state of red.

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31. It’s always been very easy to tell which way the state leans.

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32. Every region has its own very specific opinions about the others.

Every region has its own very specific opinions about the others.

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33. Hate ïem or love ïem, all eyes will always be on the Cowboys.

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34. And there is no greater Texas basketball dynasty than the San Antonio Spurs.

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Tim, Manu, and Tony: the real big three.

35. This man is an absolute legend.

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Nolan Ryan, a Texas original.

36. Y’all has its own vocabulary rules.

37. Topo Chico is always a great hangover cure.

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38. Holiday season also means tamale season.

39. You’ll always have a special place in your heartƒ