25 Things I Learned When I Moved to Texas

After 10 years of living in Texas, here's what you need to know.

25 Things I Learned When I Moved to Texas

Today marks 10 years of living in Texas. I never planned to stay this long, but there's no doubt I've enjoyed my time in the Lone Star State!

Over the past few weeks, I've assembled a list of notes everyone should know if they plan to move out here.

1. Everyone will tell you to use the bathroom at a certain gas station

All must worship at the Altar of Lord Buc-ees!

World Record Holder - Buc-ees

2. The preferred brand of ice cream is Blue Bell. This is the way.

Texans lost their minds in 2015 when Blue Bell was temporarily shut down.

Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream - Shop Ice Cream & Treats at H-E-B

And whatever you do, don't show up to a Bar-B-Q with that Great Value brand.

Hot take: HEB brand ice cream is better.

3. Pickup trucks are a man's other best friend

Texans might argue over Ford, Chevy, and Dodge, but the instant you say anything negative about a pickup truck they'll put all that aside and gang up on you.

Photo by Guilherme Stecanella / Unsplash

4. When someone invites you to their house for barbecue or steaks...you are "one of us"

It's arguably the biggest step in any Texas friendship.

Photo by Luis Santoyo / Unsplash

5. Everyone's favorite trivia question involves the Texas state flag

"Did you know Texas is the only state flag that can fly as high as the US flag?"

And they're proud of this...and now maybe I am too?

Photo by Avi Werde / Unsplash

6. The spicy ketchup at Whataburger is the best ketchup in the world

It's not really that spicy, but paired with some piping hot french fries.... 🤯

Whataburger Spicy Ketchup 12 Packs Of 1oz | eBay

Some even wonder if this is where the design of Beto O'Rourke's brand came from.

Beto O’Rourke’s logo for his 2020 presidential run is drawing comparisons to iconic Texas chain Whataburger
Beto O’Rourke’s logo for his 2020 presidential run is already being compared to iconic Texas chain Whataburger’s spicy ketchup.

7. Think of any word, put the word "Texas" after it, and that's the name of a real place in Texas.

I was about 40 miles away from an explosion in West, Texas (not west Texas). Ironically, the town of West, TX is actually in east Texas.

There are a million and one blogs dedicated to this, but Texas has some crazy names for towns and cities.

From Bug Tussle to Tarzan, here are 40 of the oddest Texas town names
It’s plain to see where certain Texas town names come from. For example, Round Rock, Sugar Land and College Station tote some exceptionally literal names. But tons of other Texas towns, from Nameless to Uncertain and Bug Tussle to Frognot, flaunt names with less obvious origins.

8. Four quick claps in a public setting triggers a musical reaction

9. You can say nothing bad about Texas except for the electrical grid...complete free pass

If you know what ERCOT is, I'm sorry.

Power pylons at sunset
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10. In the fall, it's important to know how your town's high school football team is doing if you want to have anything to talk about after church on Sunday

The average high school stadiums is bigger and better than probably 80 percent of college stadiums, and I feel like that's a conservative estimate.

11. No state income tax is great

April is a lot better when there's no paperwork to file with the state!

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12. Texans love the shape of their state

If you can buy it, there's a version of it in the shape of Texas.

Make Texas Shaped Waffles with this Texas Waffle Maker!

13. The official state drink is Dr. Pepper

If you ask for a "coke," there's a good chance the waiter will live auto-correct you..."Did you mean Dr. Pepper?"

Dr Pepper Came Out as Vers in This Strange New "Advertisement" | Them

14. Surprisingly, unsweet tea was the default choice until recently

Many restaurants still don't have sweet tea.

Free Lemon Iced Tea With Lemon Fruits Stock Photo

15. H-E-B is the best grocery store

You'll end up buying food you've never tried before thanks to irresistible yellow coupons throughout the store.

From hurricanes to ice storms to COVID, H-E-B has faithfully taken care of Texans in the worst of times, which is why we're loyal to them 'til the day we die!

16. “Mum” does not mean "mom"

This is still confusing to me. People will literally pay $1,000 for flowers.

17. No matter where you are in the DFW Metroplex, you are only one hour away from where you want to be

It's a big metroplex, but they didn't skimp on the roads.

Seriously, a single lane could be the width of two lanes in other states.

18. People are very judgmental about chips and salsa

If you want to break up with someone, just say "Pace salsa is pretty good."

Mexican Restaurant at Waxhaw NC
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19. In the minds of some (many?) Texans, the Statue of Liberty is the second most important monument of freedom behind “Big Tex”

Big Tex - Wikipedia

20. “Don’t Mess with Texas” was originally a littering campaign

The website is still up and going strong!

Home - Don’t Mess With Texas
Don’t Mess With Texas

21. It's dangerous to drive anywhere during "blue bonnet season"

Whether it's a country road or a busy interstate, millions of moms feel the extreme need to pull over and get a selfie with the famous flower every year.

Texas bluebonnets: When they bloom and where you can find them | wfaa.com

22. The State Fair is so important they give kids a day off of school just to go

I was so confused when I first heard students say they had "Fair Day" off.

23. Since there's no emoji with the state flag (yet), Texans use the flag of Chile 🇨🇱

I'm confident that once Gen Z is old enough to be in the Texas Government, they'll legislate a Texas state flag emoji.

Photo by Lucas Beck / Unsplash

24. Most Texas stereotypes are wrong, except for one

You're more likely to see hipsters than cowboys in Texas, but don't be fooled because the hipsters are packing.

Red or blue, Texans love their guns.

In-Store & Online Gun Shop | Dallas Shooting Range

25. The state pride is real

State history is mandatory in middle school, and you can feel this state was previously a country.

Texans love Texas, and there's no state that comes close to matching that intensity.

The Texas flag on a clear, windy day
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Did I miss any?

I'm sure I did, so leave a comment below and let me know!