Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My name is Pearls, and I am a State Snob....

Yup - its confession time....I am a State Snob....



I was raised in Texas - thought the ENTIRE COUNTRY had Texas History in 7th grade - thought this until I was in college....sad, but true.....



I certainly didnt think there was another state out there as glorious as Texas....not even a little bit....Oh yeah, those original 13 Colonies had a nice story and all, the birth of the United States of America and all, but were they their own country? I dont think so - not a Republic all to themselves.... Did they have the Alamo where a 180 men (give or take a couple) fought off over 4000 (give or take a few) Mexican Soldiers and held them off for 13 days? Did they have a double agent prostitute that sold out the Mexican General to the A.W.E.S.O.M.E. General Sam Houston? Did they have a town make their own flag DARING - actually, TRIPLE DOUBLE DOG DARING the Mexicans to come and TRY and take back a cannon? Nope....



So, yes, I WAS a State Snob. I say WAS because today, I recognize a few other GREAT STATES....



I introduce you to New Hampshire. The Live Free or Die State.... They are living up to their motto now... On a great note - look at the top line with the date - they use the phrase "in the year of our Lord." JUST AWESOME.....



I introduce you to Washington State. They are not all tree huggers up there - or maybe they are, but they love their Country and they know their Constitution.



I introduce you to Arizona. They are tired of this border state getting run over and told what to do...



I introduce you to Missouri. They are declaring that they dont want to be told what to do in regards to Obama's Abortion policy.



And last, but not least, my current home state of Oklahoma.



In regards to Oklahoma - I have been hard on her. Really hard... I have seen her as "left over" land that people basically became stuck in when they couldnt make it in a "real" state or stopped on their way to California. I have hated her red dirt, step-child status among states and I have hated that she doesnt have the history of the state that I love, Texas.



Oklahoma, I am sorry. I really am. I have been trying hard for the past few years to fall in love with you. You see, I married and now will be living here probably for the rest of my life. All of my kids were born here and that was hard... I feel like this was an arranged marriage, you and me and that my job was just to be nice. But I fell in love with you. I have fallen in love with the Mother Road, Rt. 66... I have fallen in love with the dome that was put on your Capital and how the lights shine on the Indian standing on the top. I have fallen in love with little things like Eischen's Fried Chicken, Fried Pies, the many dinners along rural roads. I have fallen in love with the farmers and ranchers who wave from their Red Dirt covered trucks. I have fallen in love with your Heritage Markers on the side of the road. And I LOVE YOUR ZOO - its really, really great. I think it even beat out the Fort Worth Zoo in a contest...



All that to say, I really, really am sorry for badmouthing you. You are a great State. You understand freedom - you understand the 2nd Amendment. You have an AWESOME Senator - Mr. Inhofe and he rocks! You have an all Republican House and Senate for the first time ever and you are trying to do away with taxes on Guns, Groceries, Income... And now, you have passed a statement to the Government reminding of the 10th Amendment. DARING it to cross CONTRARY TO THE CONSTITUTION....Telling it how WRONG the Feds have been....



I am so proud of you. And not just you, Oklahoma - but all of you 5. I know they are just words on paper, but its the first step. If the Federal Government continues to mistreat you, may you 5 put some bite in your words. May you tell the Gov't to shove it - to take a flying leap - to kiss your Seceding Republic butts goodbye....



Oklahoma - continue to cling to your God and your Guns - I will back you up...after all, you are home!

13 comments:

Alyssa said...

Jennifer, I really like to read your commentary. And as a Texan myself, I have had those same feelings about Oklahoma. Thanks for showing me that there are other great states out there.

Anonymous said...

good article, little girl, and don't forget that washington state gave us starbucks which i will be eternally grateful. :-)

Husted said...

A few years back I thought it was time for a change. . .so we moved to Michigan. I made it about six (6) weeks before I was sending resumes back to Oklahoma. Thank you Jesus for getting us back here!

As much as it pains me to say, Texas does have the best history in the nation. Unfortunately, that fair state has become overrun with illegal aliens.

And you *better* have fallen in love with Sonic (hello happy hour!) and Braums!

Stop it. . .you're making my eyes water. Those poor suckers from other states just don't know any better.

Michelle said...

I too have struggled with embracing what Oklahoma has to offer. I arrived here from the Pacific NW in 1992. Only in recent years have I grown to love Oklahoma. One of the things I cherish most is the strong influence of Christianity in this "Great State of Oklahoma", something lacking in the PNW. I appreciated all the other things you mentioned as well!

Mayberry said...

It pains me that my beloved Texas wasn't first in line with these other great states... You mean they DON'T have Texas history in 7th grade everywhere? Ha ha.....

Anonymous said...

What about my home State of Illinois where we have the best politicians money can buy?!

SED

Bustednuckles said...

Thanks for the heads up!
I live in Washington and had not heard a thing about this.
Good for us!

The Hermit said...

Don't forget Georgia. Colonel Fanin was a Georgian, as were most of his troops. The county next to mine is named for him. We had a part in the Texas revolution.

But now the tables are turned, and the Hispanics have taken over Georgia.

Michael said...

I was born and raised in OK. Many of my friends and family have moved away to the far reaches of the world to seek adventure. I never really thought that any other place would have as much to offer. Most of those friends seem disappointed with their results.

FarmerMechanic said...

I thought Texas was a county unto itself?? Jabs aside the Alamo I have to admit was/is pretty dam cool.. No love for Colorado? Have you seen our "Purple Mountains Majesty"? Now if we could stop the immigrating Californians from coming here we would really have something Heh..
I tip my hat to your love of Texas as everyone should have pride in their state.

Anonymous said...

Pearls

I've been thinking of buying a piece of rural land in NE Oklahoma. I have friends in Gentry AR, and would like to have a piece of land far from the asylum of The Peoples' Republic of Maryland, where I am now. Got a first class retreat in western Virginny, but I'm thinking much more long term and having a place inside a possible new country after the revolution might be useful.

Any thoughts?

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

Here is probably more information that you wanted to know :)

Pros:

Republican house/senate for the first time in state history and will probably have a repub goverenor next time elections are held - they have some pent up resentment and are trying to flex it by lowering taxes and getting on this states' rights kick, but are being vetoed by the boob currently in the governor's mansion.

they are also trying to pass a voter id bill which will keep things fairer.

we are a conceal carry state and they are pretty easy to get with a class and a little fee.

it is cheap to live here and gas is some of the cheapest in the country.

our economy is still good - slowing, but good.

people are NICE and generally mind their own business but are willing to help and we work hard.

there are some great schools both public and private.

land is cheap and so are construction costs. all but 2 counties in the state are "self evaluated" in regards to building codes so if you like it, thats fine :)

CONS:

state income tax and they tax groceries also

some people here are idiots :)



In regards to land - stay away from land near the Texas panhandle and you will be just fine. The land there is cheap, but not much to look at. Most anything EAST of I35 is beautiful with trees, hills, rocks, wildlife. Wildlife consists of deer, turkey, black bear, mountain lion, and all the other little critters :) We even have bald eagles.

The area you are talking about would be good as would the SE part of the state.

We have a gate on our property that is absolutely beautiful, but has a big circle star in the middle and the joke in the family is that when Texas marches north, they will see that we are friendlies. Its only partly a joke :)

One last thing - I had always heard that Wyoming was beautiful and it is, on the edges, but a few summers ago we were driving through the middle and it was awful. All I could think was I wanted to be back home on our land with its just downright beauty. Then I could believe I actually thought that :)

If there is anything else specific you would like to know, ask. I dont too often run short on words.

Sue said...

Stumbled onto your blog tonight and enjoyed rummaging around. I'm a currently a Missourian but was born and raised in Texas. My husband and I both have great, great...grandparents who died defending the Alamo - Travis was one. Our daughter was born in Missouri and always felt so slighted, hearing the way we talk of Texas with such love. When she was 7, we had to perform a mock ceremony to make her a "Texan". It was pretty elaborate with a certificate and all. She always says, "I was born in Missouri, but I'm from Texas." Oh yeah, and for me,it was Mr. Tanner for 7th grade Texas history, at Edison Junior High School, in Port Arthur, Texas.