Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Life in the Lone Star State

Howdy partners!! I felt this greeting was only appropriate considering what I'm about to talk about. Speaking of that, lets get right to it. It's hard to believe but as of tomorrow, October 15th, I've lived in Texas for exactly 2 1/2 years. Wow. At times it feels like it's flown by and at times it feels like I've been here forever. Regardless, my time here has been full of experiences... many memorable ones that I'm sure to look back on someday and smile about. I've had a lot of "firsts" since I've moved to the Lone Star State, which is to be expected since I'm an East Coast girl, born and bred. Believe me, those tourism ads you see on TV touting Texas as a "whole other country" aren't lying. To commemorate my time here thus far, I thought I'd share a few of snapshots of my life in the Lone Star State.

Since Moving to Texas I've...

  • Learned to two-step

  • Seen a massive buffalo run through the middle of a football field

  • Seen actual signs in store windows on Friday nights saying "Closed. Gone to Game."

  • Learned that there is a difference between dairy cows and meat cows... not all of them have spots

  • Realized the landscape is so flat here it's probable you could watch your dog run away for 3 days

  • Driven down the road and realized there are literally cows as far as the eye can see... I'm talking tens of thousands of them.

  • Came to the conclusion that those cows surely smell like something, and regardless of what you've heard, it's not money

  • Eaten sushi (and liked it!)

  • Had a very long conversation with an anonymous viewer trying to convince her that I was wearing a turtle neck on air because it's cold outside, not because I'm trying to hide a hickey

  • Been locked in a jail call (for a story - not in real life! But a little scary, nonetheless)

  • Interviewed a convicted murderer face-to-face

  • Gone goat roping. Was successful.

  • Played Chicken Bingo. Don't ask.

  • Realized that it's entirely possible to wear shorts in the morning but then by dinner time need to put on a winter coat and get out the snow shovel

  • Driven several miles in the snow so I could stand outside and tell people on live TV that the weather is awful, so it's best to stay indoors and off the roads. Ironic?

  • Been tased. Longest 5 seconds of my life. Not because I was in trouble, but believe it or not, just because I wanted to see how it felt. For the record - it doesn't feel good.

  • Learned to shoot a 12-gauge shotgun

  • Gotten a speeding ticket, written by a trooper wearing a 10 gallon hat and snakeskin cowboy boots

  • Figured out real quickly that when you order a "Coke" at a restaurant they're going to ask you what kind, and a perfectly acceptable answer is "Dr. Pepper"

  • Seen several horses standing still in parking spaces while their owners run inside Dairy Queen to get a "Coke", then come back out and ride them to their next destination

  • Ridden a tractor

  • Learned what sorghum is and the best season to plant it, along with when to plant wheat, cotton and corn.

  • Had a Texas-Sized good time.

Well, there you have it. I reckon I accomplished what I was fixin' to do... that would be to tell all y'all what it's like here out yonder.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Are you crazy? Please let me interview you.
This is the kind of person TV reporters like myself dream about meeting. Crazy as you've ever seen, but they make for fabulous television. While most people may spend time trying to avoid eye contact with people such as this woman, they are the kind of people I make a beeline for. Walking quickly... can't let them get away. And if I have to chase them for a few blocks, don't think I won't... It's worth the story glory in the end.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hola! Bonjour! Ciao! Aloha!

Well hello there!! Welcome to my blog. I'm so glad you stopped by. If you were stopping by to see me in real life, I would of course offer you something delicious to eat and drink... that would be the only polite thing to do, afterall. But since that's not the case, the least I can do is make you laugh. I'm a big believer of "If you can laugh at yourself, you'll never cease to be entertained." That said, I'm rarely ever bored... so I hope you can laugh with me and be entertained as well.