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2009-09-09 03:27:10
The first encounter I ever had with a Texan was in a fancy New York restaurant where I was having lunch. At the other end of the room, a middle-aged gentleman (who looked suspiciously like Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson in his younger days) kept looking at me and smiling, in a very pleasant and nice way. After he had finished his lunch, he walked to my table, tipped his white stetson, and said in a very broad Texan accent (which I won't even try to imitate): "Ma'am, you look pretty as a speckled pup", bowed, and exited. - Some years after that incident, I flew from Florida to Houston to buy cowboy boots, stayed one night and flew back. - So what the heck do I know about Texans? ;-)
2009-09-08 02:12:53
Hell..them ain't jokes..that stuffs all true..except for that part about lunch...not many people in Texas or the Rural South eat lunch...there's breakfast, dinner, and of these days I'll explain why that is....
2009-09-08 01:33:21
I know Patito is from Texas because .... He has both a dog and a brother-in-law named Bud. He knows from experience that rattlesnake meat tastes like chicken. He can tell a rock from an armadillo at 300 yards. He says Onced and Twiced are good words and Coldbeer is one word. He measures distance in minutes. To him, finding and returning lost sheep isn't just a parable. If my cell phone rings while a bunch of doves is coming in, he WILL shoot it out of my hand; I’d better hope I don't have it up to my ear at the time. He knows someone who ate the 72 oz steak and got it for free. He hangs ornaments and tinsel on a tumbleweed and uses it as a Christmas tree. The Blue Book value on his truck goes up and down depending on how much gas it has in it. To him, the word dinner is confusing: There’s only lunch and then there’s supper. He knows that asphalt has a liquid state. He doesn’t have an ocean, he has a Gulf. A Scottish farmer was in his field digging up his potatoes. A Texan man/tourist looked over the fence and said: "In Texas we grow potatoes five times larger than that!" The Scotsman replied: "Och, but we just grow them for our own mouths, son!"
2009-09-07 23:42:35
Nothing is really 'wrong' with this pic -but it seems to lack any center of interest - looks like it is the top left hand corner of a larger pic ..which might have better composition and treatment of the subject. Just my opinion..
2009-09-07 17:21:33
It sounds like "sisu" is something we could all use a little more of.
2009-09-07 16:19:29
"Funny and sweet", you say... hmmm, I'd say you've met the exceptions to the rule. We are generally classed as taciturn, serious, dull, drunkards, stupid… at least if you ask Swedes whom we love to hate, and vice versa. ;-) Seriously, the essence of the character of the Finns can be summed up in a word "sisu". Sisu is more of a concept than something solid and the best way to describe it is quiet determination, the strength to face adversity head on, to not give up, to quietly go about ones business in trying times. We used sisu to fight the Winter War and the Continuation War against the Mighty Eastern Bear, and kept our independence…. that’s no small feat.
2009-09-07 16:02:57
Poppy: I would love to see Finland someday. The Finnish people I've known have all been funny and sweet. Besides, I've already been to Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Gilleys: Thanks for the nice words. I think if people choose to vote negatively (rather than just ignore what they don't like) that says more about them than my apparently crappy photo.
2009-09-07 15:00:01
Austin sky? We have skies like that in Finland also. ;-) Come & see.
2009-09-07 14:06:30
I don't know. I still like it. I think negative voting is mean. There are worse pictures than this on here but I wouldn't give them a negative rating.
2009-09-07 11:07:26
Some fairly decent photos get voted down here, Gilley, and negative votes don't mean there is neccessarily anything 'wrong' with a picture...but if you want some insight, go to the 'most popular' or 'random best' sections, have a look at those photos, and compare them to the one above...
2009-09-07 08:30:13
I don't understand. What's wrong with this pictures?