1. You did most of your grocery shopping at H-E-B.
3. Wacthing Don Francisco on Sábado Gigante was how you spent a good portion of your Saturday.
4. Far West in Dallas was prime time area for tribal music and the famous botas picudas.
6. …And at least three showers to get all the confetti out of your hair.
7. You couldn’t wait every Sunday for Johnny Canales to say “You got it, take it away!”
8. When Fiesta rolled around you already had your outfit planned out weeks in advance.
9. Whether it was to visit family, shop, or have some drinks going to “el otro lado” was a regular occurrence.
10. At least one person in your family was a die hard Cowboys fan.
12. There are copies of Intocable, Ramon Ayala, and Freddie Fender albums somewhere in your parent’s music collection.
13. And you have an old Chingo Bling CD laying around somewhere as well.
15. You will never forget Texas’s own Tejano superstar Selena.
16. And of course this infamous line from her movie.
17. You always suspected the Ford Lobo was a little bit better than the F-150.
18. You knew La Michoacana was the best damn meat market in the state.
19. To you there is no better smell then a mixed fajita skillet.
20. At some point in your life someone has hired a band to play “Las Mañanitas” outside your mom’s window on Mother’s Day.
21. You’re excited about the rising political careers of the Castro brothers.
22. At least one person in your friend group uses güey in every single sentence.
“Que estas haciendo güey?”
23. Forget the ice cream man. El Paletero was your summertime savior.
24. Breakfast for you wasn’t pancakes and eggs, but amazing gas station tacos.
25. Preparadas were one of the many creative ways to incorporate twice the amount of sweetness into your alcohol.
26. Raul Brindis y Pepito kept you entertained everyday on the way to work or school.
27. It wasn’t a kid’s birthday party unless it had a customized piñata.
28. You knew if you were in trouble you could always call Jim Adler “El Martillo Tejano”.
29. Whether it was a school field trip or with family, you’ve been to the Alamo at least once.
30. Football was always your favorite sport, and you started playing at an early age.
I mean, it is Texas after all.
So while cowboys and ranchers are a part of the Texas mystique…
Vaqueros and rancheros are a part of the Tejas mystique as well.
- At least 24 homes have been lost and one firefighter killed as dozens of wildfires continue to ravage drought-stricken California.