By Robin Cole
"The solar shot in the course of the threatening typhoon clouds, making golden the road sooner than me. I crossed the country line?it used to be a magical experience?my hair obtained immense, I bought my accessory again, I laughed out loud, and that i used to be BORN back TEXAN!"
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Extra resources for Born Again Texan!: A Newcomer's Guide to Texas
Without exception the people whom I meet and talk with are all characters, particularly the ones who have been born and reared in this state. I seldom do my interviews by telephone. I like looking a person in the eye. You will discover something about this person that will never be captured from a telephone interview. Maybe it's the smell of bacon frying in the background or the way a person looks you in the eyemost Texans look you in the eye. Regardless, a personal interview adds strength and truth to a writer's story.
It is important that you learn these signals and be ready to respond in kind. The one-finger salute. " The two-finger half wave. " The full hand wave. "Hi, ol' buddy. " Forget what you have been taught about four-way stop rules. It doesn't matter if you are on the right, turning, or going straight, if you are female, you go first. Just smile and look at the other drivers, and one of the men will wave you on. Rules be damned. Page 26 The fastest driver has the right of way. If you are suddenly approached from the rear by a vehicle that appears to be fixin' to mount your trunk, the unwritten law says move over onto the shoulder and drive there until the dust clears or you run into a mailbox.
My grandfather had six front names, so his brothers always teased him that he must be triplets. " The boys get that "y" gene you know. So you have your Traci and Tracey, Casie and Casey, and Jerri and Jerry. But "ie"s can be either. You following me so far? Texas men love to have children named after themboys or girls. The feminizing of traditional men's names means you'll be meeting Claudene, Bobbette, Earlene, Willamena, Alane, Elmera, Norvella, Thedisa, and Ozella (named for her daddy, Ozelle).