I'm right proud of the fact I was born and raised right here in this part of Texas.
If you study our geography we are midway between a whole lot of different regions on the Harris and Montgomery County borders. We sit between the coastal plains regions and the piney woods of East Texas. The beach isn't too far away and a good hunting trip is right at our back door. We have areas of rice fields, oil fields, vegetable fields, fields of grain and fields of game. We have timberland, farmland, city land and country land.
We have all of the conveniences any man could ask for. If we want to travel, we can go from desert to snow capped mountains and never leave the state. That makes me proud! Gold mines, salt mines, sugar cane, seafood, cattle, hogs and chickens are all part of our area. Top notch medical facilities, computer companies, the space industry, shipping ports, railroads and a lot of other industries make up this part of Texas.
Along with these great things that we have around ourselves we also possess a southern tradition like no other state can offer. Even though some things have occurred in recent history to alter our ways, we still believe in high school football, bonfires, rodeos, calf scrambles, little league baseball, pee wee football, softball games and church picnics, as they are all part of this great tradition.
Since some readers were born elsewhere, but got here to Texas as fast as they could, I wanted to educate you a little further on the ways of a southern gentleman and hope you can understand, because some of our traditions may seem strange to the rest of the world.
Now when you read these things I want you to add the following words in front of each statement “As a southern gentleman.” Read them out loud.
As a southern gentleman, I always take my hat or cap off when I enter a building. I believe that a baseball cap should not be worn sideways like Gomer Pyle unless I want to portray his level of intelligence. The bill should be shaped to let the water run off and block the sun. Always try to open the door for anyone who may be near the entrance at the same time I am and allow them to enter first. Always say thank you if someone holds the door open for me. Always remember to say yes ma'am, no ma'am, yes sir and no sir when speaking to someone else. Never call anyone by their first name, until I am given permission to do so or wait until they call me by my first name. Believe marriage is forever and love has to be nurtured. Would hunt to feed my family and kill to protect them. Believe a good hunting trip is not only about the game taken, but is also about hunting the game fairly. Do not believe guns and alcohol and cars and alcohol should be used at the same time. Believe that underwear should be worn as underwear and not as a fashion statement for outerwear. Believe that a cell phone should be used for talking, but not while driving or plowing a field and should certainly not be used when watching a movie or enjoying a football game. Believe that guns don't kill people and only people kill people and if they take away my guns then only outlaws will have guns. Believe that anything that I want to do I can do it better than anybody else, but I also understand I can't do all things. Believe barbecued brisket should not be served as gourmet foods and fish eggs are used for bait and not eating. Believe there are a lot of other things I believe in but am already tired of thinking about them!