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Friday, September 06, 2002

After my last few postings, I thought it was time for a funny distraction.

You might be from the Permian Basin IF...

This is one of those joke messages that gets forwarded around. I live in West Texas (Lubbock, to be exact), so I get most of it. If you’ve never been to this area, you might not. The Permian Basin includes Midland/Odessa—George W. Bush’s old stomping grounds. For more West Texas strangeness visit The Acorn, Texas Chamber of Commerce.

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You might be from the Permian Basin IF........

You consider the 15 minute drive from Greenwood to Midland as: "Going into town."

You've never met any celebrities (except the Gatlins!)

Your idea of a traffic jam is eight cars waiting to pass a camper on I-20.

"Vacation" means driving to Lubbock.

You've seen all the biggest bands------ten years after they were popular.

You measure distance in hours.

Your work or classes are sometimes canceled because of the snow, and voluntarily missed the next day because it reaches 90 degrees, which brings on the next point...

You 've had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day....crazy on the electric bill.

You see people wear tank tops at funerals.

You think of the major food groups as Taco Villa, beer, and cigarettes.

You carry jumper cables and a toolbox in your mother's car (and possibly bailing wire).

You only own 3 seasonings: salt, pepper, and hot sauce....velveeta may fall in this one also.

When it rains its the talk of the town for two days.

When it snows it's the talk of the area for two weeks, especially in 1993 when it snowed in April.

The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires 6 pages for high school football.

You think that quail and dove season is a national holiday.

You find 98 degrees "a little warm." And 60 degrees freezing.

You think the only seasons are hot, too darn hot, and winter.

You think that if the wind should ever stop blowing, everyone would fall down.

You know what it feels like to have sand in your, ears, and many other body parts.

You know if another person is from out of town the second they walk in the door.

You've had several friends move off and move back within a few of months.

You know someone that lives near a pumpjack.

You look forward to the Oil Show. And you pronounce it: "AAAAWWWWWL Show".

You have ever decorated a tumbleweed at Christmas.

Mesquite barbecue is no big deal (but any other kind is a real treat).

The thought of an 8-foot tall jack rabbit didn't scare you as a child... and you have a picture to prove it!

You dust your house, only to uncover MORE dust.

You can't believe the horned toad is an endangered species.

You ignore Tornado "Watches"

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For more West Texas strangeness, visit The Acorn, Texas Chamber of Commerce.