Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Texan bits

Today is a dead day that all of you job hunters will very well understand. No phone calls, no emails, no feedback, no response whatsoever to the applications I have been making for the past few days. Eh?
So for now, just waiting for my research start date.


I'm beginning to remember my dreams again! Last night I dreamt that someone nice, not sure who...someone who looked at me sideways with a nice smile...asked me to sing a song. I sang something which in the dream I knew, but I don't actually recognise it now.
I ought to build a small repertoire, just in case I am ever asked! LOL

Vanessa sent me a funny email entitled "Things I have learned as a Texan". Here are a few of the best bits:

There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Texas, plus a few no one has ever seen before.

If it grows, it will stick you. If it crawls, it will bite you! [Yes, and if it flies it will chase you!]

In West Texas the wind blows at 90 mph from Oct 2 till June 25; then it stops totally until October 2.

"Coldbeer" is one word.

People actually grow and eat okra.

Green grass DOES burn.

"Fix-in-to" is one word. [The year before I moved back to London, I started using that word...then I knew it was time to get out!]

"Sweetened ice tea" is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you are two. [And then I started drinking this without complaining...]

"Jeet?" is actually a phrase meaning, "Did you eat?"

You measure distance in minutes. [Exactly! 10 mins from one end of The Woodlands to the other.]

You can switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

All four seasons are: Almost summer, summer, still summer and Christmas.

You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chili weather.

I'd love a good bowl of chili right about now, with some monterey jack cheese and tortilla chips crumbled on top, with a dash of Tabasco. (What the Brits don't know is that real chili does not contain kidney beans.)
Yep, every now and then I remember I'm a naturalised Texan ;)


Anonymous said...

Why no kidney beans? And why crumble up the tortilla chips? Is a naturalised Texan a Mexican then ;-)

And hey, remember, good ole Blighty was one of the very few countries to recognise the Independent Republic of Texas (check out the sign near Berry Bors & Rudd on St James if you want some proof).

Anonymous said...

Well, phone them up then!!!!!

Olivia said...

You know what? I knew that ;) There was a Texan Embassy there in 1845 which had quite good relations with the Court of St James's.

A naturalised Texan is a
Well, sometimes they use pinto beans, which are much softer and easier to eat.
You crumble the chips so you can pick them up with the chili in a spoon.

And the blighters don't always provide phone numbers...

*sigh* Any more questions???

Jia Li said...

ooh, I like the new pic...and Pinto Beans...what r they?

Anonymous said...

Oh, this place is looking fancy now!!! Very nice!!
I thought you might post this on your blog. Did i tell you that your mom had send it to me.
So, you miss the tex-mex food, eh? I'll be sure to have a bowl of chilli for you.


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