19 Reasons Why Texans Have So Much Pride

19 Reasons Why Texans Have So Much Pride

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Pride runs deep for the residents of the Lone Star State, and we have plenty of good reasons! Just to name a few, here are 19 reasons why Texans have so much pride.

1. Blue Bell ice cream.

Even after its first major recall in 2015, Texans still attacked store shelves when the brand returned. That’s true love.

2. The Astrodome.

The Astrodome opened in Houston in 1965. It was the first domed stadium in the world!

3. Tex-Mex food.

Created by Tejanos, Tex-Mex cuisine is an amazing combination of American and Mexican food. Some of the most well-known dishes include fajitas and Texas-style chili con carne.

4. Bluebonnets.

If you have not witnessed the beauty that is Texas’ state flower, you’re missing out. Every spring, millions of bluebonnets line highways throughout Texas, making for quite a scenic road trip.

5. Dr. Pepper.

I'm pretty sure the only thing that screams Texan more than sweet tea is a Dr Pepper.

6. "Houston" was the first word broadcast from the Moon.

Neil Armstrong called Houston…from the moon!

7. Whataburger.

It's the best fast food chain ever, no questions asked.

8. Willie Nelson.

Of course an American icon like Willie Nelson would come from Texas.

9. The AT&T Stadium.

Formerly known as the Cowboys Stadium, and occasionally referred to as "Jerry’s World,” the AT&T Stadium is the third largest stadium in the NFL, with a maximum capacity of 105,000. After opening in the year 2009, it was recognized for the world’s largest HD video display. Since then, it has been surpassed, but it still holds the fourth-largest display screen in the world. Everything is bigger in Texas!

10. The Texas State Fair.

Fried food, fried food everywhere.

11. Austin.

It's home to the world's best BBQ and declared the music capital of the country.

12. Selena.

It should be said that Selena will remain in the hearts of Texans forever.

13. "Friday Night Lights."

You've never seen a Texan more passionate than at a high school football game.

14. San Antonio.

It’s well known for its rich, colonial heritage, its history, and the landmark River Walk. Here, you’ve got it all!

15. Buc-ee's.

The chain isn't not just proud of its bathrooms, it's Texas proud!

16. Beyoncé.

The queen is from Texas, so we win.

17. Schlitterbahn.

Texas is also home to some of the best water parks in the country. How else would we survive the Texas heat?

18. We really do say y'all.

19. There's a reason they say everything is bigger and better.

Texas is the second largest and most populous state in the U.S.

Why would you want to live anywhere else?

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

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Famous 48 In Scottsdale, AZ Is Making A Comeback

Famous 48, known for its Arizona local comfort food and alcohol, will open on February 12, 2019.

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Scottsdale is gaining a new and impressive sports bar a few miles North of Old Town Scottsdale. Famous 48 promises a casual vibe, comfort food and a sanctuary for guests who enjoy locally made craft beer and sports.

Formerly located in Old Town Scottsdale, Famous 48 is moving eight miles north to The Shops Gainey Village, a mall that currently houses locally owned shops and restaurants.

The new location is convenient for shoppers and residents of the area who like to enjoy a relaxing, hospitable restaurant experience.

This particular sports grill is set aside from others because of its love for Arizona, its residents and innovative food and serving styles.

The eatery possesses a unique and creative menu that includes many American and Arizona dishes. From waffle-pressed macaroni and cheese to crispy southwest egg rolls, the traditionally made food is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Other popular picks on the menu include baby back ribs (pictured below), fish-n-chips and the skillet cookie.

Along with artisan foods, Famous 48 also offers an extensive list of innovative craft cocktails, beer and wine -many of which are local to Arizona.

Cocktails such as the Fashioned48, Prickly Pear Mojito and the Red Rock Sunset all feature a taste of the valley as they include ingredients that are home-grown and made locally.

The new interior of the 4,500 square-foot building is an ideal atmosphere for sports-lovers and families. It will include horseshoe-shaped booths, a comfortable bar, and 36 TVs.

The climate in Arizona is great for outdoor dining, and Famous 48 uses the sunny weather to its benefit. Seating is available inside and outside and includes an indoor/outdoor bar.

The interesting name, "Famous 48," is suiting for the establishment because Arizona was the 48th state to be admitted into the Union on Feb. 14, 1912. Arizona's culture is reflected in the design of the building, the menu and the sunny vibe that the restaurant strives to create.

The restaurant is owned by the company Square One Concepts along with other familiar eateries like Bourbon & Bones, Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers and Wasted Grain.

Founder and CEO S. Barrett Rinzler has been named "2017 Restaurateur of the Year."

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