20 Signs You Grew Up In Plano, Texas

20 Signs You Grew Up In Plano, Texas

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P-Town. So many memories. The kids that are there can't wait to leave, and the ones who left can't wait to come back. Sure, we've all made fun of Plano for being the most boring city on Earth, but in our hearts, whether you're a wildcat, wolf, or panther, it'll always be home. Here are a few signs that you're from the greatest suburb in Texas.

1. You tell people you're from Dallas to make things easier.

After all, we are neighbors.

2. Whataburger is like a second home.

Nothing like an HBCB after some Friday night lights. Whether is noon or 3 a.m., you're sure to run into a familiar face.

3. Wuckfest is treated like a holiday.

You'd better be painted up and ready to cheer on your team. This is serious stuff.

4. You cried when Purple Cow closed down.

And have been searching for a new favorite milkshake ever since (and have yet to find one that compares).

5. You went on at least one field trip to Heritage Farmstead as a child.

And took great pleasure in having a day away from the classroom, even if the place was boring.

6. And at least four to the Outdoor Learning Center.

You always felt so BA when holding a giant snake.

7. You frequently shop at Stonebriar Mall.

Even though it's not in Plano, it's the best there is. Willow Bend is too expensive and Collin Creek...you'd never set foot in there.

8. You heard about the "riots" at Vines High School.

You either witnessed them, participated in them, or saw them on TV and were thankful that you didn't go there. Even though we all know that it was nothing but a bunch of rowdy kids, the entire Plano police force didn't seem to take it so lightly.

9. Every winter you bash PISD for being the last district to cancel schools on snow days.

...And praised Pete Delkus when he finally tweeted the good news.

10. The road construction is agonizing.

Even though school is only five minutes away, you'd better leave 20 minutes early to allow time for the seven detours you'll have to make.

11. You want to live at the Shops at Legacy.

And never fail to take a picture by the giant Christmas tree.

12. Speaking of Christmas, you always look at lights in Deerfield.

As a child, you were amazed at the insane amount of decorations and the house whose lights had their own radio station. Now, you think about how much it must cost...

13. And trick-or-treat on Canterbury.

And every year you're traumatized by the man with the chainsaw who runs after you.

14. You got a free ticket to the State Fair every year at school.

And never ended up using it.

15. You've been to the Plano Balloon Festival.

Or if you didn't want to get up that early, you'd just watch them float over your house later in the afternoon.

16. You still look for Chace Crawford wherever you go.

Plano isn't that big, he has to be around here somewhere...

17. People nearly pass out when you tell them your graduating class is over 1,000.

Oh, you graduated with 200? That's cute.

18. You've taken a class at Colin College.

College credit without an AP test? Sign me up.

19. YOU HATE ALLEN.

Plano Senior and Plano West might not agree on much, but one thing they do have in common is their hatred for Allen. So glad you spent millions of dollars on a stadium with cracks in it. Yes, please come use ours.

20. It's where you found your best friends.

Even if we're all over the country at college or (eww) in the real world, Plano brought us friends we'll never forget.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Being Busy Is A Blessing

Are you feeling thankful for your stress today?

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"Steady as a clock, busy as a bee, cheerful as a cricket." – Martha Washington

In American society, we pride ourselves on our busyness. How many projects we have to juggle at work, how many activities and hobbies we're involved in, how many events we have to prepare for. We love being busy.

Yet, seldom do we take a step back and realize how lucky we are to be so busy.

We love to boast, brag, and compare scars on how much stress we're under. Competitions over who got the least amount of sleep, who has the most deadlines, or who is involved in the most organizations. We complain about how exhausted we are, we sneer at those who have less on their plate than us, and we can't help but second-guess ourselves when we have a day free of any responsibilities.

Have you ever thought about how fortunate you are to be so busy? Think of all the stressors in your life currently – maybe it's school, work, family, romantic relationships. Think of what it is that is taking up so much of your time to make you so busy. In my case, that would be school. Final exams, deadlines, papers, and group projects are nearly swallowing me whole. I seldom talk about much else with my peers.

But, taking a step back from all the stress, I realize that I am so lucky to be so busy. I'm getting an education – something not everyone can say for themselves. I have a roof over my head, a bed to lie in, clothes to keep me warm, and food to nourish my body. On top of all my essentials being more than taken care of, I have the privilege of going to class every day and working towards a degree. How lucky I am to be stressed and busy.

This is not meant to make you feel guilty for the blessings in your life, nor to minimize your stress and anxiety. Your stress is still perfectly valid, especially as a college student. But, it can be rewarding and stress alleviating to take a minute and observe what it is you are stressed over. Grades, projects at work, spats with co-workers or friends, or missing deadlines are all temporary stressors. Those things will pass. Think of the relief you feel when you finally finish that one project. Or the free time that comes as a result of meeting that one deadline. Or even how happy and accomplished you may feel when you have so many healthy priorities filling your life.

Being busy is a blessing. It's not always fulfilling, and it's not always free of stress. But it is a privilege to have a life full of things to do and people to see.

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