24 Sure Signs You Grew Up In Houston, Texas

24 Sure Signs You Grew Up In Houston, Texas

Like H-town in the summer time, I keep it 100.

H-town, Screwston, Clutch City... Houston truly is a place like no other. Not everyone understands the pride associated with being a Houstonian, but this city undoubtedly is an incredible place to grow up. Here are 24 signs you grew up in Houston:

1. Your southern hospitality goes out the window when driving.

2. You’ve never had a good hair day thanks to the humidity.

3. A trip to the Galleria isn’t complete without seeing someone in a Quinceañera dress.

4. You only go to NASA when your out of state relatives come to visit.

5. Saying somewhere "isn’t far” could mean it's anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes away.

6. You could recognize Mattress Mack’s voice anywhere.

7. Your middle school hangouts included Edwards Greenway Plaza and Memorial City Mall.

8. Speaking of middle school: Rich’s Teen Nights… why just why.

9. You said an extra prayer for your football team whenever they played Katy.

10. You went to Cane's or Whata after Friday night football games.

11. It’s hard for you to say any other name than Astros when singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

12. They’re called feeder roads.

13. You’ve spent a good portion of your life stuck in traffic.

14. “Do y’all want queso to start off?” The answer is always yes.

15. Being called a 281er is almost as bad as being from Dallas.

16. Rodeo season is the best season.

17. Your favorite part of the rodeo: Mutton Bustin’.

18. Scratch that, it’s probably the fried Oreos (or fried anything).

19. You went to Phobia with your high school love interest.

20. .... And if it lasted, probably Zoo Lights too.

21. Christmas traditions included Nutcracker at the Houston Ballet.

22. FPSF was your reason for getting through finals and the best way to start off summer… mud and 100 degrees and all.

23. You hate mosquitos almost as much as you hate Dallas.

24. You can’t imagine growing up anywhere else.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Horseback Riding Might Seem Like An Individual Sport, But It's All About Teamwork

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Riding horses on a team seems a little weird. How can you compete on horseback and still be considered a team? After all, many people think the horse does all the work, but that's a different discussion. The thing about riding is, no matter who your human teammates are, you must also work with your non-human teammates, who are well over 10 times your size.

The fact of the matter is that when you are on a collegiate riding team, every single ride counts, from EVERY SINGLE person. Even if it isn't the winning ride, those few points can make the difference.

When I showed as a junior rider, I was in the sport for myself and my horse — I didn't care about others. It seemed like my horse was my only teammate. Winning was the most important aspect of my life.

Of course, I wanted my friends to do well, but I always desired to be on top, just like any competitive athlete. I craved to be the best. It was an addiction and also a downfall. It is human nature to want to win whether it be individually or in a group, but it can also cause someone to become too competitive and fanatic about solely wanting to win, rather than doing something that you love.

Yet, something changes as you enter with a team, especially at the collegiate level. You begin to realize the importance of teamwork, friendship, and passion.

Your self-perception changes, it's no longer just about you. You want to win as a whole. You want your teammates to be by your side, helping to make that win possible on every end. The truth is, you cannot achieve your goals without your teammates, and it's not fun without their support and friendship.

Riding horses in college taught me the most important lesson: it's all about MY team. This team comes first, and in order to achieve our goals as a group, we all must put in the work, build friendships, and be fired up with passion. After all, "teamwork makes the dream work."

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