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Do people from CO not like people from TX?

post #1 of 89
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I went skiing in CO last year and when people (locals) asked where i was from and said TX, alot of people were kinda like, Oh and gave me a little bit of a look. Now i have only been in TX for 3 years and i was born, raised and went to college in Louisiana. I started to tell people i was from Louisiana and i got much friendlier replies, along with what the hell are you doing skiing. haha.

Also i have nothing against people from CO, i thought they were pretty nice, i just thought it was a funny observation.
post #2 of 89
 the stereotypical Texan that visits Colorado for skiing is usually a jeans wearing, football jersey sporting gaper. but that's just a stereotype. the stereotype also has said Texans being really loud, obnoxious, and generally not considerate of others (i.e. walking on peoples skis, talking loudly and obnoxiously in lift lines, etc.). the stereotype also goes on to paint a picture of Texas skiers as not being very good on the slopes (i.e. lots of yardsales). 

if it makes you feel any better, Texans get a bad rep in New Mexico, too (they tend to frequent Taos).

i would say the disdain for Texans is akin to the disdain for the stereotypical New York or Chicago skier (jeans, bright orange wool hat, Starter jacket, rental gear, rear entry boots, and not a very good sense of balance).

again, keep in mind that these are STEREOTYPES that have been cultivated over years and years. 

sure a large number of Texas skiers may actually fit the stereotype, but i'm sure that there's a fair number of Texans out there that don't (although i've never run into them!)

the bottomline is that every region that has a strong local scene (Colorado, Utah, Tahoe, Whistler, Bend, Mt. Hood, and others) will have some stereotypical gaper ideal that they talk trash about. just so happens that Texas is the one for Colorado.

to put it in another light, during W's presidency i visited Iceland. one evening i overheard a couple of guys from San Diego (there was a big, international music festival in Rekjavik) lamenting how they were getting the evil eye everywhere they went because they were American (Europe on a whole had a rather strong disdain for W and his foreign policies). I heard them say that they were gonna start telling everyone they were from Vancouver since it's one of the few regions of Canada that doesn't have a distinct accent). you noticed a similar change in who people responded to you when you switched from saying you were from Texas to you were from Louisiana.
post #3 of 89
When I hear someone is from Tejas I am immediately a little suspicious.

I used to do a fair amount of motorcycle touring.  Once we were in Vail and had our bikes parked on the street.  As we walked back to our bikes after lunch we noticed one of those giant dualie pickups, with Texas plates, trying to wedge into a space by the bikes. They came really close to our machines and finally get the thing parked.  As we are suiting up to get on the bikes this little elderly, bow legged lady gets out of the truck; jeans are about 2 sizes to small with frontal camel toe,  pointed toed endanged species boots and a big white hat.  She looks at us and and says: "Your lucky I didn't run right over them THAAANGS" and struts off.

About a month later me and the same riding partner are parked at the little gas station in Ned.  Another big Texas plated Dualie comes swinging through the parking lot and due to an almost non existent turn radius,again comes really close to our bikes.  As the truck goes by this old fellow, with a big white hat, hangs his head out the window and says "Almost ran  over them THAANGS".  My buddy and I just look at each other and bust out laughing knowing that we are both thinking...WTF is up with these people?

Riding up the lift with a couple strangers one day I noticed a young couple having a conversation about NCAA track and field.  I asked them if they had been to the Big 12 conference championship on the CU campus.  The guy immediately started ragging on the event saying it should never be held there again because of the tremendous advantage CU had because of the altitude. CU won the event and  when I started pointing out the numerous world caliber stars on the X-country team he immediately lost interest in the conversation and revealed he was an UT Alum.  But he made it clear he was no longer interested in any conversation with me.

Frankly the jaded "Everything is bigger and better in Texas" does not sit well with me.

Having said that; I work closely with a person almost everyday who is from Dallas and a UT alum and he is a very meek, mild mannered professional and we get along just fine.

I just have to remind myself when I meet a Texan that I first must give them a chance and not blurt out:

I THINK THEY SHOULD GIVE THE ENTIRE STATE BACK TO MEXICO!
post #4 of 89
Thread Starter 
FWIW im not really keen on texas either.
post #5 of 89
their money is very welcome there......... I love Texans on powder days especailly if it's below 20 degrees and its low light, they seem to magically dispear from the mountain.......
post #6 of 89
I catch the stereotype assumptions on just about every trip.  For the most part I don't fit the stereotypes.  I have several friends that work on various mountains that are locals and they have been told ahead of time to keep me from doing anything overly stupid.  lol

Random people that I meet on the mountain can't tell where I'm from so I guess it works to an extent.  Like George Lopez says "Blend in!"  Unlike most "Texans" I'm here because of work and when something opens up back home, I'm gone!"
It might help that I hate sports (very untexan) and can't hold an ncaa conversation if I tried.
I can however totally get the stereotypes.  Though they can make me just as mad around spring break and Christmas.  We get some really good laughs at the lodges watching the people dressed in university starter gear from head to toe.

I do love how the place empties on bad weather and/or powder days.  hehe
 


Now my truck on the other hand......it screems stereotype, but it's my magic carpet.  It takes me anywhere and everywhere I'd possibly want to go.  At least it's not a 3/4 ton diesel.
post #7 of 89
How bout dem Cowboys?

I was born in Oklahoma, and returned there to do my undergrad after living in Minnesota thru most of grade school and high school.  I returned to Oklahoma to do my undergrad work and was indoctrinated to be a first class Texas Hater.  I lived lots of places, skied many better ones,  but eventually found myself working in Texas in the mid 90s having to jump on board for a few Superbowls.  That was kinda cool actually.  However, at all the OU Texas games I still wore my Sooner colors,  even while attending graduate school in the UT system.  On the few ski trips I did take out west while living in Texas I NEVER made it public. knowledge while skiing that I resided in Texas.  Although, it would be kind of fun to tell someone I was a Texan after I finished smoking them down a bump run.  Something tells me it might have been even worse telling them I was an Okie!




post #8 of 89
Most people from Texas are dumber than a sack of hammers.  Truth!
post #9 of 89
Tell the folks in Colorado the truth, your from Louisiana. 

Just about everybody love Cajuns.
post #10 of 89
Mostly it's because people are lacking a sense of humor.
post #11 of 89
 Only two things come out of Texas...
post #12 of 89
.... and you don't look much like a steer. 

post #13 of 89
 I like Texans!
post #14 of 89

Unfortunately some Texans do live up the sterotype (i.e loud, obnoxious and self-centered).

True story: About 1985 and I am in Paris on vacation with my parents. We take a tour around the city in a typical tour bus. Now on this bus is a family from Texas. How do we know this? The father has a white tee-shirt on that says on the front in big red block letters "I (heart) TEXAS"

 

I need to add that this was August 15th, which is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a national holiday in France and therefore most, if not all attractions and restaurants were closed. However, most tourists and our favorite texans were unaware of this fact.

When the tour ends, but before the bus empties, the guide advises everyone of the holiday and that their dining options would be very limited. All of a sudden this man stands up, he appeared to be 6'2"ish and in a loud Texas twang/drawl, I don't know what you call it, exclaims, "Well don't these damn people know that we gotta eat? And what the hell do they expect us to do for the rest of the day?"

He proceeded to continue to rant to his family as most on the bus looked at him like he was a mental patient. The tour guide had a look of astonishment that defied description. This a scene I will never forget. This episode scarred me for life.
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Anyway I was curious about the Texan skiing sterotype after reading ski slang and seeing all of the negative references. They are pretty funny. Let's be honest most sterotypes develop, at least in part, based upon fact.

post #15 of 89
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Originally Posted by WhatsSnow View Post

I went skiing in CO last year and when people (locals) asked where i was from and said TX, alot of people were kinda like, Oh and gave me a little bit of a look.


WhatsSnow,

If God had intended Texans to ski, He would have made bullshit white.
post #16 of 89
They're still upset in Colorado about Texans because a Texan founded Vail.  It also freaks out the Utards that a Texan founded Snowbird.  Texans who travel tend to have lots of money, and I mean lots of money, and they're not afraid to let that be known.  That's rubs the less fortunate folks in Colorado the wrong way.  Also, Texans have tended to buy lots of real estate in Colorado.  But if you think Texans are bad, just wait until you get Californicated.  They won't even pretend to love you the next morning.
post #17 of 89
I was at Steamboat a couple of years ago in the midst of a Texan assault, and let's just say the number of synapses firing at any given time was far less than would be normal in a typical human gathering.

After about the 5th "we're from Texas" exclamation (followed by the obligatory "yes, I can tell" response), they descended upon the upper lodge, where again, the number of "yahoos" was more than should be heard in a lifetime.

I should probably check the Houston and Dallas ski club schedules to know when and where NOT to go on a holiday.
post #18 of 89
Texans have the annoying habit of coming to Colorado every chance they get, and always talking about how great Texas is.  They are here in the summer because Texas is too hot, and in the winter because it is flat and has no snow.  If they would just admit that Texas actually sucks, maybe we'd accept them a little better.
post #19 of 89
Did anybody else see that ABC TV program where they sent actors to France to pretend to be obnoxious Texans on vacation?  They had them wearing Cowboys jerseys that said Bush and number 2004 on the back of them.  They were waling around an outdoor cafe asking other people if they could try stuff on their plates

"Garsowon"!!  Garsowon!!!!!"

post #20 of 89
I'm not sure whats worse,hauling around a "SPIT CUP", letting it dribble down your chin,or just leaving brown spots all over the mountain
post #21 of 89
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

Texans have the annoying habit of coming to Colorado every chance they get, and always talking about how great Texas is.  They are here in the summer because Texas is too hot, and in the winter because it is flat and has no snow.  If they would just admit that Texas actually sucks, maybe we'd accept them a little better.

Q. Why is it so windy in New Mexico?

A. Because Texas sucks and Arizona blows.

(just a joke, not political or social commentary)

Not everyone in CO dislikes Texans. Many of us appreciate the visitors from the Lone Star state.

There are idiots from everywhere, they just aren't as identifiable as Texans. When people stop labeling each other, this world will be a much friendlier place.
Edited by MastersRacer - 11/21/09 at 8:36am
post #22 of 89
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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post

Tell the folks in Colorado the truth, your from Louisiana. 

Just about everybody love Cajuns.



People from CO. are way smarter than that.  They have this uncanny ability to smell out a Texan, even before they talk!!!!  

Come on guys and girls they ain't that bad; in fact, I find them very entertaining in a special way.  Everyone should be a Texan every now and then!  I'll admit it, I enjoy riding the lifts with them in NM.  They find my accent sorta strange.  Once rode a lift with Troy Aikman....good guy!
post #23 of 89
I was at Telluride a couple seasons ago, hopped on 9 with a gal with a fancy coat. She was skiing alone but was there with her husband and kids, from San Antonio. We had a nice conversation, then she said something about me skiing in jeans.

I look a little closer at her jacket and start laughing..."You're making fun of my jeans...how much did that jacket cost?

She says..."$5000.00"



I nearly fell off the chair, I was laughing so hard. Five thousand dollar jacket lady is making a little fun of ME because I was skiing in jeans. The Jeep I drove there in, and all my ski gear cost less than her jacket. She laughed too.

So, she wants to ski with me. I head to 14 and we ski Little Rose....

She was a brave gal, did real well and never gave up. I had a nice time skiing with her for several hours.

I live in Texas, I'm from California.
post #24 of 89
How about them Rangers

The Texas Rangers are one of three Major League franchises to have never played in a World Series.   

Most Texans think that Texas should be its own country.    I am all for that. 
post #25 of 89
Man you guys make people from Colorado look bad. Nobody from any state really likes Texans. People from Colorado are just exposed more to Texans so they are much more aware of their dislike for Texans.
post #26 of 89
Spent about 6 months in the Dallas area a few years ago.  It was amazing how many 'Texans' were from somewhere else (sort of like resort country), especially those in Dallas and Houston.  It was really astounding how many of the imported Texans had accents.  Even a lot of the 'Texas' hero's were from someplace else.  I am proud to call some Texans friends.

Maybe 'Texan' is more about attitude than geography.
post #27 of 89
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Originally Posted by Snowfan View Post

. We had a nice conversation, then she said something about me skiing in jeans.

I look a little closer at her jacket and start laughing..."You're making fun of my jeans...how much did that jacket cost?

Do you normally ski in jeans?
post #28 of 89
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Originally Posted by manchester81 View Post




Do you normally ski in jeans?
 


That was the one and only time...the crotch blew out in my fartbag so I skied in jeans.

Just kidding, I don't recall why I was skiing in jeans.
post #29 of 89
It happens...

On my first day of the season a couple years back I pulled into the parking lot, stepped out of the car and realized I had forgotten to put on or even bring my ski pants.

Novembers in Alberta are cold though, so I rented a pair.
post #30 of 89
This is the best thread ever; LOL.  You guys haven't lived till you've been on a mexican dive boat full of Texans working Cozumel or Cancun.
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