Monday, June 8, 2009

Opdagelser i Texas... Discoveries in Texas

Mads havde en "Jeff Foxworthy Redneck" kalender sidste år og han elskede at se på det hverdage at finde ud "hvordan at vide hvis du er en REDNECK". Som en "non-Redneck" Texan, hadede hans kalender fordi "i bag i mit hoved", vidste jeg mange ting på kalender var rigtige! Og vores tur i gennem Texas beviste at Rednecks "lever i bedste vel gående" i mit hjemland!


Mads had a Jeff Foxworthy Redneck calendar last year and he loved to look at it every day to find out "how to tell if you are a REDNECK". As a non-Redneck Texas, I hated that calendar because in the back of my mind, I knew that many things on it were true! And our trip through Texas last week proved that Rednecks are alive and well in my home state!



Vi kørte mange miles i 4 dage og så mange ting men det bedste del var ser Mads bliver spændt om tingene at jeg har set så ofte før. Han tog billeder langs med de Texas motorveje i den samme måde at jeg tager billeder i Danmark. Vi kørte fra Allen (nord Dallas) til Stephenville (for graduation) til Nederland (byen hvor jeg var født) til College Station (byen hvor Jess går på universitet) tilbage til Allen.....4 dage.....1050 miles..... 1689 kilometres.



We drove many miles in only four days and saw many things, but the best part was watching Mads get excited about the things that I have seen so many times before. He took pictures along the Texas highways the same way that I take them in Denmark. We drove from Allen (in north Dallas) to Stephenville (for graduation) to Nederland (the town where I was born) to College Station (the town where Jess is going to college) back to Allen....4 days....1050 miles....1689 kilometers.



Når du kigger på kortet, kan du se at vi kun kørte i midten af Texas så lad mig forklarer Texas´ storrelse sammenlignede til Danmark. Texas er 268,820 kvardrat miles (696,200 km2) og Danmark er 16640 kvardrat miles (43098 km2) så i vores 4 dage, var det samme såsom vi kørte tværs Danmark 4 1/2 gange!

When you look at the map, you can see that we only drove in the middle of Texas so let me explain the size of Texas as compared with Denmark. Texas is 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2) and Denmark is 16640 square miles (43098 km2) so in our 4 days, it is the same as if we drove across Denmark 4 1/2 times!

Nu.... Mads´ Redneck Opdagelser i Texas....
And now....Mads´ Redneck Discoveries in Texas....

Du er måske en redneck hvis du.....
You might be a redneck if.....

...du bor i "CUT & SHOOT , TEXAS"! Og ja....det er faktisk en by i Sydøst Texas!
....you live CUT & SHOOT, TEXAS! And yes, this is actually a town in SE Texas!

....du sælger ammunition fra bag af din pickup truck på en søndag eftermiddag!
.....you sell ammo from the bag of your pickup on a Sunday afternoon!
....eller værste....du sælger VÅBEN fra bag af din pickup truck på en søndag eftermiddag!
.....or worse... if you sell GUNS from the back of your pickup on a Sunday afternoon!


.....en halv af dit hus afleveres på lørdag og anden halv ankommer 2 dage senere!
.....one half of your house is delivered on Saturday and the other half comes 2 days later!

Mads opdaget mange andre ting så vi kørte syd og han kan nu forstå hvorfor vi siger at "Alting er større i Texas"!

Mads discovered many other things as we drove south and now he can understand why we say "Everything is bigger in Texas"!

Campingvogne i Danmark er små med en cykle bag dem....
Motor homes in Denmark are small with a bike behind them.....
...Vores statuer er større....
...Our statues are bigger....

...vores fængsler er større.... (og vi har MANGE!)
...our prisons are bigger....(and we have MANY!!)

...og vores trucks er større så vi kan bare vores hunde i bag af dem.... Mads var meget overrasket da han så dette!
...and our trucks are bigger so we can have our dogs in the back of them...Mads was so shocked when he saw this!
En speciel ting om Texas.... Alle laver dig føler "velkommen"!
One special thing about Texas...Everyone makes you feel welcomed!
Jeg fortæller ting om Texas som jeg er flov over... jeg fortæller ting om Texas som gør mig vred... og jeg fortæller ting om Texas som får alle til at grine fordi de kan ikke tro at de er rigtige...
Men uanset hvad... når nogen spørger mig hvor jeg kommer fra..... jeg siger altid "TEXAS" før jeg siger Amerika fordi jeg er stolt at være en Texan!!
I tell things about Texas that I am embarrassed about... I tell things about Texas that make me angry... and I tell things about Texas that make everyone laugh because they cannot believe they are true! But no matter what, when someone asks me where I am from... I always say "TEXAS" before I say America because I am proud to be a Texan!!

8 comments:

nettielouise said...

Wow...what a lot of great photos you captured along the highway!

But one tip...I'd be very careful of taking a picture of any man selling guns out of the back of his pick-up! LOL

Oh...and I get SO MAD when I see people with their dogs in the back of their pick-ups like that! I actually saw a dog jump out of one once going down Plano Pkwy! Fortunately, myself and the other cars were watching and did not hit the dog and the dog managed to hobble to the side of the road...but I was livid!

June said...

Loved the pictures. It reminds me of the time I was driving from Las Vegas to Yosemite. We crossed so many 'brothels'. At Death Valley there were little kiosks selling beef jerky. I went into one and he also had some small pistols for sale.
On my next visit to the states I hope to visit Austin and see for myself if everything really is bigger in texas :)

GutsyWriter said...

What an interesting post. I've never visited TX, but there was a time when we wanted to check out Austin. What do you think of Austin? I hear it's different than other cities in TX, mentality-wise.

'Babs' said...

We are proud of you too!

Thanks for the education, love the pics :)

the writer said...

OMG. You guys move houses like that? LOL Never saw that thing before. I have a friend who is currently living in Houston and she keeps amusing me with her stories

LadyFi said...

Oh goodness! I laughed and I gasped with horror at the same time... Gun selling from the back of a truck!!! I cannot get my mind round this one...

Rachel said...

Great post for comparing DK to TX through Mads' eyes... I liked the smaller motor home pulling a bike in DK! And I must admit some photos you are either sneaky or just brave to take. :-)

Cut & Shoot, made me wonder if there is a list of crazy city names for the US? or worldwide...

dgarciay said...

Cool photos! Mexia-isn't that where Anna Nicole Smith was from?