PLEASE DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR HOUSTON
WE ARE AS TOUGH AS TEXANS SHOULD BE
There might be a few misconceptions being floated around the nation that Texas is underwater. In fact, I’ve even seen a “new” map of Texas with the Gulf of Mexico reaching into the Southeastern part of this great state and touching the outskirts of Dallas.
Let me reassure you now, especially those of you who are under the impression that Texas is soon to join Atlantis at the bottom of a lot of water, that we are still standing tall. Regardless of where you came from, if you are in Texas, you are therefore Texas-proud.
Texas-proud knows no limits. We know no boundaries as to what we can do. Boundaries and limits are for those who think that the line of acceptability is the ultimate goal. Texans go beyond what is expected by others, and achieve whatever their minds can conceive. Thank you Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone (both adoptive Texans).
Let’s have fun with this. Let’s assume that everyone is correct (except us Texans) and that a large portion of Texas has gone underwater for good wiping out Houston, Austin and the Tri-Cities (Beaumont/Orange/Port Arthur). What would this mean to surviving Texans, after all we do know how to make a good thing come from a bad thing.
Firstly, Dallas and San Antonio all of a sudden would experience a tourist boom for those who want access to a large city and its amenities plus close access to beaches! Abilene, also a coastal city, would experience a boom in population and tourism. The southern part of Texas, between the Texas Sea and Mexico, would be likened to an American version of Italy with the Texan Hill County overlooking the western shores of the Texas Sea. In between the American Italy and Abilene would be the great oil producing Texas Panhandle, no longer a desolate and dry region, but one full of life and farmland!
Unfortunately, we lost both major universities. So, Texas A&M would move whatever materials they could save and create a campus at Corpus Christi. The University of Texas would move its salvageable campus to Dallas.
Traveling by plane between San Antonio and New Orleans you would fly over the great remnant of the city of Houston with her tall buildings sticking out of the water like a modern metal Easter Island.
Texas would not lose population as one would imagine, but gain some due to new arable land, beach front property that didn’t exist before May 1st and cooler climates due to Texas Sea air meeting with the cooler moist air from the north.
Texas would not be the only beneficiary of a population boom. Oklahoma and her two major cities, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, would be a mere four hour drive to the Texas Sea coast. Back to reality... The Texas Sea, the new beach front property, major college location shifts and all that is just a dream, a ‘what if’ scenario that will never happen. So what do Texans do when it floods? We help each other, that’s what we do. We don’t need the government’s FEMA or Jade Helm 15 to teach Texans how to survive. We’ve been doing well and teaching others these skills for the last 150 years. Texans hurt together, strive together and win together. After all, isn’t that the reason most of New Orleans came here after Katrina?