~ you encounter the "Don't Slow Texas Down" sign and 75 mph speed limits.
~ everyone drives crazy (see above).
~ you can't read billboards because they're in Spanish only.
~ boots with shorts are common.
~ cowboy hats sit on dashboards of big ole pickup trucks.
~ HEB is the only grocery store in town.
~ you know and appreciate Buc-ee's.
~ the Texas lone star is a regular part of home decor.
~ dust. Just dust. And dirt. Everywhere.
~ squeaky bats are a welcome sight every evening cause you know they're eating those pesky mosquitos.
~ summertime goes from March through October.
~ it's a hundred degrees outside and people are saying, "Wow, this is cool year."
~ Sam Elliott-like voices and guitar music are called for in local commercials.
~ Country Legends radio station regularly boasts of their helping to give George Strait his start. (And aren't we all glad they did?!)
~ "Rain" is in the top 10 prayer requests at church.
~ you've sited coyotes, road runners, black widows, and scorpions. And a dead wild pig on the road. And longhorns.
~ Texas' flag is often flown higher than the American flag. Or just flies on its own. I've never seen a state flag so popular. It is a good looking flag, I'll give 'em that.