Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Some things I've observed

Texas. Everything's bigger in Texas. Blah blah blah...

Ok, some things are just weird. Why is it Austin is so enviromentally conscious, yet many many many local places to eat use good old fashioned white styrofoam cups? Go to the food courts, the sub shops, etc. But this isn't the only double standard, no siree. Much like LA (and I'm not talking about Louisiana) Austin is full of environazis. This isn't entirely bad. Except many drive gas swilling El Grande SUVs, and worse, they complain about the gas prices, traffic, etc. What I find very troubling is the fact that these two cities have very little in the way of mass transit. Commuter rail? Who needs safe, efficient worry free travel? They'd rather just cut each other off and kill a few innocent people on the highway, especially if it may impact their conversation on the phone about the latest Britney Spears video.

Yes, Austin is in the process of building a commuter rail line, thank god, but you'd have thought this would have been done 15 years ago. Now that the big issue is addressed, let's go to a very unique TX thing.

I've noticed that too many vehicles have these decal type things on them. Not so bad yet, even I have a USA cycling sticker awaiting to be slapped on the back of my car. However, these decals are in the shape of a football, baseball, etc. Underneath them they'll have a name and number. That's right folks, now when I'm behind a Suburban I know that Kaylee is #23 in softball, Kile is #71 in football, and Lukey is #40 in football.

I know parents are proud of their kids, mine were even proud of me according to their attorney, but WTF? If these kids are at the height of their lives, then I can see it, especially if they end up robbing 7-11 stores and fathering 5 different mullet haired ignoramuses by 4 mothers. But what is this all about? Soon we'll have decals stating all the sports each child does, SAT scores, first masturbation dates and periods, when will it end?

Is this just a Texas thing or is it prevalent in other parts of the nation? I've never seen it from Indiana to Maine down to Georgia. Someone tell me it's a passing fad that decal makers started when sales slumped of the Support (whatever) ribbons. In ten years I'll be seeing Kile # 69 in the Texas Penile basebal league...

6 comments:

Lisa said...

Well, in my drive from Austin to (so far) northern Illinois, I haven't seen those decals anywhere but Austin.

I'm surprised the parents do it, because you would think it would be a safety issue. Or is that outdated? About ten years back or so, teams stopped putting kids' names on their jerseys because it made it easier for pedaphiles to con the kids---they could just call out their names from their jerseys and then convince them that they are old family friends. Putting the kids' names on the family car essentially does the same thing. You have the child's name, jersey number, and school (because the decals usually include the school name or the mascot).

Tom Stormcrowe said...

My favorite Texas thing is "O'll take a Coke"

"What kind?"

" Make it the Dr Pepper kind"

::GRIN::

Capybaras United said...

Wacky fun. Sounds like a quest to escape anonymity, by broadcasting their passions. But bragging about being #50 in the little leagues is ridiculous.

Bearette24 said...

too funny. i didn't notice the decals in austin but i guess i wasn't there long enough ;)

Lora said...

I honestly think of Austin being more full of conservationist meaning that they want things to look pretty. Hence no billboards, which I like.

I'm with Lisa on those name things. I've never seen them elsewhere and, frankly, in this day and age of overprotective parents they seem like a huge contradiction.

Leah said...

I've never seen those decals up in these parts...but the people in the hood aren't really so into their kids. My neighbors are just thrilled if their kids aren't whipping knives out on the playground...

And I wish there were more environazis around by the way. Did you know Austin is one of the most sutainable green cities in the US?