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What does "Texas" mean to you?

Updated on February 13, 2016
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Fiona is based in SE Qld and is an enthusiast of all things art & crafty. She is currently studying her Diploma of Library/Info Services

In a free association test, what do you think when someone says: Texas

I'm an Aussie. At this point in time I haven't managed to travel to a country other than my own.

But when the "Get Cracking" page on Facebook challenged us to write a lens on the great State of Texas, USA, I thought, hey, why not?

I don't know a great deal about the real State of Texas, nor the United States of America as a whole. But they, like us in Australia, value the freedom of choice we enjoy today, and while we may not always see eye to eye on some issues, we stand together when it counts.

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I think... Texas Rangers!

Historical and Sporting

The original Texas Rangers were a law enforcement agency based out of Austin, but with state-wide authority and jurisdiction.

Depending on your opinion or information source, the Texas Rangers are said to have started in approximately 1823, and were formally constituted in 1835. They have traversed the journey of time, and are were in recent history incorporated into the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Blue, red and white help identify the other Texas Rangers - those of the Major League Baseball! They represent the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, and are members of the Western Division in the American League.

That about exhausts my knowledge on both counts!

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I think.... George W. Bush.

Ah, the 43rd President of the United States of America, and 46th Governor of Texas. Or, as I like to call him, George W. of the House Bush, second of his name.

To be honest, I don't know alot about George W. The public opinion of him was wide-ranging and variable here in Australia, and it would be my observation that the same was held around much the rest of the world.

International pop music artist P!nk wrote and performed a song called "Dear Mr President", a political commentary on the state of the nation at that time.

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I think.... the Battle of the Alamo!

Arguably the most famous conflict during the Texas revolution, the Battle of the Alamo has inspired movies, books, music, and legends in the 175 years since it occurred, from February 23 to March 6, 1836.

Originally a Roman Catholic mission for the education of converted American Indians, the building originally known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero is now a museum, and one of the most popular historical tourist attractions in the USA.

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I think.... NASA!

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mission Control Center is located in Houston, 4th largest city in the USA and the largest in the state of Texas. Mission Control - commonly referred to as Houston - is where all NASA's manned space flights are managed from, including the the US sections of the International Space Station.

I think... the Wild West!

Cowboys! Cowgirls! Indians! Clint Eastwood!

Yes, these are but a trifling few of the images conjured by the mind in relation the the Wild Wild West!

Spaghetti westerns, "yippees" (western short stories), and quite a collection of Mills and Boon publications probably have a lot to answer for when it comes to the modern perception of that pioneering time, where men were real men, and women swooned and were swept off their feet!

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      I have often heard people say that Australians are just like Texans or Texans are just like Australians if you would prefer. Haven't been there myself yet (Australia) but Kiwis are nothing like Texans.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      I think of bigggggg hats like the one I affectionately call my thinking hat, a western straw I've owned for 5 or so years. Great job on the Great state of TX!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      You did a good job on this subject and I like the selection. Top marks and featured on Quiz: Australia from its beginning

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I once lived in Texas for 10 years and you've hit some of the high notes. Texas is such a huge state, that it includes oil rigs, orange groves, sagebrush and huge cities like Houston, Dallas, San Antonio.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      George Bush no doubt. Though I must admit I've never been to the US or Texas.

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      MikLint 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! You thought a lot of things that came to my mind as well. (as a fellow foreigner).

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      Fiona Findlay 7 years ago from Queensland, Australia

      @aka-rms: Thanks, but I can't really take credit lol! Get Cracking with Robyn and Bonnie on FB started it :-)

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Fun topic!