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WELCOME TO WEST TEXAS

Brandy Bell

So. BELL & Co.


Hi. You're not from around here huh? Recently moved here? Maybe visiting a relative? (Probably not.) Company transfer? Well, whatever the reason you landed here, WELCOME!


Let me help introduce you to this little piece of desert we call West Texas. Having moved here myself almost two decades ago I feel like I can give you a good perspective on your new transition. There are a few things that you should know to make your stay a bit easier.



Hi. You're not from around here huh? Recently moved here? Maybe visiting a relative? (Probably not.) Company transfer? Well, whatever the reason you landed here, WELCOME!

Let me help introduce you to this little piece of desert we call West Texas. Having moved here myself almost two decades ago I feel like I can give you a good perspective on your new transition. There are a few things that you should know to make your stay a bit easier.


1. First of all you have to learn to appreciate the desert beauty. It may be hard at first but it grows on you. But not the dust. It never grows on you. And there is NOTHING you can do to keep it out of your house. Accept defeat now, and know that you will regularly have to remove a fine layer of dust from every single surface in your home at least 13 to 14 times a week. But hey, we have great sunsets.


2. During a "Boom", the average wait for an oil change is 3 to 13 hours. Plan accordingly. Also, If you are going out to dinner, either go at 2 p.m. or 9 p.m. Anytime in between you should be prepared to bring reading material because your wait will be approximately 2 hours. Please do not get frustrated at the wait staff for this. They are just trying to make a living also. This also applies to grocery store lines, post office, and well just about everywhere basically.


3.  Our locals are kind, generous, insanely loyal, hospitable folks. You will not find better people anywhere in the country. A few may even call you Darlin' or Hun. But don't trespass, because....


4.  We believe in the second amendment.


5.  If you see a dust storm coming, TAKE COVER. Iraq ain't got nothin' on West Texas. And be prepared to clean at least 287 tumbleweeds out of your yard. Another weather warning... Always keep your car parked in the garage. We have ninja hail and you won't see it coming until it attacks.

Lastly- If it rains or snows do NOT leave your home. A nasty witch descends on the area during this time and places everyone under a spell so that they magically forget everything they ever learned about driving.


6. If you get an illness or lose a loved one, the troops will rally around you! And you will receive no less than 14 different variations on chicken spaghetti. Nom nom nom.


7.  Football. Oy Vey. Everyone knows how serious Texas football is. But nothing prepares you for the intensity that is West Texas football until you are exposed. 


8.  We have more fundraisers, charity events, and benefits per capita than any other region. It's like a 1 to 4 ratio. We're generous like that. (O.k. fine, I made those statistics up. But It's not too far of a stretch.)


9. Horny toads aren't actually horny. I think that's why they are becoming extinct. 

*OK correction. They're actually called horned lizards. That makes more sense.


10.  We stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, and those that are, or have served in the military. If you want to protest, we kindly suggest you do so in California.


11. We are not afraid to pray in public, in our schools, or at sporting events. If this makes you uncomfortable, just let us know. And we'll pray for you.


12. Rosa's is an institution. Good things happen there. Especially on Tuesdays.


13. I'm pretty sure Blue Bell, queso, brisket, and Whataburger make up the four basic food groups.


14. You will be asked if you have found a "Home Church" at least once a week. Don't assume it's because we think you are living like a heathen. We just really love us some Jesus.


15. Last but not least. When gas is cheap, we may not be as happy about it as the rest of the country. (The actual scientific term is - petro cranky.) Because basically, here in West Texas,  we are ALL in the oil business either directly or indirectly. And regardless of the negative press we receive, we are in fact helping to give life to our country and to the world in all kinds of amazing ways. And that's something I think we can all be proud of.



*If there is something you think I missed that our new friends should know, please feel free to comment. But let's keep it positive y'all I think there is enough negativity in the world.

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Random story: Shortly after moving here with my children from Coastal Carolina we were almost swept up in a tornado while driving down I 20. I literally had to swerve off the road. However as quickly as it touched down it disappeared. Next thing you know I'm being pulled over by a police officer. My heart was racing, the children were crying. I assumed he was checking on us and I was about to receive some much needed sympathy... and possibly a pat on the back for my courageous driving maneuvers. But he actually raised his voice and asked what the heck I thought I was doing. Dumbfounded I said, ummm... out running the tornado. He looked at me for about two minutes like I had lettuce growing out of my ears. Then with a very snarky tone, he announced that it was a Dust Devil. When I asked what a Dust Devil was, he gave me a loud lecture about weather, the wheelbase on my vehicle, George W. Bush, and it's possible he may have used the word Yankee as he walked away from the vehicle. (Which, hellooooo.... Carolina. Southern.) Anyways... basically I'm telling you all of this so that if you ever see a tornado it's probably not dangerous. So don't go off-roading.

                                                                                          Big Hugs and a Warm Welcome, 

                                                                                                                TTFN -Brandy Bell

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