A step closer to be real Texan

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A step closer to be real Texan

Postby HP Drifter » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:37 am

I spent a while in New Mexico as a youth. Some of my "friends" do not consider me a true Texan. They say my formative years were bent while in the Land of Enchantment. They have a whole list of things that a person must do to become a True Texan. The list is not for mixed company, but did have a chance to mark one thing off this past week. I finally ate at Mary's Cafe in Strawn and had a chickenfry. A small which I an sure disqualifies me for State admittance. But was delicious.
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby 51eleven » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:01 am

While they may call it that on the menu there is no such thing as a small CFS at Mary's. If I eat the whole thing with fixin's I'm stuffed. Believe it or not they used to be even bigger a few years back. I'd eat until I was full and still have enough for a sandwich a day or two later.
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby ol' gus » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:11 pm

I've fed 2.5 people on the large several times.
What makes a true Texan anyways? I was born in England over Texas soil that was dug up a stones throw from Mary's. What counts? Coaching 6man for a million years should count for a lot I'd guess. So...
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby HP Drifter » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:29 am

Gus, will see if my friends will share the list with you.
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby smokeyjoe53 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:40 am

I don't guess I'm a "real"Texan since I've never indulged in Miss Mary's cuisine......... I guess the heritage of paternal great-great-grandparents who settled in western Llano County in the early 1850's after arriving from Germany(that land is still family owned by the way) and maternal precedents who fought for Texas Independence don't mean squat when compared to eating fried meat and potatoes...............
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby HP Drifter » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:16 am

Smokey, may perhaps we will include you in any conversation that involves "True Texan"
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby smokeyjoe53 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:11 am

Wouldn't want to quash any of the true Texan's happiness. I forgot that my grandfather went up the trail on one of the last cattle drives as a 10 year old cooks helper or "Mary" as they were called........ so I guess maybe I qualify as having eaten at Mary's.............
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby HP Drifter » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:13 am

Tru that
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby HP Drifter » Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:24 pm

Well guess will have to make my next trip to Mary's when checking on ole gus, who has ridden off into the sunset.
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby 51eleven » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:26 am

smokeyjoe53 wrote:I don't guess I'm a "real"Texan since I've never indulged in Miss Mary's cuisine......... I guess the heritage of paternal great-great-grandparents who settled in western Llano County in the early 1850's after arriving from Germany(that land is still family owned by the way) and maternal precedents who fought for Texas Independence don't mean squat when compared to eating fried meat and potatoes...............


Having great-great grandparents who came to Palo Pinto County before it became a County in 1857 I don't think eating CFS at Mary's is a requirement for being a True Texan. But it does enhance the experience. Kind of like floatin' the Frio.
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby ol' gus » Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:54 pm

HP Drifter wrote:Well guess will have to make my next trip to Mary's when checking on ole gus, who has ridden off into the sunset.

While I was looking forward to finally getting to hang out with you today, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
I just wanted to take my vacation days and they said they'd give me all that plus anything else owed and I could leave when I wanted. I jumped on that deal and left that day. Sorry I couldn't say goodbye. I only told 2 people who I happened to see in the hall. Wasn't coming back next year anyway and I still have a wacky dream of doing some serious coaching somewhere someday.
So...speaking of Texas...the first thing I did upon my return is go to a real Texas legend called "The Smokestack" for their all u can eat catfish for 11 bucks! Bamm! True Texas history there in Thurber. Not fried up.
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby markf » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:00 pm

Never ate at Mary's,However have bought liquor in Mingus..thats a Texan
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby smokeyjoe53 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:36 pm

markf wrote:Never ate at Mary's,However have bought liquor in Mingus..thats a Texan

True story....... walked into a bar in Mingus and a dog growled at me.........
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby Little Doc » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:04 am

That was probably the old lady bartender.
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Re: A step closer to be real Texan

Postby oldfat&bald » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:50 am

I'm glad to see Ol' Gus still posting. That "ride off in the sunset" comment had me thinking he's taken the final trip.
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