1. You must learn to pronounce the city name. It is Hugh-stun, not How-stun .
2. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Houston has its own version of traffic rules.... Hold on and pray. There is no such thing as a dangerous high-speed chase in Houston. They all drive like that.
3. All directions start with, "Go down to Loop 610".... that has no beginning and no end.
4. The Chamber of Commerce calls getting through traffic a "Scenic Drive."
5. The morning rush hour is from 6:00 to 10:00. The evening rush hour is from 3:00 to 7:00. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday morning.
6. If you actually stop on a yellow light, you will be rear ended, cussed out and possibly shot.
7. When you are the first one off the starting line, count to five when the light turns green before going, to avoid getting into any cross-traffic's way. Of course, you will be honked at frequently.
8. Kuykendahl Road can ONLY be pronounced by a native.
9. Construction on I-10, I-45, US 59 and Loop 610 is a way of life and a permanent form of entertainment.
10. All unexplained sights are explained by the phrase, "Oh we must be in Pasadena!!!."
11. If someone actually has his turn signal on, it is probably a factory defect.
12. All old ladies with blue hair in pink Cadillac's have total
13. The minimum acceptable speed on Loop 610 is 85. Anything less is considered downright sissy.
14. The wrought iron on windows in east Houston is NOT ornamental.
15. Never honk at the driver of the car with the bumper sticker that says, "Keep honking, I'm reloading." In fact, don't honk at anyone.
16. If you are in the left lane, and only going 70 in a 60-mph zone, that's not a finger waving Hello to you as people pass.
17. The Sam Houston Toll road is our daily version of NASCAR.
18. If it's only 100 degrees, Thanksgiving must be next weekend.
Military Leader / Political Figure
Born: 2 March 1793
Died: 26 July 1863 (pneumonia)
Birthplace: Rockbridge County, Virginia
Best known as: Namesake of the city of Houston
Sam Houston was a flamboyant leader of Texas independence, the first president of the Republic of Texas and the namesake of the city of Houston. As a member of the U.S. Army, Houston was wounded in the War of 1812 (catching the eye of Andrew Jackson, who became a lifelong friend). Houston later became Tennessee's congressman (1823-28) and governor (1828-29). He resigned as governor suddenly in 1829 after the end of his short, unhappy marriage to Eliza Allen. He lived among the Cherokee Indians, then moved to Texas in 1832; when Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1836, he was made Major General of the Army of Texas. After the Mexican victory at The Alamo the same year, Houston led his troops to a decisive victory over Santa Ana at the Battle of San Jacinto.
An instant hero, he became president of the Republic of Texas. When Texas joined the United States in 1845, Houston became a senator and served three terms, the last ending in 1859. The same year he was elected Texas governor. In 1861, as Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president of the United States and the Civil War began, Texas seceded from the Union. Houston refused to pledge allegiance to the Confederate States of America and was discharged as governor. He died two years later in Huntsville, Texas.
Extra credit: As a boy in Tennessee, Houston left his family to live with Cherokees, and throughout his life he remained a friend to and advocate for the tribe... The Cherokees gave him the Indian name of "The Raven"... In 1832, after Congressman William Stanbery of Ohio denounced Houston in a public newspaper, Houston met Stanbery on the street and beat him with a cane... Houston is the only person to date to serve as governor of two different states.