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You Know You Live in Texas When…

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Texas is a distinctive place by all measures – our landscape, wildlife, cuisine, vernacular, lifestyle, entrepreneurial spirit and culture. And everything really is bigger here. You know you live in Texas when…

1. Feral hog hunting is a popular leisure activity.

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Group buying websites regularly offer local deals on multi-day, wild hog hunt packages. Or opt for a day hunt by air with Helibacon. The Bryan-based company takes clients on a helicopter and provides them with high-powered rifles for shooting these destructive critters – not only for the sporting aspect but also to help control the population. According to Helibacon, “Texas has 3 million wild hogs running rampant, causing $400 million in damage annually.”

2. The gas station is a good option for breakfast.

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In some small towns, it may be the only place to eat out in the morning. Mom-and-pop convenience stores often have commercial griddles and serve fresh breakfast tacos – tortillas, sometimes handmade on the spot, stuffed with your choice of scrambled eggs, potatoes, chorizo, brisket, beans, cheese and/or salsas. Stripes convenience stores and Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q, with locations all over Texas, also make respectable breakfast tacos – drop in to fill up both your belly and your gas tank.

3. Convenience stores are bigger than football fields.

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Buc-ee’s convenience stores and gas centers can be as large as 67,000 square feet, which is the size of the New Braunfels store on Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio. Twenty times the size of a 7-Eleven, this Buc-ee’s has 84 toilets, 60 gas pumps, 80 soda dispensers and 31 cash registers, according to a Sept. 2012 Wall Street Journal report. Every Buc-ee’s also features rows and rows of standard convenience store fare and sundries as well as an extensive selection of private-labeled beef jerky, candy, trail mixes, granola, pralines, jarred vegetables, preserves, homemade fudge and salsa.

4. Chicken fried food expands as a category and goes upscale.

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