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How to Spot a Texan in Calgary

A lot of Texans come up to Alberta for business, and some even end up staying. Here's a tongue-in-cheek guide to spotting them

Nov 3, 2014

by Alberta Venture Staff

A lot of people refer to Alberta as the Texas of Canada, and with a lot of Texans blending in quite well in places like Calgary, maybe there’s something to that. As you read in “North by Southwest,” plenty of Texans have begun to call Alberta home.

So, how do you spot a Texan? Here’s our tongue-in-cheek guide:

1) You see the letters “ATM” on their car, desk or personal affects – and no, it has nothing to do with a fondness on their part for the convenient withdrawal of cash.

2) They appear to be making a hand gesture that suggests they’re rocking out, yet they are not in a rock-friendly environment. That hand gesture is the “hook ‘em horns” salute that fans and alumni of the University of Texas at Austin use, not the sign of the devil that Black Sabbath’s Ronny James Dio invented. If you want to get really technical about, the difference is all in the placement of the thumb.

3) Two words: concealed carry.

4) They know the staff at your nearest BBQ joint on a first-name basis.

5) They have a copy of Texas Monthly in their office. What, you thought we’d pass up a golden opportunity to promote magazines?


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