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almo 1
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:35:19 AM
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Hello there.

Here is the context:



"I was a native son and legal resident of Texas; however, for the past year I’d been working in Geneva on leave from my job at Boulder’s well-regarded think tank, The Institute for Cultural Studies, which I headed. While serving in Boulder, I’d learned the truth of the old statement: ‘When good Texans die they go to Colorado.’
I was gratified by my return to the university, for I found its students refreshing, even though some of the brightest seemed to come from up north. The best football players, however, enrolled at Texas, and that’s what mattered."

(Texas by James A. Michener)








Does anybody know the background story or suggestion behind the old statement?




Thanks
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 3:42:18 AM

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Hi!

Being British (neither from Texas nor Colorado), I'm guessing a bit.
Maybe we'll get a more 'educated' reply.

The "Facts on File Dictionary" defines it as "an old Colorado saying mentioned in Texas by James A. Michener" - which is not very helpful.

I did find a couple of discussions like this thread on Yelp, which give some ideas.
It seems to be an American 'legend' that people from CO dislike Texans (more than everyone dislikes Texans).
The reasons seem to be the usual (stereotype) ones:
They constantly shout (or speak at FULL volume) unnecessarily. Their speech is usually crude and obnoxious.
They go on holiday outside Texas, then spend the whole time saying how bad the place is compared to Texas.
Being arrogant and aggressive - particularly when driving.
Thinking they know how to drive on snowy mountain roads (when they don't).
Thinking they know how to ski and snow-board better than the locals (when they don't).
Complaining about the size of food-portions (when all Texans are already too fat).

So - I guess that people from Colorado feel that Colorado is 'heaven' compared to Texas.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
almo 1
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:42:52 AM
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Thank you Drag0nspeaker.

I could not find the old saying on the web.
It may well be a fake old saying.

Anyway all I know about Colorado is Rocky Mountain High,
John Denver and cannabis tourism.



Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:16:47 AM

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Maybe someone from the USA will come in with an answer later in the day (it's still morning there, I think).

The only actual mention of it that I found was the 'phrase dictionary' which simply said that it was in the book 'Texas'.
I think you may well be right - as a 'saying', it doesn't really exist and it's fake.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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