I spent all afternoon on Saturday watching the NFL Draft's final four rounds.
Real estate blog Estately.com has proven, incontrovertably, something that we all already knew was true: Texans like tacos more than anybody else likes tacos.
In a post on Estately called "The Most/Least Taco-Crazed Cities In America," the blog analyzed the fifty largest cities in the U.S. to determine which cities loved tacos the most, and which city residents were content to drive through a Taco Bell. The methodology is perhaps a bit suspect, but quantifying taco love is an inherently subjective enterprise, and we'll give them some credit for at least revealing how they came up with the list:
To determine the level of taco enthusiasm in the largest 50 U.S. cities, Estately looked at three things.
- Percentage of each city’s restaurants serving tacos (souce: Yelp)
- Percentage of Facebook users in each city expressing interest in tacos (source: Facebook)
- Level of internet searches related to tacos (source: Google Trends)
We'll take just a moment here to savor a string of words like "level of Internet searches related to tacos," but then continue on with the list, in which each of the top five cities are right here in Texas—with seldom-remarked-upon Arlington taking the number one spot.
Behind Arlington, the list includes Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, while Houston clocks in at #9 (tied with Los Angeles)—behind taco-mad non-Texan cities like Long Beach, Oklahoma City, and San Diego. El Paso—the final Texas entry in the top fifty—lands at #15.
Stop us if this sounds familiar: An armed group in a Texas city, semi-automatic rifles strapped across their backs, descended on a place where you don't typically see a bunch of large guns, scaring the hell out of the people who caught a glimpse of them. It's no wonder that some people thought that perhaps the armed group might be up to no good—only to learn that the group was just exercising their right to carry a long-arm firearm openly in public in the state of Texas.
This latest example of the growing trend occurred at a Fort Worth Jack In The Box location. As NBC DFW reports:
An email from Sgt. Ray Bush, with the Fort Worth Police Department, said Jack in the Box employees at the South Freeway location on Sycamore School Road, were scared about the armed men protesting outside of the restaurant.
“They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them,” the email stated. “The demonstration had no signage that would have alerted anyone to their real purpose, and to our knowledge they did not attempt to contact anyone in the Fort Worth Police Department to advise us prior to the demonstration.”
Fort Worth police responded to the situation as if it was a robbery.
The response from the Open Carry advocates who marched on the Jack In The Box also followed the established pattern for these things: A lot of talking about how they felt like the police were treating them like criminals, and reminding reporters at the scene that they do have the right to carry their weapons openly in Texas.
We learned last year that Lance fatigue is a real thing for people in Texas, especially those in Austin, who went through the entire roller coaster of emotions as Lance went from an inspirational hero to a disgraced doper.