It’s “Yeews-tun” damn it! Instructions in case you Visit!

Scary just how true most of these are. There is a longer version, but my mom just sent me this one tonight and I had to share!

1. First you must learn to pronounce the city name. It is YEEWS-TUN and it does not matter how people pronounce it in other places.
2. Houston has its own version of traffic rules. Never forget that downtown Houston is composed entirely of one way streets. The only way to get out of the center of town is to turn around and start over when you reach Dallas.
3. All directions start with, “Go down Westheimer”
4. Westheimer has no beginning and no end.
5. The 8:00am rush hour is from 6:30 to 9:30am.
The 5:00pm rush hour is from 3:30 to 6:30pm. Friday’s rush hour starts on Thursday morning.
6. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you cannot be from Houston.
7. Kuykendahl (kirk-ken-doll) Road can only be pronounced by a native, so do not attempt the phonetic pronunciation.
People will simply tilt their heads to the right and stare at you.
8. The falling of one snowflake causes all traffic to immediately cease.
Fortunately all schools, businesses and city government close when the word snow is mentioned.
9. Construction on the Gulf Freeway is a way of life, and a permanent form of entertainment.
10. Many bizarre sights can be explained simply by uttering the phrase, “Oh, we’re in Montrose!”
11. Construction crews aren’t doing their job properly unless they close down all lanes except one during rush hour.
12. If someone actually has their turn signal on, it was probably left on at the factory where the car was made.
13. Buying a Houston street map is a waste of money since the terminationor continuation of any street is entirely at the discretion of the Streets Department of the City.
14. Asking directions will help you get acquainted with the numerous recent residents. It will not be any help at all for finding the address you seek.
15. Houston natives are so rare that they are listed on the endangered species list. Even they can’t help with directions though, as most streets are still under construction and have recently changed names.
16. What you need to know when arriving at Bush Inter-continental Airport: Your arrival gate is at least 32 miles away from the Main Concourse of any terminal. Walking heels on your boots or walking shoes are advised.
17. Never honk your horn at another car in Houston traffic. The bumper sticker that reads,”Keep honking, I’m reloading” is considered a fair warning.
18. Exit and entry ramps on the freeway are just the recommended way of entering and exiting, feel free to exit at any grassy point you wish.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

5 replies on “It’s “Yeews-tun” damn it! Instructions in case you Visit!”

Personally, I think driving in Dallas is even worse, but it is probably because I don’t live there. As for Texas drivers – I wouldn’t drive the first 6 months after I returned from Germany because the people on FM 1960 terrified me that much! They are *insane*!!! Now that I am used to it again it is ok, but I still wish they would learn to drive better.

You wanna talk c-r-a-z-y? The 401 in Ontario. Speed limit is 100 km/h (62 mph) yet everyone does above that. What’s even scarier is the fact that if you’re going, say, 110 there are bound to be 18 wheel transport trucks passing you at like 140 km/h (86 mph). That’s crazy scary.

You’re so right on the money! Hey, I still call myself a Houston Native (though I cringe everytime I do)… after living here for more than 23 years, you’d think I want to move away AFTER I got married. Nope… I’m still right here and still within minutes from my parents’ house. Houston… you either love it or hate it. I still can’t decide.

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