If you read the daily announcements, you’ll see something there Thursday about celebrating “Go Texan” Day at UTMB this year, on Friday, Feb. 29.
If you like the idea—and I understand we did it years ago and it was very popular—the credit goes to Mrs. Teri Wenglein-Callender. The Callenders are Texas people, so I’m sure they’ll set a good example. I’m from Florida. We do have cowboys—but except for that stint during Urban Cowboy, people there typically don’t wear cowboy boots, Stetsons, or chaps to work. So this was new to me; I’m ashamed to admit the only boots I own are made of rubber, even after all these years in Texas. I knew I needed a little help from real Texans. I started asking for some ideas for ways to celebrate the event at UTMB. The ideas have run the gamut, from just “dressing the part” (which sounds like the route many places take), to renting a mechanical bull, hosting a BBQ contest, setting up a petting zoo, parking a steer out in the grassy knoll in front of John Sealy Hospital, getting a country western band, or hosting line dancing or costume contests.
I’m guessing I’m not going to get away with just tying a bandana around my neck. If you have any ideas about things that might be fun (and simple enough to pull together in a week) drop me a note.