Outlaw one day.
Law abiding citizen the next.
Yes it is possible, especially if you live here in Texas.
You see today you would get a ticket for revving up your engine and doing 85 down the highway. But tomorrow Texas raises its maximum speed limit to 85. The fastest of any state.
But the ability to put the petal to the metal isn't the only new thing a Texan can do tomorrow.
No siree. September 1st also marks the first day you can hop aboard a helicopter and legally shoot feral hogs from the air. I'm fairly ambivalent on this new law. Texas does have a hog problem, but it's not like the average Joe has the means to fly about popping a cap in Porky's ham. And I'm no fan of shooting animals and leaving them lay. Especially when we are talking about animals that contain lots of tasty bacon.
And still the new fangled fun doesn't stop because starting Mañana, a Texan can noodle without threat of fine.
Thanks to Animal Planets new show, Hillbilly Handfishing the "sport" of noodling is a bit more well known. For those in the dark noodling is the act of diving and or reaching under water to catch catfish, by hand. Now when you jab your hand into these unseen holes you really don't know if it will contain a water moccasin, snapping turtle or what.
Now I'm not sure how many states allow noodling but the activity is most commonly associated with Oklahoma and it goes against this Texan's grain to adopt any practice that was though up by, or heavily engaged by Okies.
Besides, I can afford a fishing pole.
And I've grown quite fond of all ten of my fingers.
And if a sport wants to be considered a sport it needs a better name than noodling. Are you listening Curling?
Actually now that I think about it noodling and curling sound as if they belong together. Like twigs and berries. Or frank and beans.
If hillbilly activities like noodling and shooting hogs from choppers (okay I admit the latter is for rich hillbillies but hillbillies none the less) catches on here in Texas I got a feeling more out-of-staters, or foreigners as we prefer to call them, will be happy to speed right through the state.