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Does Texas Have Its Own Language?

by Kay~Kacey on 1/13/2009

So we continued on our trip. (oh, and by the way, riding in a Cadillac is great fun. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel the same way about my rattly ‘ol Subaru ever again.)

We leave Houston…and see this…once again trying to figure out what it stands for? HOV. Houston BLANK BLANK. Really? They think “foreigners”, you know, like normal people from the midwest, will know this stuff?

hov lanes

Well, I thought my boys were bad when they were trying to come up with names for my kitties, Pink and Green. Ha! Those boys didn’t have anything on SuperGuy and I after two days of partying at the wedding. We had some awfully clever ideas on what HOV stood for. :secret:

So why can’t Texas spell things out like the rest of the country??

Or this one…


Okay, since we’ve established the F. M. was for farm to market… 🙄 Though, you know, there were no farms OR markets anywhere to be seen. What is R.M. Road to market?

I don’t think I could ever be an Texan… Honestly, does any other state have F. M. Roads??

Next we went to San Antonio and stayed with friends. Don’t ask me about what great sites we saw in San Antonio. We had a FANTASTIC time…and we saw the inside of numerous beer bottles and wonderful starry skies from hours and hours in their hot tub. I understand there are cool things to see there like The Alamo or The Riverwalk. Maybe next time…

I’ve know them for about 30 years, –they have all boys too– we so can relate. So sometimes a woman just needs to laugh, unwind, and tell stories about “You’ll never believe what this son did…” When we see each other the conversations start off right where we left them last time. “and then…” Do you have good friends like that? They are the best! Her house is all decorated so adorable–but I didn’t get any photos. Shocking, I know. But it has me motivated to keep going on redecorating our house when we get home. If we ever get home…

Then we headed across out to cross West Texas. To be continued…

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Flea January 13, 2009 at 7:53 am

You’re not serious, are you? HOV is High Occupancy Vehicles. One or more passengers (two or more people in a vehicle) can travel in that lane, encouraging car pooling. I hate to break it to ya, but HOV’s are all over the country, or at least the east coast.

susan arnold January 13, 2009 at 7:55 am


HOV = High Occupancy Vehicle, they have them in Denver and you’re supposed to have at least two people in the car or pay a toll to use them. Plus they use them for either north or south depending on the time of day!

iPost January 13, 2009 at 7:56 am

Looks like a fun trip! HOV is High Occupancy Vehicles. We have those lanes here too. You are only supposed to drive in those lanes during rush hour if you have (i think) three or more people in the vehicle. It is to support the idea of carpooling. Oh, and R.M…you were close…Ranch to Market road! 🙄

Amy January 13, 2009 at 7:59 am

I know all too well that HOV means High Occupancy Vehicles. There are days on the interstate I wish I could take my dog to justify two people in the car!

Oh, Kacey, you should have done the Riverwalk. It really is lovely. Maybe next time …

Mental P Mama January 13, 2009 at 8:13 am

Kacey–you need to get out more! HOV= High Occupancy Vehicles. They use that lane during rush hour so people carpooling can get in the fast lane;) By the way, you and SuperGuy qualify. So go get in the HOV lane and put the pedal to the metal!

Jacque Ruch January 13, 2009 at 8:28 am

I for one would have never guess HOV. I was going for something along the lines of hover craft?!? Go figure. Good luck on that texas drive to California. It is a long haul…did it last year…and 16 years before that. I am pretty sure I won’t do it again for another 16 :crazy2:

Kacey January 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

Well, we KNEW it was a carpool lane…which are called carpool lanes where I live and, you know, spelled out… CARPOOL LANE.

Ranch to market, huh?

TSannie January 13, 2009 at 8:59 am

One of my very best friends – going on 40+ years – lives in Kansas City and whenever we see or call each other, we just pick up like there’s been no time between calls/visits. It’s just wonderful.

Nancy in Atlanta January 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

I envy those single drivers who can use the HOV lanes outside rush hours – DC was like that when I lived there. But here in Atlanta, oh, no – the HOV lanes are 24/7!!! Get caught in one at 3am with no passenger and you’re dog meat. Ticketed. Fined! But I’m so used to it that when my daughter or sister visit I’ll be halfway to our destination before I remember that I have 2 people in the car and can sail along in the HOV lane!

Anyway, glad you’re having a caddyful time!!!

Suzanne January 13, 2009 at 10:41 am

You’d better get out of Texas before you get in trouble, LOL.

Starwoodgal January 13, 2009 at 11:10 am

Bwhahahahaha! You crack me up!

My husband and son in law are transplanted Texans and they always comment about “how much better the roads are in Texas!”

Tori Lennox January 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I knew, at one time, what HOV stood for, but I could not for the life of me remember when I read this! Sad.

And why wouldn’t there be Ranch to Market roads? It’s Texas! :rofl:

Amy A January 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Oh, HIgh Occupancy Vehicle lanes! I remember the first time I saw that sign in Oregon and I was confused. In California, they’re just called Carpool Lanes.

angie January 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Yeah, I can see you’ve been enlightened by the other comments. Being a Texan, in San Antonio actually, and raising all boys, I can relate to your post. But one rule here that might be different about those HOV’s – you cannot drive in them for a toll as a single person. Nope, you get a big fat ticket if you do. The HOV lanes are fairly new to Texas – Houston got’em first. Now the fastest way to get thru Houston: during rush hour on the HOV.

And we have both FM and RM’s everywhere here.

Kate January 13, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I see that everyone else has already informed you about High Occupancy lanes. We don’t have them much here in Maryland, but on the way to my son’s school down at UVa in Virginia, that’s where I learned of these lanes.
Yes! I have friends like that. We went to high school with the husband and have been friends since we were teenagers. They live in Biloxi now and he runs one of the casinos.
We need to take a road trip when my husband gets better . . .

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