H-Town or Houston, Texas is my birthplace and I love this city. On the other hand, sometimes Houston is misunderstood by outsiders. Moreover, they think of it as southern redneck city. A place where racism exists just because it was once part of the confederacy. I can assure you that these are myths and falsehoods. Houston is likely the country’s most diverse and unique city. Are you ready to learn about H-Town?
First, in H-Town aka Houston there are over one hundred and forty-five languages spoken in the city. The only two cities with more languages spoken are New York City and Los Angeles. Due to the amount of languages spoken in H-Town we have a very diverse culture. Hence there are over thirteen major religions represented here including Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The best part is that all of these religions truly coexist in peace with each other in this great city.
In addition, Houston it truly an international city with more consulates than in other city except Washington DC and New York City. Total consulates or foreign countries represented officially in H-Town is currently stands at ninety-two.
And with all of our international flair comes with it the great cuisines of the world. If you have a favorite dish or type of food it is more than likely you can get it in H-Town. Houston is represented with over ten thousand restaurants and over seventy countries and ethnic cuisines in addition to all the American regional food-types. Moreover, Houstonians take advantage of this culinary heaven and eat out more times per week than any city in the country.
Like sports we have those too including professional football, basketball, and the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros. Rumor also has it that Houston should be getting a NHL Hockey franchise soon. Mix that in with lots of local college sports that include the University of Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls. Houston is also home to the world’s first domed stadium, the Astrodome. A little know fact about our diversity is that more professional athletes from other teams live in Houston than any other city. That dispels the racism myth.
Some things do follow the stereotype though in a good way. H-Town does have the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show, which is the largest rodeo in the world. It is great organization that is run all by 31,000 volunteers. In addition, this past year they gave away over $26,000,000 in scholarship money to over 750 students.
When it comes to commerce H-Town has it all. Houston is home to the world’s largest medical center, the Texas Medical Center. Houston is also the energy capital of the world with the headquarters for many of the world’s largest energy companies located here. The Port of Houston receives more foreign tonnage than any port in the nation. It is also the second largest port in the nation when combining foreign and domestic tonnage.
Culture – we’ve got that too! Houston has over one hundred fifty museums and cultural centers. The “Museum District” area of Houston is home to nineteen differetn museums itself. Houston is also second in the nation in theater seats with only New York City having more. Furthermore, Houston has its’ own ballet, orchestra, and opera.
Don’t be fooled by the myths and stereotypes – Houston has something for everyone!
Cary Michael Cox
Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is living proof that big things do come in small packages. He stands only 5’6″ but plays like a giant on the baseball diamond. He has been a mainstay on the Houston Astros for seven years now. He and one of Houston’s other Al-Star players Carlos Correa form the best Double-Play combo in all of Major League Baseball.
It’s been a magical year for both Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros. The Astros won three consecutive elimination games against the most-storied programs in baseball history. They beat the Boston Red Sox in Game Three to win the Division Championship. Then they beat the New York Yankees in Game Seven to win the League Series Championship. Finally, they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road in Game Seven to win the World Series. It was the Houston Astros first ever championship.
Jose Altuve from day one of Spring Training to the final out on that early November night in Los Angeles was a huge part of the Houston Astros success in becoming World Series Champions. He said, “When I got to that first Spring Training day, it felt different, I knew this was going to be our year to win the World Series.”
He did his part to make sure those words came true. He had league leading .346 batting average. He stole 32 bases. He had 24 home runs and 81 runs batted in, along with 204 hits. Moreover, he stayed on fire during the playoffs. In those seventeen games he hit for a .310 batting average and that was against the best pitchers n baseball. He also had 7 home runs, 14 runs batted in, 2 stolen bases, and scored 14 runs.
Jose Altuve was justly rewarded yesterday, by winning in a landslide victory, being named the 2017 American League Most Valuable Player!
Yes the shortest man in baseball, who came from Venezuela, and was cut from his first major league tryout – the man that put the City of Houston, ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, on his back and carried them to a World Series Championship. He has earned what the fans kept chanting during the playoffs – MVP! MVP!
Congratulations Jose Altuve! You have forever endured yourself with the heart of Houston.
Cary Michael Cox
The Houston Astros won the World Series and the hearts of Houstonians. Like any championship series in sports the Houston Astros and the Los Angles Dodgers were evenly matched. The Los Angles Dodgers of the National League finished the regular season with a league-leading one-hundred and three games won. On the other hCArand, the Houston Astros had won one-hundred and one games themselves.
Los Angeles had made it through the playoffs not even challenged. Houston though faced an elimination game in bot the Division-Series Championship, and again in the League Series Championship. Moreover, Houston had beaten the most two-storied franchises in the American League – the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
So if both team were evenly matched what propelled Houston to victory? Simply they had something more inside to play for than the Dodgers. Remember the City of Houston had been recently struck by the worst and most costly natural-disaster in the history of the United States.
We’ve seen it happen over and over in the world of sports. A city is devastated by a tragedy and one of their sports teams goes on to win the title. They have a special purpose that the other team fortunately didn’t have to endure.
After September 11th 2001 it was the New York Yankees that went on to win the World Series. Then in August of 2005 Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans. That same year the New Orleans Saints go on to win their first ever Super Bowl. Finally, in April of 2013 there is a terrorist-bombing during the Boston Marathon. That year the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series Title in 2013 not having won it since 1918.
Now it was Houston’s turn! The Astros put the city on their back when they needed the most. They won three elimination games against the biggest names in baseball: New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. And on a beautiful November night in Los Angeles the Astros brought a World Series Championship to Houston!
Cary Michael Cox
Sam Houston on this day in history October 22nd, 1836 was sworn in as the first President of The Republic of Texas. People forget that Texas is the only state that was previously its’ own independent nation. They also forget that Sam Houston was instrumental in both creating and governing The Republic of Texas. Most just know him as the man for which the nation’s fourth-largest city is named.
General Sam Houston is most famous for leading the Texan Army against General Santa Anna at “The Battle of San Jacinto”. It was at this battle that The Republic of Texas won its’ independence from Mexico. That battle was the shortest most decisive in history.
Furthermore, he was a leader and a statesman. These are the reasons that he was elected the first president of The Republic of Texas. There were five temporary capitols for Texas before Sam Houston moved it to Houston. The five other cities were Washington On The Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, and Columbia. The first, Washington on the Brazos is know as the “Cradle of Texas Independence”. The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed there. Eventually the second president of Texas moved the capitol to Austin, Texas.
Sam Houston was the only southern governor once Texas became a state to oppose secession from the union. That was a decision that costs him the governorship. It also shows why he was a great statesman as he was a man of principle. He was instrumental in the annexation of Texas and became the first United States Senator from the state.
Sam Houston has political experience from being the governor of Tennessee before moving to Texas. He is the only person to ever be governor of two states. In addition, he is the only person to be both a president of a nation and governor of a state.
Texans owe a lot of their course through history to Sam Houston.
Cary Michael Cox
The Battle of San Jacinto happened on this day April, 21st a hundred and eight-one years ago. The battle was between Texas and Mexico in Texas quest for independence. It was fought in San Jacinto, Texas which is about twenty-two miles outside of what is now know as Houston, Texas.
The Mexican Army was led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana. On the other side the Texas Army was led by General Sam Houston. Santa Anna had an Army with him of twelve hundred men that were fresh off a victory over the Texans at the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of Goliad. On the other hand, General Sam Houston had amassed an army of nine hundred men ready to avenge their losses to the Mexican Army. Santa Anna was known as a brutal dictator and had laid carnage to even women and children when fighting the Texans.
He was such an evil ruler that many of those that fought against him were citizens of Mexico known as Texicans. Even though the Texan Army was out-numbered they had several advantages going into the Battle of San Jacinto. First, they knew the lay of the land, it was familiar to them. On the other hand, it was foreign to the Mexican Army, and they established their camp in a vulnerable location. Moreover, the Mexican Army had been on a long march to get to San Jacinto. They were tired and weary. Lastly, the Texan Army was rested. They were also highly motivated by revenge along with their thirst for independence from Mexico.
Combining those factors when the Mexican Army took it’s afternoon siesta from their long March the Texans attacked at 4:30 PM. They charged the sleeping Mexican army with cries of “Remember The Alamo” & “Remember Goliad. Eighteen minutes later it was over. In what can be described as not only the shortest battle, but also the most decisive one as well.
The Texas Army in that short time had killed six hindered fifty Mexican soldiers and captured another three hundred. Moreover, the Texan Army only lost leven men with another thirty wounded in battle.
And that my friends is where the saying “Don’t Mess With Texas” evolved!
Don’t Mess With Texas