There are those who feel that here in West Texas, we're all about hard work and that our environment breeds a certain amount of seriousness and focus. We're toughened up by the fact that we are Texan, through and through. So where does our sense of humor come from?

I believe that the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. And then, let them get nutty, much like these frat bros who I encountered at Preston Smith International Aeropuerto last weekend.

I channeled my inner Ted Cruz and snuck out of town during the height of the cold snap. After retrieving my luggage, I noticed a group of 20-something dudes who were waiting for a "friend" off the same flight. They were smiling and laughing, and then I noticed the sign they were holding.

Let's just zoom in on that, shall we?

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Lance Ballance, Townsquare Media

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Now, before you start in saying that this is just a random photo I found on the Internet. I can assure you that this in fact did happen right here in Lubbock. It actually caught me of guard, since I've been in so many airports in my life, filled with humorless grumps who only care about rushing to their next flight or catching their Uber, these guys were quite noticeable. They were obviously enjoying the prank they were about to pull.

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I glanced at the sign and smiled, walked a few steps, and then turned around and asked if I could snap their picture. They immediately agreed, seemingly delighted in the fact that a member of the general public had clearly gotten a kick out of their sign -- which was exactly their intention, I'm sure. Other than embarrassing the bejeezus out of their fellow "bro," I'm fairly certain that was their ultimate goal.

So, yes, here in West Texas, we do carry the humor gene. It's alive and well and should be celebrated.

Oh, and if you know these guys, let's make them internet famous. They deserve it. Well, played, bros. I hope your friend is feeling better.


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