You Know You Are In Texas When …..

you meet with a justice system stakeholder and he is wearing these gorgeous alligator boots!

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My most recent visit to Houston reminded me of how wonderfully culturally diverse our country really is.  Since my last post in June I have worked in Manhattan, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, and now Texas.  Each time I go to a new place I must quickly try to learn the customs, traditions, and general views of the community.  The ones I face most often are how to greet people, clothing, food, and language (e.g., restroom, bathroom, ladies room, toilet, lavatory, washroom).  I do a lot of research before I go onsite to a new location.  I learn about the locality – history, geography, demographics, economy, government structure, political leanings, largest employers, and some fun facts.  I read the local newspaper so that I can be fluent in local current events.  But nothing really prepares me for the culture of a community – how people in a community think, behave, their customs, and how they live their lives.  I need to understand, the best that an outsider can, these things before I can successfully partner with them in their pursuit of pretrial justice.  And so, I’m learning as fast as I can.  Thanks Houston for being willing to teach me.