5 Things You Can Learn from a Transplanted Texan at Lake Chapala

March 26, 2011

5 Things You Can Learn from a Transplanted Texan at Lake Chapala
Being born and bred in Texas, I want to share with you a few sayings that I hope you’ll find useful as you explore Lake Chapala as a possible place to hang your spurs.
1. All hat – no cattle.
That’s Texan for someone who makes himself out to be more important than he really is. Sort of like saying, Talk is cheap. Another Texas saying in this same vein is, “You can put socks in an oven, but they still ain’t biscuits.”
Summary, don’t try to be something you ain’t! At Lake Chapala, we call this “Border Promotions”. When asked what you did before you retired you boost your self-esteem and claim a title you probably deserved, but didn’t quite ever reach. E.g. The janitor who tells everyone he was “mountainous engineer”.
2. If you find yourself in a hole, stop diggin’.
This one has to do with poor planning and organizing. Not unlike working real hard but, not real smart and realizing, all of our hard work is not profiting us very much. Are your actions in line with your goals?
If this even begins to fit you. I can help give you some practical steps to take on the road to a wonderful new exciting fulfilled life here at Lake Chapala.
3. If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and again to make sure it’s still there.

This is a Texas management principle! If you’re a leader type, it’s a real good idea to check in with the folks you think are your followers to be sure they’re still right behind you and not falling back or drifting away all together.
That’s one I remind myself of often to be sure I’m providing the type of information, services, and feedback that Chapala Club readers want so they don’t stray from the herd.
4. If you think you’re a person of influence, try ordering someone else’s dog around!
Something to keep us humble
5. Never miss a good chance to be quiet.
 I admit this one is one I need to do more often. My wife says I talk too much when I’m with clients, but there’s so much I want to share that you need to know and there never seems to be enough time to fit it all in within the normal visit of just a few days in our area.
I promise to try to do better on information overloading. But, give me week to 10 days and I’ll give you a new life … or at least a look at what your new life could be like here at Lake Chapala
Hope you found these Country Boy thoughts useful.
Tu amigo,


  • Larry Benton

    Enjoyed the article ( especially the piature)! We hop-e to be transplanted Texans very soon.
    See you soon.

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Larry, Thanks for your comment. I’m finding more and more folks from Texas are heading down South.

    There’s a Club for almost everything here. Perhaps we should consider starting a Texas Club to Compliment
    Chapala Club.

    Looking forward to seeing you guys very soon. Tu amigo, Sid

  • nancy king

    Hi Sid : love those east (?) Texas sayings. may i add this one? “the water ain’t gonna clear ’til the hogs are outta the creek.” i’m coming back the beginning of July for another visit but i promise not to pester you this time. still got another year before retirement. but when i come down for good YOU are my real estate guy :)

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Nancy, Thanks for the cute comment.
    Please give me a “holler” when you arrive here. It will be nice to catch up.

    Tu amigo, Sid

  • Patti Phillips

    Never look forward to be a transplanted TEXAN! Having to live out of state in NC for over 20+ years still is not fun. My heart is Texan, and I can not change myself to suit others. I am a fish out of water and will always be unless I am in Texas. If I was only thinking of myself, I would be in south Texas now. But family keeps me here:) When I die, if I have been good enough, I will be in Texas!

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Patti,

    Thanks for your thoughts, but feeling the way you feel how did you wind up here. Of course you’re very welcome here.
    We’re a very hospitable bunch here just like Texans. Tu amigo, Sid

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi again Patti, Your comments remind me of the Tanya Tucker hit.”When I Die”.

    Here’s the a link to a You Tube video of this great outlaw country hit song.


    I love Lake Chapala, but my arrangements are already made to be laid to rest in Texas in our Family Plot.

    Tu amigo, El Sid

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