I don't know how much y'all know about Waco, Texas.
I'm sure you're familiar with our awesome football prodigy/Heisman trophy winner RG3, or the Baylor Women's Basketball team (NCAA Champs 2005 and 2012!). You may even know about the 1993 FBI raid of the Branch Davidian complex (which wasn't actually in Waco, just FYI), or the awesome Dr. Pepper museum.
And yet Waco gets a bad rap. My guess is because it's a small point on I-35, halfway between Dallas and Austin. I have no idea, because it's quite a lovely place--if you like Texas, that is. ;)
Regardless, something awesome showed up in downtown last August:
I first saw it in person in October, when I took some photos of TPH. I didn't think much of it, other than it made a previously ugly brick wall something fun to look at.
I found out later that it was the work of Mike Trozzo, a local Wacoan and lover of town pride. He and his wife, Lindsey, convinced (paid off?) the building owner to let this happen, paid an artist to come up with/paint the design, and got the appropriate permits to do such. On their own. 'Cuz they like Waco.
Can I get an amen?!
Seriously, they're wonderful people. If that's not enough, they recently started handing out t-shirts to local celebrities/well-known people of the area. I complained via Twitter ("Who do I need to impress around here to get a WacoTown tshirt?!") and Mike tweeted me saying he would easily drop one off for me, as long as I wore it with pride.
Coolest people ever.
After 4.5 years in Waco, I've totally made it. ;)
Anyway, just wanted to take some time to tell you all to have some town pride, wherever you live. Have a little faith, love where you live, and own it.