You might be from Plano, TX if...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Providence Group Realty TREC# 0608931

Plano, Texas consistently ranks as one of the top American cities to live.  While inhabitants of Plano, TX might be "Plano Proud", there is also plenty to laugh about. 

If any of these statements ring a bell, you might be from (or destined to live in) Plano!

  • If you don't get confused by directions to Plano Parkway, Park, and Parker Roads, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If a "Michigan Left Turn" gets built and then "un-built" within 12 months, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If you know how to access the Dallas North Toll Road South, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If you know that the President George Bush Turnpike  is also a toll road, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If your Senior High school is bigger than New York, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If the words "East" or "West" are fighting words, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If you drive your Harley to brunch at the Blue Goose, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If you call your Electric  Company and listen to the voice of Matthew McConaughey while you are on hold, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If you hear "Lifetime Fitness" and think of  "Café" or "Beauty Salon", you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If you've ever ordered a "Preston Trail" , "Haggard Mushroom Burger" or "Harrington Cheeseburger", you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If you grit your teeth when non-locals say "plan-oh" instead of  "plane-oh", you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If your Neighborhood Nextdoor feed makes Facebook and Instagram pale in comparison, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If you work for Toyota,  or Nebraska Furniture Mart, you might be from Plano, TX. 

  • If half of your family is die-hard UT, and the other half is true-blue to OU, you might be from Plano, TX.  (If the third 'half' of your family also bleeds maroon -- but ain't boomer sooner, you are probably still from Plano, TX.) 

  • If the LAST PLACE in the world you would ever attend a balloon festival would be Albuquerque, NM, you might be from Plano, TX. 


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Baker, OR

Amanda, This is a great post that really captures the flavor and character of Plano, Texas!!!  I'm clicking on every link to learn about your local references and what Plano is all about.  Excellent post about where you live, work, and love!  Thank you for taking the time to think about the topic and share your hometown with everyone!  Your post is a great way to start off the ActiveRain contest.

Apr 02, 2015 11:34 AM #1
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Amanda, really there are OU fans in the Dallas area???  I know they have the Red River War every year in Dallas but would never have thought there would be any fan base in the Metroplex.

Very enjoyable read.  I am still preplexed what a Michigan Left turn is after reading the link.  Is it a left turn on red?

Apr 02, 2015 11:46 AM #2
Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

Thanks, Rick Obst ! Readers like yourself will find a few "easter eggs" in the links for some fun game time excursions!

Apr 02, 2015 11:49 AM #3
Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

Bruce Walter , my dear friend! Sadly, a Michigan left turn requires drivers to turn RIGHT in order to turn LEFT. It didn't take.

Apr 02, 2015 11:50 AM #4
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

????????????????????????   How is that possible, Amanda?????????????????

I hate to sound too terribly stupid and I taught Drivers Education for 13 years in the summer.  More perplexed than ever!!!!

Apr 02, 2015 11:53 AM #5
Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

Yes, Bruce Walter , so were all of the residents and commuters in Plano, TX who just couldn't handle it. This link might help explain the crazy...

Apr 02, 2015 11:54 AM #6
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I love the way you bring so much to this post Amanda Thomas , checking out the links next.

Apr 02, 2015 02:31 PM #7
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Amanda - I followed some of this as my little sister, Coleen Donovan, has been living out there for several years now.

Apr 02, 2015 03:57 PM #8
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I'm not sure I'd enjoy Matthew McConaughey's voice while on hold but I do work out at Lifetime Fitness here in Gilbert. 

Apr 03, 2015 01:40 AM #9
Tony Bolodar

Amanda, we only turn right to go left on the race track.
And, my family is 100% OU crimson and cream. But we have been here long enough to grow roots in Plano. It was asked of me the other night if my grandson had a full boat scholarship to Texas how I would feel. I really couldn't answer that. I hope he has a good game in the loss? That would be very tough.
Nice post!

Apr 03, 2015 03:25 AM #10
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

You have so many reasons to love Plano. Thank you for sharing the post.

Make it a great weekend!

Apr 03, 2015 11:37 AM #11
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You have a lot of things to remember if from Plano Texas.  I do remember being there for business years ago, but don't remember if it was East or West

Apr 04, 2015 07:18 AM #12
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

This is an amazing post - exactly what the contest is about.  :)  I am going to spend some time learning about Plano, Texas!  Happy Easter!

Apr 05, 2015 12:30 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Amanda Thomas 

What a fun post this was to read...and learn so much about Plano (I know how to pronounce it since we had a friend who lived there for a number of years).

Got to get working on mine!


Apr 05, 2015 12:14 PM #14
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Amanda, Plano sound like a wonderful well connected city to call home.  I can easily see why it's become such a great place to relocate to. 

Apr 10, 2015 03:04 AM #15
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Last time I was in Plano was in 1992 -- bet it is different now ---

Thanks for the "look" at Plano today -

Apr 16, 2015 06:08 PM #16
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Amanda, that's interesting information about Plane-oh and one day I might want to visit during "balloon season".

Apr 20, 2015 12:05 PM #17
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