Last week a TSA agent pulled a Tech Fan out of line for making the "Guns Up" sign. It was a fairly ridiculous abuse of power.

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Someone making a "gun" with their finger sure doesn't seem to be a reason to pull someone out of line to me, but to assume everyone knows about Texas Tech and its idiosyncracies is equally naive.

I never heard of Texas Tech before I moved to Texas. Southwest Conference schools just weren't on the radar where I lived. I had heard of the Longhorns (sorry), but I had never heard of anyone else from the conference. When they told Aggie jokes at school, I had no idea what the hell they were talking about.

Of course, Texas Tech has a much higher profile now, but you have to think of it this way, there are tons of folks on the coasts who have never heard of Whataburger or Taco Villa. So, all of this is a pretty good lesson in how big the world actually is although sometimes it seems so small. People don't always have the same frame of reference as you. I'm betting there's hundreds if not thousands of college traditions out there that you and I have no idea of.

So in the end, it's probably best to think of the "Guns Up" as a secret handshake that we occasionally share with he world.