how I found out I was related to Judge Roy Bean

thanks for the request @angela3950 !!
  1. So my family used to go to Six Flags (the original one, the best one, in Arlington) every summer even up into when I was in high school
  2. Even though we only lived like 25 minutes away, we only went once a year because it was expensive yo!
  3. and because it made it more special than if we went like every weekend lol
  4. My poor parents, bless them, they love rollercoasters and I can only imagine how annoying it was for them to pay that much money to get into the park, just to ride the kiddie rides with me and my sister when we were little. I can't believe I never thought of that til now. I'm gonna call and thank them in the morning.
  5. Eventually, I was old enough to ride some bigger rides, so we split into two groups: me and Dad riding big rides, and Mom and my sister Melissa still chilling on the kiddie rides.
  6. I LOVED the Texas Giant!!!! even though it was wooden and rickety and headache-inducing
  7. I HATED the Shock Wave because my head/chin slammed down onto my chest on the loops, I was unprepared
  8. The last ride we rode that day was the Judge Roy Scream
  9. Mom and Melissa met back up with us for that one, because it's not that big of a roller coaster, so she could do it too
  10. Anyway, while we're walking up the long ass ramp to the platform, Dad goes "do y'all know who this ride is named after?"
  11. We were like, "nah, fam. who is it?"
    not those exact words
  12. and he said "Judge Roy Bean. He was this old, self-appointed judge in an old Western town out in the middle of nowhere. He was kinda crazy and he was famous for giving out harsh punishments."
  13. and we were like "oh. okay cool, I guess."
  14. and then he just casually goes, "He was also y'all's great great great uncle."
  15. and we were like "WHAT?!?!"
  16. like ARE YOU KIDDING ME, DAD?!
  17. MY GREAT GREAT GREAT UNCLE HAS A RIDE NAMED AFTER HIM AT SIX FLAGS AND YOURE JUST NOW TELLING US?!
  18. THIS IS MAJOR INFORMATION
  19. THIS IS PROBABLY THE COOLEST THING ABOUT ME AND I DIDNT EVEN KNOW IT
  20. WAIT TIL ALL THE KIDS AT SCHOOL HEAR ABOUT THIS DANG I'M GONNA BE SO POPULAR
  21. and he was like, "calm down it's not that exciting"
  22. and he was kinda right, the kids at school weren't that impressed because somebody topped my story by being related to a president or something lame like that.
  23. But, yeah Judge Roy Bean is my great great great uncle or something
  24. I think Sallie Bean (Roy's daughter) was the aunt of Dollie Mae (featured in tell me about your name)
  25. I'm pretty sure that's how we're related, I can't quite remember what my dad said about the specifics.
  26. But yeah, there ya go.