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7/6/2011 | Me

Posted on 07/06/2011 10:41:36 AM PDT by NoGrayZone

My sister stopped over this morning. We got back to talking about moving to another state....again.

She stated Texas has been calling her, she is an RN. The hospital she works at now used to have several booths, recruiting new grads. Now they have none. They are constantly invited to "luncheons", in which they do not participate. They have stopped hiring, as I have found out trying to find a new job.

My sister said they are encouraging recent grads to go to Texas, to get their bacholers & RN license.

I know, from FR, TX is booming. My sister has a friend who moved back to Houston, TX, owns 3 homes in which he rents and said he could get me a great paying job in the oil industry (I hehehe'd at that one).

With my sisters RN license, she wouldn't have a problem getting a job, and perhaps at the rate she is paid here in NY.

We are very nervous about leaving our home state, been here all our lives.....but they are killing us. She asked me to post a thread, specifically to TX FReepers, just for some information regarding the Houston area.

We are suburanites and very Conservative. We would NOT bid well in ANY area that is slightly blue.

We also have questions regarding weather. I (and my sister) must claim "stupid" regarding this subject. We are used to 4 seasons, etc. How is the Houston area, or it's suburbs(must be suburbs. We CANNOT live in a "city" type area).

If I remember correctly (in which she pointed out) Austin is lib, correct?

The last thing we want to do is move across county, only to wind up in a mini NY.

To all you Texans out there, any information would be grateful, especially around the Houston area.

Keep in mind....."THE REDDER THE BETTER".


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To: NoGrayZone

I am a Texas transplant, having moved here several years ago from the Pacific Northwest. I lived in Houston for two years and, while there are some redeeming things, I disliked every minute of it. While property values are comparatively low, you must live in one of the surrounding suburbs - which means a commute and the traffic is horrible. The politics is far left - present mayor is a lesbian, former mayor was Bill White, who ran for governor against Rick Perry in the last election. It is hot and very humid. There are mosquitos, fire ants, flying cockroachs the sized of a Volkswagon and water mocassins. And - it is as flat as a pancake.

I now live in San Antonio and love it here. Smaller city, friendly people, less humidity, equivalent property values and rolling hills surrounding the city. There is an extensive medical community here, so you might want to look into that.

I have never spent much time in Dallas/Fort Worth, so I can’t speak to that, but one of my wife’s relatives just graduated from nursing school and landed a job there almost immediately. She seems happy there.

Good luck in your hunt. Leaving “home” is difficult. If you decide to move to Texas, I think there is always room for a few good people and we that are already here will give you a big “howdy!”


51 posted on 07/06/2011 11:39:31 AM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Lazamataz
.....One right I believe was missed, was the right of privacy. I'd also change the 2nd Amendment to allow civilian ownership of ANY military weapon in current or past use. Yes, nuclear weapons too. However, scanning technology might let us know you had a 20 kilotonner in your shorts before you even got to the airport.

Works for me....
I've always liked your thinkin' Laz
Go Ahead: Click It!

52 posted on 07/06/2011 11:39:42 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: NoGrayZone
Just eyeballed your profile and saw your photo. You should definately come move to Denton county Texas (north of DFW) and live near ME.

Oh, and bring your sister, too. :)
53 posted on 07/06/2011 11:40:52 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: al_c
"The occasional hurricane. And as mentioned ... hot and humid."

We have that here on Long Island as well. But is it year round?

54 posted on 07/06/2011 11:41:20 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: NoGrayZone

It’s 240 miles from Houston to Dallas. I believe almost all the larger cities are sanctuary cities, just as ALL the cities are more blue than the state itself.
Here’s a list that includes some smaller cities:

Austin, TX
Baytown, TX
Brownsville, TX
Channelview, TX
Denton, TX
Dallas, TX
El Cenizo, TX
Ft.Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Katy, TX
Laredo, TX
Mcallen, TX
Port Arthur, TX
San Antonio, TX


55 posted on 07/06/2011 11:42:21 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: Fiddlstix; Squantos
Besides, the affordability and maintenance costs for nuclear weapons would quickly break most anyone or group of anyones. To keep a nuclear weapon up, you must maintain it often, and it's no picnic.

So go ahead, own a nuke. Don't come crying to me about the cost, though!

56 posted on 07/06/2011 11:43:42 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Until Obama, has there ever been, in history, a Traitorous Ruler?)
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To: kittymyrib
but there is no state income tax

Get out!! I could NOT even imagine such a thing!!!

57 posted on 07/06/2011 11:46:03 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: NoGrayZone

And vehicle tags only cost $50-$85. But they are starting to put tolls on the city highways.


58 posted on 07/06/2011 11:48:38 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: NoGrayZone

My brother and his family live in West University in Houston. West U as they call it... Also he has a weekend pad in Galveston about an hour or so away. It is a super nice neighborhood but it is kind of the city. Near all of the schools and hospitals. Take a look...


59 posted on 07/06/2011 11:51:40 AM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: TigerClaws
"She’d also need to learn Spanish."

F&*$ spanish. We are America. English only. If you can't speak our language, then get the hell out.

60 posted on 07/06/2011 11:51:52 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: texas_mrs

My Ford Explorer V8 all wheel drive got me to and from safely to and from work in the very many ice/snow/flooding storms we have had.

Every time I got to work and home safely, without even 1 slip, I kissed him and said thank you.


61 posted on 07/06/2011 11:56:32 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

You are correct, the intercities between Dallas and Ft. Worth may be the place to be. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area has a lot to offer.


62 posted on 07/06/2011 11:56:54 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: texas_mrs
You might consider living in a more rural area, if redder is better.

I agree. There are several redder areas than Houston that would still offer job opportunities. South and East of Houston or even up around the Center, Longview, Tyler areas. Houston is almost as blue as Austin but not nearly as scenic, so if you need a large city, Austin or San Antonio would still be a better choice for history, scenery and ambiance. The weather is hot, but at least the winters are mild and short. Spring time is spectacular. I always think of Texas as an attitude and state of mind, so if you have the Texas attitude you are very welcome here regardless of accent.

63 posted on 07/06/2011 11:57:47 AM PDT by Bearshouse
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To: al_c

We’re not into sports, so no worries there!


64 posted on 07/06/2011 11:58:15 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: longhorn too
"The only part of the state that gets much snow would be in the panhandle area. Around the rest of the state, everything comes to a standstill if we get a couple on inches."

Hmmmm, that may be to my advantage.

65 posted on 07/06/2011 12:00:53 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: Lazamataz
I have no desire to own a nuke.
The idea of owning a .50 cal belt fed machine gun does appeal to me.
lol
66 posted on 07/06/2011 12:01:07 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: NoGrayZone
I live about 40 miles north of Houston in The Woodlands, a sort of small town(suburb). Sure it's hot here, especially in the summer, but some of us like it hot.

We welcome any and all conservatives from blue states (honk if you can't stand Obummer).

67 posted on 07/06/2011 12:02:03 PM PDT by Axeman77385 (I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord)
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To: NoGrayZone
Any Hospital without the welcome mat for nurses has a problem.

Obamacare will cause thousands of new patients to flood the hospitals already flooded by illegals.

If Obamacare is not repealed, nurses will become Doctors and most Doctor's will retire if at all possible.

Any hospital with any sense knows this. So keep shopping around. Stay away from the inner city hospitals if at all possible. They are H...LL on nurses.

68 posted on 07/06/2011 12:02:28 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: NoGrayZone
Consider SW Pennsylvania. We're a lot closer move than Texas and trending red big time. In fact, we were one of the only major areas in the country where BO fared more poorly in '08 than JFK did in '04.

We have the four seasons, great outdoors and reasonable housing costs. Job prospects here are probably not as good as in Texas, but we're still way better than the national average. An RN will have no problem finding a job in this area.

69 posted on 07/06/2011 12:02:43 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: NoGrayZone

I believe Glenn Beck is relocating in the D/FW Metroplex area.

If you end up more north of Houston (Austin or more north), don’t forget about tornados and ice storms in the winter.


70 posted on 07/06/2011 12:02:56 PM PDT by Spirit of Liberty
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To: NoGrayZone

Someone forgot to tell you about our red ants! Moved here in 1985 wouldn’t go back north. Consider Sugar Land or Pearland which is less expensive and much more conservative, commute into the city isn’t bad and some closer to the beach. Hill Country is awesome and weekend trips to San Antonio, Austin or floating the Guadalupe are fun times. It will take you years to explore the state. Come on down. We have great Republican Women’s groups. IMO Houston is a place to work and visit during the Rodeo. Otherwise no reason for its existence.


71 posted on 07/06/2011 12:05:53 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: NoGrayZone

Was based at NAS Corpus Christi in Navy flight training. HOT, and that was March - June. It is blazing hot in most of TX March - October, although most buildings are air-conditioned. Also very scrubby and sandy. People very friendly, sort of the anti-New York. A big change from NY. Hope this helps.


72 posted on 07/06/2011 12:06:17 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Bearshouse; NoGrayZone
Texas is so vast, there are many different geographical types. Though I like to visit, I would never want to live in the Panhandle or Big Bend Country. Wind never stops in the North, bad winters, and both areas have higher illegals and crimes by same. Hill country, NICE. I live smack in the center, I guess in the Prairies and Lakes. Has a little East Texas look and the start of some West Texas land, too. Piney Woods is pretty, don't know that much about living there. Nor the Gulf Coast, or South Texas Plains. Natives want to weigh in on those?
73 posted on 07/06/2011 12:09:55 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: Ditter
"Someone upthread said Houston was more liberal than D and FW. I think people in the inner city, inside loop 610, are more liberal than those living farther out. The Houston Medical Center is inside the loop"

How far is the travel to the Houston Medical Center from it's suburbs? Any idea?

74 posted on 07/06/2011 12:10:05 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: NoGrayZone

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, first elected in 1995

For me, that tells the tale of what I’ve watched happen to Houston. It’s probably more “red” than where you are now, but it’s not what most people think of (politically speaking) when they think of Texas.


75 posted on 07/06/2011 12:10:09 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Grams A

My brother lives in South Carolina. Grits work great on clearing out the fire ants there. Do they work on red ants in Texas?


76 posted on 07/06/2011 12:10:55 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: NoGrayZone
 
 
Something I haven't seen mentioned so far is that Houston is suffering from another issued shared by lib cities - crumbling infrastructure. Some streets look like they've been under mortar attack, others have the pavement surface separated in big chunks off of the road bed, sitting on top. Some areas are worse than others, can make driving around town kinda tedious.
 
Houston proper is separated into six wards - sounds ominous doesn't it - with the 5th being home to some of the worse gangs around. And they just don't stay in their own areas, no. They venture out where the money and loot is and are not shy about hitting the suburbs.
 
 

77 posted on 07/06/2011 12:13:01 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: NoGrayZone

Just a couple of things. Your sister probably won’t make what she makes in NY. We know several nurses from NYC and if they’re to believed, what they made in NY is simply astounding compared to what they make in Texas. Then again so is what they paid to live, so it balances out.

Second, the concept of suburbs is vastly different in Texas than it is in NY. In my immediate area, we consider Garland, Plano, Richardson, and Addison suburbs, but they’re part of the contiguous, Dallas urban landscape. Plano for example would be analogous to one of the Burroughs in NY, not a suburb.

Also note, that Texas is massive. If you’re in Amarillo, you’re closer to the capital of 5 other states than you are to the capital in Austin, and we’re not talking about 5 tiny North Eastern states.

Also note that unlike the NE, once you leave the cities in Texas, things get very rural, very quick. I just can’t emphasize enough that you won’t find the same urban/suburban paradigm as it exists in NY. We use the same words, but the lifestyles are not similar.

RN salaries can drop by as much as half outside of the urban landscape. Yep, you read that correctly, by as much as half.


78 posted on 07/06/2011 12:14:56 PM PDT by Melas (Sent via Galaxy Tab)
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To: NoGrayZone

As another poster pointed out about the Houston area, the suburbs are much nicer. Our daughter lives in Katy and loves it there. We live NW of Austin, and it is very conservative, unlike the rest of Travis county.

You may want to check out the Round Rock / Cedar Park areas as well. They have built several new medical centers and hospitals there recently. That area is much more conservative than Austin or Houston.

Yes it hot and dry this year, but I have only seen one mosquito the past several months.


79 posted on 07/06/2011 12:15:31 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: NoGrayZone

Areas close to downtown are pretty blue; the rest is red. Check out the map of congressional districts in the area and you can get a better idea. Stay wel away from Shiela Jackson Lee’s district.


80 posted on 07/06/2011 12:15:47 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: NoGrayZone

No matter which part of Texas you call your new home, make bloody sure you have a vehicle with a GOOD air conditioner and the HVAC unit in your house is fully functional. This is not only for your comfort, but a malfunctioning HVAC unit can bankrupt you with sky high monthly electric bills.


81 posted on 07/06/2011 12:16:53 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: NoGrayZone
F&*$ spanish. We are America. English only. If you can't speak our language, then get the hell out.

Your eloquent opinions aside, this is Texas, and yes Spanish is necessary here. However, all the hospitals here offer courses in medical Spanish for their employees.

82 posted on 07/06/2011 12:17:30 PM PDT by Melas (Sent via Galaxy Tab)
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To: texas_mrs
Sorry, I didn't mean to be “preachin”, especially to you!

Where do you live? Is it suburban, is it red? Such a gigantic move means my sister and i HAVE to find the right place to move to.

As I have stated, she had a friend who can get me a great job in the oil industry, and she as an RN could also find a great job.

But it all seems to “hover” around Houston. I wouldn't mind a “drive”, even with ice and snow (heck, I'm used to it here in NY, probably the only one who would show up for work!).

It's just very scary to move from “home” to a place that is completely different. However, we feel we have no choice.

The fact that TX is calling my sister consistently to work there, and TX is something we have comteplated, AND her friend can get me a great job in the oil industry is TOO much of a coincidence for me.

83 posted on 07/06/2011 12:21:09 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: NoGrayZone

FYI: Wichita Falls, approx 140 miles from DFW, is currently reporting 106 at 2pm, CDT.

Just so you know what you are up against weatherwise.


84 posted on 07/06/2011 12:21:20 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Donkey Odious

Where from in the Pacific NW? I moved from the Portland/Vancouver area three years ago.


85 posted on 07/06/2011 12:21:58 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Donkey Odious

Where from in the Pacific NW? I moved from the Portland/Vancouver area three years ago.


86 posted on 07/06/2011 12:21:58 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: texas_mrs

I moved to Baytown three years ago. Channelview is a hell hole.


87 posted on 07/06/2011 12:24:35 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: NoGrayZone

In the Houston area, you might go decades without ever seeing snow. You only think you’ve seen hot in Long Island. When it snowed in 2009, it was a landmark because it was the first time ever that snow was recorded two years in a row.


88 posted on 07/06/2011 12:27:30 PM PDT by Melas (Sent via Galaxy Tab)
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To: NoGrayZone
The distance is not as important as the amount of traffic that would be encountered. From the outlaying suburbs, Katy, The Woodlands, Clear Lake, the trip would be 30 minutes to an hour(conservatively speaking). I am just guessing because I live pretty close in. Houston is so huge that there are hospitals and medical complexes out in the suburbs, you wouldn't have to count on getting a job at the big Houston Med Ct complex. There is also a teaching hospital in Galveston. I know that things were scaled back after hurricane Ike but maybe it is hiring again.
89 posted on 07/06/2011 12:28:49 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: bigredkitty1

No one is ever prepared for the heat in Texas. I’m from Colorado, and when I moved here in ‘94, none of our cars had AC. It’s an unnecessary option in CO. Not so much here.


90 posted on 07/06/2011 12:31:28 PM PDT by Melas (Sent via Galaxy Tab)
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To: SgtHooper

I need to find a job as well. Both my sister and I need to move to another state where we have a job waiting for us.

We have both been supporting ourselves since our teens. Even if she found a job and could support me until I found one to support myself is unthinkable.

I know we need to spend money to travel to a place to move to. Unfortunately, like a lot of us, we live pay check to pay check.


91 posted on 07/06/2011 12:32:54 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: Fiddlstix

Where? Is it the suburbs? We won’t mind traveling to and from our jobs as long as our area is Red.

As I have stated.....WE DO NOT WANT TO MOVE TO ANOTHER NY!!!


92 posted on 07/06/2011 12:36:47 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: NoGrayZone

Houston is the 4th largest city in the country so it is very urban. Suburbs to the North are not bad look at the Woodlands or possibly Conroe. The metro area of Houston is very liberal but suburbs are conservative. I lived in Houston but hated the weather. Very humid think New Orleans or Miami.

I would consider looking at Austin or San Antonio. Both metro areas are yes liberal but both cities have a great quality of life. Willamson County to the North and Hays County to the South of Austin are very conservative and have plenty of JOBS. Don’t expect 3 seasons in any part of Texas South of Waco. We have two seasons here Hot & Dry and Hot & Wet.


93 posted on 07/06/2011 12:38:28 PM PDT by BubbaBobTX ("The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Donkey Odious
"I now live in San Antonio"

Do you now how far it is from Houston? I don't exactly know if my job would be in Houston, so I'm just asking.

As I have stated, I know NOTHING about TX....but something is drawing us to it.

94 posted on 07/06/2011 12:42:33 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: NoGrayZone
Seems it would also depend much on the friend getting you the job in the oil industry. Wouldn't you need to live in a specific area?

I live in a town near Stephenville. You know, where they saw the UFO's in '08? LOL
But is very rural and not sure you could get a job in the oil industry around here until you got to maybe Ft. Worth.
95 posted on 07/06/2011 12:45:23 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: BubbaBobTX

I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and loved it, but missed living the small town life. Have family who lived in Austin and loved it. They now live in Keller, Tarrant County, and are happy there as well.


96 posted on 07/06/2011 12:48:13 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: NoGrayZone
We have that here on Long Island as well. But is it year round?

Hot and humid? Mostly. Hurricanes? No.

97 posted on 07/06/2011 12:48:33 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: NoGrayZone
I can't answer that. I "retired" (not really,lol, I'm just way over 65).
I live way out in the boondocks on the old family ranch.
I'm more or less in the "middle of nowhere" in south Texas.
Years ago I lived in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. It was good.
I don't know about now though.
98 posted on 07/06/2011 12:50:08 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: NoGrayZone

200 miles from San Antonio to Houston. This is what I was trying to tell you earlier. You aren’t going to be able to live in one city and commute to another. If you’re going to work in Houston, you’re going to have to live in someplace like Kingwood, The Woodlands, Katy, or other places you’ve probably never heard of outside of Texas. It’s a grind to commute from Ft. Worth to Dallas. You can forget about driving from one major city to the next on a daily basis.


99 posted on 07/06/2011 12:50:24 PM PDT by Melas (Sent via Galaxy Tab)
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To: lonestar
College Station...
Home of the Fightin' Texas Aggies!
I cannot remember the issue date but Texas A&M was voted the most conservative of the "major" universities in the US.
Do yourself a favor and visit the campus. The Corps of Cadets, list of Medal of Honor recipients at the Memorial Student Center, old Parade Field lined with oak trees, each with the name of a member of the Class of 1917 who left their senior year to volunteer to fight WWI.
Statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, "Soldier, Statesman, Knightly Gentleman..."
That is the campus and town that I knew when I went to school there.

Many of the folks in Texas still hold those attributes. Of course we have our share of losers but, for the most part, the men are gentlemen and we teach our boys to be likewise.

However, the northern side of Dallas, where we live now, is very nice. Lots of lakes, universities, rural area where cattle still graze. You can also find folks riding horses every now and then.
I, myself, welcome you to Texas. Just please don't expect it to be New York, and we will all get along just fine.
100 posted on 07/06/2011 12:50:40 PM PDT by TxAg1981
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