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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".
Also, this area, (Tyler) has gone thru a transformation from oil to medical. Hospitals everywhere.
Hahahaha, is that a proposal???? JK!!! I must admit, I am a single gal, turning 41 the 18th of July (ugh) with no children.
I took myself out of the dating game 4 years ago. I love a “man’s man”. Here the men are metrosexuals and expect “you know what” immediately (ewwwww).
I am a clean Conservative woman (well, actually girl...I DO NOT act my age).
Is Denton County suburban? If you have a spare bedroom I could stay in (paying rent of course) to find a job, I am willing.
As I have stated, NY is no longer my home.
What do you mean by north of DFW and live near ME?
Sorry for my ignorance. I know NOTHING outside of NY!
Get y’all a pink Volvo or a Prius with bumper stickers that read:
“I’m a Democrat,”
“Amnesty for Illegals,”
“I love the Dixie Chicks,”
“I Voted for Obama,
“ George Strait Sucks,”
“Hillary in 2012”
“I’m here to confiscate your guns.”
Move to Austin and do NOT leave the city limits. You’ll fit right in.
The humidity in Houston is not nearly as bad as Florida, much of the Southeast or even the midwest in the Summer. Nothing is as bad as D.C. in the Summer. There is a reason they call it “The Swamp”; mostly because it was built on a swamp.
What is surprising is how cold they keep restaurants in the summer. Lots of women take in sweaters or jackets to keep from freezing. In the winter, they don’t keep them nearly as cool. Our favorite country saloon where we dance is cool enough that lots of women wear some sort of jacket while not dancing. I love it that they keep it cool.
People who move here just need to realize that you simply go from an airconditioned building to an air-conditioned car and then back into another air-conditioned building.
My Ford Explorer can get through the best of ice storms. However, I've only encountered a "close call tornado" twice.
You have mail.
That is one of my biggest problems about NY. Even if I am in the most baddest mood, when I come across someone, whether it be in a doctors office, deli, etc, I would NEVER take it out on them.
I work for an endodontist (root canal specialist) and some of them are SO RUDE I have to excuse myself and go in the closet and curse them out privately!
Who the heck goes to a doctors office...WITHOUT THEIR INSURANCE INFORMATION AND EXPECTS YOU TO KNOW WTF THEIR INSURANCE IS????
Sorry, but this job is killing me, as is NY. I NEED out now!
And FLIES! My land, you've never seen such flies, especially around Ft Worth and Austin.
Ft Worth has the stockyards. Guess liberals attract them around Austin.
Hence the problem. If you can't speak English then get the f^&k out.
I live in northwest Houston in the Cy-Fair school district. We moved into our neighborhood 6 years ago specifically to get our son into the Cy-Fair schools. While not perfect, this is as conservative an area as we could get in Houston. We are about 30 minutes (on a VERY good day) from downtown Houston. Over an hour on a bad day.
Downtown Houston, within the Houston city limits, forget it. It’s so far liberal now there is no going back.
The info that would be most helpful to you and your sister though, is that there are 4 hospitals within 20 minutes of my house (depending on traffic of course). 2 of those hospitals are within 5 miles of my house. Lots of opportunity here for an RN. Your sister does not have to drive to the medical center downtown to find work, that’s for sure.
Send me a note if you’d like more details :)
We here in Long Island have AC everywhere for our summer times.
Home, car, work, stores, etc. It gets very hot and humid here so we are all prepared.
Had to laugh at some Yankee friends the other day.
They got off the plane in 102 degree heat and surveyed their surroundings- nothing as far as they could see but flat brown plains. ‘Oh. My. God’., said they. LOL
NY has become Sodom and Gomorrah. We want out and want out now!
That is TOO funny! Same thing happened last time I flew back from New York. Landed in Austin because I HATE DFW airport, too crazy there. Some female New Yorkers walked ahead of me out of the building and also said “Oh, my God!” then “Why is it so HOT here?!?!” LOL
F&*$ spanish. We are America. English only. If you can’t speak our language, then get the hell out.
Not in Texas. We might have defeated them long ago at the San Jacinto, but the Mexicans have long since taken Texas back.
They rule in a lot of places, especially hospitals. (My mom is an RN) Many supervisors and most patients in a lot of places are Mexican. They speak Spainish to each other right in front of you. They way they see it; you can like it or lump it.
Learn Spainish for your own self preservation.
Did you forget your sarc tag?
Even this native Texan finds the Texas heat oppresive and unbearable. I say with all sincerity: God Bless Air Conditioning!
Try posting this on the Texas State Board or at least a summary with a link and see impact that gets you.....
Try the following for Houston area data. Same info can be found using other city names.
There are rules for yanks coming south ya know....
anyways, come on down, but don’t be fooled, even though things may be better here, they aren’t smooth sailing by any means....I’ve been outta work for over a year, my step mom, who has worked for the same company for 27 years, was laid off in march, and my hubby was laid off last month, but he found another job where he has to drive twice as far....and he said 90% of the people he works with don’t speak English...
Not trying to discourage you, just come with eyes wide open. Oh, and Perry is a putz!
Tyler is an incredible medical hub. I had no idea when I bought my property. Check out the local paper, The Tyler Morning Telegraph classifieds. Pages and pages of medical jobs. And East Texas is so green and beautiful, not at all like dry, dusty West Texas.
Get yall a pink Volvo or a Prius with bumper stickers that read:
Im a Democrat,
Amnesty for Illegals,
I love the Dixie Chicks,
I Voted for Obama,
George Strait Sucks,
Hillary in 2012
Im here to confiscate your guns.
Move to Austin and do NOT leave the city limits. Youll fit right in.
That’s about right. LOL
You're such a guy!!! Unfortunately, that is my problem. All the real men are married! The only men left out there are freakin girls!!1
Anywho, thanks for the info. We need to get the heck out of NY, but I think I will have to go alone.....then my sister will follow. Even though she is the older one, I have to make the 1st move.
It took me a while to get her into the Tea Party, but once she stepped foot into it, she became hooked.
Rush has always said to have 1 person you go to for facts. I am now her person to do so....and compared to other FReepers I know crap!
However what I do not know, I tell her I don't know but will find out. Thanks to FR and it's wonderful Freepers I find out.
I am sure you have received plenty of advice by now but as a person born and Houston, and lived most of my life in Houston I might be able to help with some of your questions.
1. Don’t listen to the people that have never lived here or who haven’t lived here in the last 10 years.
2. Downtown Houston is liberal because most of it’s inner city residences are on the poor side of the coin (like most large cities), the burbs are predominately middle class conservatives.
3. Stick to the Southwest, West and Northwest areas of town. Spring, Sugar Land, Woodlands, and Katy are all in these areas. They are newer developed, areas for the most part, or areas that can not be annex by the City of Houston.
4. We have four seasons here; the problem is three of them are referred to Summer. The fourth is Christmas.
5. There are hospitals (Memorial Herman, St. Lukes, Methodist) and clinics (Kelsey-Seybold) all over town so RN positions should not be tough to find. At least one of these hospitals/clinics is located in any of the towns I listed above.
6. We have NO state income tax!!!
7. Oil companies are everywhere, but the majority of the major players are inside the loop (610) or downtown.
8. Try to live close (within 10 miles) to a major freeway or toll road if you have to work downtown or inside the loop. Traffic in this town can be very bad.
I can go on if you want just shoot me a FRmail. A little info on me: I am 35, currently live in Katy, work near the Galleria area, and am dating a girl in the Woodlands. I was born and raised in Spring, lived in the downtown, mid-town, up-town and galleria areas before buying a house in Katy. My parents were born and raised in upstate NY but moved here in the early 70s. I love Houston.
If you or your sister are liberal yankees than please dont come here. If not, you are more then welcome to come and adopt our way of life.
That's..."Thanks Friend.." in Potawatomi!!
As well as many endodonic practices.
Thanks for the info. Looks like I'll be the one to make the move first....my sister will follow.
I will tell ALL of you....I'm scared beyond belief to move cross country. I've known nothing but NY my entire life.
Just thinking about it gives me a panic attack!!
Sorry to sound stupid, but what is Potawatomi?
Thank you...And God Bless YOU!!
I can understand your fear, but just remember that Texans are among the friendliest people you will ever meet. I guarantee you would make friends very quickly here. I think you would be quite happy living in Texas.
Well, keep us updated. Feel free to send me a FReepmail if you have any questions or would like for me to do some scouting for you. I can also send maps, brochures, etc., if you wish, and can research companies for you. I’d be happy to help.
May I suggest you look into the Abilene, Texas area?
Here you’ll find two hospitals (Abilene Regional Medical Center, and Hendrick Medical Center), and numerous medical offices surrounding both. They are on far opposite sides of town- Hendrick is much older, and far larger. I’ve been doing the vending at ARMC for over eight years, and have seen many of the same faces there over that entire time.
A nurse here probably doesn’t make as much as one in New York- but you don’t need to. I suspect that you would be shocked at how low the cost of living is here.
You will also find three universities, two colleges, and an Air Force base- all of which lead to the town having a fairly large population of transient(ish) young people. The place is a magnet, though- many people move back here after moving away (myself included- it’s just so *easy* to live here!).
As to culture, there’s far more available here than many people realize. All three universities have theater departments (two of them I know myself to be excellent), and both amateur and touring plays/musicals are available. Not to mention the assorted rodeos/western events. Oh, and guns shows every three months or so :)
Plenty of small surrounding towns as close or as far away as you like. I live in one of them (grew up here), and it takes me twenty minutes from my door to my work. I’ve never seen a traffic jam here in my life.
Conservative area? Check! Churches? Check! (take your pick- well over a hundred in Abilene alone.) Gun culture? Check! We’re bitter clingers to the end, around here! If you and your sis move here, I’ll promise to take you shooting myself.
Yes, it’s *HOT* here in the summer, but hardly ever humid. The winters are mostly mild, and you and your sister would be afforded great amusement watching us Texans try to cope with what would seem mild weather to you (we always get a kick out of yankees complaining about 80 degree weather). We did get iced in for four days last winter- that’s about as bad as it gets, usually.
I admit, you’d probably get come comments on your accents, but not as many as you might suspect. With an Air Force base and all those schools here, it’s not at all unusual to hear a strange accent. The only problem, usually, is that New Yorkers talk faster than we can listen :)
Oh, and if you ever feel the need to be in a big city, Fort Worth is less than two hours down I-20, and Dallas not even another hour further.
You are so kind, thank you! Any help would be grateful. I would be willing to send my resume to you, in help of me finding a job.
Yes, Abilene is like a small-town city. No overpasses, etc. Such an easy city to drive. I didn’t even think of it, yet I take my parents to their doctors there, occassionally.
No I’m not going to tune up yer nuke....again.
LOL- my ten year old daughter is always fascinated by the mixmasters when we have occasion to go through the big city. I do have to point out that Abilene is full of lousy drivers, though- just have to keep an eye out for them.
Well, sometimes it can’t be helped. After moving to Deep East Texas, I won a surf and turf dinner from a radio station. Yep, I had to talk smack when I learned that surf and turf in that area meant catfish and chicken fried steak. Some things are just wrong and need to be pointed out.
My kids spent their first decade in Deep East Texas, and unfortunately my daughter’s first sight of a real mix master was from the top, on the back of my motorcycle. She liked to have blown out both of my eardrums with her screaming.
Roger that! We’re more in a position to pick and choose which snotty Yankees we let in these days!
Well, sometimes it cant be helped. After moving to Deep East Texas, I won a surf and turf dinner from a radio station. Yep, I had to talk smack when I learned that surf and turf in that area meant catfish and chicken fried steak. Some things are just wrong and need to be pointed out.
Well, that’s surf and turf...sort of. Anyway that’s some good eatin’. LOL
If I am looking for a way OUT of my "home', why on earth would I make fun of a place I would now call home?
The only problem I would have with TX, as I do NY is the illegal aliens.
Besides the only radio I listen to is talk radio and my cd''s, which are mostly 70's am, with some 80's freestyle and pop.
Don't ask me about the new comer's. I have no IDEA....and I like it that way.
And whats all this crap about vampire and werewolves? I had a 50 something woman SHOVE a pentagram in my face knowing exactly how I would react to it. This freakin world is upside down....and I want off!
Here is some food for thought. Forbes is looking out for folks like you ( down south, we’re folks)
There are several places noted in Texas, but also Raleigh (and Durham and the Research Triangle) and Nashville (no income tax)
I read the actual article in Forbes and it is much more complete and includes smaller cities separately from the top 25 big cities so it might be worth checking out too.
When opportunity knocks.....answer the door
The medical center in Houston is freaking amazing! I loved working there when it was still young- 15-20 years ago. NASA folks living down there are conservatives. Lots of old family money from oil rooted there.
Downsides would be that it’s Harris County. They let a lot of people out of jail there due to overcrowding. Plus lots of Katrina folks rode the buses there and never left.
More pluses...It’s not NY. It’s not Austin. You couldn’t pay me to live in Austin. “Keep Austin Weird” makes them proud. DFW is where I am, and I swear every other person is here from California, NY or NJ. Like me - I’ve lived half my life in NJ.
But like I said, the medical center is one cool place. Everything you could ever imagine medicine-wise right there.
Getting used to the no-season year took a few years to get used to, but that’s what airplanes are for. I’d much rather live without seasons if it means lower taxes, lower cost of living, and less liberals to annoy me all year.
Much good luck to you. :)