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Posted on 09/06/2013 6:21:36 AM PDT by urtax$@work
Seeking FReeper comments of living in Odessa-Midland. A relative (Texan by birth) may have a chance on relocating to Odessa Texas. The person is not in the oil bidness. but a professional in the Medical field.
I see where both together now have a pop of 200k+. I have never been there but always heard talk of all the roughnecks in Odessa.
The old story of oil owners living in Midland and the oil workers living in Odessa.
First hand info most welcome.
I have never spent much time there but, I have been through there several times. If your friend is coming from the east or the Rocky Mountains, he needs to remember that this is WEST TEXAS.
I like it.
That whole area has the most wonderful smell of any place I have ever been. It just smells of money.
‘91 to ‘95,Midland,loved it.
What always surprised me about this area are the vast stretches of empty land and how the neighborhoods are so crowded with such small lots! Probably the water problem. I always advise any family moving anywhere to rent for the first year. The advice about understanding that thus is high prairie and a very different landscape is good.
Been here (Midland) 2 years and, it is essentially true. odessa is the home of roughnecks, hot-shots and roustabouts. More serene neighborhoods are being built East and Northeast.
If the move involves kids, your kin might want to consider Midland. It’s only 20 miles away.
Pretty much still true IMO, but the area is growing so the two cities are not as separated by miles as in the past. But I live in Oil Patch City, NM, so what do I know.
I’m from Abilene (east of Midland-Odessa), but my Dad and Uncles lived in Midland for many years. It’s not a pretty place, and the water smells bad (or it used to anyway). But, hey, it’s TEXAS, and that’s a good thing.
Midland is way better than Odessa. Odessa has a more blue collar, lower income population and some bad neighborhoods on the west side. While both are heavily Mexican, Midland less so.
The wind always blows, always. Summers are miserable hot and winters are cold, wet, and windy or cold, dry, and windy.
3+ hours to El Paso, 2 hours to Abilene, around 1.5 to Lubbock.
You smelled oil rigs.
Nice growing oilfield town. These towns do suffer the feast or famine effect of the oil booms.
I have a coworker who was raised in Midland. If I really want to irritate her I remind her she is from Odessa. Man does she see red and get mad! Looks down her nose at Odessa. I remind her that both small towns are unknown to most of the world, and amount to a flyspeck on humanity! Then she does not speak to me for a week or two.....
Just remember, its west Texas, it can be 100°+ All summer long then below 32° in the winter with severe blue norther’s blowing through! Oh yea, don’t forget the dust storms, just like the dust bowl of the 1930’s!
Other than that, it’s better than the idiot east and west coast areas!
I've lived in Odessa since 1983.
The open space and flat landscape can be disconcerting if you are used to trees, mountains...mole hills. LOL!
I'm not sure about the crowding and small lots, some of the homes slapped up during the boom in the 80’s were like that, as are the majority of houses in the lower income neighborhoods. Plenty of homes have quite nice large yards with plenty of space between dwellings. That is, if you can find a house!
We are experiencing a drought, which is usually manageable, but for all the new arrivals in town. The traffic has become a nightmare.
I hope your not allergic to dust.
The seasons in west Texas: Spring - warm, very windy, dry, dusty and tornadoes; Summer - hot, windy, dry, dusty; Fall - warm, dry, windy, dusty; Winter - cold, very windy, dry, dusty.
Example of how Midland is growing:
Energy Tower would be 6th tallest building in Texas, developer says
A developer is pitching what would be by far the tallest building in downtown Midland, a booming oil and gas town in west Texas.
The project would be 58 stories (the tallest building there is about 25 stories), and it would combine office space, condos, a hotel and shops. It even would top the skyscraper that oil major Chevron is planning for downtown Houston.
The cost to build the structure is estimated at around $400 million. The building would be developed on a two-block site that would also include convention space, an entertainment center with a movie theater and an outdoor area for concerts.
Driving a hundred miles or better a day is our Texas way of life and it's worth it.
We grew up in the hills of SoCal; my brother moved to Chicago for a year or two and said if a dog takes a dump, the locals break out their skis.
My parents retired and moved back to Texas, I followed them in 1983.
Talk about Culture Shock! It took me over three years to get comfortable out here. Living in West Texas is not the same as visiting relatives in Texas on vacation once a year.
I miss Trees. I miss the color green. I miss ponds and lakes and streams and cool ocean air.
Having said all that, I would live nowhere else but West Texas. It has something greater than beautiful landscape and wonderful weather. You have to experience it to understand it.
Thanks for the education ,
Oh, the wind and the dust. I used to work about an hour east of there. I’d be writing and have to shake the sand off my papers. Try driving through a sand storm with the wind blowing 74 mph and add just enough drops of rain to make it rain mud, whew. But it is Texas.
Yep...guess I had better see what they’re saying about this “wonderful” place. :) Thanks for the head’s up!
Did not know Midland so close to other pop. centers
Abilene 100k+ , Lubbock 300k+
Midland 115k+ / Odessa 100k / El Paso 650k
We have lots of restaurants to choose from, and then Midland is very close. As a matter of fact, I drive to and from there every day and it takes me about 18 minutes.
A couple of summers ago, we overnighted in Abilene then had brekkies at a Shoney’s in either Midland or Odessa....I distinctly recall the “lack of landscape” in the area.
I would choose Abilene over them all if those were my choices.
What is your take on the Odessa/Midland area ?
A friend of mine who was returning to California from Florida on I-10 was appalled at the “nothingness” in West Texas. Every time we speak, she asks me how I can stand living here. LOL!
I tell her it is not about the landscape. People out this way have a toughness about them, a “we'll get by” attitude that I find refreshing.
In places like California, I note that “lifestyle” is focused around outward perceptions, around all there is to do, to see, so many places to play, so many people to impress.
In West Texas, lifestyle is about living life. We can enjoy the small, seemingly old fashioned things like back yard BBQ’s and playing board games. Really, what else is there to do? :-)
I am from Odessa..
The best way to put it is that the hard workers are in Odessa (Conservatives).. and the office people (snobs, most of them) are from Midland (Democraps)..
Honestly, I can’t help out with info since I haven’t been there in 15 years now, but I always hated going to Midland because of the snobbish attitude of most businessmen/women.. (outside the business/office workers, people were like anyone else.. just trying to take care of families).
High School football will be THE sport, unless it’s changed in the last 2 decades..
And, other than the weather (hot and dry), I could go back and live comfortably again.
(P.S. If you go to Odessa,live on the East side.. most of the trouble was on the West side).
Yeah :p was 121F the weeks I left for here..
I-10 from Ozona to Fort Stockton is known as the loneliest stretch (of nothing) in the nation.. :p
The people are wonderful...except maybe a few of the newcomers who don’t understand the West Texas ways. Crime is up since we’ve grown so much and the law offices are having a hiring problem too. Every able-bodied man (and woman) wants to work for oil companies because they pay so much better.
The roads are wide and good for the most part, considering the extra traffic they’re getting. Lots of sunshine and bright clear days.
I don’t care for the really hot summer heat nor the sandstorms that come in springtime. I have lived here all my life nearly, but would love to be where there are more green things that don’t have to be babied and trees. But that’s just me.
You forgot to mention the BIGGEST jackrabbit (hare) in the world ;)
(and home of the jackolopes ;))
You didn’t mention we get snow there every year!
Snows for about 1-3 days.. and is gone after a day :p
What for?! the sandstorms are how you start to repaint the car! :D saved you the trouble ;)
Great song....and SO true of West Texas. I can be on the overpass on Hwy 191 and Hwy 1788 (half way between the two towns) and see both Midland and Odessa’s lights at night, each 10 miles away.
Is the apt complex Trestles still there? Was on the east side still when I lived there.. It’s sounding like it is no longer on the edge (as a matter of fact.. I think it was actually close to the Midland County border).
Lived there until I was stalked by a young woman I had met online (was still BBSs at that time, so mostly local..)
Amen! My son lived in San Jose (in the Air Force) and it is gorgeous there, but here...it’s just VAST!
Hey, fellow Odessan! Yes that complex is still there. There are many new apartments being built close to Hwy 191 and Fawdry Road. Big...expensive...ones! Lots of new housing projects on the east and on the west sides.
I am curious if the ‘google’ maps will be up to date..
lol, I remember the small caliche pit some of us neighbors would go to to party and keep the noise away from the complex (no drugs, I told them I would leave if I saw any.. was a deputy at that time) (was fenced off, but we went anyway ;)..
Also, heard they ditch Permian Mall_!?!? ouch.. (WinWood Mall was failing from long before because of the oil bust.. but Permian Mall was still ok when I left.)
Lots of good memories (and long walks ;))
Darnit.. had to click on your profile.. brought tears to my eyes.. :’}
BTW, when did they start putting those ‘power producing’ windmills in? (Enviroweenies are now upset that they kill birds... haha, we warned them..)
Aww...thank you! Sweetwater is THE windmill capital of the world right now! They are thick as weeds there right up to I-20! Birds...ffft! LOL!
True. A couple of years ago I flew from Midland to Phoenix during the December holidays. Weather was predicted to be nasty the night before so drove to Odessa and got a motel room. Got up the following morning to ice and snow encrusted truck. I-20 business to the airport was a sheet of ice and I tried to follow in whatever tracks there were. Airport was o.k. though TSA partly staffed. Took off late due to waiting in line for deicing. When I returned in a couple of days, maybe a just trace of snow and puddles remained.
“. . .it is a Texas thing.. “
It’s darn funny that you said that. I was thinking it.
It is a Texas Thing (Thang, actually)
Why do we have a hockey team anyway?
Have you been to the Colosseum they call home? Lot's of trouble with the ice.
The team was named after the legendary Jackalope (note spelling) Not only is the Jackalope the worlds largest hare it has horns as well - antelope horns.