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Re: Living in Texas or New Mexico
Old 05-28-2005, 06:16 PM   #41
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Houston is TEXAS on steroids with a bad attitude, its crazy to drive there, and the summers are hot/humid and very lousy, but its if you need medical care (and can afford it) the Texas Medical center is a real plus.
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Re: Living in Texas or New Mexico
Old 05-28-2005, 06:59 PM   #42
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I know parts of Texas fairly well, but with the perspective of someone who grew up elsewhere.*

Austin is a pretty good place to live.* Decent scenery, mild winters, a lot of musical entertainment.* The population is better educated and yes, more liberal than the rest of the state.* Housing is relatively (for Tx) expensive unless you live "way out".* Property taxes are obscene.* Summers can be very hot and fairly humid even when it doesn't rain for a month at a time. The town doesn't "feel" overly large though traffic can be heavy at times...it just depends.* Lots of water if you like to boat or fish.* Though fairly diverse, it is still Texas and by that I mean an underlying culture of God, Guns, Football, and Bar-b-Q.* If none of these things fascinate you...well, you get my drift.

Dallas is bigger and more "Texan".* Money oriented.* Not noted for it's natural beauty.* Big Bugs.* Still, if you like big cities you could do worse.

Houston is rougher, bigger and a very distant third IMO.

That's my quick (not so balanced) take*

"Big D" is indeed flat as a pancake. I recall being surprised that I could
see downtown Dallas from 15 miles away. I agree Houston is not
nearly as appealing as Dallas. You know my views on Austin.

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Old 05-28-2005, 09:13 PM   #43
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Haven't heard much about the forgotten TX city, San Antonio
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Haven't heard much about the forgotten TX city, San Antonio
Think Northern Mexico. Scorpions, fire ants, snakes, roaches, termites (and that's just the city government). Oppressive heat and humidity, unreasonably high cost for city water due to surface water phobia (that stuff is polluted!) and resulting reliance on fragile and strained underground aquifer. Exhorbitant property taxes and a combined sales tax rate of 8.25%.

Culture? The symphony orchestra doubles as a mariachi band on weekends.

Fugghetaboudit.

On the plus side, we do have a heck of an NBA team. Go Spurs!

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Think Northern Mexico.* Scorpions, fire ants, snakes, roaches, termites (and that's just the city government).* Oppressive heat and humidity, unreasonably high cost for city water due to surface water phobia (that stuff is polluted!) and resulting reliance on fragile and strained underground aquifer.* Exhorbitant property taxes and a combined sales tax rate of 8.25%.*

Culture?* The symphony orchestra doubles as a mariachi band on weekends.*

Fugghetaboudit.

On the plus side, we do have a heck of an NBA team.* Go Spurs!

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Gonna be a great final: Detroit v.s. San Antonio. Talk about a clash of cultures.
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REW,

Don't you live in Texas too? What is all the bitching about? (Maybe another JG strategy to keep people out of here)

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I thought texas WAS northern mexico. Or at least it was. Might be again...
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Never, Never underestimate the power of Walmart, McDonalds, Coke - or the great American Icon - THE CREDIT CARD to - aculturize the the unwashed.

Today America - tomorrow the world - er ah didn't someone already say that.

In the end - they all will sucome to the American Way.

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Old 05-29-2005, 01:58 PM   #50
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Damn - I hate I missed the thick of the conversation concerning Austin. I think Austin is "Heaven on Earth".
Yes, the property taxes are someone high but no state income tax. In my opinion anywhere around Austin is nice - rolling hills, very educated people, open minded unlike a lot of the South and tons of things to do - 1.5 hr from San Antonio, 3 hr from Dallas and Houston.
Yes Austin does have a California influence due to the tech business and UT (50,000) - but the quality of life is excellent. If you want country within 15 miles, if you want urban one of the best cities to live, if you like lakes - Canyon, Travis, Buchanan. Very similar to Boulder, Colo.

KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD!!!
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:12 PM   #51
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Austin is cheap weird, Boulder is expensive weird. 8)
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:15 PM   #52
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Gonna be a great final: Detroit v.s. San Antonio.* Talk about a clash of cultures.
Yep! I lived /worked in Detroit for years. Also Texas!
Clash of cultures is spot on.

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Gonna be a great final: Detroit v.s. San Antonio.* Talk about a clash of cultures.
Miami-San Antonio will be a pretty interesting bb match up as well.* But not quite the culture clash
* * * * * * * * * * San Antonio* * * * * * * * Miami* * * * * * * * Detroit
Sun* * * * * * * * Sunny* * * * * * * * * * * *Sunny* * * * * * * *Cloudy
Ecomony* * * * *Good?* * * * * * * * * * * Good* * * * * * * *No jobs
Rep/Dem* * * * *Red* * * * * * * * * * * * * Red* * * * * * * * * Blue* *
Weapons* * * * Legal carry* * * * * * * *Legal carry* * * *All carry
Shoot* * * * * * *Snakes* * * * * * * * * * *If it moves* * * *Yes

Oh, we'll have to see what happens next game in the east.

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Miami-San Antonio will be a pretty interesting bb match up as well. But not quite the culture clash
San Antonio Miami Detroit
Sun Sunny Sunny Cloudy
Ecomony Good? Good No jobs
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Shoot Snakes If it moves Yes

Oh, we'll have to see what happens next game in the east.

That's a funny post; good one. And I was premature, ejecting Miami out before they actually lost. But Detroit's gotta get into the finals, giving us a red/blue state matchup.
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Don't you live in Texas too?
Yes

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What is all the bitching about?
Not bitching, just stating facts.

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(Maybe another JG strategy to keep people out of here)
Vicky, are you suggesting a conspiracy? (Remember, you're not paraniod if they are really out to get you.) Acutally, I'm simply encouraging those interested in TX to consider Austin, the true-blue heart of the state...

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Dagnabit REW, LEX, BestStash,* *Don't be misleading the good folks who Google to this site by withholding all the terrible parts of present day live in Austin.

The road rage factor in an unsolvable traffic nightmare is bad enough let alone the taxes, fees, heat, multitudes trying to attend any public event, etc. etc.

You are doing them a disservice by not describing the cool, cheap acreage, of the piney woods in counties EAST of Austin.

If you are confused about the true nature of Ausin read my posts in the archived old forums.

Austin is an abomination to the rest of the state. For sure.

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Charlie, If you believe the Texas legislature will reduce property taxes by 1/3 and counties and school districts will not find a whay to raise your tax burden above what it is now, then I have some great treasure maps I can sell you that I will guarentee you an early retirement.
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If anyone is interested in looking for land east or southeast of Austin, check out the following site:

http://www.trrn.com/

Fayette county is very popular and less expensive than
Bastrop county. *

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Dagnabit REW, LEX, BestStash,* *Don't be misleading the good folks who Google to this site by withholding all the terrible parts of present day live in Austin.

The road rage factor in an unsolvable traffic nightmare is bad enough let alone the taxes, fees, heat, multitudes trying to attend any public event, etc. etc.

You are doing them a disservice by not describing the cool, cheap acreage, of the piney woods in counties EAST of Austin.

If you are confused about the true nature of Ausin read my posts in the archived old forums.

Austin is an abomination to the rest of the state. For sure.

"abomination" is spot on. but Ol_Rancher, goldang!!!............don't tell folks about the "piney woods" . Non Texans don't know about that. Please talk up the snakes, fire ants, guns and rednecks. Otherwise, you may see an influx of
yankees and you just know some are liberals. Before you know it we won't
be able to confine them to Austin. Do you want another grotesque
wart on the nose of an otherwise beautiful woman? One Austin is more than enough for any state.

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You are doing them a disservice by not describing the cool, cheap acreage, of the piney woods in counties EAST of Austin.
I live in the cool, cheap acreage, piney woods in a county EAST of Austin (Bastrop) - and I do NOT llike it.

Yes, cheap living. Gorgeouse neighborhood. Lots of trees, beautiful piney wood areas including my own backyard, very lush. But I don't like the redneck environment. If I need milk, it is a 20 minute roundtrip. If I want to go out and eat something else than McDonalds or BBQ, it is still a 1.5 hour round trip. I think it is great if you are really into the country lifestyle, but not for me.

Nice brick 3/2/2 FSBO around the corner, asking 95K on one acre- appraised at 125K+. Lady died, daughter wants to sell it asap without realtor. Or... you can buy mine once we have moved to AUSTIN.

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