All Roads Lead To Houston

  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 23, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    So, as many of you know, I'm looking at moving to Texas for a job. It's been a nightmare dealing with US Immigration in regards to my position and job description. The company that I will work for used to have business in Canada, and I've previously worked for them, so they're eager to have me back...and I'm eager to move to Texas.

    It's taken a few weeks, but we've finally defined what will be my new role in the company, Texas Regional Business Consultant. We got that all sorted out yesterday.

    So, this is my wake-up call this morning, in a nutshell:

    Vice President: 'Goodmorning Shawn, I had a crazy thought...would you like to fly to Houston tonight or tomorrow morning?'

    Me: 'WTF?!?!?'

    So, tomorrow morning I'm off to Houston for 10 days, to assess the business situation and meet the people I will be dealing with.

    WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 23, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    Hey congrats, and enjoy the experience. Hope they are paying for your flight! Last minute flights can be mighty expensive.
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 23, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    Tell me about it. Round trip it's costing them close to $1200 USD. They're also paying for my hotel, taxis to and from the airports, and my meals.

    I'm so lucky and so shocked. It still hasn't sunk in yet.
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    Apr 23, 2008 8:15 PM GMT
    Man, that rocks!

    I can't wait for something like that to happen to me one day!
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    Apr 23, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    Well let us know what Houston is like. I avoid really hot places like the plague, but maybe at this time of year it is bearable.

    All I know is that it is about the same size as the Greater Toronto Area in terms of population (#6 in the US with 4.469 million people including Galveston), has a large hispanic population (30%), and has been growing for years.
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    Apr 23, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    Also just moved to Texas. Best of luck and enjoy!
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 23, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    Yeah, the similarity in size to Toronto is kind of a put-off for me. I do want to move to a smaller city. In my perfect world I'll be able to be living in Austin. Short-term though, I'd like to end up in Dallas once I get the Houston location up and running.
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    Apr 23, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    Austin is a good size, about 1.3 million, but Dallas-Ft. Worth is almost 5 million, bigger than Houston which surprised me (source Arbitron which measures radio audience size).

    If things go well over the 10 days they may want you earlier I take it. Hope you don't have a lot of stuff to move! I PERSONALLY HATE MOVING.icon_evil.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 23, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    Yeah, if this trip to Houston goes well, I'll be moving down there as soon as I get my work visa, which could be as early as the beginning of June. If that's the case, I won't be going home like I had planned. If the work visa takes a bit longer, I'll have no choice but to move home for a few weeks because I have to be out of this apartment at the end of May.
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    Apr 23, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    but shawn. you'll be missing out on all of this.

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    Apr 23, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    Welcome to Texas!

    We're glad to have ya!!!!
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    Apr 23, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    no offense to people in houston but i just don't like houston ...

    my 2 stepsisters and 1 stepbrother are in houston ...

    i was able to visit and see houston for the first time in december 2006 ...

    i stayed there for 1 week ... for my christmas vacation holiday ...

    i spent christmas vacation with my dad, my stepmom, and my step-siblings ...

    my stepsisters & stepbrother were trying to convince me to move to houston ...

    but i said "NO" ...

    no way that i will move to houston ...

    for me, houston is flat ... boring ... and hot ...

    i don't see mountains ... i don't see oceans ... i don't see theme parks ...

    all i see are industrial buildings or whatever ...

    los angeles still rocks !!!

    well, im in hollywood ... he he ... icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • twentyfourhou...

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    Apr 23, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    Wish you well.
    I lived in the Houston area from 1989-2002 (Galveston, Dickinson).
    Hmmmmmmmmmm - hope you enjoy it more than i did.
    Best advice - live as close as possible to your job. Traffic is horrible!
    Invest in some good AC units (car/house). You will need it about 9 months out of the year. Invest in some good mosquito and roach repellant - they are huge and plentiful along the gulf coast.
    Invest in good flood and hurricane insurance - odds are you will need it.
    Invest in summer clothes and put your winter clothes away. You will need summer clothes about 10 months out of the year - sweaters about 5 weeks and jackets about 3 weeks out of the year.

    On the good side - Houston is one culturally diverse city and there is always some festival going on.
  • jarhead5536

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    Apr 23, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    I grew up there. All the above advice is excellent. Live close to your job, give away ALL your winter clothing, and get used to unrelenting humidity. Imagine that you are moving to the Brazilian rain forest with Los Angeles-class traffic congestion.
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    Apr 23, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    Yeah. I would have to agree. It is smoggy, sprawling, tons of bugs, humid and pretty dirty.

    Hopefully your job will keep you busy.
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    Apr 23, 2008 9:49 PM GMT
    jarhead5536 saidI grew up there. All the above advice is excellent. Live close to your job, give away ALL your winter clothing, and get used to unrelenting humidity. Imagine that you are moving to the Brazilian rain forest with Los Angeles-class traffic congestion.

    Good summary. ;)

    I just moved to Houston from Austin, and despite my initial trepidation about the move, Houston is really growing on me. I've made friends here more quickly than pretty much anywhere else. There is a lot more culture than you might expect, there are some top-notch universities, and we have some really cool parks. Spring weather has been just perfect, although the humidity levels are creeping up as summer approaches. The Montrose District is Houston's gayborhood, and it's fun and eclectic.

    Never thought I'd be the unofficial Houston chamber of commerce, but this place isn't as bad as people think.
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    Apr 23, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    ruck_us said[quote][cite]jarhead5536 said[/cite]I grew up there. All the above advice is excellent. Live close to your job, give away ALL your winter clothing, and get used to unrelenting humidity. Imagine that you are moving to the Brazilian rain forest with Los Angeles-class traffic congestion.

    Good summary. ;)

    I just moved to Houston from Austin, and despite my initial trepidation about the move, Houston is really growing on me. I've made friends here more quickly than pretty much anywhere else. There is a lot more culture than you might expect, there are some top-notch universities, and we have some really cool parks. Spring weather has been just perfect, although the humidity levels are creeping up as summer approaches. The Montrose District is Houston's gayborhood, and it's fun and eclectic.

    Never thought I'd be the unofficial Houston chamber of commerce, but this place isn't as bad as people think.

    Oh, and PS - Winter was much chillier here than I expected. Don't give away your winter clothes! icon_smile.gif[/quote]
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    Apr 23, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    Been there a few times when I lived in San Antonio and wasn't really a big fan. But if Kinetic lived there when I was in Texas, I might have visited it more!! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    diNgDonG saidno offense to people in houston but i just don't like houston ...

    my 2 stepsisters and 1 stepbrother are in houston ...

    i was able to visit and see houston for the first time in december 2006 ...

    i stayed there for 1 week ... for my christmas vacation holiday ...

    i spent christmas vacation with my dad, my stepmom, and my step-siblings ...

    my stepsisters & stepbrother were trying to convince me to move to houston ...

    but i said "NO" ...

    no way that i will move to houston ...

    for me, houston is flat ... boring ... and hot ...

    i don't see mountains ... i don't see oceans ... i don't see theme parks ...

    all i see are industrial buildings or whatever ...

    los angeles still rocks !!!

    well, im in hollywood ... he he ... icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif




    well, between denver and houston ... i prefer denver ...

    denver is a pretty nice place ... and cool too ...

    the scenery is awesome ... just like los angeles ...

    i have a sister & brother-in-law in denver ...

    i visited them in november 2007 ...

    i spent thanksgiving weekend holiday with my sister & brother-in-law ...

    i like denver ...

    if i have to move and leave los angeles, i will choose denver ...

    denver is cool ...

    cheers !!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 23, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    Best of luck in Houston. When I was stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana I would always flee to Houston on my longer weekends and holidays. I became quite familiar with that huge, modern city and found it very architecturally and aesthetically attractive despite no zoning laws and its hot, humid climate. The people were also quite friendly and very helpful. When I got out of the US Army in May 1993, I originally planned on moving to Houston however, a bunch of people talked me out moving to Houston and move to Austin instead. Its much safer and cleaner they reasoned. Unfortunately I fell for the advice and moved to Austin and then that began some of the worst years of my life. Austin might be cleaner and safer but it was also boring, overpriced, and very unfriendly.
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    Apr 23, 2008 10:50 PM GMT
    omg! i'm so jealous!! have you seen how many incredibly hot guys are on here from houston! bitch!
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 23, 2008 10:51 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, you'll all getting me super excited! 10 months of hot weather...no winter clothes...can it get any better? I admit, I'm not a huge fan of the humidity, but I'm less of a fan of snow. Our original plans for me to move to Dallas in the fall is actually more sensible than Houston in June, at least I would have had the oppourtunity to climatize as much as possible before dealing with the summer weather, but oh well, not much I can do about that.
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    Apr 23, 2008 10:55 PM GMT
    Good luck!
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    Apr 23, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidAustin might be cleaner and safer but it was also boring, overpriced, and very unfriendly.

    Houston's great, but don't let this joker bag on Austin, Shawn...it's a great town. He had a bad time, but he's a generalizer and a whiner.

    My advice, live in Houston, where the cost of living is lower, and visit Austin for the beauty (which Houston is a smidge flat on).
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    Apr 23, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    The road to Houston is paved with good intentions.

    So I've heard.