Thoughts on Houston

It’s been a while since the last time I wrote about where I’ve moved to, if I’ve written anything at all (can’t remember at the moment although it’s been talked about on Twitter and one-on-one for certain). So in the interests of either filling a gap in writing, or being redundant and amusing myself by talking about the same things again, here we go.

Houstonians are, as a rule, ruder than people in South Carolina. I’m not sure why that is. Could come from everyone having to live so close together.

I have yet to find an Asian restaurant that understands the concept of sweet tea.

Traffic lights mean nothing. Neither do the lanes painted onto the road.

Many I’ve run across don’t seem to realize there is a world outside Texas. (Is this a problem endemic to Texas?)

The lack of income tax is more than compensated for by the higher sales tax and cost of living.

So far I haven’t said anything positive about Houston, and it’s a policy of mine to at least try to find something positive to say when I have a list of negatives, to at least pretend to have balance.

Unfortunately I can’t think of anything worth liking about this place. My plan from the beginning was to be here short-term, but it may end up being shorter-term than even I anticipated.

4 thoughts on “Thoughts on Houston

  1. Not all Houstonians are rude. Some of us (maybe me since, despite being born and raised there, I have never been a typical one) are polite and caring. Course, I haven’t been back there since 2007 (when I visited there after retirement on my way to Georgia). But, people here in Georgia seem a lot more friendlier than what little I remember of Houston..

    • I didn’t say they all are rude. I said that as a general rule they are ruder than those back “home” for lack of a better word. I have met several polite Houstonians but not enough to offset the general feel of the place.

  2. Jason (Galactic Overlord)

    “Houstonians are, as a rule, ruder than people in South Carolina. I’m not sure why that is. Could come from everyone having to live so close together.”

    Are there any big cities that qualify as friendly? I wonder about that.

    “Many I’ve run across don’t seem to realize there is a world outside Texas. (Is this a problem endemic to Texas?)”

    I frequently hear Texans are a particularly “Texas-centric” folk. The people there do have a certain pride about their state that I don’t find comparable in other southern/western states.

    “The lack of income tax is more than compensated for by the higher sales tax and cost of living.”

    Makes me wonder what it’s like outside or on the fringes of a major metro area. I think that’s why I prefer an unincorporated suburb. I worry about state and parish (Louisiana has parishes, not counties) taxes, but not city ones on top of that.

    • It’s mostly the higher cost of living. My salary went up when I moved out here, but my living expenses also went up quite a lot, mostly due to housing (which I would not expect to be different in any city).

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