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Old 12-19-2011, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by jazzlover View Post
I've found the Texans IN Texas, especially the rural areas, to be really nice folks most of the time.
Agreed. Generally whenever a topic like this comes up I've basically said that there are two types of people in this world-good and bad.

I was in power plant and pipeline construction for three decades. Surprisingly, I always found the guys from West Texas to be the most personable and honest. I never could figure out when I would talk to an individual, be it from Dallas, Houston, etc., and the subject would touch on the west side of the state, those people would chuckle and say, "Well that ain't Texas."

Really? Last I checked Odessa, Dalhart, El Paso, Amarillo, etc., were on the Texas road map. I have construction friends who live in Hereford, Midland, and Andrews who get defensive in a hurry when they hear this "that ain't Texas" schtick. They're proud of who they are, and they're proud of their town.

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Old 12-19-2011, 09:28 AM
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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I've been living in CO for about 5 and a half years. Although I did not come here from the South, I did come from Virgnia Beach where the climate is extremely humid. I haven't missed the humidity one bit, though the winters were more pleasant in Virginia than they have been thus far in Western Colorado. The first two Colorado winters were very sunny, so the cold didn't bother me. However, the past several winters have been rather gray, reminisent of an eastern US winter in that regard, BUT ... much colder than winter in Virginia Beach.

Cost of living overall is about the same, though real estate is less costly in western Colorado. And the traffic in the small city of Grand Junction is MUCH lighter than traffic in the metro area of Hampton Roads-VA with a population of 1.7 million crazy drivers.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:46 AM
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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Originally Posted by Zembonez View Post
Great post. Very informative. Well done.

In answer to your above question, the green chile is far more popular in the Southwest US than it ever was in Mexico. Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona seem to think it somehow IS Mexican food. Mexican food here is either TexMex (overdone with the chili powder and greasy) or Interior Mexican (mild and flavorful). The Mexican food cooked in the traditions of actual interior Mexico is quite good.

Most Americans have never had anything but SW US Mexican or TexMex.
Perhaps not the most important point to take issue with, but I assure you, Arizona has NO idea what green chile is!

The Mexican food here is predominantly Sonoran, which has its points, but green chile is not one of them. Down here what they call green chile is typically beef cooked with a few green chiles; it is really more of a pot roast type of dish.

Fortunately, we have a New Mexican restaurant in Tucson (the only one within 100 miles that I am aware of) with an above average green chile so I am able to get my fix without having to make a batch at home.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:13 PM
Location: Boulder
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"That's because green chile is a NEW Mexican delight that most Texans have never even heard of."

Not always true. One of the few things I'll miss about Dallas is the Hatch Chile Festival at Central Market.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:35 PM
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I've only lived here 3.5 years this stint, but have lived here 3 times now for a total of 8 years so i guess i qualify. I'm glad to have left behind the heat and bugs of TX, but i do miss family and a few restaurants. But i get to go back on biz several times a year so can hit Whataburger and my fave mexican places and fish places while there. I always come back 5 pounds heavier. But then i can come back and do real mountain biking and drop the 5...there is no mountain biking in Houston at elevation 50.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:51 PM
Location: Pueblo
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Greenscout your my hero! I am from pueblo and for the last two years have been stuck in sugarland.not anymore,me and the wife are coming back home in a week.close on our home in pueblo westHouston is in the top ten for most exspensive cities to live.yes,home prices are cheap,but they dont favtor in the ridiculous energy bills year sround and hugh rents etc.Oh Pueblo where art thou.
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