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Old 01-27-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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Ok, here is my situation. I currently live in chicago, have a job which I like, pay is somewhat ok too but I dont see any advancement within my company. I have been to houston many times and I really like it there. I have few friends there as well so I know some people/area there. Main reason I would like to relocate because I am just sick of cold weather and also the cost of living in chicago.

I know the current economy is bad almost everywhere and obviously I do not have any job lined up in houston. I have enough savings for me to survive for 3 to 4 years even if I dont work. I have 0 debt.

Do you guys think it would be a good idea to just quit my job and move to houston in this current economy and look for job there? I have to move out of my place by MAY because lease is up. Oh and I am in IT field.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Houston
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It might be better to have a job before leaving a job in the present economy. On the other hand, when my Dad move here years ago he didn't have a job set up. He came close to turning back, but then he eventually landed one and stayed.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Bellaire...Texas
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Ok, here is my situation. I currently live in chicago, have a job which I like, pay is somewhat ok too but I dont see any advancement within my company. I have been to houston many times and I really like it there. I have few friends there as well so I know some people/area there. Main reason I would like to relocate because I am just sick of cold weather and also the cost of living in chicago.

I know the current economy is bad almost everywhere and obviously I do not have any job lined up in houston. I have enough savings for me to survive for 3 to 4 years even if I dont work. I have 0 debt.

Do you guys think it would be a good idea to just quit my job and move to houston in this current economy and look for job there? I have to move out of my place by MAY because lease is up. Oh and I am in IT field.
I say yes since your tired of the cold and cost of living in Chi-Town. Cost of living is lower here, also Houston's economy is doing better than Chicago (and other cities.) The only situation that might be a problem is a job. You should get a job lined up in Houston (just in case the economy gets worse or something.)

Hope you decide to become a Houstonian.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Houston
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If you've got enough money to live for 3 to 4 years I'd say go for it. I haven't heard of the IT field being hit too hard yet but you never know. I'd prob take the others' advice and try to have something lined up before you come. You don't really want to have to use your savings if you don't have to.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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If you can survive for 3-4 yrs then that's good but you should really have something lined up before the move. You could be without work for an untold number of days or even months and that won't look good to potential employers. I would say wait until the economy gets better.

Plus, why spend your money? Stick it in savings or invest it in the mean time.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:08 AM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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no. you need to find a more compelling reason to make this move
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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konfused - you do sound confused! Start crossdressing at work and say you have gender identity disorder. Then maybe you will get laid off, collect unemployment, and use the unemployment money foir your move!

I'm from Chicago and love Houston too, except for the Hurricanes, expensive electricity, car and uinsurance rates. Ultra cheap food though, and tons better selection.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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Jesse69, start crossdressing at work? is that how you relocated to houston, tx? lol
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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konfused - you do sound confused! Start crossdressing at work and say you have gender identity disorder. Then maybe you will get laid off, collect unemployment, and use the unemployment money foir your move!

I'm from Chicago and love Houston too, except for the Hurricanes, expensive electricity, car and uinsurance rates. Ultra cheap food though, and tons better selection.
Great advice!!!!
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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I'm from Chicago and love Houston too, except for the Hurricanes, expensive electricity, car and insurance rates. Ultra cheap food though, and tons better selection.
Better selection of food than Chicago? You have to be kidding.

I like it here, but it is really difficult to find authentic ethnic foods. You can find some (There is an Indian area, but it is no where near as large as the one in Devon on Chicago). In Evanston, there was a variety of authentic ethnic foods including Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican (not Tex-Mex), Brazilian, Italian, Kosher, etc. All of these were actually within a long walk or a short train ride from my house.

Food is a little bit cheaper here, that is true, but more selection, not that I can tell and aside from restaurants, we had ethnic grocery stores that stocked particular foods fairly close by.

Dorothy
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