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Hausen, thanks for the reply. I found your post to very funny. I believe everything you say it was very descriptive and my imagination got me a chuckle or two. Divorcees aren't really my forte so i will probably look elsewhere. To be honest I do not foresee this job being the end of my career and will probably look for a position in Dallas after a year or two.
Google maps listed the trip from marshall to oxford at about 6hrs 50min. I find google to be pretty accurate and usually manage to make good time on all my excursions, so ill hold that to be true until proven otherwise. Thanks for the heads up though.
As far as nightlife Im sure i will venture to shreveport at sometime to experience it for myself. i will probably go into dallas every so often (once a month or so where i have a good friend from school). With the majority of Marshall being "dumpy", which seems to be the consensus, can you tell me what parts of Marshall have nicer housing/apts? I believe someone said near the hospital but im not sure if they were speaking of Marshall or Longview. Thanks again!
I don't know about apartments because I escaped. But I am sure that all of the old drug den/favorite standards are available. If I were you, I would live in Longview and commute. Live somewhere off of the Loop. That way at least you have some access to food and a mall. Plus, there is a very large liquor store called Harley's. This will get you through some of the rough times. Also, the closer you live to Dallas, the better for those quick getaways. The escape route is I20 West. You may also choose to take cheap fights out of Shreveport to NOLA to mix it up.
When you go to Marshall, everyone will tell you that George Foreman is from there. Yet no one ever sees him and the George's/Georgettes. They will also tell you that Disney is opening a western themed park nearby so if you just wait it out, it'll be a happening area. (There are no property records of such transactions).
Think Trueblood, except instead of the sexy vampires, werewolves, witches, etc for excitement, you get bloated guys n gals in wranglers and cowboy boots out line dancing to country music after a hot night out at the local chain steakhouse/Chili's, or super fancy Olive Garden/Red Lobster (reserved for only the finest caliber of dining).
Best of all, drive through liquor stores and mixed drink stands. It isn't considered an open container if they tape the straw down. These will serve you in your time of need. I repeat, use these to your advantage. What could be a year of misery and trips to be saved at local churches could be a somewhat hazy, but pleasant bender where you also gain work experience.
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Haha. Man, your posts are quite entertaining. It certainly sounds like I will do most of my entertainment outside of marshall, which is fine by me. I would like to live in marshall to avoid commutes to and from work (I have a young pup also, who would appreciate bathroom breaks during my work breaks).
I found a place called country club place off of country club drive (SE of downtown it looks like) in marshall that is near the municipal golf course that looks rather decent. Outside of a couple trips to dallas, oxford, and those cheap flights to NOLA I will be trying to save as much money as possible so being a home body and avoiding the unpleasant things of marshall shouldnt be too hard.
If you know anything about that area of Marshall that would be great. Experience has taught me that most housing around golf courses are usually on the nicer end of the spectrum...but then again...
I wish I could say VonHuffenHausen is full of crap, but unfortunately he's not. That's part of the reason I escaped myself. It is less true in Longview than the more rural parts though. Like I've said before, I felt it was more of a change going from small-town East Texas to Longview than from Longview to Dallas.
With that said, I never spent much time in Marshall except for going to TSTC and the Yamaha shop at the edge of town so I don't know much about it. I know more about Longview. And if you ever do want to pick up booze there (I don't know why you would since Marshall is wet), The Don's at HG Mosley and Marshall Ave has chicks in bikinis in a hot tub at the drive-through. You're welcome.
It's hot there like all Texas. Parts of town are real bad run down and poor.
My friend Dave got work out there a year ago and decided to live in Longview and commute because Marshal was so boring.
I have a lot of family in nearby Jefferson and Shreveport too and there's not a lot to do in Marshal but things are near like lakes, casinos and jobs are not everywhere these days...........
I dont know alot about the golf in Jefferson area but Tyler is a city with several good golf courses. It is close enough for a weekend round every other week or once a month. It use to be a pretty nice small city but cant compare it to SRV, La. Good luck and welcome to Tx
Ooohhh, I went to school in Marshall, Tx (not too terribly long ago) so I can tell you quite a bit.
Marshall is a historic town, being one of the firsts to offer an African American college (or the first?) it isn't small, per say, but it isn't big either. Being at the intersection of two major highways (59 and i20) makes it busy and rather large, but without anything to do. Lol. It's a college town, offering three different colleges. East Texas Baptist University, Texas Technical Community College, and Wiley. So there is a lot of young life. There was actually a movie made about the town a few years back. I believe Denzelle Washington played in it (spelling error?).
There isn't much to do there, however, Longview provides adequate shopping and nightlife is a stones throw away at Shreveport.
Marshall itself is a lot of getto, though. It does have nice areas, however, I would suggest checking out Longview for housing if you wanted a super-safe place to live. But the area is very pretty due to the Piney Woods, the lakes are definitely beautiful (and fun) if you're into outdoor recreation.
Given, ETBU (my college) is situated right in the heart of the getto and we rarely had issues. Lots of students rent out homes in the neighborhood.
I second this post.
I have lived in Tyler, Whitehouse, Longview, and Kilgore - all in East Texas and all close to Marshall. I also have family in Shreveport, Louisiana and some friends in Marshall, and my brother went to ETBU there, so though I haven't lived in Marshall, I am pretty familiar with it.
Personally, I much prefer Longview to Marshall. Marshall has some rough spots to it, and I guess "ghetto" is the best word to use to describe the feel of much of Marshall (not all of it though). There are some really nice towns and small cities nearby, so I wouldn't rule out working in Marshall, but I wouldn't make it my top pick for investing when it comes to real estate.
There is some beautiful land, with some nice, new developments north and west of Marshall, heading toward Longview (Longview is only about 20 minutes from Marshall). You could probably find some beautiful property around there. In fact, my husband and I are considering a move in that direction soon.
You should enjoy your proximity to Shreveport - lots of nightlife and good shopping there.
You will also be close to Tyler - a very nice town about 45 minutes west on I 20. There is some good shopping there, and there are also some very nice restaurants (much nicer overall than Marshall).
Dallas will be just 2 1/2 hours west straight down I 20.
I really like East Texas. Good luck to you!
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