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Old 07-18-2010, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Allentown, PA
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Its been 8 weeks now and I am really missing home. I like it here and I think San Antonio is a great city but there are things here that I can't seem to adjust too.

I really have a problem with the amount of stray animals I see on a daily basis. I never even thought about strays in PA and it makes me so sad to see these poor animals with no home and no one to love them. I unfortunately work on the Southeast side of town where people seem to have little respect for animals, no offense to anyone from there. I'm sure not everyone lacks responsibility for their "pets" in the south side. I think this is a MAJOR problem for San Antonio that really needs to be focused on by the community and the officials who "run" the city. Why is this such a problem here?

I also have had a really hard time adjusting to the amount of bugs and critters here. I know what I was getting myself into when we decided to move here, but for some reason since I have been down here I can't seem to ignore it and "get used to it". I can't tell you how many scorpions have been in our house. Just today we killed two of them. I am NOT ok with this. We do live on a 17 acre ranch that is rocky and overgrown so its a breeding ground for critters, so I guess I really shouldn't be complaining, but do others have scorpions in their homes around town?

Another hard adjustment for me is the road systems around town. I am getting better at them and used to how it all works, but the drivers are terrifying around here. No one seems to understand what merging onto a highway is and what exactly a yield sign means. It's do or die on the highways.

Please don't take this post as overly negative. I think this city is amazing beautiful with loads of awesome culture and pride. I was so excited to move here and become a "Texan" but I am not so sure I am cut out for it anymore. I am ready to head back to the East coast already, sad I know, but its how I feel.

Anyone else move here and having second thoughts about staying?
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:20 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I love the city, but I do agree with you on 100% three counts. I don't find your post to be negative at all. Unfortunately theres not much we can do about the stray problem, our humane societies are just completely overwhelmed.

The only thing I can recommend is getting an exterminator to check out your house to try and prevent bugs from getting inside your house.
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:59 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I can tell you it takes time to adjust on an out of state move, especially if this is your first one. My first one I cried for six months wondering what the heck I did.
As for the critters, that's to be expected with 17 acres. I agree with Anthony that you will need to get an exterminator.
The driving - I've seen worse in other states but you are right.....essentially the speed limit in Texas is merely a suggestion.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:19 AM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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I sent you a DM regarding this.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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sorry for all the deletes, my computer was not updating and I sent some too many times :/
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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So, instead of recommending you move to California , I will say give it a year. The first time we moved to SA it was from Germany. I really, really wasn't too thrilled to be here; but after that first year where we got out and explored the place, my opinion changed. Then it grew from liking San Antonio to really loving it!

Yes, there are some downsides; but having been to PA a lot (my in-laws live there), there are downsides to that area as well. However, give it a little time and hopefully you'll find it will be to your liking. Most people do, and if your observations--some of which I agree with (driving, strays) but one I don't (bugs, but I grew up in Florida so comparatively they are not nearly as bad here)--are everything that you find unpleasant, then I guess overall it can't be that bad, can it?

Just wait until winter, and watch the weather in PA, then you'll be extremely happy to be here!

Cheers! M2

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Old 07-18-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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OP, as M2 says - the area is going to be different than PA - the exterminators will take care of your bugs inside the house, and a visit to your local feed/ranch supply store will give you information on how to control the critters outside.

Texas certainly isn't for everyone. Some find the "real" country to be more than they bargained for. Others (such as yourself, as suspect) simply find themselves overwhelmed with all the new challenges of a new area. Given some time, I have a feeling you'll adapt - there really is a lot to be said for the area, but sometimes it takes a while (and personal fortitude) to overcome the challenges.
Some have it, others don't.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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We've been here for 3 1/2 months so far as well, and while I do agree with you on all these points... our family definitely isn't new to out of state moves. Out of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Tennessee... I like Texas the best so far. The biggest thing I can suggest is, is to get out and try to make some friends. Check out the hill country. The exterminators helped a lot with getting the scorpions out of our house and keeping them there

I HATE with a passion the drivers here in San Antonio. It's a mix of not caring, lack of understanding, and just bad driving. Then again... it is Texas. It doesn't surprise me anymore when I see traffic backed up, and some redneck in a truck decides he doesn't want to wait and drives over the grass median in his big ol' pickup truck with an exhaust pipe coming out of the truckbed like it's some semi truck. I just chuckle a bit.

Just gotta get used to it
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I agree the stray population is disheartening; it is a problem that is prevalent in some areas of town and virtually nonexistent in others. I live in Live Oak and have seen maybe 2 stray dogs over the past 2 years (however, there are several stray - or possibly just outside - cats), but teach on the Westside and can't even begin to count the number of strays I have seen in my time there. Before we moved back to San Antonio, I volunteered at an amazing Humane Society. I feel there are too many shelters here; it's not that they have too much space, which is needed, but that with so many of them run differently and with funding spread out among them, they are perhaps not as effective as they could be if some were consolidated or if they were a more cohesive group somehow. I was (among other things) an adoption counselor at our Humane Society. I know at least one or more of the shelters here has that as a paid position instead of volunteer, which is a waste of money that could go towards other staff or programs. With committee meetings, after school tutoring and clubs, and Saturday tutoring, I am not able to volunteer as I would like. All I feel I can do now is talk to my students about pet care, spaying/neutering, the joy of a pet that is truly part of your family rather than an afterthought...

Regarding scorpions, we are lucky enough not to have seen any of these since we have been back. I grew up off and on in Live Oak as an Air Force dependent, and I remember in my elementary school years we did get them in the house every once in a while - mainly when construction was being done in the area. I have lived in many cities in the States as well as in Germany, and each of those places did have their own variety of "critters" - I don't think there's a way to get away from them entirely.

Drivers - oh, my, what to say about the drivers? I have certainly experienced worse, but that doesn't ease my frustration. Some of my annoyances are the way people drive in the rain and the fact that if someone is stopped on the side of the road with a flat tire, pulled over by the police, or in a fender bender, people seem to have to flipping slam on their brakes and gawk. There have been so many times that I have been in traffic backups and assume that there must be a major accident or major lane closure ahead, only to reach the area of the slowdown and find that there is just a car (or cars) on the side of the road.

I do know how hard it is to adjust to a new home, but I hope you are able to give it some more time. There is much to see and do here, plus many other major cities, rivers, small towns, etc. are easily reached for a day or weekend trip. Good luck.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Its been 8 weeks now and I am really missing home. I like it here and I think San Antonio is a great city but there are things here that I can't seem to adjust too.
There are just things you never adjust to. in my 4 years in SA it was just heart breaking seeing all those animals just wonder the streets. Me and my bf would take in stray dogs and cats all the time. We would feed them, de-worm them, spay of neuter every whenever a free or discounted opportunity popped up and then have that pet adopted FOR FREE. It really ran us broke but we found it hard to just let them suffer or get run over by cars.
at one point we had 11 cats and 3 dogs in a two bedroom place (so not up to code).

we have had very successful adoptions. The people keep in touch.
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