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Old 03-15-2008, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Kingwood, Texas
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We've lived here 4 mos., moved just after Thanksgiving.
We came from Orange County, California. We live in Kingwood, and I don't work too far from there, so while technically in Houston, I've only been downtown twice since I arrived.

I work in the oil business, and I was brought in to manage the ERP systems for a large fishing tool company. So, essentially my job is a Californian advising Texans in the oil industry on how to run their business. You'd think I'd have better luck moving to Saudi Arabia and convert people to Christianity. But I have had nothing but a great experience. For all I know they scoff me when I leave the room. But, hey, if all y'all hate me, you're doing a great job of hiding it, and I appreciate it

Most remarkable is when young folks working in stores, or my children's friends call me "sir". I'm 42, if anyone ever called me sir in my whole life in Orange Co, I can't remember. I get the feeling there's a little more family orientation here, which suits me fine.

One thing I love of here is pride in where people are from. People in Texas love Texas. And it is infectious. (hey, that rhymes!)
I love living around people who love what they are and where they're from.
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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Most remarkable is when young folks working in stores, or my children's friends call me "sir". I'm 42, if anyone ever called me sir in my whole life in Orange Co, I can't remember. I get the feeling there's a little more family orientation here, which suits me fine.

One thing I love of here is pride in where people are from. People in Texas love Texas. And it is infectious. (hey, that rhymes!)
I love living around people who love what they are and where they're from.
*smiles* This a nice post!

As some of us posted on the "What do you love about Texas" thread, old fashioned good manners, such as using the terms sir, and ma'am, and saying please, thank you, and y'all come back!

And yes, we Texans are a proud people when it comes to our state and our history.

Thank you for your words, sir...and glad to have you amongst us!
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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We've lived here 4 mos., moved just after Thanksgiving.
We came from Orange County, California. We live in Kingwood, and I don't work too far from there, so while technically in Houston, I've only been downtown twice since I arrived.

I work in the oil business, and I was brought in to manage the ERP systems for a large fishing tool company. So, essentially my job is a Californian advising Texans in the oil industry on how to run their business. You'd think I'd have better luck moving to Saudi Arabia and convert people to Christianity. But I have had nothing but a great experience. For all I know they scoff me when I leave the room. But, hey, if all y'all hate me, you're doing a great job of hiding it, and I appreciate it

Most remarkable is when young folks working in stores, or my children's friends call me "sir". I'm 42, if anyone ever called me sir in my whole life in Orange Co, I can't remember. I get the feeling there's a little more family orientation here, which suits me fine.

One thing I love of here is pride in where people are from. People in Texas love Texas. And it is infectious. (hey, that rhymes!)
I love living around people who love what they are and where they're from.
Hey, what city in Orange County are you from? I know a kid who lives in Houston, but moved as a kid from Fullerton, I think his Father was in the petroleum business...he goes to school up here now...he said OC was the best climate and Houston the worst with Denton-DFW in the middle...no offense to good ole' H-Town...I like it nice down there!
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:04 PM
 
Location: The Miami Of Canada
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I've visited Houston for extended stays many times with trips to Dallas/Ft. Worth and Austin only once. In all those many times, I can only think of two incidents where the locals were unfriendly. One was at a Target near Sugarland and for whatever reason the clerk working there seemed to hold a grudge for no reason I could think of. The other was a Realtor in Houston who kept insisting that people from Chicago were bigots and that none of us want to live in mixed neighborhoods. I ended up having very little to do with that Realtor.

Other than those two incidents, every person I've met throughout my travels in Texas, Realtors included, have been pleasant and welcoming, even when I tell them I'm from Chicago.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:19 PM
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Location: Ohio
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I'm not from Texas, but I've lived here for over 5 years now and found plenty to like. To me, the things that are good outweigh the things that are different from the places I've lived before. I usually go out of my way to point out those things I like to the folks who have been here longer than I have and I've always been treated warmly by those folks when I do that.

I can see how other transplants could focus on what's different and be disappointed with life in Texas. I can also imagine how those opinions would be viewed poorly by natives who love their home state.

The only place I diverge is in support for my favorite sports teams from "back home." I'm a proud supporter of my favorite teams and I won't hesitate to root for them over Texas teams.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The only place I diverge is in support for my favorite sports teams from "back home." I'm a proud supporter of my favorite teams and I won't hesitate to root for them over Texas teams.

Well, that's just loyalty, and I think you'll find that loyalty is a virtue highly regarded by native Texans. We would, after all, do the same in your shoes.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:55 PM
 
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The only place I diverge is in support for my favorite sports teams from "back home." I'm a proud supporter of my favorite teams and I won't hesitate to root for them over Texas teams.

Well, that's just loyalty, and I think you'll find that loyalty is a virtue highly regarded by native Texans. We would, after all, do the same in your shoes.
With all do respect ma'am, I reserve the right to throw anyone out of my game watching party who roots for the other team...when my hometown team is playing...I encourage all other proud Texans to do the same...lol...jk...but seriously...Rangers, Mavericks, Cowboys, Stars, Spurs, Astros, Rockets, Texans, what isn't to love?!?! It's kinda like someone who moved from Colorado to Texas...coming to my party...and I offer them a Shiner Bock or Pearl/Lone Star...and they suggest a Coors...that gets me angry...very angry although, I have recieved flack from friends when the Spurs are playing a team other than the Mavericks and I root for the Spurs...because the Mavs and Spurs are rivals...I don't really consider them arch-rivals but I can see where they are coming from...but, once again...Lone Star Pride!
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:11 PM
 
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With all do respect ma'am, I reserve the right to throw anyone out of my game watching party who roots for the other team...when my hometown team is playing...I encourage all other proud Texans to do the same...lol...jk...but seriously...Rangers, Mavericks, Cowboys, Stars, Spurs, Astros, Rockets, Texans, what isn't to love?!?! It's kinda like someone who moved from Colorado to Texas...coming to my party...and I offer them a Shiner Bock or Pearl/Lone Star...and they suggest a Coors...that gets me angry...very angry although, I have recieved flack from friends when the Spurs are playing a team other than the Mavericks and I root for the Spurs...because the Mavs and Spurs are rivals...I don't really consider them arch-rivals but I can see where they are coming from...but, once again...Lone Star Pride!
HAHAHAHA. LOVE IT, WhiteChocolate! Spoken like a True Texan!

I hasten to add that I dearly respects Miss TexasHorseLady, it was just a great post. I bet you agree, don't you?
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Camphost in Durand, IL
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I spent 2 years in San Antonio and fell in love with that city. Why I ever left I still question. What I loved most, the people, Texans as a whole. I mean, who else calls their state simply, The Great State of?

I'll be a transplant soon myself and one thing I won't do is try to bring any of Chicago to Texas. If it were so great where I live now, I would just stay here. Chili is way better than hotdogs and pizza anyday! I'll just have to settle for being a Texan by choice. Just 6 more days before I get view of that beautiful night sky.

I have a friend from Austin and I asked him how long would it be before I could claim to be a Texan. He said, move down here and hate the north (he was joking, sorta). If that is true I'm half way there. All I have to do is move.

When in Texas....do as a Texan. "Why yes I'd love a coke, make mine a Dr. Pepper."
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Warrior Country
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When in Texas....do as a Texan. "Why yes I'd love a coke, make mine a Dr. Pepper."
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