Stay Away From Tx!!!!!
I moved to TX 4 years ago from the East Coast - 4 freakin LONG years ago. I have to got to get the hec outta here!!! I had some family move down here - they're "Christian" and are right at home in the bible belt but I'm just me and let me tell you Texas is not the place to think differently from the pack. Being "Christian" is the norm here - I have nothing against true christians except they are real hard to come by in Texas. Here almost everyone I've met so far goes to church every Sunday - but it seems that 90% of them go to church for appearances! Because they're "supposed to" or are expected to not because they really want to or actually live a "Christian" lifestyle out side of church. All these same folks that go to church every Sunday and are supposed "christians" are the same folks you'll find half naked in clubs every weekend. You think there's southern hospitality but again - all for appearances - it's hard to come by "real" people in this state that have any kind of loyalty towards others - they gossip about eachother and stab eachother in the back constantly to get ahead then they smile in eachothers face the next day then wonder why such and such isn't really smiling back anymore - really???? They live WAY beyond their means (very materialistic- think Dallas Divas and Daughters - hello!!!) and definitely don't accept folks as they are (as Christ would) - God hates gays? Really?? That's the way to bring people to church? Preaching hate? I've heard a million times that TX ranks in the bottom in healthcare including mental health and I believe it!!! This is so true - being here is depressing - eveyrone's either depressed and oppresed and it shows!!! Also people here are freakin HUGE because all there is to do is eat, drink and shop!!!!! I've never seen so many of the same stores within just a few miles of eachother!!! They're predominatly Republican mostly because of their "Christian beliefs" (and trust I have no problems with real Republicans - ya know the ones that aren't Republicans solely based off religious beliefs or because they're racist and/or hate Obama, etc... Remember those? I know it seems like a distant memory especially if you live in Texas). Yet despite lots of these folks claiming to base their politics on religious beliefs - ya know they're so "Christian" - they're against things that would help themselves and others!!!! Like Healthcare Reform (which this state so desparately needs). They think Obama is the devil (and I'm not saying he's perfect - trust not the deal at all) but SERIOUSLY!!!!!! They dislike him to the point that they refuse to let children watch him address their children in school YET they're OK with the State of TX re-writing history and disgracing their schools and doing their children a HUGE disservice by allowing them to teach this mess in schools!!! Where were all these people when the real devil - George Bush- was RUINING our Country for 8 years???? This is crazy!!!! I guess the one good thing is that I've become more politically active and aware of what's going on around me since I've moved here - I totally took for granted the normalcy of living in more liberal states - where folks can discuss their views and be open to point of views they might not have considered as opposed to just accuse another person of being wrong or worse unamerican or unpatriotic if they don't agree with your views. I moved here because the cost of living is much lower than living in NY, MA or RI - but the peace of mind that comes from being in a normal, cultured environment is worth whatever it takes. I can go on and on seriously - I've heard people say that Texans are stupid but I think the fact of the matter is that they are ignorant and uneducated about the world outside of Texas - many of the folks I've met have never been outside of Texas!!!!!! Good Lord!!! Could you imagine? Yuck!!! Anyways the bottom line is that if you're an ignorant redneck, racist, materialistic, insecure and/or fake Christian you will likely be very happy living here - but if you're the least bit educated about the world around you , can appreciate other cultures, good food, like learning from others, thinking outside the box and dont' necessarily think not going to church everyday or week doesn't make you any less better than anyone else then DON'T MOVE HERE - RUN - RUN NOW! I intend on making 2010 my last year in TX - whatever you decide Good Luck- you'll definitely need it if you move to Texas. PEACE!