Glad I'm Outta There!
I moved to Texas in 2004 to be with family. I m from the west coast. I did visit the state a couple of times before I moved. When I was a visitor, people put on their best face and ask if you like the town and the state. Texans spend a great deal of time bragging about how great things are there. I should have payed attention more as a visitor. I went to a Bally's gym and showed my card to the attendant. He immediately said "we don't act that way here." The card said West Los Angeles on the back. I spoke with administrators at school districts and was told that there wouldn't be a problem with getting a teaching job in the district. I packed up, moved there to be with my new husband who has family there, so I thought that I would have some support. Things changed the moment I got off the plane and moved into our house that we had built near Joe Pool Lake. My sister who moved there years prior decided to cut off communication with me (over attending a high school graduation-I couldn't fly out for the graduation, fly back to LA, then move to TX; she didn't want to understand I had only so much money), and the administrators acted like they didn't have any contact with me prior to my moving. I spent money on transcript reviews, finally got a job with a school that may has well have been a plantation. People hated that I didn't move into a trailer park or ghetto neighborhood but a new house in a new subdivision. People were very rude, they can't drive and it is crazy hot. If it were not for wanting to be with my husband, I would have never moved there. Those folks call themselves Christian but they are not Christ-like at all. I could go on, but we moved in April and the house just sold 3 weeks ago. I am back on the west coast and I am happy to be with civilization again.