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01-16-2014 10:57 AM
philethier
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Originally Posted by Dephcon5 View Post
The shock for me came when I stepped out one day and it was 106 degrees outside! In that instant I felt like I was the pizza.
For me, the deal in Texas at 108 degrees was all about the wind direction.

Wind from the west, I was fine, just keep drinking that water.

Wind from the east, I'm dying here, I might not last the day.
01-16-2014 10:20 AM
Dephcon5 @ Flying Scotsman; I agree, Charlotte NC is really nice. I got an uncle who relocated there.

@ jefrac; Not so much culture shock. I was pleasantly surprised to find really good bagels and some exceptionally good pizza. Yes, McKinney Texas has two small restaurants that has some seriously good pizza and that was a bit of a surprise Overall though, I like Texas. It isnt anything like the hill billy place I thought it might be, at least not the North Dallas area. Winter is more tolerable here, no snow to shovel even if it does snow and I have not been shot at for being a NY Giants or Yankees fan.... yet
Anyway.... The shock for me came when I stepped out one day and it was 106 degrees outside! In that instant I felt like I was the pizza. Holy crap!

The cars and coffee bit sounds good to me, you'll prob see me around and thanks for the welcome

@ cokey; I know EXACTLY what you mean
01-13-2014 11:40 AM
cokey yea like i said before.. i dont mind driving.. we can't be too far away from a city (wife works) but if i could help it, i'd be surronded by 100 acres with no one around lol.. living in libral ny, i don't want to be around it again. i'm a realist, constitutional freedom loving person.. i basically don't belong in any party.. seems like austin might be out of the question.. thanks again everyone..
01-12-2014 02:49 PM
jefrac Dephcon5, welcome to the area! That is a beautiful Elise! I hope there is not too much culture shock for it's owner. We had a blast up at Eagles Canyon Raceway yesterday, check it out some time. There are normally 5 - 10 of us that show for Cars and Coffee in Plano (1st Sat of each month from 8-10). The Drivers Edge events are great too at MSR - Cresson and TWS. I am just over in Flower Mound.... there are a few of us Lotus guys around. Hope to see you soon.
01-12-2014 12:23 PM
Flying Scotsman Charlotte NC.
Great weather, closer to home (NY) if required. Low cost of living, nice people, good gun laws
01-12-2014 10:01 AM
Dephcon5
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Originally Posted by lighterthanair View Post
Mike,

If you are looking for better weather overall, then Texas is certainly one choice. I was born there (Midland) and grew up there (Dallas, Houston, some time in Austin), but then lived and worked in Connecticut for a year or so around Danbury/Killingly area. Now, I'm overseas.
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I like north Texas because I'm close to different tracks when I'm home. But with the new F1 circuit, I'll be going down there when I get back.

Circuit of the Americas or Lime Rock? Decisions....Decisions....
I used to run at Limerock. Took me a good 3 hr drive from Queens but what fun that track is. My old Shelby was sold in 2006 but the Elise works better for me nowadays and much easier to drive. Taconic Parkway up to Poughkeepsie from The Bronx or Route 9 just north of Sleepy Hollow into Putnam county are prob my fav roads, especially during the fall. Alas, I dont miss the insane taxes or the politics though
01-12-2014 07:47 AM
lighterthanair Mike,

If you are looking for better weather overall, then Texas is certainly one choice. I was born there (Midland) and grew up there (Dallas, Houston, some time in Austin), but then lived and worked in Connecticut for a year or so around Danbury/Killingly area. Now, I'm overseas.

Have to say, I loved driving up there in Connecticut, and Lime Rock is nearby. People were good, but hated the taxes, the nanny state politicos. Loved the food and four actual seasons.

Living in Saudi now, with a home in Prosper (North Dallas), and good roads there are hard to find. To compensate, we have three tracks nearby, four if you count Hallet, a few hours north. The Hill Country is where the roads are, with second place going to parts of east Texas. Great roads in the Ozarks, just NE of Dallas into OK and AR.

Others have noted that Texas is like a different country. That's sorta true, and more so the further west you go.

Houston traffic is a killer, and no one there can spell z-o-n-I-n-g if you put a gun to their head. Austin is our little version of insanity - people who wished they could afford to live in California, and vying with Houston as our most liberal, nanny, busybody city. San Antonio is pretty, and with either, you can be in the Hill Country in pretty short order in your Elige.

I like north Texas because I'm close to different tracks when I'm home. But with the new F1 circuit, I'll be going down there when I get back.

Circuit of the Americas or Lime Rock? Decisions....Decisions....
01-11-2014 05:28 PM
Dephcon5 sorry for the poor quality cell phone camera photo
01-11-2014 08:38 AM
Dephcon5 This is my first post in a lotustalk forum.

My story is short, I am a NYC refugee. Moved from Ozone Park Queens to McKinney TX (just north of Dallas) in spring 2012.

I got my first Lotus yesterday, its an Elise 05 in Starlight.

I am a long time VeeDub GTI owner (had 6 of them) and I still drive a VW as a daily runner, though it is a Jetta.

Anyway, the Elise is clean although it looks like I'll have to address in the coming months, some of the usual known issues on this car but the mileage is fairly low at 32K and the history is clean.
01-10-2014 10:12 AM
ehowton I get most of my news these days via LinkedIn and was surprised to see this come through: The "Texasizxation" of America:

Big Idea 2014: The Texasization of America | LinkedIn
01-10-2014 09:23 AM
michael.white I've lived in the Austin area (Austin/Dripping Springs) for 5 years, and lived in Ft. Worth for 12 before that. I moved to the Austin area for a change, and that it has been.

Ft. Worth: A lot more blue collar than Austin, a lot more of what people think of when they think of "Texas" (good and bad), cheaper cost of living, cheaper houses, a working stockyard down town, regular rodeo in the summer, etc.... Generally conservative folks (but lots of strip clubs), large Vietnamese population, small downtown but still decent (much better than, say, Columbus, Ohio), track not too far from town, about 7 hours to the Mexican border, five hours to the coast (Galveston), most years you get enough rain, non-trendy restaurants (e.g. 24-hour "Ol' South" pancake house), lots of trucks, flat, Lake Worth.

Austin: Trendy folks, often professionals, often referred to as "California-wannabe" (especially since they got rid of the boat races), expensive housing unless you're willing to drive, overwhelmed with immigrants from other states, poorly laid out road system, trendy restaurants (e.g. 24-hour "Magnolia" with cutesy signs such as "sorry we're open"), college-aged down town, about 4-5 hours to the Mexican border, 4 hours to the coast, expensive cars, hilly, water restrictions due to growth and low rainfall, ugly 50-foot low Lake Travis, fun places to drive, more central to Texas than DFW, one hour to San Antonio.

I live in the Dripping Springs area, about 40 minutes west of Austin. I like living in Texas, but I don't miss living in Austin.
12-05-2013 08:29 AM
Quash Another Canadian here. I live in Plano (just outside of Dallas) the weather is perfect. Today is really nice out. 30's no snow, just fresh. We have one helluva cars and coffee out here. Southern Hospitality aplenty! Lots of things to do for myself, the fiancee and her kid. I'm sure it was mentioned that we have a healthy autocross group out here, and within 3.5 hours drive there are several road tracks to choose from.

Land isnt too bad, I would say you should not have any problem picking up acreage an hour an hour and a half outside Dallas. Probably more acreage can be had if you wanted to be that distance outside Fort Worth.

Like AZ the Job market is pretty decent and housing is pretty cheap. The only thing I didn't like about Phoenix was I prefer my summer nights to stay hot, it got cold at night out there. Hence why I don't live in Canada anymore.
12-04-2013 04:13 PM
cokey yea i can't wait for better weather.. AZ is also on top of the list.. just found out both the wife and i can acquire a job there easily.. we stayed a week in sister inlaws place in phoenix (northern part) and visited sedona.. like it too..
12-03-2013 06:53 PM
Shirp Houston has a ton of great food and is close to Austin if you're into that sorta thing
12-03-2013 07:44 AM
sturgeongeneral But consider the difference in damage between hitting a racoon and an armadillo...
12-03-2013 06:24 AM
Tcab I'm in North Central San Antonio, I pull out of the garage, in 5 minutes I'm on amazing back road twisties throughout the beautiful tx Hill Country, in any month of the year... Does it get any better than that? Lol as a side note I'm a Canadian (too cold and snowy that's why I'm here) And also played some hockey living in LA for a year I love it there as well however Texans aren't arrogant and stuck up like I found with more than many Californians. Just my 2 cents
11-21-2013 09:35 AM
cokey old thread started up again..

hey folks.. just going through some of my old threads.. we couldn't move before for legal reason (re: step son) but this coming summer we should be able to.. sucks that we didnt/couldn't save a lot but with the difference in prices (ny verses tx) we should be ok..

we have looked at other places like NH AZ etc.. tx is still top on the list.. NH would be if it weren't for the cold..

compared to ny freedoms, tx is heaven... we need to get into a more free loving state.. and with 2 little girls, we're also looking into a home schooling community... thanks for all the tips.. i revisited some of the sites and suggestions you guys gave..

we've been to austin twice a few years back.. we both like it but don't want to be in a city.. i don't mind having to drive an hour to work as long we can get a few acres, enough for our own small farm..
01-14-2009 04:40 PM
fastfred
Getting Closer to Heaven

Cokey,

Take a look in the Buda area, it is South of Austin but still close. Prices of real estate and traffic should be better than North of town. Also, it is close to San Marcos, H2R (track) New Braunfels and San Antonio. Best of all worlds. It would be like living in Austin with the benefit of San Antonio close by. I would look in this area but I am only about 45 minutes from there now and there are lots of back roads that are a blast to drive.

Good luck,

FF
01-02-2009 06:54 PM
cokey hey guys. austin is looking really good now.. but its huge lol.. which county or towns are good.. saw everythng from 5 million to 150k homes
12-31-2008 11:17 AM
texige We are used to jokes about Texas and hicks but when I took my son to 2 National Mountain Bike races in the mountains last summer in New York and Vermont, he was seriously creeped out with some of the people he saw. We found ourselves humming dueling banjos daily.

As for Texas being progressive, it just depends where you are.
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