Photo via NYT
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me IRL that I’m not Texas’ biggest fan. It’s far away from my parents and my sister, and it’s sort of boring, landscape-wise. At least Dallas is, Austin was beautiful. Inevitably, usually during the dog days of summer, my friend and I (who are both sort of here against our wills – I’m joking!!) question each other “why do we live here again?”
The answer for me, is that my husband’s work is here, and I love Texas for the opportunity it provides to him in his field; there is probably no better place for him to be. And I love our home here, with him and our growing family. But that’s mostly it.
Oh, and these three things…
- The next best thing about Texas? how easy it is to leave 😉 – especially if you live in Dallas or maybe Houston; it wasn’t so easy in Austin. We live very close to the “small” airport (Love Field) in Dallas, which is super-easy to fly in an out of (on Southwest – my new favorite airline), easy to navigate within, and just…easy. Compared to my previous “home” airports in Austin and Atlanta, flying in and out of Love Field is like a vacation in an of itself. Highways are also well-maintained and plentiful.
- The sunsets (and sunrises). They are no joke – so stunning; bright pink and purple, always beautiful, especially after a storm. And since it’s pretty flat in most of the state, you can see FOREVER.
- Buc-ee’s (this NYT article is spot-on). If you’ve been to one, or if you’re from, or live in Texas, you know what I’m saying. What I love about Buc-ee’s is probably different than what many others, who actually love Texas, love about it though. First, it’s the bathrooms. THE BATHROOMS are huge, and sparkly clean ALL OF THE TIME. I had to pee for two hours and held it to wait for Buc-ee’s – they’re that good. NEVER PASS A BUC-EE’s!!! The employees truly love their jobs (they are paid well and get good benefits) and are pleasant to deal with. THERE IS A WALL OF CANDY. For meat-lovers and Texas-lovers there is more jerky and Texas “stuff” than you can imagine all in one place – I try to avoid all of that. Parking is easy and close, there’s a ton of spots to pull in and buy fuel, and they’re always easy to pull into and out of as you’re traveling OUT OF TEXAS on any of the major highways 🙂
What about you? What do you love about where you live?
(I don’t mean this to sound completely negative, I’m just not completely gung-ho in love with Texas the way a lot of people are.)