1. It gets hot. Like, no, really hot. It was 97 degrees on October 14. NINETY SEVEN DEGREES ON OCTOBER 14. I’m told this is unusual weather this time of year, but I think people are just trying to make me feel better. I don’t mind that it’s hot. It probably seems like my above statement implies otherwise but my goodness, I would much rather be hot than freezing cold. See ya later -19 degrees. (I do realize that 97 is not the hottest it gets here…just leave me be).
2. People are genuinely nice down south. On my first day here, 3 store employees asked me how my day was. When I walk past people, they smile at me. People just…start conversations out of nowhere. It’s refreshing.
3. Something that’s not bigger in Texas? It’s lanes on the tollway. Actually, it’s lanes anywhere really. Which is confusing because overall there are more bigger vehicles.
4. There are SO MANY RESTAURANTS. Seriously. Like, within a 5 mile radius of us we have countless fast food restaurants, several bakeries, thai, indian, seafood, bbq (obvi), delis, pizza, italian…literally anything you want you can find.
5. The airport is gigantic. It’s like…5 airports in one. It definitely beats Milwaukee’s airport for two reasons: better food options and FREE WIFI. Yes, Milwaukee, stop being cheap and let the traveling people have their wifi!
6. We have to pay attention to hurricanes and hurricane season. Right before we were leaving to go to Punta Cana a few weeks ago, Hurricane Patricia was hitting Mexico pretty hard, which meant we got rain all. day. long. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it rain so much in my life. Parking garages were collapsing because of the weight of the water (thankfully not ours!!).
7. I am never leaving. Why, you may ask? Because I feel like I went around the world 14 times to 1) get a driver’s license, 2) get my car registered, and 3) get my car titled here. The government websites were not helpful at all (shocker) and I refuse to do this again in a different state.
8. They play country songs during Zumba. Yes, I had to do the Cotton Eye Joe dance during a ZUMBA class. Not sure how I feel about this.
9. They have free valet parking at a lot of restaurants. I associate valet parking with “paying somebody $25 to park my car because I’m lazy” so this is totally new to me. I hate paying for parking so I’ve hardly ever paid for valet. Here it’s mandatory at a lot of places. It’s nice, but also feels slightly ridiculous for someone to park my car when I can walk 10 feet and get it myself.
10. I think we’re going to like it here. 🙂