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By Breaker (Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:54:56 AM EST) (all tags)
So, a career opportunity presents itself.

It does mean upping sticks and moving though; to Dallas



What's it like there?
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I'm sure its fine by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 03:37:54 AM EST
As long as you don't have any dealings with Ewing Oil and avoid some disreputable riff-raff from Texas who post on a website called Husi or something like that


Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
Brush up on your fighting skillz by anonimouse (4.00 / 2) #2 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 05:51:39 AM EST
You may need them


Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
huge urban sprawl, in the desert by infinitera (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:13:59 AM EST
Somewhat smaller (~7 million people) than London, with worse public transit. On the plus(?) side, it's Texas, so they have room for wide roads to nowhere/everywhere.

But, it is a city/region that's been growing by leaps and bounds for some time now (~5th largest media market in the US, depending on who's counting).

And learning Spanish wouldn't hurt.

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just been visiting a few times... by bobdole (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:21:11 AM EST
...but hot, damn hot.

DFW is by far not the worst place to be in Tx and easy to get from/to.
-- The revolution will not be televised.

Hell on Earth by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:31:57 AM EST
Not Houston or Beaumont hell, but close. Hot in the summer, moist year round, and full of Texas businesspeople.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Hit me up if you want details by kwsNI (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:38:22 AM EST
I live in the north Dallas metro area (in Denton) and work in Dallas. 

Let's see:  ~7m people, very spread out, depending on what you're looking for, it's probably available in some part of the city.  No state income tax but property taxes are high if you want to own a home although housing costs are generally cheap compared to most metropolitan areas.  In fact, cost of living in Dallas is one of the cheapest metro areas in the country and far cheaper than either coast.  Like most of the central states, the state is very conservative but the metro areas tend to be much more liberal.  In general, I've found the locals to be incredibly friendly (an observation garlic couldn't help but make on his trip out here recently too). 

Anything in particular, reply or hit me up in pm for my email and I'll do my best to help answer any questions. 

Dallas by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 11:46:57 AM EST
I've never lived in Dallas, but I go there somewhat often because I have family there.

It's a big city. It's much like any other American big city. It's got a large hispanic population and a smaller black population, and the anglos/hispanics/blacks basically don't mix. It has a decently active gay population (which surprised me).

It's very, very hot.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

huh, I thought it was very different by infinitera (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 12:44:11 PM EST
But I'm comparing to Boston and NYC.

Planned neighborhoods everywhere, real spread out, not walkable.

[…] a professional layabout. Which I aspire to be, but am not yet. — CheeseburgerBrown

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ok fair by aphrael (4.00 / 2) #12 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 04:39:29 PM EST
but i think of Boston/NYC/SF as being different.

Compared to, say, the SF suburbs, or to LA, it's just another big city. :)

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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Compared to London, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #21 Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:55:54 PM EST
plus Leicester and Berkshire, I think it's going to be very different.

But it's going to need the opinion of a British emigrant to the US, and the only one I can think of here is gpig, and Edinburgh -> Boston isn't remotely comparable.

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i can't judge that by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #22 Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:20:45 PM EST
my entire experience of london was 72 hours visiting a friend who was there for a dr. who convention, back in 1998.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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You could probably get a gun... by dmg (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:04:04 PM EST
That alone is worth the move...
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I'm not sure you're rightwing enough by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:34:20 PM EST
for the Libertarian paradise of Dallas. Maybe you can try Virginia for a few years?


Breaker's gonna realize how far left he really is by dev trash (4.00 / 3) #13 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:55:29 PM EST


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Let me be (one of) the first by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #18 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 01:27:16 PM EST
to welcome Comrade Breaker to the US.

Wumpus

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in my extensive experience by garlic (4.00 / 2) #11 Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:10:31 PM EST
(I spent a day there a few weeks ago), it was nice to visit.


Thanks, everyone by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #14 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:28:02 AM EST
Some more thinking to be done here I reckon.


Ask clock by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #15 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:55:21 AM EST
What he thought about living in Texas.

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Clock was living in Houston by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #17 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:38:16 AM EST
ask Stacky, who grew up in Dallas, or track down alprazolam, who lives there.


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Nope by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #19 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 01:56:53 PM EST
I mean clock, as he didn't grow up there, didn't like it yet managed to live (ok not exactly) there.

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Is it really Dallas? by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #16 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:29:25 AM EST
There's a lot of big corporate business parks in an up to 80k orbit of Dallas proper. I've been there twice without actually making it into the city.

Property will seem cheap compared to the UK.

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Dallas is fine by theboz (4.00 / 1) #20 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:01:57 PM EST
When my wife and I lived in Oklahoma, we would make weekend trips to Dallas to have some level of civilization.  Texas in general has a bad reputation but it is one of the nicer states to live in from a quality of life standpoint for people who can have good jobs.  The downsides are mostly that there is urban sprawl without too much public transportation, the culture is not as cool as in other cities.  I actually prefer to hang out with Fort Worth people over Dallas 30k millionaires.  Still, it is a pretty good city and while I prefer Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, I could comfortably live there.  I don't know enough about your interests to say whether or not it would be a good fit for you.
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