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12/5/2008

Cast your bread upon the waters

Filed under: — stan @ 8:45 am

1 Cast your bread upon the waters,
for after many days you will find it again.

2 Give portions to seven, yes to eight,
for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

3 If clouds are full of water,
they pour rain upon the earth.
Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north,
in the place where it falls, there will it lie.

4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.

6 Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let not your hands be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.

Ecclesiastes 11 (New International Version)

I was curious, and last night I found out that I’m #1 in Google again for a search for “I hate Texas“. It’s always nice to be #1 at something. But it’s kind of funny, since I really don’t hate Texas any more like I used to. Even though I was tremendously unhappy living there, it’s turned out that my experience there has been a very positive thing in my life, especially now in 2008 Los Angeles. That’s one of life’s little Funny Stories.

This year has been a Trying Time, with Cathy leaving me and all the attendant misery that entailed. But the turning point was when I found out about how the club I started in Texas back in 1993 has turned into a Big Deal. It made me a minor celebrity in certain circles here in L.A. And it also led to my connecting with Susan, which was truly wonderful. So something that only happened because I spent my unhappy time in Texas has had a tremendously positive effect on my life here and now, and right at my Darkest Hour. It’s truly one of those ‘cast your bread upon the waters’ stories.

(And I’m sure that nobody who knows me ever thought I’d be putting Bible verses on my web site. But it just seems appropriate in this case.)

19 Responses to “Cast your bread upon the waters”

  1. Empress Juju Says:

    The Empress is pleased…

  2. gladileftthathellhole Says:

    austin texas was the biggest mistake of my life!

    I moved there in such hopes of being closer to
    my family but they became so distant to me
    and they told me how they hated it too!
    it was a nitemare worrying about who is going to
    try to get you!

    We watch our mother die under poor health care in austin during Katrina
    we were so helpless

    I knew I made a mistake selling my home back home
    and getting one out in texas!

    so I sent my kids back home to my ex
    just one and I kept one with me in texas till
    I could get out of that hell hole called austin!

    but it was nothing but a nitemare
    day in and day out

    then I was assaulted right outside of austin
    the police did do nothing about the guy
    was it a game?
    I was scared all the time I got tired of being scared!
    then I got hurt again…but nothing was done about it!
    maybe austin and the area was fun years ago but not anymore
    but I think it was loosing its charm
    I got hurt at work the insurance wouldn’t cover it
    I was thrown out the door and denied a ride to the clinic in austin!
    my kid was mocked at where he went to school
    was this the city where i dreamt of moving to??
    we needed to get out of this place! asap!
    I am still suffering and crying at nitemares from here
    my kid and I hated it!
    one thing for sure of
    I am so glad I spared one child the pains of ever living here!

  3. Love Texas (not) Says:

    HILARIOUS – 50 Reasons Why Texas Sucks
    1. Texans. Socially retarded acts of bravado. Lack of self awareness. Isolationistic in thought. Kind of like someone who was raised under a rock, but the rock was big, so they boast about how big the rock was.
    There’s more, but, man, it’s so sad – and they don’t even know it!
    2. Texas politics. I am a conservative who votes republican. Texans are rednecks who vote republican. should I buy an “I’m with stupid” T-shirt?
    3. Tx is a Mexican border state. Complete with roads traveled by drug cartels feeding the increasing violent crime rate, drug use, and ever expanding prison population in Tx. That isn’t nice and I don’t have this problem in my state.
    4. Is EVERYONE in Tx chewing tobacco??
    5. Leading state for hate groups. There are more known hate
    groups in tx then any other state. They all hate different groups for different reasons. When you get right down to it, no one is safe in tx – not even texans. Testament to tx long tradition of nice, down to earth, clan members and level-headed cult fanatics.
    6. There are Two seasons in Tx, hot and hotter. There is a third if you count the hurricane season. A fourth if you count squirrel
    season.
    7. Texas’ branding of Tex-mex. Uh, we all know it’s just Mexican.
    Maybe Kansas should capitalize on Cantonese food and call it
    Kan-Can. It’s catchier, and doesn’t sound like a gas station when
    you say it.
    8. Over industrialization of undesirable industries. Yes, when you visit tx, you get the full impact of what a cesspool they’ve made out of their state with factories, oil refineries, and chemical plants. Don’t get me wrong, it is good somebody is manufacturing this stuff out there, but, man, you’ve got to be six flags short of a theme park to live amongst the stench-filled, chemical run-off, heat-fest that is tx.
    9. Texas as a state ranks in the top 5 of all states for all major pollutants. Go figure. The EPA says you can’t breathe the air for fear of carcinogens, can’t drink the water for fear of toxins, can’t eat the seafood for fear of mercury poisoning, and the Taiwanese plants spill high levels of run-off into the neighborhoods. That isn’t good either!
    10. “Clampet” stereotypes which aren’t all together untrue. I’ve never seen any other collective bunch unwittingly living up to negative stereotypes. Perhaps some t-shirts can be air dropped to them. You know, t-shirts that say something like, “thank god i struck oil, cuz my double-wide needs a fixin”
    11. Texan’s general confusion between pride and reason. there is a healthy pride, and then there is a texan pride. actually, a texan is proud of his state like a branch davidian is proud of his cool-aid.
    12. “DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS”. Why would I need to mess with
    Texas when it’s already messed up? What’s wrong with the old standby: Yeeeeeeehaw!!!!..and other inane slogans that demonstrate
    an inability to articulate one’s self.
    13. Corrupt institutions of business. Enron was a great. But, no one can beat the oil companies for blood money, environmental destruction, greed, and corruption. a texan would tell you that corruption only exists in zip codes outside their magical state. is this true?
    14. Cults and fundamentalists. Kind of self explanatory. Apparently, tx is the perfect place for those who like to organize and be merry while preying on kids. Gotta love tx.
    15. Backwards thinking. State first? Country second, or is there
    something between state and country like, i don’t know, socks or
    peanut butter? You gotta love state first mentality. If the country is attacked, would tx try to side with mexico just to save their own state? Kind of like, if the house was burning, you’d only save your favorite bathroom. Lots of reasoning there. wait a minute! i’m going to start a new one. it’s called home owners association first! Hey tx, do you shoot people in the back too? Buncha anti-american secessionist quitters! just kidding, only 20% of you are the American Taliban.
    16. Worst humidity and dew point. Yes it is true. Houston/bay area is tied with annual averages for the worst humidity and dew point in the united states per NOAA. In a nutshell, it’s like a sauna. a constant sauna for 7 months out of the year. so is hell.
    17. Hurricanes. you got it. more of my tax dollars go to natural
    disasters like hurricanes in tx. nothing like every hurricane season fearing the wrath of god upon your family and home.
    18. Tornadoes. this must have to do with the fact that tx leads the nation in the amount of trailor homes as a percentage of all homes. the good thing is, tx is flat and has nothing around for 100’s of miles. so, not many people should get hurt except those who ask for it. you know, texans.
    19. Trailer trash. “T” stands for trailor trash, tornadoes, truck
    stops, terrible, tacky, terrorist, taliban, travesty, and one
    more…uh…dang, i forgot.
    20. Prison over population. tx just can’t kill ‘em fast enough.
    21. Gun rights. Hey look, texans need their guns because the state is unwilling foot the bill for adequate policing and safety like other states. state first! citizen last!
    22. Highest unwanted teen pregnancies. According to a Houston paper, they like to do more than play with barbies down in tx. Apparently they like to get pregnant and be a mom at age 12 too.
    23. Poorly educated. STILL poorly educated compared to other states. when are the oil guys going to pay for schools.
    24. Lack of affluence. This is something oil money cannot buy. you can be rich, but you can’t find Oklahoma on a map.
    25. Cities annex neighboring towns just to boast on size. truly texas. guess what, everyone can see thru this. when your metro area is a 10th the size of other metro areas, you kind of get the idea your just being typical tx.
    26. Highest accident rate of any state. Listen, you have to drive 2 hours to get to what places the rest of us can get to in 30 minutes. I would drive fast and not care about my life too if I lived in texas. of course, the accident rate also includes factory explosions, etc.
    27. Texas consumes more energy than what is produced by the state in terms of gross product per the dept of energy. texas is an energy empire. unfortunately, their bragging is unsubstantiated when they claim the power the world.
    28. highest in-sourcer (more people working for foreign firms -
    helping make $ in foreign investments). guess what, more citizens in tx by percentage aren’t contributing a dime to u.s. investment.
    29. High cancer rate. of course. you don’t roil your state with
    anything goes industry without paying for it do you?
    30. High obesity rate – must be the dependence on mexican food, bbq. That’s Mexian food, you know, it’s what makes tx so exotic.
    31. Rated one of the ‘least livable’ of all states in 2008. It’s just an article. but it was nice.
    32. Floods. It is wonderful how tx is famous for its natural
    disasters. Stevie Ray Vaughn sang about it. He’s a texan, i like
    Stevie ray Vaughn, and if i lived in texas I’d sing the blues too.
    he’s just telling it like it is.
    33. Lack of water to most of the state, high cost of water. Are you kidding? you can’t drink oil?
    34. Toxic levels of mercury in fishing off texas shore. Already
    covered. I like eating thermometers. maybe i should move to tx.
    35. No mountains. Tx is beautiful with flat dusty fields of dry dirt
    for 100’s of miles until you get to some hills with nice folks with
    guns. tx. great place to drive thru on your way to somewhere else.
    36. Beaches are contaminated. Galveston is called a resort town.
    compared to my state, galveston is a cesspool with an oil platform right on the beach while you swim among signs that warn you about hepatitis.
    37. 4 out of the 10 fattest cities in America just happen to reside in Texas. Now, we all know that Texas toast is so dang tasty, but slather on some bbq sauce and top it off with a block of lard and you got you there an o’fficial Tx-sized snack for the kids!
    38. Pronounced pride and prejudice. back on the pride kick. can’t have pride without prejudiced. oh wait, i can.
    39. Nice people – to your face. The rest is some kind of judgment call made on their own arcane beliefs.
    40. American history, or lack there of. First Tx wanted nothing more than to be annexed by the U.S., once it was ratified in, then it wanted out, then it barely contributed to the confederate forces in the civil war! Is Tx acting like a bipolar adolescent who just found out he was adopted, or just too hopped up on peyote?
    41. Nasty critters. Fire ants, Africanized bees, scorpions, etc.
    42. Texas flag. Ok, now, what flag does the Tx flag look like if you stare at it a long time (.01 seconds)? Give you a hint: It was designed nearly 70 years before U.S. citizens declared Tx sovereign! Where is the originality? Did Texans burn up all their creativity when they coined “Tex-Mex”?
    43. The rankings among the states: Percentage of Uninsured
    Children-50th, Percentage of Population without Health Insurance-50th, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores-47th, Percentage of Population over 25 with a High School diploma-50th, Percentage of Non-Elderly Women with Health Insurance-50th, Rate of Women Aged 40+ Who Receive
    Mammograms-44th, Rate of Women Aged 18+ Who Receive Pap
    Smears-47th, Cervical Cancer Rate-5th in the nation, Women’s Voter Registration-43rd, Women’s Voter Turnout-49th, Percentage of Eligible Voters that Vote-44th. Texas, please change your name to New Iran.
    44. Lost perspective of their country. I guess if your trapped in an abyss, you lose all hope that there is more out there.
    45. Texas tea smells like wafting B.O., a sulfur pit, and a manure farm. oh wait, tx oil towns are right next to sulfer pits which are right next to ranches. that leave’s B.O., which is the illegal immigrant day laborer who has to work illegally at all these places in order to make ends meet.
    46. BIG Hair. This is what they mean when they say everything is bigger in Tx.
    47. dallas cowboys. greatest NFL expansion team to ever bandwagon on (if your in to that kind of thing)..even though they haven’t been to a superbowl in 15 years.
    48. Propaganda. Texans love to embellish the truth and distort the facts in attempts to sell their state to us. must be easier for them than having to do any of that pesky research or providing boring factual substantiation. Once they realize we know better, they tend to get louder and more aggressive – kind of like a silverback gorilla when threatened by poachers.
    49. Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Poor- Sate ranking: 49th. Hmmm, 13 billionaires and 15 million low income earners. We’ve come a long way as Americans…except for tx who is just now building pyramids for their oil pharaohs.
    50. Sports are competitive. That’s why academics aren’t. Luckily they’re close to country where they can get cheap anabolic steroids and other enhancement drugs you cant buy in the u.s.

  4. Lauren M Says:

    Reading this just helped calm my nerves. Im a 22 year old college senior who was pulled over in Denton,Tx at 2:20am leaving a friends concert in January. I partially ran a stop sign on accident because I was too busy trying to figure out how to get back to the highway. Needless to say I was pulled over but not cited for a ticket oh no, they believed me to be highly intoxicated even though my speech was clear and I complied with everything. I had ONE drink, very small cocktail glass two hours prior to leaving plus a large order of fries on top of that, no way was I “drunk”. I did a field sobriety test in 17 degree windshield freezing weather wearing tights, a tanktop, and a light jacket with no lining in it. I was shaking so bad I couldn’t hold my foot off the ground for 30 seconds prompting them to arrest me. I then refused specimen because I had always been told to say no to everything and keep quiet. Well I was released on “no probable cause” but now my license has been revoked for sixth months even though there wasn’t very sustaining evidence to convict me of DWI. I wasn’t convicted but yet they took away my license. The officers were rude to me and even handled me like a death row inmate while being booked, typical of Texas officers. I went early to my ALR hearing, stated my case, was very polite and eloquently spoken. Let them know Im a UNT senior education major on national honor society and a full time nanny for two young children and I have no previous offenses. They didnt care. Now I have no way to get to school or work. I am fuming mad and feel I was unjustly treated. Its all about quotas and money when it boils down to it. They dont care about you or if you are doing good things with your life, they’ll get you however they can. I have an endless list similar to yours on why I hate Texas, this just was the tip off for me. I can’t wait to get out of here where the quality of life is better.

  5. TFK3RD Says:

    I was born and raised in Texas. I hate Texas. I can’t stand being from this place. I live in Austin. I hate that more. Austinites are even worse than Texans when it comes to their egos.

    I just wish I could find a job so that I could save money to move out of here for good. There are supposed to be “tons” of jobs in Texas. Yeah, right.

  6. anne Says:

    I’m trying not to die here in TX . My brain feels like it has solidified, my bones turn to dust as I type. I have an intelligence & wit that is unappreciated and I am loosing both fast.

    Ive been here two years,on and off ( escaping home when i can) two years too long. Ive tried,i continue to try. But essentially i am understimulated in every way.

    Its a suffocatingly narrow state, yet ironically vast?
    I will keep on looking, because circumstance dictates that this is where i am for now,but im not hopeful. And the heat……..

  7. MJ Says:

    I live in San Antonio – have since 2005 – moved to Corpus in 95
    and I have been caught or stuck living here for a long time
    I typed in I hate Tx and found your web –

    I am so jealous you got out of here – but happy for you!

    I so hate this Texas heat and miss LA everyday! I lived in CA for 25 years before leaving. And not under good circumstances. The worst!
    So here we stay – and I have NO way of figuring my way back!

    Lucky you!

    MJ

  8. MJ Says:

    I feel like I found someone who understands me now!

    With the economy the way it is – and Calif’s has crashed as well -
    I would NOT know what to do in CA as my son has autism
    and well, lets just say it took 10 years to get on a program for him here
    and I have NO idea what it will do to him here o there with all the cutbacks,,

    but for sure I will need to go wherever its best for him in the long run – whatever that is,, I have NO idea at this point!
    But HE LOVES IT HERE and is what keeps me here – I have NO idea other than he has a big room! ha

    In calif it would be small! lol And we would NOT be able to afford a house more than likely! Sad isnt it ?

    I dont wanna die here either! Tx is becoming extremely dangerous with crime! And the liars OMG – even the fireman / EMT & police are such liars here! Cant even trust them!

  9. JC Says:

    After reading all this, I feel I found friends. My whole family wants out of Texas. It was the biggest mistake of our lives moving here. My husband and sons lost their jobs last year. Without coming right out and saying it, they wanted an all mexican crew. What my husband did by himself, they then hired 4 hispanics to do it. And not much was getting done. They lost the business with-in this year. We have to fight to keep foodstamps while we watch the ‘others’ get handed foodstamps, jobs and medical. Raised in California, I never had a resentment towards nationalities before. But I have learned it here. By the way, after living here for 11 years, where’s the beef? It’s all sheep. I still can’t get accustom to eating peaches that are as hard as apples. These are just the very little things. Now Rick Perry. The hate column could go on indefinitely with big and little issues. Where the ego is the biggest, I’m just glad I’m not alone. I agree with everything said so far. Keep it coming. I feel like I live in a foreign country and it’s like getting letters from home. I don’t want to sing the state anthem either.

  10. Michelle Says:

    I am so happy this website is here. I spent eight long years of my life in Texas> I lived in a town outside of Dallas. The people are not just “rowdy, loud and proud”. The are rude, lying and pretenders. I couldn’t make friends because they don’t care for outsiders. If you are from California, it is worse. You have to me “certified” before you can get any job there, and there is no guarantee that you’ll even get one, especially if you come from California. If you do get a job, you have to act like someone did you a favor and that you are indebted for the rest of your days. Someone else holds you destiny in their hands, not you. Everyone that I have ever met leads with their politics. I moved there because I was told that there were tons of jobs and that I could buy a home. I did buy a home, but I just could not handle the ignorance of the people (too religious for any good sense), the heat, what they want to pass off as food, couldn’t drink the water, The 52 straight days of 100+ degree temps in 2011, the three tornadoes within 3 miles of my home last April, the belief that if Texans didn’t create it, it can’t be done. Or if it can be done, they’ll find away to either steal it or pay you off to get it. I finally sold my home a few days ago and am making my way back to civilization on the west coast.

  11. Sarah Says:

    Thank you for your perspective. I am currently in TX, praying to return to CA and I am hoping I too can look back someday ( from CA) and find some good that we encountered here because so far it has been truly rough! We came for a job and because we could not afford a home in CA, I didn’t know what “hot” was until experiencing a summer in the DFW area, my kids have been bitten up by various bugs, but the worst have been the fire ants, people drive too fast, tailgate and don’t signal, I don’t get the TX pride thing, I don’t dare say anything negative abt Texas to a native Texan or I will be chewed up. Where are the mailboxes!? Where we live here in TX they don’t even use trash cans, we’re supposed to put our bagged trash at the side of the house or in the garage until trash day. Rats, squirrels and all of the critters in the attic!
    People here spray like crazy, it’s so toxic! They spray their yards w/ chemicals and also spray for all of the darn critters.
    Texas vaccination attitudes, doctors refuse to see children if they are not fully vaxed. I have a right to selectively vax my children but TX has a militant attitude about it.

    Thanks for letting me vent. I pray to one day feel as you do… there was some good that came from our time in TX.

  12. BK Says:

    Talk about rude people! We Texans do love our state. We are also prideful. This is what bothers alot of people who are new to Texas.What I’m reading here is a lot of Cali resentment. Head west Cali’s. That applies to the other haters. Head back to your respective states. Love Texas (not), says in # 5 that Texas leads in hate groups. He needs to read his own Manifesto. Talk about a hate monger! He probably lives in a shack somewhere in the Pacific Northwest spewing his hate on his computer on moronic websites such as this. The person who started this site claims to have been a student at Rice. Highly doubtful. Rice is one of the most highly respected non Ivey league universities in the U.S. It is easier to get into Harvard than it is to get into the University of Texas and Texas A&M. I highly doubt the owner of a nightclub is the academic type to get into one of the aforementioned universities. Alot of the technology that we all enjoy was invented here in Texas. The reason for Silicon Valley in California is Texas Instruments headquartered in wait a minute wait a minute … That’s right Texas! Speaking of manifestos, this is starting to turn into one. I want to apologize to all of the people who were horribly mistreated by the backwards hate mongering,uneducated, racists,tobacco chewing,chemically toxic,trash can hating,heat /humidity loving, polluted beach going people of the great state of TEXAS. Also to Love Texas (not), I love you man even if you are a moron. Come down and visit me. I’ll bet I can show you a Texas that you obviously don’t know about. And to show you that I as a Texan can be friendly to your virtual face I want to apologize for calling you a moron because that wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the morons who hate Texas on this little blog. No you are just another (probably from the west coast) hater.

  13. LP Says:

    Holy Crap! Reading all these comments has really made me uneasy. WTF WHY are we thinking of leaving California and moving to Texas? Thanks for this website. My husband wants out of California because it is too financially difficult for us to make it here. We are native to CA, but have had a streak of bad health and financial problems for several years now. I need to find another avenue for him to be happy so we can avoid ruining our lives by living in a narrow minded state with shitty weather. Don’t get me wrong, CA is also polluted and has lots of rude people here too but atleast the WEATHER is good. My teenage daughter doesn’t want to leave CA either, and I totally concur with her opinion.

    By the way I love that I Googled I HATE TEXAS and found this great webpage.

  14. Roasting in TX hell Says:

    Hooray for this page! I moved to Austin from Ohio last summer (somehow my Texan husband duped me into the move) and I honestly can’t wait for the day at I can bid farewell to this inferno of ridiculous pride and pretention. In the last year I’ve been blown away by how falsely friendly Austinites are, how completely pretentious they act, and how they are ready to attack and bully you the moment you say something even vaguely negative about the state, or god forbid Austin (the best city of all cities that you should be thanking god you’re so “lucky” to live in). Austin is expensive – don’t come here looking for a cheap place to live. Also, with so many (misguided?) people moving here every day, it’s hard to get a job, let alone a job interview. The stress of driving in this city has taken years off my life already. Not only are there the three hours of gridlock every morning and night, you end up completely stopped on the highway in the middle of the afternoon, weekends…really any time you dare to be on the highway. The heat is oppressive – unless you are some sort of heat and bug resistant mutant, spending time outside in from June through October is risky. I’m in the education field, and seeing what passes for “school” and “teaching” here is a joke. Seriously, there are much better places to live – don’t believe the hype. The Texas propaganda machine is alive and well. I’m just praying I make it out of this hell hole alive.

    Sorry for the long vent – just thrilled to see I’m not the only one expressing these sentiments. If you live here and don’t drink the kool-aid, you’re liable to feel pretty damn alone most of the time.

  15. onionrings Says:

    I googled I hate Austin and found this column…thanks for the laughter, it is so funny.

    And I agree with so much that was said, especially how long it takes to get anywhere and don’t be on the bus…oh my oh my…the hours and hours it takes just to get back and forth to work–. Put it this way, I have given birth to four children the most physically exhausting feat I have ever pulled off. At one point we were homeless and had to sleep in the shelter dining room on the floor and couldn’t go to bed until usually about 11:30 each night only to be awakened at about five the next morning, did that for months…when that shelter finally gave us a room to sleep in we slept for three days. When I worked ten miles from my home in Austin and had to get up at 3:30 am, be out of the house by 4:50am to catch the first bus at five am so I could be on time for work at 7:30am and then reverse that to get home in the evening after six pm…I was so exhausted I had to rest up for a month after they let me go before I had enough energy to be tired. And truly being born and raised in Pennsylvania I did not know it could get soooooo hot on earth until I moved to Austin. The traffic, the sprawl for just no good reason, the overpriced everything, the disgusting drinking water….and the nasty food. Seriously where I am from and every other place I have been to cheese is a condiment in Austin it’s a side dish. With sausage so greasy I could shine up my elbows, my knees and my heels and still have enough left over to coat my lips…seriously Texas–Austin grease does not add flavor, I promise it doesn’t. And then whenever anybody tells you things to do for fun in Austin, Zilker park, Barton springs, and or sixth street always come up…what about if we prefer to be indoors in the AC because it’s too hot to be outside and we want to keep all of our clothes on and we would prefer to not see anybody else with their clothes off either, we don’t drink. And by the way, every year when I see SXSW reported on I see sections of fence trampled down, trash and I think well perhaps some over zealous twentysomething year olds got loose…and yeah nothing I can think of that I would prefer to do than go listen to some mostly crappy bands, performing crappy music while listening to a bunch of drunken screaming college kids while they bust down barracades and over take security and the cops and me too if I happen to be in the wrong place at an unfortunate time…..Yeah Austin I have lived all of my life just for that experience…how much you have to offer and somuch fun!

  16. bleeks Says:

    Grew up in Houston, left as soon as I could, lived in Los Angeles for 20 years. I love L.A I dore California. Long story short, I screwed up my life, and ended up back in Austin. My fault, I know, but….I try very hard to focus on the positives, and Austin has a lot, but the depression is getting to me. I hate Texas! I used to be able to hike to center myself, reduce stress in Cali. Mountains? Yeah sure, if I can take a week off of work….beaches? Yeah sure, if I can take a week off of work to go to the Mississippi with waves. Did I spell that right? Who cares. I have now been here 3.5 years. I am counting the minutes until I can leave. I do not want to live in a state where people older than me call me ma’am. I finally quit drinking to deal with the fact that I live in Texas, but not sure if I can stand it sober. No wonder this is a drinking town. Most Texans are drinkers….wouldn’t you be if you had to live with the heat and stupidity everywhere? And the police? Word of advice…NEVER EVER call them for help. They are more likely to shoot your dog, and charge you money for gracing you with their presence.

  17. daniel Says:

    I am so sick of Texas and I thought it was mostly me until I came across this site.I heartily agree with all who have added their experiences.I really hate the good ole boy system that abrogates the way the whole state is run.You have to have influence and money to be treated fairly in Texas. In fact all of our inalienable rights we hold so dear in other states are for sale through money and or influence in the great state of Texas=(fear).This is the only state you can get a life+ a day sentence for possession of a seed of marijuana.Life and a day sentence means first you have to completely serve your life sentence then on an arbitrary day the SENTENCING judge sets you get a hearing for release but you have to die first.Hilarious way of defeating any kind of release for this type of sentence.Bad people in control of Texas.Enter at your own risk!!!It really sucks for me as my parents still live their.The core of why I hate Texas is the attitude of the people in control and their seemingly uncontrollable greed for money and power over other.How horrible it must be to be them.

  18. NosferatuIncorporated Says:

    Fat chain smokers, people who literally stare (like you have an arm on your forehead.. stare like Deliverance style glowering!) and the most two faced people.. I have lived on the east coast( what you see is what you get there, might seem brusque to some but I’ll take it over the faux friendly bless your heart’ Texans) and in big cities. Austin is awful.. cedar park? EVEN WORSE! Someone said wit and intelligence are not appreciated. So true. Be beige and blend in if you want to even meet an acquaintance. The heat (half the year is brutally hot) makes the whole thing literally a living hell. Cannot WAIT to leave. I joke (more serious by the day) I might have to divorce my husband just to move- he is not as motivated to leave this place. Yes, you heard that right. I’d file for divorce if it is my only option FOR LEAVING. Sick of seeing every other vehicle an effing MASSIVE trucks with rims/stupid bumper stickers. All of these pickup trucks. YEE HAW! Most of the clothing I see is from the early to mid 90s. Hicks rule the roost. Christ I need a support group to handle this place until I leave.

  19. CaliTex Says:

    I grew up in Southern California. I lived there for 38 years. I surfed nearly every day of my life, and snow skiied the days I wasn’t surfing. I love California. However, get real. It has ohhellno traffic, the police are off the chain (LAPD, really?) and thanks to the leftist, cuckoo policies it is untenable. The infrastructure has collapsed under the collective weight of the welfare class created by the nutso political climate, and the schools? Puh-leeze, don’t get me started. (Mainstreaming sociopathic crack children-awesome idea!) Yes, the weather in Texas is not San Diego, but then, what is? On the other hand, I can afford an actual house here. With an actual yard. Of course, at the rate the Californians are coming here, throwing their money around, that won’t even be the case in a few years.

    If you guys don’t like it here, leave the way you came. Stop whining. No one is forcing you to stay here. Go away, ingrates.

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