A misc.jobs.misc discussion thread has dealt with life in Austin,
TX. It's a college town, with definite advantages over larger
cities. (And corresponding disadvantages, of course.) The trees
are green, the air clear, and the weather pleasant. People are
very friendly on the surface, quick to shake hands and to chat
with strangers. (Some visitors enjoy the pleasantries, others
consider them insincere and at times treacherous.) There are a
lot of good ol' boys in pickup trucks, and some of the frat boys
like to shoot cats on the street. Drivers are pretty good, except
for the few that run bicyclists off the roads. Racial predjudice
and ultra-conservative politics are sometimes evident. The stores
offer a generous selection of beef, with other meats considered
exotic, although that may vary with the part of town you're in.
Student population is about 100,000, or up to 1/8 of the adult
population. Housing is available, and the public schools are very
good. One person said that Easterners tended to love Austin, but
people from the West Coast hated it.
On the other hand, David M. Geary (email@example.com) implied
that people in Seattle are rude, offensive, and apathetic.
Clerks throw your change on the counter without a word. Drivers
are abusive. Maybe the West isn't so great. Or maybe it's just
cities. Or the recession. [misc.jobs.misc, 8/28.]