As the spring semester’s beginning approaches, so does graduation in May. Ann Margaret and I would like to move away from Texas after graduation (maybe not immediately) and I’d like to throw out the net to see what my friends on The Internet™ have to say. To give you an idea, some of the places we like right now are Denver, Chicago, Portland, and Seattle, but we’ve not visited the last two, so those are based on recommendations from others with no first-hand experience. Here are some of the things we’re looking for.
Seasons - In Texas, we have two seasons: tolerable and hell. We like colder weather and a good amount of precipitation. We like the fall and winter best. Summertime highs should not get much above 90
Decent Size - We live in Fort Worth, TX, right now and when we go back to Abilene, the town of about 200,000 where we went to college, it feels like Podunk, America. Can’t go back.
Public Transit - Public transportation here in Fort Worth is a joke. I know many of our Chicago friends gripe about the CTA, but the couple of times that we have been to Chicago, the CTA has seemed miraculous compared to The T.
Open Minded - It’s been hard living in Texas as liberals these past few years. This will likely rule out much of the south, which would be ruled out by 1 as well now that I think of it.
(optional) Proximity to an IKEA and/or Apple Retail Store.
If you want to score some bonus points and recommend specific areas of a city, here are a couple of other things we’d like to see.
Safe - This might go without saying, but we want to be somewhere that we don’t have to worry about ourselves or our stuff.
Proximity to rail or bus stations. We had friends who lived about a block away from a red line station in Chicago and that worked great while we were staying with them when we visited.
We would prefer to live in a house rather than an apartment, but for the right situation, I think we could compromise on this.