More hurtful winter weather here in New York City, as you know…. Maybe we should move to Austin!
It’s a sometimes-fantasy of mine, and the list of pros is long and appealing:
1. No more harsh winters — we could be outside so much of the year!
2. My #1 fantasy neighborhood is Clarksville, right downtown, near Whole Foods, Z’Tejas, Amy’s Ice Cream, and great shopping. That’s where the adorable house above is — we would have so much space, and a beautiful backyard! And a porch. I really want a porch. All for $650,000 — !!! — which may be high for Austin, but is reasonable compared to New York. It needs some work, but we might actually be able to AFFORD to do it. Also, like a lot of houses I’m seeing in Austin, it looks vacant — maybe we could get a deal?
3. We’d finally be living near our friends Debra and Karen, and could see them all the time.
4. I could bring the kids up right, eating Tex-Mex at least twice a week. Breakfast tacos from Guero’s, mmm….
photo: Infinite Tadpole
5. And we could have dinner at El Chile Cafe — outside, where it would be warm, cold drink in hand — anytime we wanted to.
flickr photo: El Chile
6. We could go swimming at Barton Springs….
7. And Deep Eddy.
8. We’d be closer to Marfa and Big Bend State Park, both of which I’ve been wanting to visit.
9. We wouldn’t have to fly the family home for a visit every year!
10. We could listen to music and sip margaritas under the pecan trees at The Shady Grove.
11. We could go shopping on South Congress.
12. We could see the stars at night.
All that sounds mighty good right about now.
(Mom: Don’t get too excited. We are probably not moving.)
Other places I like to fantasize about moving to:
Paris — I lived there years ago, but I’m not done with it yet.
San Francisco — What I said for Paris, only I’m not 100 percent certain I’m not done with it.
Places definitely *not* on my list:
New Jersey — sorry, Garden State. I’m just not that into you.
Chicago — If the winters here make me nuts, I’d go MENTAL in Chicago.
Florida — We’re a 2-mom family. Not in a million years. (Austin may not be Brooklyn in terms of tolerance, but it’s big. There’s lots of everybody.)
I could use a diversion today, so what about you? What tops your list of dream “let’s move there!” cities?
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