|Magazine Street, New Orleans. I haven't seen anything like this in Houston. I've seen plenty of Chili's outlets though.|
I've got nothing against the 600-odd square miles that make up Houston. The city just doesn't charm me. This is not a coquettish place. I have no desire to return any time sooner or later. God bless the people who call this place home.
Everyone complains about the heat. I've seen people drive a hundred yards to have lunch. I walk during my lunch hour. I travelled two miles today in a suit. Based on the reaction when I returned you would think I walked to the Gulf of Mexico and back. I have no idea how far I am from the Gulf. The landscape is generic and without anything I would call a landmark unless you count the Home Depot between my hotel and where I spend nine hours a day watching power point presentations. It seems to be a city in which imagination slumbers due to boredom. I know I said I have nothing against Houston. Let's think of this as a non-judgemental, subjective observation.
People complain of the heat. As a New Englander from birth, I eat dinner on restaurant patios and the wait staff comments, "You must not mind the heat." If it's not snowing I'm going to be outside. The heat is nothing compared to the New Orleans summer I just spent the last three months enjoying.
I'll be happy to be back in New Orleans where places stay open late, the music isn't all pop pap piped over the juke box, where food isn't made in a New Jersey factory and then trucked a few thousand miles for reheating in a chain, commercial kitchen by "chefs" specifically trained in the arts of the convection and microwave ovens.
Ah well, no use crying over a less-than-stellar week. Looking at the bright side, I have confirmed in my mind that I made the right choice to move from Boston to New Orleans. I am happy in New Orleans, ecstatic really. I doubt I would be able to same the same thing after living three months in Houston. One week in Houston makes me appreciate the three years I spent in Dorchester (Boston's biggest and best neighborhood) which seems like it passed in the blink of an eye compared to this past Sunday night and now.