So it’s been two months since living in Texas, and to be honest….
I’m not loving it.
Don’t get me wrong, Texas, particularly the DFW area, has some good things, but there are some things that have made me decide officially that I will be returning to Delaware when my lease expires. That means I am job hunting again in March or April, hopefully for a job near where I live, whether it’s in-state or in southeast Pennsylvania.
The biggest con
The biggest con to me is the loneliness. Even though Texas is a great place, I literally have to drive 30 miles to visit my family, which means a 60-mile round trip. I know that’s nothing compared to what others have to travel, but that means I can only see them every 1-2 weeks.
Driving on I-35
Driving on I-35 is an absolute nightmare. There is at least one accident every few days, which means that I always see the Lewisville Fire Department on the highway trying to either rescue injured people, put out car fires, or deal with medical emergencies. This means that traffic slows down because everyone is always looking at the f***ing fire truck and the vehicles involved. I-95 is nothing like that, thankfully.
The damn cockroaches
Every one or two weeks, I have to deal with killing one single cockroach. It’s disgusting, I hate killing them, and I hate picking up their tiny carcasses so I can flush them down the toilet (sorry for all my napkins that have been flushed down the toilet). Texas is also home to some pretty big beetles (unfortunately I had to witness the carcass of one at work…it was impressive and disgusting at the same time).
The one thing I hate most is how hot Texas is. Even during this time, when everyone else is experiencing 70-degree weather, Texas is still nice and hot with temperatures reaching the upper 80s into the lower 90s. I hate it. I hate how it can be cold in the morning but hot in the afternoon, which results in a 30-40 degree change in just a couple of hours.
Denton does not have a large Asian population, which makes me super uncomfortable, and why I want to go back home. I feel like I’m looked at weird because I am an Asian, and I don’t want to know what runs in people’s heads.
I’m not going to get into this subject, but the politics, I am not a fan of. Texas is a predominantly red state and thus some *issues* have arisen because of this. Needless to say, the differing political views make me feel almost unwelcome in this state.
There are a few pros to living in Texas, including:
Easy access to H-Mart and Koreatown
There is a Koreatown in Carrollton, TX, and that means I can go to H-Mart, 99 Ranch, which is an Asian superstore, and visit mini shops that sell stationery and plushies. There are also three Daiso stores in Dallas, which is awesome.
Easy access to Super Targets and Walmarts
I have never been to a Super Target until now, and now I know why they are all the rage. Easy to get everything you need all in one go. Super Walmarts are also a great thing, but the parking is horrendous
Many shops aren’t available in Delaware
Texas has a lot of shops that aren’t available in Delaware, including At Home, which is a home decor and furniture store, Buc-ees, which is a gas station, and much more.
Many restaurants to try
There are a lot of restaurants to try in Texas, which can be a bit of a good thing.
Despite the pros, the cons are the big factors that are going to drive me out of Texas. Sorry, but I like having multiple cities to go to in a few hour’s drive.
Do you live in North Texas? Do you like it or hate it?