has written 7 SperlingViews. Currently, Carol is living in Austin, TX and has a little something to say:
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re: politics in colorado springs - 1/2/2012 Posted On: 2/29/2012 7:33:34 AM
Pat - Christians aren't supposed to be judgemental. If you met any that are, they are not truly following Christ. I think you may mistaken their attempt to point you to a savior as judgemental. We all need a savior, whether you agree or not.
I can't wait to leave because of the lack of good Christians, the lack of morals, repect for others and lack of community, plus the insane amount of military population.
re: Religion is CONSERVATIVE here - 9/18/2007 Posted On: 2/29/2012 7:25:34 AM
I think it depends on if you're looking for it. Most atheists focus on finding religion and crushing it, so of course you'll find it if you're looking for it. Otherwise, you don't notice any faith dominance.
Things you should know about Austin before moving Posted On: 11/4/2008 6:05:37 AM
1. It's a Republican State
2. Texans consider Texas a separate country; they don't like to be associated with the rest of the USA and think TX is better than any other state. I'm dead serious!
3. Lance Armstrong is the icon of Austin, yet his billion dollar home uses 10% more water than the average family home here. Where's the "green-ness"?
4. The cost of registering your vehicle is at least $120 if you're new to the state. They charge a $90 "new resident tax" plus the cost of registration. What is that??
5. One half to 3/4 of Austinites drive a gas-guzzling truck or SUV. Of that, more than half do not use it for work purposes or hauling anything. More "green-ness" I guess.
6. The total # of executions in TX is 419 since the state reinstated the death penalty using lethal injection instead of elecrocution. The count started in 1982, so 419 people in the last 26 years. Currently, there are 13 people pending execution, just sitting around waiting...It costs an average of $137 million each year for the death penalty and TX has the largest population on death row. Wonder where your taxes are going? And check this out - the average time spent on death row just waiting for execuation is 10 years in TX!! That means that our tax money is being used to keep these offenders alive for 10 years until they're just going to kill them anyway. What a waste!!!
7. The motto for Austin is: "Keep Austin Weird". There is nothing weird about the city or people except for the fact that they claim to be the "live music capital of the world", yet all the good performers bypass Austin and hold concerts in Dallas and Houston instead.
8. Most people I've talked to claim to be good, humble, Baptist, charity-giving people. That's great, except the homes they live in could easily occupy their family plus 2 God-needing homeless families downtown. And they are the ones driving the big SUV's while talking on their cell phones and heading to their manicure appointment with their poodles in the front seat.
9. It's HOT and HUMID! There are no seasons. It's November and I'm still wearing shorts and tank tops. 82 degrees today.
re: For a good time in Austin: - 9/27/2008 Posted On: 11/4/2008 5:24:29 AM
Oh, the dog folk art is something that EVERYONE wants to move to Austin for!! Wow..if that's all the Austin offers, it's sad. All the museums listed stink - they're like one floor and take 5 min. to walk through. I'm ashamed to call the Zoo and actual zoo, very pathetic. No one cares about Texas state archives and everything else listed is so small. Yes, they are plentiful, but they charge way too much money and you have to drive too far to get to them, plus they are soooo small. The Wildflower Center took me 10 min. to walk through. What a waste of time!! I can't believe Austin can't come up with better things for people to do and see.
Austin is not that great! Posted On: 11/4/2008 5:16:13 AM
I've lived in PA, NY and NM. I can't wait to get out of Austin. The drivers are so rude,they ride up your bumper even when there's no traffic and they cut you off all the time for no reason. There is absolutely NOTHING to do here unless you like to drink and go to bars downtown. The museums are horrible for such a large town. The only good museum is the History of Texas mus, if you care enough about Texas to walk through a 3 story museum all about them. You'd think there would be a little more cultured down here, but it's all about Texas. The people are relatively nice, but have a lot of money and are stuck up. The downtown traffice sucks when they close a majority of the streets off because of a race, which is EVERY weekend! And the government here stinks too. They keep building huge, expensive homes and shopping centers, while the lower and middle classes have nothing. Everyone drives a huge truck or SUV, even the rich women who don't know how to drive them so don't be tricked into thinking Austin is a "green" city. It's far from it. Oh, and the heat is horrendous in the summer!! Right now, it's Nov. 4th and it's 82 degrees. Hot, hot, hot...no seasons at all. I can't wait to move, I'm so bored. There's no hiking, camping or anything unless you like to shop and drink.
Austin is lacking in everything Posted On: 9/24/2008 5:39:24 AM
OK, so I experienced my first UT game just trying to drive on the streets downtown. They have the University in the middle of the downtown area, so when there is a football game, all the streets are packed with people and you can't go ANYWHERE!!! And it's all day long!!! Not only that, but the city is so unorganized that they have several events on one day, so it makes it harder to get around the city. There is poor public transportation from the suburbs into the city, so you have to drive your car. There are no good museums, zoo or anything worth seeing unless you want to go on 6th St. and drink like everyone else.
It's sad that Austin boasts about how "green" the city is, yet 3/4 of the people here drive gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs. The majority of the truck drivers are not using their vehicles for work and the SUV drivers are all wealthy women talking on their cell phones and not paying attention. I've lived in many cities, including Manhattan and Philadelphia and I've gotta say that the truck drivers out here are the RUDEST drivers anywhere!!! They will ride up your butt and expect you to move no matter what lane you're in and they will cut you off without a turn signal. They think that they are the greatest thing on the road. They just don't have any courtesy!!
Austin gets old REAL fast! If you're looking for a boring area that's hot all year round and a place where you never go into the downtown part, Austin may be for you. But if you're looking for fun stuff to do, nice people and 4 seasons - don't come here!!!
It's OK here... Posted On: 6/15/2007 2:30:17 PM
I've lived here for 4 years; moved from Philadelphia. The weather is great and so are the sunsets - breathtaking! A little too dry though for me. Dirt flies everywhere! Lots of outside stuff to do, so if you like to hike and take pictures this is a good place for that. I also enjoy the festivals and activities in the city. The downtown area is very easy to navigate and get to without being scared of running over a pedestrian. However, the city planning is horrible. There are WAY too many houses going up, yet no roads being built to accomodate everyone. When the city does construction, they do it on every road at the same time, so traffic backs up everywhere. It's very hard to make new friends, especially if you're single b/c most people hang out in cliques or w/ their family (or gang). The amount of violence is unbelievably high for such a small city. And some of the WORST drivers are out here. The cost of living went up when I moved out here, except for rent on my apartment. However, the pay is way low. It's no wonder there are so many low-income families. Education is the worst in the US! I can't wait to get out of this city...except it sucks you in and you can't afford to leave.