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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-09-2004, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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my job search.... opinions on San Antonio???

I'm looking for a new job and decided last week that I'm oping my search to the entire United States. I was approched by a recruiter with a job that's almost exactly what I'm looking for.... but it's in San Antonio. I hear this is a great town. Anybody know much about it???

Here's what I know.

1) They have a great river walk
2) THE Alamo is located there
3) It's a stones throw from Mexico
4) The average annual low temp in Chicago is 23... in SA 50!!!
5) The average annual high temp in Chicago is 76... in SA 85 HOT!

My question:
What are the people like there?
Will I need to learn Spanish?
I've heard cost of living is very low... is that true?

Edit: just took a look at Anna's ride post from TX. Holly shit, it's gorgous out there. At that's only 10-20 miles from SA!!! I'm in love.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-09-2004, 10:53 PM
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85 really isn't that bad. Just remember how crappy it is here when it's 95* and 95% humidity in July. It's garbage and I'd have to imagine it's a drier heat down there, too.

Who likes winter anyways? Not me!

I know Stydie moved to Texas and ill_ag (sorry if I mispelled) lives there so maybe they'll chime in.
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Might as well learn spanish since english is a second language i texas.

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I love San Antonio. I live centrally to each of Texas' major cities, and San Antonio is probably my favorite (Ft. Worth the other one I love).

I think learning Spanish would probably only depend on your career and how much you have to work with those who speak Spanish. After a while you do pick up any of the words and phrases you might need-- like "how many tamales can you make me this week because they are so damn good I can't live without them." Yes...almost everyone I know knows an old mexican woman who makes as many tamales as she can about once a month or so and sells them to whoever will buy. Mmmmm!!!!!

Downtown and Riverwalk are fun...but they get old. The great thing about SA is that it has the benefits of a major city-- like pro sports, great restaurants, concerts, etc. but lacks a lot of the congestion and stuff you get in larger cities. In addition, there is so much do to nearby-- Sea World, Johnson Space Center, Schlitterbahn (the biggest and best water park in the country)....and all sorts of stuff. The weather makes it so that you don't have time to do all the things you want to do. Riding is great, riders around TX are cool people, roads are excellent, etc.

And yes, cost of living is extremely low. You could find a wonderful starter home for $150k. It's beautiful and hilly.

Should you come for a visit, I'd be happy to venture to SA for the wekend and show you around, introduce you to some people who know the area even better than I...etc.

Oh...last thing...you asked about the people...
The people there, IMO are a bit more cosmopolitan that in other Texas cities. That's not to say they ARE cosmopolotan, but that they aren't as hickish. People there tend to have more respect for people of other cultures and races (I would guess due to the high pop of mexicans). I find them to not be as snooty as people in Austin, not as spolied as those in Dallas, and not as white-bread as those from really small farm towns. Very nice down to earth people. I think coming from Chicago, San Antonio would be the best city in TX to transition to. I think the biggest shock you will find in the physical size of the cities here-- they are quite small in the downtown area, and then everything is very suburban and spread out.

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I also just noticed you swim. Great master's swimming in SA, and we are always looking for new blood for SA waterpolo.
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Mike,

You would have to talk to my wife Diane, she goes to SA all the time on business. She was there this weekend past. I have been there once only and basically a drive thru, but it looked like a nice place to live. I would definetely learn spanish, I know english, french and italian, languages are always good

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I went all ocver texas one vacation, my favorite part was SA, Very nice place. Plus tey have one thing we dont.....



.....Texas Chic's They grow em hot down there.




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Wow, maybe I should start looking into moving to San Antonio after what ill_ag posted. College is getting in the way
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.....Texas Chic's They grow em hot down there.

thank you....thank you very much....
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.....Texas Chic's They grow em hot down there.
ditto... do the innocent 'new here' gig and see what that gets ya!

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I was in San Ant about 2 yrs ago and loved it. I seems like a great place to live. Weather is awesome and the downtown area was real beautiful.

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