As previously mentioned here at The Handbasket, I recently left my home state of Ohio for the sun blasted plains of Texas.
This decision was not made lightly, nor without anxiety. But more than half a century of northern dwelling didn’t pan out like I hoped. Jobs were scarce, and employment with good wages were almost nonexistent unless one had an advanced college degree. My lack of disposable income meant that I was forced to live in a craphole apartment complex, smack-dab in the middle of a high crime area.
How bad are we talkin’? I would have to reach for my gun about twice a year to fend off aggressive criminals, although I never had to draw when they realized I was armed.
Nothing ever came of it, because the vast majority of criminals are base cowards who will do almost anything to avoid going up against someone who has the legal means for defense. Although, I must admit, I might just be a bit more prepared in the means department than most.
So I quit my job, which barely paid the bills, and relied on the kindness of some friends who put me up while I searched for employment.
It took six weeks to find my dream job.
So, better money? On paper it is a bit less, but I take home more cash. How is this possible?
Because I was beset with taxes in my old life. My former home of Columbus, Ohio sports income taxes for both the state and city, both governments burrowing their mandibles deep to suck their fill on the sweetly flowing lifeblood of my labor.
Critics will point out that prices in Texas are inflated due to a statewide sales tax, but Ohio also has a sales tax. At least now I only have to budget for one tax, instead of three.
So I’m enjoying small town life, the people are much friendlier and polite than at my old place of residence, and the entry level position at my new job pays more so far as dollars in the bank. What could be better?
Howsabout that I can carry my concealed self defense handgun when at the office?
Why in the world didn’t I move down here decades ago?
Best of luck, James! Good things come to those willing to embrace change. Here’s to a great new start in 2016!
Glad to hear the good news.
Sometimes good things do happen to good people.
Congratulations – Best of luck to you in your new home!
Congrats, best wishes, and all that!
I do hope your apartment and your car have air conditioning. Texas in the summer is vicious.
Welcome to West Texas partner. Enjoy the climate. In West Texas the Summer heat always gives way to cool evenings with its low humidity.
Seems everyone is following Davy Crockett these days!
Best of luck in the new digs!
I am so pleased to hear that things are working out well for you! Best of luck and good wishes!
Congrats. Good to hear things are working out for you. Enjoy!
Greetings fellow cake eater!
Congrats on your action and best of luck in your endeavors. I too am a Expat-Buckeye from Columbus; Hilltop/West Gate. Moved to the great State of Arizona back in pre-2000. I think you made a wise choice.
Glad to hear that you escaped the Rust Belt. Texas would be attractive to me as well, if all of my family didn’t live here in Illinois. Good luck and Godspeed.
Good info on the state of the state that Kasick brags on debate after debate….lived in Ft. Worth. It was the property taxes that killed it for me, attacked by two entities, the Local School District – every Texas High School has an NFL-caliber football stadium and a pool that Olympic Teams would drool over…and the county who never met a pothole they felt the urge to fill in…I owned the big-assed Texas mansion, 3,200 sq ft., Media theater room, laundry room the size of a small bedroom….and on and on, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, quarter acre of property and the property taxes were $9,256. a year, a $772 a month payment on a home I owned free and clear! So much for no state income tax. Moved to Arizona….better….open carry and concealed carry…since I work for a body armor company EVERYBODY at work carries….
Many congratulations!! If it weren’t for “Regulatory Capture” – the fact that my wife’s retirement healthcare benefits only covers us while we are in California we’d be out of here.
Welcome to Texas!
If you ever want to come down and see the Alamo, let me know!