Have you just moved to Texas? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’ve transferred to Dallas for work, settled in Corpus Christi for retirement or are stationed on the base at Fort Hood – you’re in good company. Regardless of what brings you here, it’s easy to feel like a lone star in this big state. Here are a few ideas to help you make yourself at home.
Pick a team
Eight major pro teams, dozens of minor league teams and a handful of serious college powerhouses – yes, Texas is a sports fan’s haven. From the Dallas Cowboys to the Austin Ice Bats, there’s a team for everyone’s taste. Find yours and you’ll find friends in no time, as long as you don’t root for the Mavericks in San Antonio or the Texans in Dallas.
Get to know your town
Take a walk. Take a ride. Take a look around and get familiar with your new home. Texas is brimming with character – not only in the people but also in the land itself. You won’t find another town in the country named Notrees, Ding Dong or Hoop and Holler. And you can visit Miami, Klondike, China, Egypt and even Venus without ever leaving the state.
Learn the song!
“The stars at night, are big and bright…” If you haven’t gotten this much down, then you better brush up, quickly. The Texans are a proud people who need little more than a whisper of this line before they chime in with four quick claps in unison, followed by a loud “DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!” Win extra brownie points if you learn the entire ditty.
Pick up a hobby
New territory means new hobbies and this state is filled with them. Want to start fixing cars in Odessa? Look up West Texas auto parts and get geared up. Love a good hike? Check out Haynes Ridge or the Guadalupe Mountains. History buff? You’re just a short ride away from the Alamo. Trust us, there’s plenty to do to fill your time.
The second most populous state in the union, Texas also has one of the highest percentages of new residents per year. There’s a decent chance you’re one of them. If that’s the case, welcome! We hope you enjoy it here. Go to a rodeo, visit the Alamo, or look up West Texas auto parts and start your new hobby. However you spend your time here, we’re sure you’ll love it. And remember; never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.
Chuck Stevens is an avid blogger. He just moved to Texas and is always looking to share his advice on the process. You can follow him on Twitter @chuckstevens12.