Everybody’s all het up about SXSW, to which I say (with apologies to Ronny Elliott), so what.
I doubt I’m the only one who prefers Houston to Austin, and I have more than 5 reasons, but in honor of the weekend, I wanted to share a few.
If waitstaff showed up at any restaurant I go to in Houston with fingernails as dirty as the ones on those kids at Kerbey Lane, they’d be fired and my dinner would be comped.
Houston has at least as many east/west roads as north/south roads. At rush hour, you can go twice as far in half the time in Houston as you can in Austin. SUCH a pain to drive in Austin.
Things just move faster in Houston. Took a suit to be altered at the tailor in Austin and said I needed a quick turnaround. They said no problem, come back in 4 days. I go to Martin Tailors on Feagan in Houston, say the same thing, and they ask me to come back in 2 hours.
Houston is comfortable in its own skin. We’re a thriving international metropolis. Austin, even with the traffic and population explosion, still feels like a big town trying on city-ship for size. And acts like the zipper is poking it.
I’m plagarizing myself a bit—submission #129 to HIWI back in the day—but a whole bunch of people wind up in Austin because they lack imagination, or they don’t trust themselves, or they just don’t know why but they know they need to be somewhere. Or they never left.
It is easy to go to a city with a beautiful lake and soaring bridge. You can claim their soul is drawn there, and no one will question it, but you’re just letting the city speak for you.
Houston doesn’t speak for you – you speak for it.
You make it better, stronger, healthier, wealthier, more beautiful, and more dynamic. Houston is worth it because your dreams, goals, and accomplishments are worth it. Houston is worth it because it will do everything it can to make those dreams and goals possible, and it will celebrate you for your accomplishments, no matter who you are and where you came from.
Houston is worth it because it knows YOU are worth it.