John: Not a big deal. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion... *shrug* I was born and raised in Hawaii. Lived there for the first 19 years of my life before moving to Minnesota. I guess I'm equally amazed by the amount of people who think Hawaii is great and would do anything to live there. I laugh everytime I hear that. "Oh, you lived in Hawaii? That must've been so cool!" And I shrug... and say, "It was OK. But not really..." I suppose the same goes for Houston. I don't believe for a second with over 5 million people in the city that EVERYONE hates it. As Chris already mentioned the obvious - if EVERYONE hated it (and 'hate' is such a strong word) then no one would live there and it wouldn't be the 4th largest city in the U.S. *shrug* I'm going there to make the best out of an already bad situation. I can't sit here and think about how much Houston sucks. I guess at this point... I want opinions... but I want constructive ones. Advising me of the same thing numerous different ways about how traffic sucks and the head sucks and the city is covered in a thick black goo does nothing to help me out. The heat and humidity is fact. I'm not really prepared for that... but I've obviously lived near the ocean before so I'm used to humidity... just not to that degree. We'll be staying with my in-laws 'til my wife and I can get on our feet financially... after that, we'll have to get an apartment. After doing some looking online, I think I'm set at this point on The Woodlands. I've not been able to find any other information regarding any other communities similar to that one... middle/upper class... outlying suburban area... yet, close enough to the city.