However, I am a bit anxious. Any tips on how to adjust to my new small-town West Texas life?
Fort stockton, texas
When the Texanist was a younger man, more full of wanderlust than he is today, he lived overseas for a short spell. And while he had quite a jolly old time in jolly old England, his most vivid memory of the experience occurred upon his return, when he was powerfully struck by the contours and colors of the Texas landscape, the broadness of the horizon, the familiar drawls and twangs, and the friendly folk and delicious foods of his Lone Star homeland.
Yours is a unique situation, though. Returning to your hometown of Houston, the U. And now that the Texanist is thinking about it, the actual differences between the two places are coming into sharper focus.
Or black and white. Or biscuits and sausage and bagels and lox.
Or any things that are very much not like the other. For starters, Fort Stockton is, like, a thousand times smaller than New York. Note: the fact checker has informed the Texanist that Fort Stockton is, within a reasonable margin of error, exactly one thousand times smaller than New York.
The texanist: can a born-and-bred big-city boy learn to love fort stockton?
New York has a population of eight-plus million people while Fort Stockton, as you point out, comprises just over eight thousand souls. A thousand times!
Just let those s soak in for a minute. And then look forward to enjoying all the peace and quiet in your new home.
The Big Apple, which squeezes 27, people into the area of a square mile, could more aptly be referred to as the Big Sardine Can. By contrast, the same amount of space in Fort Stockton is populated by a scant sixteen hundred folks. So, in addition to the peace and quiet, enjoy the wide-open spaces, too.
Stretch out for a change. And speaking of wide-open space, Fort Stockton is situated out there in the middle of a great big bunch of it.
But if all that roominess ever begins to feel like desolation, take comfort in knowing that your hometown of Houston is only five hundred miles of eastbound I away; visiting your old family and childhood chums will be cheaper though not easier or quicker than it has been in many years.
If you head in the other direction, El Paso is only miles of westbound I away. If you ever find yourself missing an art scene, give Marfa a try.
The Texanist suggests taking advantage of all that the area has to offerwhich is a lot—especially in the natural wonders department. Unfortunately, Balmorhea is closed until further notice due to some much-needed concrete repairs, which is a real bummer considering summer is upon us.
Now, on the downside, there is one area where you will definitely notice a marked difference between your old and new home. The Texanist is speaking of the options for shopping and dining.
And at least one Asian buffet. Honestly, the transition from megalopolis to backwateropolis is going to be quite a shock to your system, but the Texanist is confident that everything will work out for you. Just keep an open mind, try to enjoy yourself, and watch where you step.
Have a question for the Texanist?