In your opinion. There are a lot of great places to live, depending
on your interests. I prefer a medium sized town. Big enough to have
what I need, but small enough that it doesn't take an hour to cross when
the traffic is heavy.
I worked with people who left Miami right after Andrew. One ran the
county's two way radio service depot. He was working for about 25% of
what he made in Miami, but he said that hurricane Andrew was the last
straw. His house was a couple years old, and supposed to have been
built to current huricane standards. In reality, the builder paid off a
building inspector to pass the substandard work, and what should have
been minor damage resulted in a total loss. The city 'couldn't explain'
all of the substandard wiring in the damaged buildings, and none of the
inspectors still worked for the city.
I figured out how implausibly light things like straws can embed in a
tree or phone pole. The wood cracks open lengthwise on the upwind
tension side when it bends in the wind. The cracks close on trapped
debris when it straightens out.
Just recently Houston was found to be the #1 nice city in America. Still, in
enumerating all the cultural niceties of Houston, the article completely
overlooked the Live Stock Show and Rodeo, which draws more attendees than
the season totals of the Texans, Astros, and Rockets. Combined.
El Paso was number nine, as I recollect.
Don't overlook St. Petersburg in Florida, sometimes known as God's waiting
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