Post # 1
So, my BIL/SIL will talk sh*t about TX, Austin & UT (where I just graduated), and I fear that some day I will come out and say, “then please move away if you like <old city> so much better”…I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it. I think Austin is one of the best cities in the world! I live here by *choice*.
I’ve never even been to their hometown, but I always feel like they are saying Texans won’t ever compare, and I think it is really rude. Why do you think they moved here if they don’t like it? (My DH moved here first and they followed him…) I mean, I’m sometimes nostalgic about my hometown (was born in TX then moved, then moved back, then moved, then came back to TX ?for good?), and the people there, but I don’t think it compares to this, and I don’t say such things *to “proud Texans”.
Post # 3
Do they realize how much pride you have in Texas? Maybe they don’t realize how much they’re hurting you!
Mrs. Bee is from LA and I am actually ashamed to say that I am bigoted against California. Isn’t that horrible?!?! I don’t know what to do about it. I absolutely love to visit California (lived in SF for a few years), it just doesn’t fit with my personality as a place to live and work.
Anyway I basically hide my geo-bigotry by not mentioning it ever – especially when I’m around Californians! Unless I’m drinking, in which case if it comes up in conversation amongst friends… *sigh*.
Post # 4
I’ve heard NOTHING but awesome things about Austin! HOnestly, I hated hated HATED Lexington for the first two years I lived here, and it still bubbles up to the surface every now and then. Did they just move there? Also, Austin is, from all accounts, a fairly young and hip city so maybe they feel out of place?
Post # 5
My BIL/SIL are younger than me…they moved here ?4 years ago but never lived in a ‘hip part’ and now live in total suburbia…I realize I don’t take as much advantage of Austin as I could, but I feel like they really don’t give it a chance then just say how much better their old city is…I’m the only one not from their old city, and sometimes I feel like they really leave me out, yet they all chose to move to and stay in TX.
If they say it to my face again (not just on FB/MS) I’ll try to take the high ground and say how much I really love it here, and maybe they’ll take a hint.
Post # 6
I know what you mean! I’m a fellow Texan/Longhorn and it REALLY riles me up when people who move here from other places diss our state. I can totally relate to you wanting to tell them to just go back to wherever they came from if they hate it here so much!
My husband and I have talked about this a lot, and our theory is that since so many people around here are VERY proud of Texas and Austin that it can rub some folks the wrong way. OR, they’ve just heard so much hype about Austin that the city can’t live up to their expectations.
Anyway, I know that doesn’t help your situation much, but good luck with the inlaws! Here’s hoping that if they live in Austin long enough, they will discover why the rest of us are so crazy about this place!!!
Post # 7
Some people just don’t get Texas. Sucks for them!