Lots of interesting information! I knew you wouldn't let me down. Thank you so much!
Sozobe: No problem with the timeframe. It'll take another two weeks until I have the "yes" or "no" from my employer. Meanwhile, good luck for your brother and nephew in law.
Francis: I'll remember not to make any jokes about the compound explosives I hide in my deodorant and my shampoo.
Chai: That's interesting about downtown vs. suburbs, and about the attitudes and customs of people. I'll be careful not to bring up religion, and instead focus the conversation on political subjects like gay marriage and legalizing prostitution.
Lakes work fine for me as substitutes for seashores. I was born near Germany's biggest lake, and Munich has about five very beautiful lakes in its south to relax at and swim in. It's good to see Dallas/Fort Worth have a couple around them.
Boomerang: Thanks for your description. I'm interested to check out those "M-Blocks". Do you remember where they are on the map of Dallas?
LionTamerX: What makes you prefer Deep Ellum? Do you know it, or people who know it?
Linkat: If your description of the Fort Worthers are any indication, I'm increasingly encouraged about the local people's mentality. And it's nice to know someone in the same situation. Have you decided if you'll move to Dallas with your job, or get a new job wherever you are now?
ehBeth: I bookmarked your link. Along with things to do, it mentions several interesting neighborhoods I'll want to check out.
Ossobucco -- I haven't decided how much time I'll stay at my next job and the next place. So if I make a bad choice, the repercussions shouldn't be too grave.