He was moving in and carrying a chair when suddenly he felt his load lighten - a couple of guys were helping him move it in his new home. After they dropped it inside, one of the guys took off next door - the newbie yelled his thanks thinking he was just assisting this one thing. A minute later the guy comes out with a case of beer and says lets get this stuff unpacked. That is the type of impression I got when visiting - lots of friendly helpful people - although I can see them being very opinionated and stuck in their ways.
That reminds me (even though I'm not in Dallas) when we've had weekend visitors here from out of state, one thing they ALL comment on is the friendliness of the people.
Now, living here, myself and other Austinites can certainly say we've encountered our share of A-holes, but honestly, compared to some other places, this is a friendly place. People think nothing of falling into conversation with strangers, and I feel a sense of community in my immediate neighborhood.
The pace is slower, not in a lazy way, but when people are calling each other to do business, you need to take a moment to ask, "how are you?" Or, if they ask first, answer and return the favor" You will win a lot of points with people, and garner future favors if you remember to ask how their son's croup is coming along, or ask them if their bathroom remodel is finished.
Where I work, I talk on the phone to co-workers all over the country. It shocks me now how someone will call me and immediately just get down to business. I know these people aren't trying to be rude, since I grew up in that environment. Also, they most likely think they are saving time by not wasting words like "How are you....oh....really?....that's good....so listen, I was call to find out..." Despite this little bit of goodwill, overall it takes you no longer to get things done.
Oh, also...please don't tell us how much better it is where you came from...if you think so, go back there.
Just keep saying to yourself "When in Rome...."
For Linkat...get used to being called a yankee. If it's said to you face, they're not insulting you, just acknowledging you can't help but do things different...you're a yankee.
I've lived here for about 12 years. I'm still referred to at times as "that yankee gal" I'll be called a yankee 10 years from now too...on the plus side though, I am at times called upon to interpret what yankees still living in yankeeland are talking about.
me: "Well, he didn't mean it that way...he's just asking a question, he wasn't accusing you or anything. Don't worry, he's a really nice guy, and he likes you too. I know he does, he said so just last week."
them: "well, alright....he was just so Short with me....I'll give him a call."
Yeah, definitely Southern.