Sozobe and Walter, thanks for the congratulations.
Sozobe and Edgar, thanks for asking your relatives! Maybe their preferences don't match mine, but they do know what the place is like and I don't, so I can still learn a lot by hearing from them. Green is good, although I don't mind tumble weed
, and presence of Mexicans and their restaurants is definitely appreciated.
LionTamerX, one major source of optimism was my drive thorugh the South-East this spring, which proved a lot nicer than my Deep-South clichees had led me to expect. Imagine my surprise when I learned that neither FreeDuck, nor Squinney, nor Bear, nor you are religious-right Bush supporters, and that none of you have Confederate flags on your pickup trucks. (Come to think of it, even Lash didn't seem to care about Bush too much anymore.) On a different note, if I should ever open a business, you will be my first employee. Promise!
Phoenix, drop-dead gorgeous women would definitely be a plus for Dallas, even though there's no way they could compete with you.
Dys -- just a one-day-drive? Great! You and Lady Di can visit me then!
Wandeljw and Walter, that's interesting about the German influence in Texas. We sure are taking over this place. (I can even remember joefromchicago posting audio examples of the "Texas German" dialect. About the Schweinshaxn -- Although I've been in Munich in Munich for 17 years now, I must confess I prefer barbecued beef. And one of the few compelling pro-Dallas arguments so far is that they have divine steak-houses there.
McTag: "Fast-moving selfconfident cosmopolitan city" sounds a bit double-edged, but more goodish than badish. There is yet hope that I might end up liking Dallas after all.
Thanks again for your input, guys!