I have job possibility brewing up in Sugar Land, and want to know what living in the area would be like.
Just how bad are the summers? I’ve been in New Orleans in July, is it comparable to that?
How’s traffic? Around here, driving generally takes about twice as long as you’d expect just by looking at the distance.
How’s public transportation? The Bay Area has a bunch of separate transit systems with limited overlap, so it can be a huge pain in the ass if you’re going very far.
What’s the housing market look like? Prices are bound to be cheaper than here, but how much? Is there a lot of new development, or is it mostly older houses? Do they tend to have large or small lots? (San Francisco houses, for instance, have tiny lots.) Are there a lot of those ugly 50s tract houses all over the place? Are prices crashing like they are here?
What’s the state of the high tech industry? Here, there are a crapload of jobs, but an even bigger crapload of skilled people, so competition is stiff. If I ended up getting this job but losing it in a year or two, what are my chances of getting something else in the area?
What’s there to do for fun? Museums, concerts, game stores, restaurants, funky neighborhoods, natural sights, whatever.
Perhaps most importantly, will I, a long-haired, half-Filipino, atheist, fairly leftist Democrat, Bay Area native, and my wife, an agnostic Jew and even more leftist Democrat, suffer from fatal culture shock?