hmm....I am white (italian, but in the summer i am mistake for mexican), female, straight, married and live in houston. so i am kind of the opposite, but nonetheless....
I am a Jersey Girl, born and raised, proud of it. my make up will always be a bit too much for work, i have a potty mouth (not in front of patients though! :-) , i giggle sometimes too frequently and too loudly and perhaps for too long and no one has to wonder whether or not I am there at work because I make my presence known.
THAT SAID, when my boyfriend and i(now hes my husband) at the time graduated Penn State in 2009, jobs were rough. we moved to houston and hoped for the best, fully intending on moving home when we chose to have kids. nonetheless, we are happy here for now.
i was a sad little Yankee when i saw that texas and particuarly houston wasn't full of cowboys and indians and not everyone sounded like george bush. but the reality is that if you ask a a native Texan why Texas (and their city in particular) is awesome, be prepared to stay seated a few minutes. accept that you are the newbie here and take it as a exercise in cultural acclimation.
a motto in the austin area is "keep austin weird!". pretty much sums it up.
austin has (obviously) UT- austin. HUGE college and grad town full of crazy people with smart brains. it has a big hippie/ earth mom jive going on, if thats what you are in to.
yes, people say "ya'll" constantly, even if they are speaking to only you. the plural form of "ya'll" is apparently "all ya'll".
i live in west houston in particular and it is jam packed with fillipino, vietnamese and indian immigrants. and of course mexican families. makes for some pretty good food choices. Austin is beef country so come hungry.
Austin has a sweet music scene, as evidenced by the huge SXSW festival that goes on every year. As a whole, I would say that Texans ARE more conservative, socially and politically. however, any person worth spending your time with and any employer worth working for will respect you because you are a human and a RN with a brain and a heart.
oddly enough, i had a patient's grandson go on an epic tirade to an unsuspecting speech therapist about how nurses should put a syringe full of air into rush limbaugh. and how he should of been OD'd, "pillow therapy" and other bizarre things by nurses.
so, being Jersey fabulous, i spun right around and i said "um excuse me, quit it. you dont know what youre talking about. limbaugh was never treated in our facility, FIRSTLY, and secondly,nurses don't pick and chose who it is ok to put air embolisms into. im a nurse and i dont give a damn about your political or religious views."
it shut him up. people are people where ever you live. some are homophobes, some are general jerks. you will find friends and make a life you enjoy where ever you live. that is your responsibility as a happy and well adjusted adult.