USA : Texas Cities : El Paso
December 27, 2017 2:38pm CST
As soon as we relocated to the Maryland/DC area and I realized that I could not stand working in our nation's capital. I started PRAYING!!! My goal was to find a job in Austin, Texas. Ended up working in DC for about 8 years and finally managed to get a job transfer to Texas, but landed in El Paso. Was I happy there? Uuuhh … let's just say it served a temporary purpose. Since It was temporary it was tolerable. I wasn't miserable there but at that point in my life … it really wasn't where I wanted to live. However, it was better than living in Maryland and working in DC. I thought of my job transfer as an escape! And also as a stop off point until I reached my final destination, which was Austin, Texas. Are there good things to say about living and working in El Paso? Yes! Besides the fact that the only reason I ever really knew about about El Paso is because the Bank of El Paso was mentioned in that Clint Eastwood movie, “For a Few Dollars More”. I count that as a good thing to say about El Paso. Here are the positives: ~ Cost of living? SUPER CHEAP! Groceries, utilities and housing. We bought our first home there. You wouldn't believe it! 4BR, Living room, Dining Room, large eat-in kitchen, huge family room w/ fireplace, etc. It even had a maid's quarters. The house was priced at $108K. That wasn't a bargain price. That was normal housing prices! ~ The church? Good edifying sermons from a sound preacher, with practical life applications; and a dedicated group of believers who walked the walk and didn't just talk the talk. ~ My job? It was 15 minutes away from my house so I could go home for lunch, if I wanted to. But I didn't! I preferred to go across the street to the Barnes & Noble store instead. Would I recommend others live and work in El Paso? Sure! I also recommend it for real estate investing. Particularly for rental properties. As for the link provided about the 25 things to do in El Paso? I didn't do any of them! I moved there to work. I wasn't a crazy tourist! Image credit: Photo by R-Rated Birdman; the El Paso Star on the Mountain; found on Flickr (flickr.com/photos/grossinger/1340163964) https://www.thecrazytourist.com/25-best-things-el-paso-tx/
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