So people drive around and look at leaves here. It's a thing. In the fall, autumn if you will, people just drive up and around New England to look at the leaves. I tell you what, on my way to Mt. Monadnock, I got it. I had to pull over twice to take pictures. It is really something else. Crazy to think how much beauty leaves create in their death.
Boston is cold. Like most things we are unaccustomed to it is uncomfortable. Most of the residents of this uninhabitable land seem to enjoy it. I suppose I would too over time.
Probably not though; just the ski days that are a 2-3 hour drive to Vermont or CT.
This is as far north as I have been on this side of the country (UPDATE: until the above post in fall 2014 when I made it to Maine). I will ahve to travel to Maine this summer...and up to NH to ski another cold trip.
There are things to enjoy in the cold here...they have ice skating outside, snow tubing not too far from town and Christmas lights on colonial houses covered in snow capture the feel of the winter season perfectly.
Also, people all over the nation do not know the difference between AR, AK & AZ. So I will tell you just in case,
AR v. AZ v. AK
AR - Arkansas
The best "A" state, aka The Natural State. Full of beautiful scenery, all 4 seasons - albeit they are mild, and pretty women.
AZ - Arizona
Not the AR state. What is wrong with people? This is the desert! I bought the University's shirt without even knowing it last year because it just said Arizona with some cacti on it. What kind of logo/mascot is that?! Can't even move. Go Hogs!
AK - Alaska, not Arkansas!
Another uninhabitable land that is beautiful for vacations with major sunlight issues.
Another cold day in January
New England's infrastructure is very different. The gas is free market so there are all sorts of providers and types. The TRASH is too! So you have to pay someone to come get your trash. There are only street lights in affluent neighborhoods and sometimes you still don't have them. You'd think they have been around the longest the government would have stuck up some street lights. Just so you know, in Dallas street lights are built as part of developments and if you're in an older neighborhood like mine - you call and request it through the City. If it's deemed dark enough by whatever stats -you get a light. If not, you bug your HOA or have to buy it yourself (hence why some people have more yard lighting).
Oh and so is sewer - gross! Some people have septic tanks and have to get them pumped every year or two.
The CTO of our company lives in a VERY nice house with a septic pump (your poop is in your backyard Force) and has a well - so if they don't get a lot of rain they're not taking long showers. To get more water they pay someone to come out and drop a massive balloon down the well attached to one and at the top at a certain tension the bottom one pops blowing out area for more water to come in the well.
They also don't have neighborhoods like DR Horton develops in the suburbs throughtout the South, from what I have seen driving through at least.