HOUSTON to MANITOU move

HOUSTON to MANITOU move

Joined: September 19th, 2004, 2:48 am

February 5th, 2005, 8:24 pm #1

I seem to recall someone here being a Houston transplant to Manitou. I mentioned my plans to move and they chimed in. Was it Don?
Anyways...we still want to move but are getting a little bit nervous about the move...wondering if LIVING there is as good as VISITING has always been.
We need positive pushing please. Someone please push?
Weve just always been big city people...and we want out, dont get me wrong.
Its just going to be a big shock, you know? We were talking the other night about how we regularly go see plays at all kinds of theaters in town, concerts, eat at TONS of cool restaurants (Houston is KNOWN for its food scene)...and a lot of this is going to change in Manitou.
I guess this is last second jitters.

Help us. :(
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Joined: March 21st, 2004, 12:24 pm

February 5th, 2005, 9:17 pm #2

Denver is a scant 2 hour drive when you need your big city fix. Colorado Springs is right there and it's a fairly good size itself.
Are you Jermaine the commercial artist? (Lon Chaney thread a while back)
If so, Manitou is your home. Probably as many artists there per capita as Santa Fe NM.

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February 5th, 2005, 9:40 pm #3

I seem to recall someone here being a Houston transplant to Manitou. I mentioned my plans to move and they chimed in. Was it Don?
Anyways...we still want to move but are getting a little bit nervous about the move...wondering if LIVING there is as good as VISITING has always been.
We need positive pushing please. Someone please push?
Weve just always been big city people...and we want out, dont get me wrong.
Its just going to be a big shock, you know? We were talking the other night about how we regularly go see plays at all kinds of theaters in town, concerts, eat at TONS of cool restaurants (Houston is KNOWN for its food scene)...and a lot of this is going to change in Manitou.
I guess this is last second jitters.

Help us. :(
You'll be so glad you made the move once you get here!

In fact, at some point, you'll probably ask yourself: "How in the world did I ever live and survive in Houston?"

I e-mailed Dave (the ex-Houston guy who now happily lives in Manitou Springs), and I hope he comes back on here to encourage you. As for me, I moved to Colorado from New Jersey in 1997, and let me tell you, it is one of the greatest decisions I've ever made in my life. Regarding the "big city" life that you mention, I highly doubt you'll have much culture shock here, and if anything, the culture shock will be for the better!

-Steve



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Joined: December 19th, 2003, 5:44 am

February 5th, 2005, 10:59 pm #4

I seem to recall someone here being a Houston transplant to Manitou. I mentioned my plans to move and they chimed in. Was it Don?
Anyways...we still want to move but are getting a little bit nervous about the move...wondering if LIVING there is as good as VISITING has always been.
We need positive pushing please. Someone please push?
Weve just always been big city people...and we want out, dont get me wrong.
Its just going to be a big shock, you know? We were talking the other night about how we regularly go see plays at all kinds of theaters in town, concerts, eat at TONS of cool restaurants (Houston is KNOWN for its food scene)...and a lot of this is going to change in Manitou.
I guess this is last second jitters.

Help us. :(
Jermaine,

There's *great* eating in Manitou--and in Colorado Springs. I know what you mean about the good food scene in Houston. I had all these favorite cafe hangouts, there was lots of good ethnic food, and things were starting to get good downtown (finally). Plus you had cool ice houses in the neighborhoods where you could hang out in the open air with a beer and maybe listen to some hot Zydeco music. But the scene here is just as good or *better* as far as I'm concerned. The reason is that when you are in Houston you have to drive in traffic to all these places and park. You have no idea how nice it is to just walk out your door any time the spirit moves you, and 3 minutes later into any one of a couple of dozen restaurants or cafes here in town.

We've got great fusion cuisine (Adams Mountain Cafe and a new one called Blue Vervain), cool coffee houses (Spice of Life, Mate Factor--which is open all night), the best gourmet pizza I've ever had (Marilyn's even beats Star Pizza in Houston), Moroccan food (Tajine Alami), the best bar food I've ever had (The Keg = great steaks and believe it or not a salad that will blow you away), and some of the best 4- and 5-star sit-down dining anywhere in the state (The Cliff House, The Craftwood Inn, the Stage Coach). We've got some really weird, cool stuff, too: how about a wine and chocolate bar with live acoustic music that's inside a mountain bike and climbing store? Sounds crazy but it's cool. And you'll never find it in Houston.

And that's just the stuff that's within 3 minutes walking distance of your door. Colorado Springs has great dining. The best Vietnamese food I've had, for instance. The poshest and coolest piano bar I've ever been in (The Golden Bee). The nicest hole-in-the wall French cafe I've ever been in (La Creperie).

Yeah, there are things you'll miss. Great Cajun food for one. You are not going to get the kind of quality music acts in the bars and music halls here that you get in Houston--although there's great stuff 20 minutes away in Colorado Springs. For me the few things I miss have been more than compensated by several things:

1. The great street life here. You should see Mardi Gras! People come from all over the state for Carnivale, which is going on right now. All summer long there are bands playing in the bandstand in Soda Springs Park. Festivals of one kind or another about every other weekend. My lord, there are some weird ones. Never a dull moment. We will celebrate ANYTHING we can think of in this town.

2. The great weather. Listen to me: no air conditioning! You just open your window in the summer and cool dry air comes wafting in to your home or car. You don't have to breathe refinery fumes all the time and there are no bugs at all. You don't even need screens on your windows here.

3. The great outdoor scene. From my front door I am 10 minutes walking distance from 4 outstanding hiking trails: The Intemann Trail, which has a branch that goes to the top of Red Mountain overlooking Manitou; the Rattlesnake Gulch trail, that goes up the pass to the little town of Cascade; Williams Canyon, which has 300 foot limestone cliffs that soar over your head; and of course the Barr Trail, which goes to the top of Pikes Peak. Again: those are just the ones I can hike on without ever getting in my car. With a few minutes drive I'm in Garden of the Gods, Waldo Canyon, Red Rocks Canyon, Green Mountain Falls... the list goes on and on. Even if you're not really into hiking and mountain biking, Manitou is still the best town to just walk around that I've been in. Just *try* taking a walk in Houston! It's miserable.

4. The great art scene. Unlike Houston where so much of the art scene is comprised of people who live somewhere else and are paid by folks with oil money to come in and entertain them, ours is mostly homegrown. Manitou is an artists colony. Yes, it's a smaller scene because we're a tiny town. But we have terrific galleries and some really world-class artists here. One gallery got an award recently for being the best place to buy art in the State. We also have great performing arts, thanks to a couple of great local performers who make a business of bringing in terrific national and international acts that perform in the old livery that is now called the BAC. Mostly it's small performing acts--not full-blown theater like you'd see at the Alley--but that's some of the most interesting stuff, in my opinion. If I want to see theater I have the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs that's only 20 minutes away. I saw a terrific performance of Cabaret there just this week, by the way.

I'd add a few more things, but I gotta go. Personally, I think you'd be crazy to worry about the stuff you'll leave behind in Houston for what you'll get in Manitou Springs. I've never regretted it for a single second. Not one!

Hope we see you here!

David
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February 7th, 2005, 4:13 pm #5

I seem to recall someone here being a Houston transplant to Manitou. I mentioned my plans to move and they chimed in. Was it Don?
Anyways...we still want to move but are getting a little bit nervous about the move...wondering if LIVING there is as good as VISITING has always been.
We need positive pushing please. Someone please push?
Weve just always been big city people...and we want out, dont get me wrong.
Its just going to be a big shock, you know? We were talking the other night about how we regularly go see plays at all kinds of theaters in town, concerts, eat at TONS of cool restaurants (Houston is KNOWN for its food scene)...and a lot of this is going to change in Manitou.
I guess this is last second jitters.

Help us. :(
Heya.. I moved here from Houston in summer of 2003. My little sister did the same in spring of 2004. We love it, but the food is no comparison. Houston food is the best I have ever had in the world... and Colorado Springs/Manitou is the worst. But, you are BOUND to lose weight and get in better shape living here. So, I think the trade off is well worth it. Dang tho.. I really would love some Chueys and some Good Co BBQ and some Mai's. You bringing a cooler?

- Laura
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Joined: September 19th, 2004, 2:48 am

February 7th, 2005, 6:38 pm #6

I seem to recall someone here being a Houston transplant to Manitou. I mentioned my plans to move and they chimed in. Was it Don?
Anyways...we still want to move but are getting a little bit nervous about the move...wondering if LIVING there is as good as VISITING has always been.
We need positive pushing please. Someone please push?
Weve just always been big city people...and we want out, dont get me wrong.
Its just going to be a big shock, you know? We were talking the other night about how we regularly go see plays at all kinds of theaters in town, concerts, eat at TONS of cool restaurants (Houston is KNOWN for its food scene)...and a lot of this is going to change in Manitou.
I guess this is last second jitters.

Help us. :(
Thanks all of you...thats what I needed.
See...I know those things but I forget them. Thanks to all of you.
Ive lived in NYC, Seattle...and Houston (where I was born and raised)...so Manitou will be the smallest community Ive ever lived in...but thats a big reason why Im going there. We want to raise our daughter somewhere open-minded...and outdoorsy. In Houston, as stated, youll either collapase from the suffocating heat, or breathe in lots of debilitating air...its just no good. Food tho...yea...Im going to miss it. Laura mentioned GOODE CO.: was just there last week. Dave mentioned STARS PIZZA...oh man! Good stuff. But I agree, MARILYNS is good: I ate there while visiting last time. Kind of nice eating good food with eye-candy (Marilyn!) all around you.

One concern tho...
Does that VERY right-wing spirit creep into Manitou...ever? I mean...I know that FOCUS ON THE FAMILY group is centered up there. I dont know why, but I still get really uneasy when I think about the whole liberal attitude that WE have...and the ultra-conservative folks up in that area. That, along with the whole interracial thing I got going on with my wife...yea, I know its been discussed here...but it all just rolls up in to one big ball of CONSERVATISM that scares me. ANd yet...when Im there...I dont SEE it...I mean, I dont see any visible narrowing of ones rights...even in Co. Springs. But you usually dont ever SEE it these days. It flows through the cracks and crevasses...like poison gas. You smell it...but you cant see it.

So, Im worrying WAY too much about that aspect...right?

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Joined: September 24th, 2003, 8:05 pm

February 8th, 2005, 10:38 pm #7

I think you will love living here, and you won't notice any problem with the politics of Manitou, other than the people are very friendly and your daughter will love the area!!

Focus On the Family, doesn't interfere in my life. They have their own agenda and that's fine with me. I am a concservative person, but I don't know the politics of most of the people that I hang around with. It's just not an issue!! Life in Colorado is a lot more than Politics, it's the area we live in and we all feel so fortunate that we are here. Just come on out and expect a friendly welcome. Love you,

"It's all about a better Steve through proper hair care" - Vote FloridaPete & Littlehands 2005!!




Love you,
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Joined: October 20th, 2004, 5:27 pm

February 9th, 2005, 7:31 pm #8

Heya.. I moved here from Houston in summer of 2003. My little sister did the same in spring of 2004. We love it, but the food is no comparison. Houston food is the best I have ever had in the world... and Colorado Springs/Manitou is the worst. But, you are BOUND to lose weight and get in better shape living here. So, I think the trade off is well worth it. Dang tho.. I really would love some Chueys and some Good Co BBQ and some Mai's. You bringing a cooler?

- Laura
Oh dear this is going to be confusing!!
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Joined: September 24th, 2003, 8:05 pm

February 11th, 2005, 3:04 am #9

there is only ONE Laura, from Kansas!! Love you,

"It's all about a better Steve through proper hair care" - Vote FloridaPete & Littlehands 2005!!




Love you,
Littlehands



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Joined: September 19th, 2004, 2:48 am

August 23rd, 2006, 6:57 am #10

I seem to recall someone here being a Houston transplant to Manitou. I mentioned my plans to move and they chimed in. Was it Don?
Anyways...we still want to move but are getting a little bit nervous about the move...wondering if LIVING there is as good as VISITING has always been.
We need positive pushing please. Someone please push?
Weve just always been big city people...and we want out, dont get me wrong.
Its just going to be a big shock, you know? We were talking the other night about how we regularly go see plays at all kinds of theaters in town, concerts, eat at TONS of cool restaurants (Houston is KNOWN for its food scene)...and a lot of this is going to change in Manitou.
I guess this is last second jitters.

Help us. :(
So, next month we finally make the first steps. We're coming up to Manitou for a week or so...and if we see anything reasonable to rent, we're doing it. Ready to make the jump. Hopefully we can find a nice place to rent...preferably with 3 bedrooms, as Id need a room for my workspace/studio...unless I could find an art studio in town to rent.
I cant wait to leave. Im currently finishing up 2 jobs: artwork for the band WEEN and a limited edition art print for a show by the band TOOL...then Im off to Manitou to begin 'the search;.

Im 'slightly' nervous about the whole idea of relocating. Ive moved before...several times...waaay across country even...SEVERAL times...but i was single and younger and had nothing to lose. Now Ive got a wife and a 3 year old...but i desperately want my baby to have 'quality' memories about her childhood surroundings. Houston just aint cutting it, baby. I've wanted to live in manitou since I was 10 years old. When summer vacation was over I used to hate to leave.

I just hate that all the wax museums are gone.

-jr

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