The Sweet Smell Of Condenscension, From Harvard Via Dallas
There's some sort of school up north called Harvard, or something like that (we guess it's like Rice), and it has some sort of business school.
Now apparently when you get a degree from that there Harvard business school, you can pretty much pick and choose what city you want to work in. (Or, as they no doubt put it at Harvard, "pick and choose the city in which you wish to work.")
Their guide for Texas is clear: Go to Dallas, young Harvardian. Or maybe Austin. Avoid Houston.
The best part about Dallas, I feel, is the quality of life you get from a given level of income. Cost of living is low and good neighborhoods are plentiful. The Dallas economy is diverse enough for you to find work in your field of interest. Companies based in Dallas, including American Airlines, Frito-Lay, EDS, and ExxonMobil could pass the Jim Cramer "Are you Diversified?" Test. Its central location makes traveling to both coasts very workable. Dallas is also lauded for its shopping and restaurants. Think of your college friends from Dallas and recall how many have moved back. A Dallas native myself, it's something we try to do sooner rather than later.
The key words there are probably "as a Dallas native myself."
Now check out Houston.
"The climate in Houston is harsh; it's hot, muggy and your house getting flooded is never more than one storm season away. However, the can-do attitude of Houston is exceedingly high. People go to Houston to be successful. I believe you can get a better job in Houston than you could in most other cities. No callbacks from Goldman or McKinsey? Try the Houston office."
Yeah, we'll take you even when no one else will give you so much as a callback. Why? Because we're just so damn needy: "Houston is the most down-to-earth and friendly city I've ever visited. The people desperately want you to like their city and will go out of their way to make you feel at home in Houston."
Ah, the sweet, sticky smell of smug condescension. Yep -- sounds like a Harvard man, alright. From Dallas.
-- Richard Connelly