12 years ago today I stepped off a plane to live in Austin, Texas.
People in Michigan asked, "Why would you want to move to Texas?" I would begin by telling that I was pursuing my Ph.D. at The University of Texas, but also added that Austin was kind of like "an oasis" in the middle of the state to see if that might ease their look of confusion/bafflement/pity. It usually didn't.
But that's probably because that wasn't the answer to their question.