Where I'm At

Tall Ones in Texas

The Space Between
Methodist Hospital Roof
Texas Medical Center
Medical Towers
Blinding Monoliths
Building Up Houston
High Noon
Downtown Houston II
Curved Skyscraper
What city do you live in? What neighborhood?

I live just off the main drag that connects freeways and the world to Reliant Stadium AKA the Astrodome entertainment complex. I'm minutes away from the Texas Medical Center, which contains 22 skyscraper hospitals. And I enjoy the performing arts in downtown Houston, which is also close.

What are some adjectives that describe your neighborhood?

The actual street I live on is very quiet but turn the corner and you find lots of fast traffic to and from the Medical Center, freeways going downtown and to Reliant Stadium. My street has many big shade trees for which Houston known. Two blocks away there is a hive of activity, two grocery stores, a yummy pizza palace plus many other small businesses.

How long have you lived there, and what brought you there?

I'm a California Girl, raised on the coast of Los Angeles. I spent 22 years living in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. I settled in Houston in 2000. Like many ladies, I am in Houston because my man is here.

What is your favorite thing about this place? Your least favorite?

There are so many things I like about Houston but probably the #1 item is it's human diversity. Ethnic diversity creates marvelous pockets of culture. I love the fact that I can enjoy such diverse performances as classical Indian dancing, pianists from everywhere playing with our symphony or a Broadway musical and everybody likes Cinco de Mayo. I love the gallery life here, especially FotoFest a huge biannual drawing photographers, galleries and publishers worldwide.

There are two big minuses to living in Houston: first is the brutal summer heat that can extend from May to October. The second thing is encountering prejudice.

Do you feel that you belong there?

For now, I belong in Houston. Since most of my extended family still lives in California, I'd like to return there or boldly move overseas.

What is the most common misconception about where you live?

Texans are famous for being bold and brash. I dislike categorizing people and I have found most locals to be very polite and friendly.

What is a special fact about your city that you have to live there to know?

In almost any neighborhood area, one can find wonderful restaurants. Houstonians drive anywhere to sample a new restaurant. And our restaurant critic is usually right on.

What aspect of your city do you secretly love?

Growing up in Southern California, where the landscape it dry and golden, it is a pleasure to gaze at all the green-leafed trees of Houston. I also love to watch our big thunder showers. Lightening never fails to thrill me.

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35 responses

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (3 Aug 2012):

    I like this form that you wrote your story with the question and answer. Voted : )

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    Voted! Well done, Michele

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    You know a part of my heart will always be in Houston. Great essay. Stellar images.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (5 Aug 2012):

    My vote. Nice story and great captures

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) said (5 Aug 2012):

    MICHELE,sure my vote. Thanks for sharing !!!!!

  • antonio chiumenti

    antonio chiumenti   gave props (5 Aug 2012):

    a great work, bravissima !

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (6 Aug 2012):

    Wow!!! Voted!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) said (6 Aug 2012):

    Great essay. Stunning images, thanks for sharing

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (6 Aug 2012):

    Agree stunning series of images.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (7 Aug 2012):

    Outstanding work, Michele. Sure gets my votes.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (7 Aug 2012):

    A terrific story! Thank you for a glimpse into your life!! Voted.

  • Krishna Dronamraju

    Krishna Dronamraju gave props (7 Aug 2012):

    Spectacular photography!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (13 Aug 2012):

    amazing!!! vote!!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (28 Sep 2012):

    nice ! my vote

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Oct 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira   gave props (4 Oct 2012):

    Spectacular work!..Congrats.My vote!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 May 2013):

    Wonderful narrative and photos to support your essay..Got my vote!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols   gave props (31 May 2013):

    Neat way that you've presented this story. Love the photos. They are very rich on clarity. Nice work.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray   gave props (31 May 2013):

    Great story Michele, I voted!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (31 May 2013):

    Nice to know you and the places you lived now and before.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (1 Jun 2013):

    GREAT STORY GREAT PICTURES MICHELE + VOTED'

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (1 Jun 2013):

    I loved the way u have written!! Voted!

  • Krishna Dronamraju

    Krishna Dronamraju gave props (2 Jun 2013):

    Lovely story!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz   gave props (1 Jul 2013):

    Good structure. I'd like to see more neighborhoody pix, though.

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira   gave props (20 Jul 2013):

    I really liked the way you built the story!...Is a very unique way to know you better and how you live.Congrats for this great work!Got my vote!

  • Satwinder Singh

    Satwinder Singh gave props (23 Jul 2013):

    My best wishes for combination of superb combination of story with photos

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (4 Aug 2013):

    great narration and photographs!!! Vote!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (28 Sep 2013):

    Very frank and honest. Excellent photos accompany. Should be published. Voted!

  • Lynda Ford

    Lynda Ford (Deleted) gave props (1 Nov 2013):

    Wonderful story and Beautiful photo's! Makes me want to move to Houston! Well done!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (1 Nov 2013):

    Great essay, Michele!! Voted!

  • Miss Erika

    Miss Erika gave props (2 Nov 2013):

    Voted!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2013):

    Well written story of your hometown and your current town. It was interesting and held my attention!! Voted!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (3 Nov 2013):

    Great work Michele!!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson   gave props (5 Nov 2013):

    Beautiful work, Michele. Voted.

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (11 Nov 2013):

    You have my vote, well written and documented.

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