***In El Paso, I would see college kids, business people, and occasionally overhear nascent filmmakers discussing their newest projects. (Because Hollywood is so expensive, and southern New Mexico is so sunny, there’s actually an indie film community out there.)
***In Lubbock, I hung out at J&B’s amongst the Tech intellectual community, sorority club meetings, and church groups while drinking cappucino.
***Now, in New Orleans, I drink cafe au lait amongst novelists–I’m always overhearing writers discuss how to manage this plot point or that theme, etc. I regularly see & chat with med students & residents–people say hello and know me by name after I’ve only been here a week. What is it about New Orleans that makes me feel so much like I belong?
Houston, can you compete with this?