Get a new job. Bakersfield isn't QUITE as bad as the other answer, but near enough. Houston is huge, hot and wet. Hot like step outside and sweat hot. Hot like 99F/99%. In the summer it rains every day at 3pm because the humidity hits 100%. Throw in ginormous mosquitoes, fire ants and water mocassins. And like all the gulf coast, bugs and frogs. The food can be decent, especially seafood. Houston actually has some things going for it, which is why it has grown so fast and so big. Did I mention that it's hot and sweaty? BTW, Houston is 1000 times the size of Bakersfield, if that's a factor. Probably more than that.