Our friends at The Midland Reporter Telegram put together "Survival guide: What you need to know about living in Midland." I would say that many of the things listed would also be applicable for Odessa & surrounding areas.
Here's some of the knowledge they shared:
— Practically every shop or restaurant has a "Now hiring" sign, and yes, posted hourly wages for fast-food establishments may have you reconsidering your career options. Part-time jobs can easily net you some extra cash, but it could also help fill up the time if you don't yet know many people in Midland.
— Restaurants run out of items — a lot. This doesn't mean you can't expect a ham and cheese on honey oat bread from Subway, but as a favorite of one of our contributors, he's learned to not be surprised if one of those items isn't available.
— Don't try to drive down Wadley Avenue when it rains ... or Garfield Street ... or Illinois Avenue. Actually, just stay home because almost every road floods. You've been warned.
Read more: Survival guide: What you need to know about living in Midland - MRT.com: West Texas Living http://www.mrt.com/life/article_ebcf5a10-3505-11e4-9f63-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz3CkaLURNi
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So much truth there.