Kim du Toit, quite unintentionally, put me up to this. In Ideal States, he analyzes the question: "If we were going to move, where would we move to?" And he allows that there are some perfectly wonderful characteristics about his family's current digs in Plano, Texas:

  • No homeschooling issues
  • No state income tax
  • Low cost of living
  • High standard of living
  • Conservative politics
  • No stupid gun laws

A formidable set of advantages. But there's the downside:

  • The heat
  • No scenery
  • Middle of nowhere
  • No seasons

Much of what du Toit says about Plano could also be said about Oklahoma City. We do have an income tax, though the property tax here is lower; the standard of living is just about as high in the suburbs, a smidgen less so here in the middle of town; and we have only three seasons: freezing, storming, boiling. Indeed, he says that while Oklahoma is "politically okay," it fails the "heat test," and with 16 days last month over 100 degrees, I'd say it fails spectacularly.

And I think I'm applying a "heat test" of my own, since this is one of the more obvious failings of this part of the country. Five years ago I went to, and this is what I found:

Twenty-three of the 24 locations recommended were up towards the Great White North; the sole exception was New Orleans, which has the sort of climate that makes me wonder if maybe I'm listed as the soup du jour.

This was, of course, five years ago, so maybe it's time I tried the site again. My old password, unsurprisingly, had expired, so I started fres