We picked Austin, Texas for a variety of reasons but I always said it was because it was the first city where I discovered I could buy the Sunday New York Times from a newspaper box on the sidewalk!
Austin was a great town.
For its main campus of the University of Texas with the multi-story library open to the public.
For the Harry Ransom Center, which holds millions of rare books, manuscripts, photographs and art for scholars and in rotating exhibits.
I saw a Gutenberg bible on display there once and rooms full of art that had belonged to James Michener.
We went to a lecture at the University one night by Kurt Vonnegut.
Austin also had a great music community with many, many bars and nightclubs hosting live performances every night of the week.
I stood at the edge of the dance floor in one club one night right next to the piano that the pianist and blues singer Marcia Ball was playing.
And the restaurants!
Barbecue and Tex-Mex food dominated but you could find anything in Austin's culinary scene.
It's the state capitol of Texas and politics is a sport unlike any other.
Speaking of sport, we drove over to Houston (165 miles away) once to see my then beloved Los Angeles Dodgers play baseball against the Astros. Dem Bums lost.
Austin lies on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, famous for its bluebonnets and Mexican paintbrushes, flowers which Lady Bird Johnson had planted along highways in her beautification campaign.
The LBJ ranch is in the Hill Country.
President Johnson's library is in Austin and I visited it many times and took visitors there.
So Austin is a great town. Why did we leave?
It's only about 175 miles from the Gulf of Mexico but it's less than 500 feet higher.
All the moisture from the Gulf seems to flow right on up to Austin.
Result? In the summer it's hot and humid. In the winter it's cold and humid.
We had grown accustomed to dry climates and we just couldn't handle the wetness.
So, less than two years after we arrived in Austin we left, headed once again for Arizona.
Here my Sunday New York Times is delivered to my door.