hey James!Your extraordinary blog has won a writing award! You can pick it up over at La Vie Graphite http://laviegraphite.blogspot.com/Congratulations, and keep up the fine work!
Dude, I know exactly where you are coming from. I moved from the wilds of far Northern California to the blasted lands of Vegas, and one of the things I miss the most if actual seasons. Cape Cod does sound pretty, though.
James!Again, big congrats to you, man!Eastern Massachusetts has plenty in common with the Maine coast. Our autumns, however, happen much earlier. Writing about the lands of our hearts can happen from anywhere: when you write your lines about the Cape while in Texas, think of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writing about Maine while he was in Italy!
Houston gets a bad rap (as does Texas in general). I have only ever spent time in Austin, which is sort of different from the rest of Texas I gather, so I guess I am in no position to really say. Everyone should experience living away from what they are used to for a spell.