I'm going to pick on your comment a bit because I hear this a lot. "Oh man X is so far from X" I just don't get that local attitude here. For how big Texas and Houston is, locals can't be bothered to drive across the street sometimes. Maybe my perception is skewed some how but any of the burbs to downtown is just no big deal for me minus the usual traffic. Heck, we've taken afternoon trips from Richmond to Baytown to see friends and people I've talked to are shocked we didn't make it an overnight trip.